Kalyani Mumtaz is a musician and arts worker living in Narrm. Mumtaz has released music with experimental pop projects Willow Beats and Kalyani & Isha. She is a member of the arts collective thismob and is currently a producer in residence at Next Wave.
What do you create?
My practise includes songwriting, painting and DJ-ing. I also create spaces for young people with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts collective, thismob.
Song that inspires you
DRMNGNOW — Indigenous Land. It bumps hard and is vital!
Your go-to track when you have a creative block
JFDR — White Sun. The song is built on a 5 chord pattern and feels like a circular infinity.
Best track to de-stress to
Bing & Ruth — Starwood Choker. It sounds like an approaching tropical thunderstorm which reminds me of home.
Favourite track to work to
Tibetan Dance — Ryuichi Sakamoto. It is the best painting song!
If your work was a music genre, what would it be?
Singer-songwriter because it's often solitary and introspective.
If there is, what is the relationship or importance of music to your craft and does it have an impact on your work?
Music is part of my practise and is essential to all aspects of my craft. In my life, it has been a tool for recording information, healing trauma, spirituality, sometimes hedonism, and creating community.
What's your favourite nuraphone feature?
The complete immersion. My last project, Willow Beats was about world building with sound, space, and words. The nuraphones are the perfect accomplice!