in 1998 i was disappointed at the state of music. rock was floundering. the importance had been sucked out of alternative. rap and hip hop had devolved into shiny shirts, champagne, and mediocrity. techno music was enjoying some popularity, and i was taken aback at how simple it must be to make -- after all, one just needed to grab a computer, plop down a few beats, sample some artists (without permission, of course) and - voila - a techno album!  to test this theory, I paid roughly 40 dollars for a music creation program, installed it on my computer, and skipped a few college classes to work on my album.

i only read the instructions for the music program when i couldn't figure something out on my own. i sampled songs from my personal CD collection. it was harder than i thought it would be, but i had fun and enjoyed the challenge.

the final project was finished in early 1999. the title track "Funky Fresh For 1983" was my homage to my favorite genre of music, one I cut my teeth on while growing up:  old school rap.  what started as a joke had turned into something pretty cool.  don't get me wrong, the album was goofy, funky, silly techno music. but i was proud of it. and since i sampled liberally without permission, i gave it away for free.

i called myself bawarchi king.  why?  it's a long story, ask me about it the next time you see me. oh, and i suppose i should tell you that the word 'bawarchi' is hindu for 'cook' or 'chef'.

in early 2010, i decided to resurrect Bawarchi King's story and make a second album with my long-time friend and collaborator Mike Heeley. the second Bawarchi King album was released in November 2010 and is also available free of charge. visit bawarchiking.com to get the new album, or go here to listen to some songs from the first album.