We had the good fortune of connecting with Debjit | Andrew Das | Parpart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debjit | Andrew, how does your business help the community?
The reason behind Shae District has evolved a lot over the years. Nowadays it’s taken on a very community based focus. We love playing shows, sharing music, and hosting events because it brings people together. We were both raised in very inclusive families and friend circles, and we love sharing that with people. Shae District is our way of connecting great people, and allowing them to make lifelong friends and memories. Everyone can help the world in a way that’s unique to them. It could be as simple as being the best sibling or as ambitious as tackling global issues. For us, it’s fostering a positive community and joy through music and sharing what inspires us to grow as artists and as people.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We create music together but we’ve been influenced from genres across the spectrum. We both grew up on a lot of indie and alternative rock music, lived in areas where hip hop is very popular, and eventually fell in love with electronic music. In the past few years, we’ve been exposed to a lot of amazing RnB, soul, experimental, and indie electronic music.
As a result, our sets and music pull inspiration from all of those worlds. I think we play a style of music that most people can get into regardless of their preferences. A lot of dance music for the people who love to get down, but a lot of indie elements as well with singing and instrumentation. That’s one of the core things that sets us apart from most groups. We don’t fully lean into one genre.
Right now we’re really excited for a festival we’re playing in October called High Ground. It’s a new festival to Denver this year, and we’re completely revamping the Shae District live show for it. We’re remixing a lot of the tracks we’ve released to give them new life for a show setting, which has been a really exciting process for us in the studio. We’re also going to be playing out a lot of unreleased tracks for the first time and creating visual pieces for the show on a level that we’ve never done before. Overall, we feel like the live show is entering a new phase in its evolution and we’re so thrilled to bring those ideas to life.
Getting to where we are today has been simultaneously easy and the hardest thing we’ve ever done. The days when we get to really see the life we’re building are the days it’s easy. We’re filled with passion and drive, waking up every day getting to do what we love and be surrounded by people that we love. We were once told “create a life, not a living” and we try to really embody that. However, it’s not always like that. This lifestyle requires a lot of sacrifice. There can be a lot of delayed gratification in the hours we put into the work. There’s no boss telling us we’re done for the day. Sometimes it’s difficult to know if we’re putting in enough work or if we’re overworking and reversing the progress on a track. There are days with any creative pursuit where it can feel disheartening, but it’s important to keep moving forward, trust the process, and keep living a fulfilling life.
We’re really grateful to have each other as a team in the project. We’ve lived together for years, and share everything from what’s in the fridge to the intensity of our life experiences. There’s been so much personal growth that we’ve inspired in each other over the years, and love that we continually push each other to learn and evolve as musicians and people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s all about getting the right mix of outdoor activities and socialization. Evergreen is one of our favorite spots to take people for amazing hiking; There’s so many different trails out there with gorgeous views, and it’s relatively easy to get to. It also makes it easy to pop into Red Rocks while it’s open to the public, which is a must for people who’ve never been inside the venue before.
As far as food and drink goes, we’ve got a couple places in rotation that are an easy go to for taking visitors. Himchuli in the Highlands is our favorite spot in Denver for Indian food. You’ll find us there quite often sporting a table full of Northsides, a wonderfully balanced Gin concoction with fresh mint, cucumber, and lime. We’ll undoubtedly cruise around RiNo to brewery hop and check out the street art that’s up for the year. Ratio and OMF are two of our favorites, but there’s so many great ones in the area.
We’ll typically round out the weekend with a backyard get together at our place. We’ve developed a habit of setting up a DJ booth back there and taking turns with friends playing music for hours on end.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All of our friends and family. We’re fortunate to have had an amazing support group since the start of this project. Our friends always made an effort to come to every show and bring everyone they knew. Our family are our biggest fans and always share our music. We probably would have changed course a long time ago without such amazing people in our lives.
Jeremy Elder, Hudson Ratzlaff