A final piece of the puzzle falls together inside my mind when I hear Sahar Z’s myriad talent. His Dj sets and productions have simply distinguished himself from any pack. I believe, that music first and foremost should inform, educate and then simultaneously entertain….and Sahar is all that and more rolled in to one sparkling performer.
Plus there is no question about his royal presence in Israel’s vibrant night life scene, and is spoken off with much excitement and love. Sahar has always been in the fore front of club doings in Tel Aviv, except now his uncompromising talent and musical repertoire is pushing itself to the rest of the world with great speed and fanfare.
And I’d like very much to take the onus up of introducing the electric focus of Sahar Z to our Indian shores, cause he’s with it…


Sahar🙂 Tell us how you’re journey began in the initial days of you starting as an up and coming Dj?-

SZ- From when I was 8, I remember coming back home from school every day straight to our living room where my Dad’s Turntable and vinyls collection were kept, I used to pick the same one every day that was ”Cerrone – “Supernature” and without fail hypnotized from the first analog synth arpeggiator I’d ever heard. Since then my desire for music, new sounds and new beats just grew from day to day. I used to go to school with my big double Tape Cassette, waiting for the breaks between classes to play music to my friends who were my very first audience.
When was it you realized that being a DJ/Producer is what you were meant to be?-

SZ- When I saw and heard the way people reacted to my sets and music.
Who were the early influences, the artists that you were growing up listening to that may have made an impact on you’re young mind?-

SZ- Cerrone – Pink Floyd – The Doors – Led Zepplin – Giorgio Moroder – Kraftwerk – Art of Noise – Run D.M.C – Depeche Mode – New order – Steve Wonder – Joy division – Duran Duran.
Israel has made a deep undoubtedly huge impact on the dance music scene, predominantly because of it’s Psychedelic Trance heavy artists, making their way around the world. Having come from such a background, how did you get in to the Progressive/Techno circuit. Is there a fair following for the latter sub-genre, what made you choose this sound?-

SZ- In my opinion to divide music in to genres is not really a productive thing, for me there is only music that I like and music that I don’t like.
Tell us mainly what got you going in to producing music, and is a large amount of you’re time spent tinkering in the studio. What piece of music equipment is your prized possession and do you play any musical instruments?-

SZ- A big desire to translate the way I think about music into something real that I can play and share with others. I played the Piano from age 8 till 15, my favorite equipments in my studio are: Elektron Analog Four & Virus Kb that I use for sounds like arpeggiators ,pads, chords,bass lines and fx, for drums programming I like to use the Maschine by native instruments.


Can you share with us your experiences of the residency at one of the top clubs in Israel, ”Haoman 17”, what’s the current status with it?-

SZ- The Resident DJ degree is a crucial significance in club culture. He or she is unlike artists hosted occasionally, DJing regularly at the same club develops a deep and intimate relationship with the audience. It is a powerful contact to making the degrees of a club experience to a higher level of spirituality. I did it for 12 years and in 2007 the crowd started to change in the club and I’d started to feel like a stranger in my “home” which made me decide to leave, to look and create a new one which is the Cat&Dog.


What’s your take on having won the Dj of the Year award, 3 consecutive times as hosted by one of Israel’s premier dance music magazines. Has life changed for you with these accolades?-

SZ- Personally I’ve stayed the same like I was before the win. The only things that changed is the fact that I have become the most popular Dj in Israel. I’ve started to tour the country from South to North playing every weekend. Sometimes in several clubs in the same night. For me it has been a challenging time. I was away from my “home”, from my regular audience that knew me and my music perfect. I needed to play to a new crowd that has never heard my style of music, but they’ve heard my name from the newspapers or from friends that came to parties at Haoman 17.
What made you open one of the most prolific dance clubs to come out of Tel Aviv- ”The Cat & Dog”. Could you share the ideas and vision you had to be part of this as a Dj and club owner. Do you take part in day to day activities, aside from featuring in you’re residency?-

SZ- In Tel Aviv at that time there were only bars playing a mix of all kinds of music and some mega clubs that is too mainstream and relevant to the young crowd.The good old and the new generation of the underground electronic people and music lovers were missing a place to hangout in that will fill their passions and needs. The cat&dog club was opened to fill this empty square in the club scene. In the day time I’m taking part with what is related to the music policy in the club – line ups – Djs and of course my residency.


Sahar, you are collaborating with some of the most respected record labels such as Bedrock, Lost & Found, Renaissance to name some. Happy to be part of such giants… do you suit your sounds with the requirements of the labels, or if you can fill us in with what exactly the process is behind these partnerships?-

SZ- In the studio I focus only in music – I’m not trying to suit it to labels requirements. What comes out in the end stands for itself. The process after is to contact a label you like and respect, that is releasing music in the similar sound and vibe. After the first/second release it’s normal to start a partnership/ relationship with the label if you both are happy with the result.
Do you enjoy remixing work of fellow Djs, as much as making you’re own tunes?-

SZ- I like them both but prefer originals. In remixing other Dj’s music I do enjoy translating their music and vibe in my way and to give the listeners another way to experience that track. As far as my own tunes go, it’s more personal. You don’t need to use other producers parts like in remixing, here everything is born in the studio influenced by your own feelings at that time and not limited by any genre or style.


The name of Sahar Z is synonymous with the other demi gods of dance music namely Lost & Found label owner, Dj/Producer extraordinaire Guy J and of course the Progressive behemoth Guy Mantzur. Can you tell us of how you guys met, got together and decided to collaborate in music. Could you give us a peek in to the specialty of the relationship you 3 share?-

SZ- I met Guy J and Guy Mantzur years ago, each one in a different situation and a different period of time. In both cases we started to hang out and share our vision of music, a subject that immediately led us to play back to back in some clubs and to the studio to make music together. After I met Guy Mantzur, I introduced him to Guy J and from that day we’re like a family and Lost&Found is the home base. What makes this relationship we three share special is that there is no ego here, it’s a friendship that grows beyond music, just pure respect and love.
To a layman this side of the world, how would you describe the sort of music you play currently?-

SZ- It’s music for your head and not only for your legs, what I’m trying to do with my music is to transport the crowd through a journey of atmospheres and moods ranging from hypnotic beats to deeply vintage synthesizers, with melodic sounds and fresh electronica to the harder yet soulful Techno edges.
Let’s talk about an important question that comes to many a mind. That of quality music…I personally don’t feel there’s much of great productions out there nowadays. Do you think dance music in general has become sort of stagnant? Boring? Monotonous?-

SZ- Yes I agree with you that the current electronic music market is flooded with lesser quality music than in the past. Today the ability to create music is accessibility for everyone because of the new technology rise. In this digital age to open a records label doesn’t require mortgage any more, you can release tracks with costs that are minimal. Take these two things, put them together and there’s the reason for that amount of non-quality music flooding the market. But there are still super amazing producers out there old and new ones… one just needs to really dig deep beneath to find the quality ones..
I’d like to know you’re thoughts on the annual Top 100 Dj poll?-

SZ- It was never relevant to me and I’m sure that in the last few years more and more colleagues and underground music lovers feel like me.
To hit the high notes of you’re production sensibilities; what are the elements or sound scape that you like to present in your music work. And if I were to ask you, to choose one tune that you are especially proud of having created, which one would that be…?-

SZ- I like to create a groove that will hypnotize you, it will be deep and warm but still a bit junkie and twisted, on the top one will always hear a deep atmospheric melody that gives my raw sound a human face, to make it less cold. If I had to choose one it has to be the remix I did with Guy Manztur for one of my tracks that came out on Renaissance Records- “Beyond Detroit” (Sahar Z & Guy Mantzur after-hours remix)-ITS A FUCKING MENTAL JOURNEY INTO YOUR HEART AND MIND!
How’s 2013 been for you on the whole, you seem to have peaked with much of you’re work being show cased by many a top Dj. Happy with your musical achievements?-

SZ- Yes, I think 2013 was a great year for my music , I had some great collaborating with Guy J – Guy Mantzur – Chicola and Khen (with more to come in 2014) that’s got some really good feedback, but also it was the year that I found my independence in my studio productions and I finally came out with some solo projects.
In the current day and age of fast rising names and flash in the pans, what according to you are the main stays of a great Dj/Producer who can stand above the rest in terms of longevity?-

SZ- First and foremost it’s important to make your own music, your own productions whether they are originals or remixes, you need to be unique and fresh so it can stand above the rest of the music out there, and there is a lot out there!! Secondly knowing how to use it properly and in a clever way all the new medias out there like: Youtube – Facebook –Soundcloud –Instagram for your own promotions. One can create their own group of followers from all over the world, it’s crazy…Thirdly, use technology to re- create your sound and sets.
What can we expect from the ”The Cat & Dog” club brand in the near future. Any plans to expand and or promote the project in a bigger manner in the rest of the world?-

SZ- We may go global in future, but for now our goal is to keep up with our vision and to keep entertaining the crowd with our music and keep the fun experience one can get when one walks in to this amazing club.


The varying forms of technology remain the topic of conversation now. How much of it do you use in your Dj sets?-

SZ- As much as I can. In this day when music is accessible to everyone, one needs to find a way to be a bit different then the rest and technology can help you do that. One can re create others music the way you like and make it exclusive again, you can bring an entire studio into the Dj booth in a size of an Ipad. Future technology allows you to do things you can’t really do in the classic way of Dj-ing.
Lastly, I honestly have not come across even one track that you’ve made that I did not absolutely love, I’ve always found your music deliciously haunting and dance ready. Can we expect any album or compilation release in 2014? And thank you for talking to us at length about everything Sahar Z and the music you bring🙂

SZ- My future plans are to start working on my first solo album. It’s something that I must do for myself. My goal is to keep making music that entertains me so it can keep entertaining the crowd.. Thank you and big love..

When you wake up to the musical sensibilities of Sahar Z, you know you’re connecting to cutting edge music, fierce vision not many performers are gifted with. Undoubtedly that itself is enough to leave a pretty damn inspirational legacy…

A kaleidoscope of his tunes, and one turns in to a Sahar Z fan forever…till then I’m hopping like a bunny for his magic to hit India sooner than later!! Cheerioo munkeys😀

For all his news, views and gig updates around the world, visit- Sahar Z Facebook

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Instrumental excursions from the Pryda Friends Family protegee means only one thing, that this veritable treasure trove of talent understands the mechanics involved in making his audience make unending shapes on the dance floor..The expertise of his musical brain makes him one of the best in the electronic dance music space since the time he’s hit consoles as a young find from the Prydz stables, and he continues his restless and relentless march conquering every path he travels. More-over his artistic success is no quick flash in the pan…Getting to it with Jeremy Olander just before he embarks on a quick tour of India with underground power house lycan sLick! is a pleasure, all mine…

Hi Jeremy, been 6 months since we chatted at your last outing in India. How have things been since 2013 and what’s keeping you busy these summer months?

JO- Things have been great, thank you. Been making loads of new music and have been touring quite a bit. Just recently came back home after about a month in North America where I played a bunch of club shows, as well as some really cool festivals like Mysteryland and EDC in Las Vegas. Really nice experience.

The all important question, what inspired you to become a Dj?

JO- I actually started out producing first and being a DJ was something that came naturally later on. Ever since I finished my first track I started thinking in terms of how a club crowd would react to it. For me the two really go hand in hand.


You’re quite the computer geek and would rather tinker around with gadgets and music stuff. What’s exciting you at the moment, any musical gear that’s taking up your attention lately?

JO- Haha, yes I am. However, when it comes to my production of music I really take a minimalist approach. My philosophy is to keep my setup simple and try to really thoroughly learn the tools that I work with and make the most out of them. I did get the Maschine from Native Instruments a while ago though thinking it would be a cool addition, but it just ended up sitting on my desk collecting dust.

Your take on new age Progressive House is pretty much different to what’s playing from under the genre by other Dj/Producers. Is this still pretty much following on the foot steps of the giant Pryda label music sensibilities?

JO- Even though guys like Eric, Sasha and John Digweed have been major influences of mine I’ve always tried to leave it at that; them being an influence. I try to create a sound that I can proudly call my own, fit in my DJ sets and offer something that I feel is unique and hasn’t already been done.

You’re having quite a season traveling all over the world more than ever, can you give us your best club experience and any festival that you loved in terms of crowd, vibe and sound systems recently?

JO- Tough question because pretty much every show has been great. There are two that stand out though. For festivals, I have to say Mysterland USA. I played the Sunday School Stage back to back with Fehrplay and the stage production, the vibe and crowd was amazing. Even though it was in America it felt like a European festival. The location was Bethel Woods, which is where Woodstock was held back in the day. That added to it as well. As far as clubs, Beta in Denver was super cool. Played there for the first time and the sound system is one of the best I’ve ever heard.


What keeps your feet planted in Sweden, do you think the electronic dance music scene there as fertile?

JO- We’ve always had a really good underground scene. Even though it’s been small it’s been innovative and healthy. Nowadays when the scene has so much attention and people have broken through to the mainstream the amount of shows have gone up and they’ve become a lot bigger. I think some of the best DJs and producers in the world come from Sweden but I would love to see some more variety in terms of more Progressive and Tech guys maybe. Would be a cool compliment to the big room sound that’s so dominant right now. It’s definitely fertile though and there are new guys and girls that I hear making great stuff all the time.

As a producer do you consciously like to keep it melodic and bright?

JO- I love melodies and creating them is a really fun aspect of producing. They’re what strike an emotional chord with me when I listen to music and others too I think. More than anything I just think my sound and the music I make is the result of the people that have and still influence me like Eric, John and Sasha.


How’s your other project ”Dhillon”, coming along, last time we chatted you had mentioned there’s stuff you’re doing through it. Mainly we see a release ”Lost”, on the Drumcode label. Where was your head at, while making this track?

JO- Dhillon is doing great in his dark cave. I love Techno and making drum-oriented tracks just as much as I do making melodies and he allows expression of that kind of sound. Yes, that’s right. “Lost” just recently came out on Drumcode and their compilation A-Sides. Truly an honor for Dhillon to release stuff on there. It’s one of the most special and influential Techno labels out there. We have some cool stuff lined up for Dhillon going forward and I look forward to further developing it.

How’s your buddy Fehrplay doing, enjoying yourselves out there?

JO- He’s doing great! He doesn’t live in Sweden though. He’s from Norway originally but lives in London now. We played EDC in Las Vegas and Mysteryland together and he was all smiles as usual.


Happy to return with sLick for a quick tour this July, what are you going to do differently as opposed to your previous outings..can we look forward to your new releases being played out at the gigs?

JO- Very happy to be back in India with this mini-tour! With my mother being Indian, it feels extra special to play there, explore the scene and introduce more people to my sound. Had a really good time last time and this time around it’s going to be even better. I’ve managed to stay productive on the road and have some time to finish what I’ve been working on now that I’m home for a little bit, so you can definitely expect to hear new stuff from me!

Your top 3 favorites tunes?

JO- I’ll give you three that aren’t dance music just to spice things up a bit.

Yung Lean – Yoshi
Drake – 0 to 100, A$AP Mob – Hella Hoes

How’s your music been received in the recent North American tour, is the crowd there receptive to the Olander motto of creating a journey and not just go bang bang from the word go?

JO- To be honest, I was nervous when I went there first time just because I didn’t know what reaction to expect from the crowds and what they expected from me. Kind of like when you start dating a new girl and don’t know each other all too well. Turned out my worries were unfounded and people really do understand my style and appreciated what I do.

There’s of course a lot of people that are just as educated in America as they are in Europe and it’s cool to play for them together with people that have recently discovered dance music and are just starting to dip their feet in the culture. It creates a really great energy because when something is new and fresh, you tend to me more excited about it.


How’s the Jeremy Olander plan looking like for the rest of 2014?

JO- In addition to visiting you guys I’ll be playing some shows in Africa, Ibiza, Creamfields in the UK and Electric Zoo in New York. Music-wise, I’m prepping a big comeback EP on Pryda Friends. With my most recent release on the label being “Bandersnatch”that came out in late 2013, it feels like it’s been forever and I’m very excited for what feels like a homecoming.

It’s going to have variety of tracks ranging from fan favorites that people have been wanting me to release for some time as well as new, completely fresh stuff. Have more projects in terms of releases lined up that I’m excited about but can’t really disclose more details at this point. Stay tuned!🙂

Are you ready to be adventurous and sample some spicy Indian curry this time around?

JO- I definitely am! Love spicy food.

sLick! Turns 3 celebrations in association with VH1, shows off the Olander magic at these cities-

Friday, 11th- Blue Frog Mumbai

Saturday, 12th- Blue Frog Delhi

Sunday, 13th- Sanctum Bangalore

Additional Links- www.facebook.com/jeremyolander

Soundcloud- www.soundcloud.com/jeremyolander

Gotta go sharpen my claws for this one…until then my munkeys…keep tight😀

Can’t wait to get my hands on this release, from Bedrock Records 😀

After all the highly successful Miami releases and with all three CDs of the series completely selling out, Bedrock are extremely proud to present their first ever Underground Sound of Ibiza album pack.

The double CD features a down tempo, chill vibe on Disc 1, filled with laid-back Balearic beats reminiscent of summer days. What’s more, there’s enough exclusive new music from the likes of Pig&Dan, Charlie May and King Unique, alongside some special new versions and takes on some of the label’s recent releases from The Japanese Popstars, Jimmy Van M, Oniris. Plus it features the ambient version of Jemmy’s “Waterloo Blues”, a track that caused a huge stir when it was broadcast from the Transitions 500 Miami Boat Party.

Disc 2 takes a more up-tempo, club/night-time journey and takes in 10 exclusive new tracks from the likes of Marco Bailey, Sasha Carassi, Misstress Barbara and Marc Marzenit, amongst others. There is also a bonus remix of the classic Guy J single ‘Lamur’ courtesy of Sebastien Léger.

The Bedrock legend, sums it up nicely- “We’re really happy with how this album came together and I’m very proud of the down-tempo disc as I think musically it’s one of the best we’ve done so far on the label” – John Digweed


Underground Sound of Ibiza
2xCD / Digital
Release Date: July 7th 2014
Pre-Order Your Copy Here: http://bedrockmusic.bigcartel.com/products
CD1. Poolside / Daytime

01. King Unique – Brakes Pads
02. Charlie May – Barely Audible
03. The Japanese Popstars – Out Of Nowhere – Reprise
04. Jemmy – Waterloo Blues – Ambient Version
05. Charlie May – We Control Everything
06. Oniris feat. Pat Brooks – The Rebirth – Blissed Out Mix
07. Ramon Tapia & Stavroz – Havana – Downtempo Mix
08. Jimmy Van M & Affkt feat Luxor T – Dreams – Ibiza Summer Balearic Remix
09. Mantis – Stargazing
10. Pig & Dan – Sahara
11. Mantis – Roots
12. Pig & Dan – On The Rocks
13. King Unique – Brakes feat. Packard Ghost

CD2. Clubside / Night-time

01. Marc Marzenit – Fictional Crossover
02. Marco Bailey – Cataleya
03. Sasha Carassi – Tale of Memories
04. Ramon Tapia & Stavroz – Havana – Dub
05. Eagles & Butterflies – Hypernova
06. Ian O’Donovan – Atoll
07. Richie G – Puzzle Love
08. Misstress Barbara – Tenno 5
09. Dave Angel – Tomahawk Dub
10. Guy J – Lamur – Sebastien Léger Remix

And for everything BEDROCK, you can visit anyone of the links below-


Hot, hotter, hottest tunes in June looks like these…

Label- ONOFF Recording

Title- Dots Are Moving EP

Release date- 21-07-2014

ONOFF Recording is one of my favorite labels in the planet, and their release ”Dots Are Moving”- Sloo is just about super underground fare. The title track has able remixes by the likes of Fernando Guzman, Variond and Mac Dephoner. But what catches my ears is the Original mix. Really make some noise for this nasty bass gore 3 a.m goodness with echoing vocals, that means only one thing…you gotta surrender to this beauty. There’s a second track ”Adeond”, by Sloo, which has a remix thrown by Stefan Naimor…but by the time I get to it, I am totally haunted by the first tune and I keep going back to it. Tops!!



Label- Lucidflow

Title- Nadja Lind & Friends Digital Part 1

There’s a whole loada collaboration going on, in the pack with the likes of  Brendon Moeller, Omar Salgado, Vandermeer and Quintin Christian doing their bit. Tracks included- ”Street Beat”, ”Place of Bliss”.  But what gets me happy as hell, is when my ears tune in to ”Tramp Clown”- a bassy warrior with some cultured vocal pattern snaking around in a bouncy body. It’s got a dirty Tech step to it and simple ingredients with which one hits the break down. Thereafter it sorta gets going in to it’s own mind and makes you do some moves. My favorite though of the pack is ”Saharan Night”- starting off with a quiet menace, the cut throat quality of this one is astonishing. There’s a double bodied bass bubbling with a whistling pattern very very extra-ordinarily good…Pure acid!!




Label- Sudbeat

Title- Big Bang

Artist- Nocturna. Remixes- Hernan Cattaneo, Graziano Raffa, Soundexile

Release date- 16-06-2014

Not many people may know that Nocturna is a new project by Italian duo Andrea Cassino & Danny Lloyd. ”Big Bang”, is an absolute melodic Techno star. Classical chords right in place with a brooding, winding melody along side luminous pads breaking in the inside, is nothing short of relentless progression for your soul. The break down just soars out on top and just about touches memories of terracotta summer nights and breezy starry skies. The remixes have been tackled by some of the heavy weights in the current dance music scene which includes Sudbeat label boss Graziano Raffa’s work fabulously, but the original gets my thumbs up all the way…There’s a cozy, warm ”Microcosmos” tune to end the pack with, which is lovely too.



Label- Undertechnical Recordings

Title- Never Give Up

Artist- Reelow. Remixes- Gianluca Caldarelli, Marco Yanes

Release date- 10-06-2014

Flurry claps, fat bass flaring, heavy jolts of acidic swish make up for the title tune. There’s a ghostly vocal finding and eerie ripples at the back, then there’s ome steely beat prongs interjecting with nasty attitude on this one. It’s utterly captivating as ever. The Caldarelli remix is just a lot of grooving fun, the vocals get a bigger boost this time around, furnished with quite a bit of splintered sheen in the bass line. Down to the slightly subtle work of Yanes that feels like a respite, and carries a more staccato story to it’s nature. I like this pack!!



Label- 808 Recordings

Title- Lady With No Face EP

Artist- Nyah Berkley. Remix- Javier Algarra

Loving this smooth as silk EP. The label as always does such fabulous releases, it’s just as well I nod in delight at their sounds and more. And I love both the undertakings of this release with equal feverishness. ”Bolero”, Original mix has lovely fragmented passages of broken bass sound and unresolved melody in a deep way yet quite Tech-House. The Javier Algarra’s Deep House stamp, is an immediate transportation to bigger things. There’s a roiling bass line in his handiwork and a perky attitude in it’s groove sense. One also finds an infectious vocal which is catching swinging in tandem to the bouncy bends. There’s a bee like offering all going back and forth just fine with the rest of the warm bodied tune. Nice one..



Label- Bedrock Digital/ Dar

Title-Hypnoteric (LP Sampler Part 1)

Artist- Denis A

Release date- 16-06-2014

Russian born Denis A. is new to me, but boy does he make a cutting edge sweep out of this release. He expands his forging work through his DAR label that rounds up his production force. ”Moenjodaro”, is a triumphant statement of the man’s musical sensibilities. The skewered break beatish feel is just lovely to hear, the tune is a portrait of adventurous Techno that strikes a near perfect balance between melody and propulsion of bass fierceness. This ones a ear catching, dance floor fruit. On to ”Space Truck”, a steady going melody vessel reminiscent of old. The melody pattern is fumingly hypnotic and fantastic. By the break, it’s far from delicate and gets me tied up in knots…wonderful bound. ”Flashback”- starts off with a synthetic eerie feel and has bass shuddering raciness on the whole. There’s a bubbling pad that comes and goes off it’s own free will, and the body gets heavier with post punk distortion. Make no mistake though, there’s enough melody to lift you up and keep you floating around for a bit. Must have!!🙂



Title- Smash

Artist- Gabriel Ananda. Remixes- Rob Hes, Noraj Cue & Mark Mywords

And saving the best for last, this track is gob-smackingly yummy, wondrous underground steam. Easily the mother of all Techno tunes in sometime now. This rework hasn’t been released, with no plans for it either. To deconstruct this one in words is difficult, yet I gotta say the minute the bass hits your ears, I challenge anyone except the disco mummies to stand still. The synth pattern along with the toughness in the core bass is just too blinding and fierce. The break down introduces a haunting beauteous melody winding up with shattering jars for aural love. Can’t get enough of this huge choon!!


Enough to keep you going for days and nights I imagine…

With hopes to see you stomping the dance floors I’m at..cheeriooo maniacs!!😀


All you grinners and sinners! Here’s what’s going down in the new week..one helluva big daddy event is on and on- Lock and load to Tuesday the 1st of April 2014.
Yes earthlings, ”360 Edge” spear headed by the ever friendly and effervescent duo, comprising of Eddie & Vishal; brings to us the crackling ”MyFavDj” showcase, dedicated to our musical heroes who entertain us all year round and more than ever instigate all of us to dance like there’s no tomorrow. With my excitement level at an all time high, I am so proud to present the ever luscious- ”MyFavAwards 2014” preview here on dancemunkey.


An annual, where we get together to honor the best of music, the artists who play and produce it along-side the machines that make us go!!

The MyFavAwards show last year, saw an unprecedented climb for the number of nominees and the election process undisputedly one of the finest ways, of choosing your favorite performer. India’s one and only online poll that lets you decide who amongst the warriors of music are the kings of tomorrow. An annual voting process; this concept has become quickly popular amongst the old and new. Garnering a whopping 1700 registrations and counting since the first year, the web-site myfavdj.in is the largest resource for Djs and artists….So goes, that the night in question was glittering and the music bomb.

Fast forwarding to a brand new year and fresh stories in the making, MyFavAwards 2014 gets a full frontal make-over all around it. Get a load of the hottest event this year, cause it has a new venue- this time the Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai will be hosting the proceedings for the very first time. And dearest clubbers, take heart cause the show has opened itself up as a public event, where anyone of the MyFavAwards followers with a musical heart and dance in their feet can attend. (Club rules apply)
If that’s not enough there are some really cool points to sink your musical teeth in to such as- As a continuation to the MyFavDj uniqueness of all is fair in love and musical wars, the concept has introduced the ”MyFav All Stars”, which means to say that artists who’ve gone on to be your chosen award winner for the term of 2 years in his/ her category moves in to the lofty position of the ”MyFav All Stars League” and shall not be participating in the polls for the next couple of years. The idea behind it brings to mind how this will encourage/ create visibility and propagate a platform from where new and up coming talent gets a shake up.

meet the allstars
For the green horns searching for that coveted space…here’s how you go about it:

To get nominated: One has to use the Nomination request app on MyFav Facebook Fan page to nominate yourselves in for consideration that leads to the spanking trophy. There after the nominees are short listed on the basis of how active they have been and the number of gigs they have played at during the current year and of course the all important regulation of how big your fan base is.

The best part of this year is the Producer Nominations that’s gathered speed and momentum like no other.
In the here and now, I am so delighted to see that MyFavAwards has leapt forward to it’s 4th year with great musical attitude and sticking to the supporting emergence of our vast pool of talent in India. I’m also, so happy to announce that taking everything in to account, more than 40,000 votes have come in for the artists at hand.
Get yourselves busy and here’s what you can do to get a piece of the hot and happening cake- #SYLA & #SYLDJ are the coolest hash tags that plays up this awards fun. So get your naughty fingers in a flurry no matter whether you’re an artist, club or promoter. If you wanna get with it use it, abuse it to promote your fabulous home grown machines for this year’s fun and frolic.

And just to get you guys clued in to all the news, reviews and everything funky, here’s where you gotta go http://www.myfav.in The all new and improved web-site is slated to go public for your viewing pleasure from the 1st of April as well.


Moreover, the cavernous depth of Hard Rock Cafe is gonna bump and grind to the booming bass lines and stomp yard projections of your dancing feet with the ”MyFavAwards- the After Party” where the army of four fabulous performers that our country has ever seen, are slated to perform at… Cutting edge and chunky electronic dance music, from Rishabh Joshi(Lost Stories) Priyanjana, Bullzeye (Siddhanth Kapoor) and of course last but not the least reigning champion of all champions, winner for two successive years in running, the electric presence of ”Ankytrixx” at the console, to get your freaks on with is sure to be fun from the word go. When the new trophy with the gorgeous new design that resembles the 4 point myfav star is handed over to this year’s winners, we shall go on to celebrate the new brigade of our musical custodians, as much as we have for the ones before them.


There’s a spark in the air, for the show has all the ingredients for a mega blaster outing, having been there for the festivities last year, some of us already know what a crazy time was had by all. And I’m all up and ready sharpening my claws, polishing my 6 inches for the refined experience once again, which has a fresh face as again, we usher out the giants of today to welcome in the new times and block busting talented winners of tomorrow.

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Only reason one might not attend this festive occasion is if you were a zombie…until Tuesday, my munkeys…keep sharp!!

Regardless of India’s sometimes archaic, some might even say burgeoning night life scene.. my search for a perfect party ended, when I got to experience the legendary Bedrock Records label boss John Digweed, a connoisseur of Progressive/ Tech-House at a local hot spot not so long ago. In a sea of events catering to raking in the big bucks, these nights brought out a handful number of fans old and new who love the underground. The two nights I speak of, remain unforgettable. The turn out was not as expected, but we who were there had an aural carnival. The lights down low, minimal fuss and a cavernous smoky vibe along-side the very nature of the hypnotic quality in the music was designed to dance uninhibitedly. The raving attitude of old, where one finds each other while floating around the room, if they want to on full display.

In contrast, with due respect to clubs or festival parties featuring for example the popular figures like Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Steve Aoki to the Hardwell and Avicii are usually a spectacle of corporate sponsorship at hand with the bottle popping, cake throwing, confetti flying, picture taking decadence.

The divide is stark and felt immediately between the two segments, as catching up with the west we tend to book one of the Top Ten names, pay them huge amounts of money, which immediately indicates that they are ‘it’. As the cash got discovered in commercial House music world-wide, in turn India seemingly followed trends from international waters causing promoters/sponsors to focus on commercial EDM, as clearly the volume is in the youth. The entire phenomena is concentrated with our young as the core receiver and consumer who find popular music to be cool or trendy. Mainstream dance music mostly depends on vocals rendered by fashionably dressed recording artists collaborating with names such as David Guetta, Deadmau5, Kaskade to drive their packaging. Back in the days, the other experimental EDM came from Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, Paul Oakenfold to Sven Vath in the later part of the 80’s/90s and early 2000. Early sign post parties held at Twilo, Tunnel, the Palladium and of warehouse clubbing in Europe are raving yarn. In no way, does the latter scene have lesser numbers abroad, till date.

Many of our local acts such as Anish Sood, Ajit Pai, Lost Stories, Clement DSouza, Priyanjana are sale able artists, who pack places with the younger lot that like the sing along vibe in India. Chatting with Priyanjana brings out the facts that cannot be ignored when she quips- ”Each to their own. Having said that, I am at a club residency where we feature commercial artists as well as the Underground acts. Yet, the only thing that gives it up, is when the public themselves end up enjoying only one and not the latter. It’s frustrating, but I would like to be positive and hope to see a change in that attitude in the near future”.


Our divide could be because, the club going audience here, does not have the numbers that sample a varied taste in music which is an essential to advocate, all kinds of genres. The early closing times at our clubs also play spoil-sport to building the Underground vibe. D-Nox (Germany) world renowned Techno Dj and label owner at Sprout Music say’s of our club scene-”It’s important for a good Techno party to go the distance of hours, only then can one feel any kind of hypnosis”. As was evident in his gigs in India, where short sets didn’t do any justice to the style of underground music he plays, which requires time to weave a story or create a vibe.


Founder at Krunk; Sohail Arora is positive though- ” I believe that in the last 2 to 3 years, we’ve seen a positive change to the rise of venues, festivals in our country supporting underground music. It’s been the busiest season so far and I feel the line getting blurry as many of our events are being head-lined by good artists. Even though we have a long way to go in terms of numbers, it’s still a great place to be in”.
EDM in India is the trendiest acronym for Pop music and then one has the respected Grammys acknowledge the impact of EDM stars such as Skrillex, David Guetta and Deadmau5 and our core youth is sold to the prominent styles of today. Several niche parties in metros such as Mumbai and Bangalore do suggest though, of the novelty in mainstream to be fading a bit and a balance created with the underground wheel.
Artists such as Sanjay Dutta, Ankytrixx, Madhav Shorey, Arjun Vagale, Praveen Achary, Jehan Johar, Anastasia & Whosane, Vipul Angirish who play forward thinking sounds reflects the broader range, are in fact performing with greater regularity.
A corporate hoodlum by day with the flip side of a crackling Techno Dj by night- Helium Project banters: ”The introduction of Commercial House music has expanded the size of people listening to EDM, but then roots where the genre originated from, is completely lost. Dance music, with it’s commercial packaging inside of EDM, is responsible for the down trend of quality music, whether by skewed programming in festivals, and club gigs. However, a handful of Djs/Promoters are hanging on to the more purist vibe. It all depends on how many of us are ready to bring in quality music which doesn’t necessarily get the cash registers ringing”.


Ash Roy, a member from the defunct yet most successful electronic bands of India, say’s- ‘‘The reason why Jalebee Cartel became a fantastic architect of the Indian underground scene was because we brought in the concept of Live Techno alongside the vibe of a proper rave, but as the band’s success grew and bookings started to pile up, our musical vision started to suffer, as it often happens the demand for a friendlier, more identifiable sounds came to our notice. Which was never our vision nor was it the direction that we wanted to go towards”.

On to another Dj/Producer making waves in our underground and more eclectic sphere; Madhav Shorey has this to say- ” I think the rift is something that’s always been there. Some things just belong in certain places and that’s just how it is. Underground music over the last few years has made a huge following for itself over the globe and is at a nice place where young artists who are experimenting and unique are making a name for themselves and even tricking into the mainstream. A lot of genres are blending into each other and honestly, neither one would not survive if it weren’t for the other. We would not have an option and I think it’s important to understand that”.


However, I remain confused at the future of dance music expansion in India, even though non formulaic music is getting a boost from companies like sLick!, Audiophile India and Unmute agency, a most heartening sign at best. There remains primarily, the attitude of a mass majority, who are still not ready to open up their minds to music with out Vocals. Also for the most part much of club etiquette is missing (more on that, later)..


Cutting edge performers such as Dubfire, D-Nox, Guy J, Richie Hawtin to name some have lured in good turn outs in 2013 and most encouraging for the circuit, that followers with mature taste in music and an older lot of fans are coming out in support more often fantastic news. Whatever void in this scene remains, is slowly but surely enterprising itself also with nightclubs such as Blue Frog, Lap, Bardo leading the way with show-casing many styles other than just the main stream. I want to be part of a day, when we can have a groovy scenario much like Richie Hawtin’s artistic fruition, where from being a typical child of the underground has gone on to make his project ”Enter”, a big business fashionable curation at Space, Ibiza. Much as I rejoice seeing the good times an Armin Van Buuren concert gets for our clubbing youth, I’d like to feel the experience of a Sven Vath driven ”Cocoon” rave instigated with equal equanimity.
The future looks bright but clouded simultaneously. Until we inculcate a broader thought pattern which rises above all to do good, invite more variety with regularity, we in every way stand a chance to languish in a race, no one is winning. Where the habit of a verbal rave is met with an actual one. I think it’s going to take more than that, to be a force to reckon with…

Before I run off to stomp another yard, as a foot note… after witnessing several top names in both the commercial and underground scenes, I’d very much like to point out to our promoters, that I’d rather pay top bucks to the local Dj/Producers of India who do such a fabulous and a far better job night after night, than hear crap coming out from the speakers played by (atleast some of them) these famous international artists of the electronic music scene. Can someone hire me as a disco police?😀

Cheerioo munkeys, gotta get my freak on….

Don’t Rain on my Party!

Posted: June 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

1- When I see people emit a yawn the size of the Grand Canyon at peak time; I could easily visualize a Dinosaur walk through the cavernous road and walk back again. I mean come on, I am out to party after a hard week and do I have to come across a sight such as this. Where is the energy? Least one could do is to cover up, before you rain on my party parade. My advice stay home!


2- Nowadays, youngsters are so excited to share that they were at this party and that. What was their party experience like? I’ll tell you, some move their fingers at break neck speed…err mind you…this is only restricted to the key pads of their phones. Some stand around straight out of the movie ”Night of the Living Dead” and what makes it worse is they take up my dancing space. I will give some of the rest a little more credit for having fun, when they move their fore arm in a bid to look alive by flailing their limbs from up to down and back again…. I call them (Disco Statuettes). If there was such a thing as a disco police, I’d show them the door. So much for Oh I went clubbing! When I was growing up I remember we used to dance in the literal sense. At least till my feet hurt and my back sore.


3- Places that are actually small to medium Lounge bars/ restaurants that try to do an actual night-club. Is there any sense in it, I ask. Big clubs host performers and make a night out of things…and more often than not are successful in their undertaking. Where-as the smaller bars/ restaurants see that and want to join the band wagon to do what the bigger spaces do and seriously, at the end of the day make a hash out of things. What comes along with that is; bad sound, super boring vibe, strange people standing around clueless of what they should do. In short these places end up, making a pathetic attempt at hosting an artist who deserves much more than they get. After all they fly thousands of miles to play for you, give them some respect my brothers/ sisters. Here’s a message to all promoters- Choose your event venue wisely. (Coming to think of it, there are only that many venues which do justice to Djs not only from international waters, but have a heart for our local talent who do a fantastic job week after week to entertain you with the best music from around the world).


4- Knock, knock peeps…do not look like specimens from the cave ages by sending requests to Djs and or stare at him/ her with murderous eyes to play a certain sound or track. It is disrespectful and more than anything shows your intelligence as a clubber when you show no sense or party etiquette to enjoy what the show case of the evening is. As the saying goes, a Dj is not a jukebox. You gotta know your artist and then come prepared for what’s in store and make sure you enjoy it. One doesn’t make a pretty picture by making sad faces that’ll depress even the dead Camel. I mean Boo hoo!! Get over it. Here, venues should take note and do more to advertise the music policy of the night in question and not cut such a sorry figure in turn.


5- The biggest point for me that is increasingly getting annoying are with new substance users- You end up looking a screaming wannabe. I don’t want to know what you have consumed and how much off it. To tom tom it, doesn’t make you cool or with it. And surely not when you grind and appear to be chewing your own face off, I have no death wish to stare at a Golly wog. Note to yourself- Find a quiet corner to face eat!!


6-  On a serious note….Whether you’re with your significant other, or you have developed a special connection with the randomer you met on the dance floor just 2 brief hours ago, as happy as I am for you, I don’t want to watch your mating ritual. Take it to the sides, to a private space, to the smoking area, back home, I don’t care. It is frankly inducing much queasiness and surely you need to get a life when you don’t understand that it is more than anything, embarrassing for yourself.


7- Chicks in high heels who wobble and end up stamping toes (here I must mention I have nothing against footwear like that) but you do aim at me much like a missile. If you can’t stand on them or are prone to tottering; don’t wear them!


8- And just because I am dancing alone, doesn’t mean that I am available or want to join in a circle with you. So to creeps of a certain mind jam; it’s not ”ok” for me to dance with you. And when I say no, I mean it.


Oh boy! I could go on and on. But I got to go make shapes on a dance floor, but leave you with a mix set which is curating my head in current times in the download section.

Cheerioo munkeys!!