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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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”.

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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”.

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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”.

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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)..

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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? ūüėÄ

Cheerioo munkeys, gotta get my freak on….

Hello earthlings…I am yet to catch my breath from all the December and New Year’s dance fun…but there’s no stopping me as I dive head first in to 2013 with so many musical stories that are left to be played out. I am truly excited with all the untold prancing that’ll keep me busy, cause munkeys don’t rest and my hips cannot lie.

So lets get to the burning business at hand… We are just one sleep away from the glittering MyFav Dj awards night at the hottest music venue the Blue Frog- Mumbai to unfold, and it’s giving me so much pleasure to live the dream of two ridiculously talented souls, who’ve made music entertainment a serious business with an undertaking that means so much for the movement in this country.

Behold- the MyFav Awards 2013; which is to be held for the 3rd year in running with much sparkle and musical mayhem, is all ready to roll out in an epical night for the lovers of club/dance fanatics. This unique concept by the 360 Edge duos (Vishal & Eddie) is to celebrate every year the Djs who make an impact in music with India’s only exclusive online poll, that lets you make your choice and makes sure they are crowned the winners of tomorrow. A night dedicated to the Djs/ Artists who make you dance, to the clubs that welcome us in to their booming fold and the festivals that get your spirits free to run around in are all part of this electric package.

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An annual voting process; it has become quickly popular amongst the old and new. Garnering a whopping number that’s over 1700 registrations in just under a year, the web-site www.myfavdj.in  is the largest resource for Djs and artists.

MyFavAwards is bigger than ever in size and all that‚Äôs nice with 14 award categories that serve you delectable bits of musicians as your chosen one. This year we see added, two new categories called ‚ÄėProducer of the Year‚Äô & ‚ÄėFestival of the Year‚Äô plus as I know it a spanking hot trophy design more than makes it a collector‚Äôs item. The event gets a glamorous boost with lovely Ramona Arena making sure you‚Äôre clued in to the proceedings from the word go.

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A birdie tells me there’s a performance slated by the effervescent Kunal Avanti with his upcoming music video release LA- LA Land; who happens to be quite the hot-stepper in recent times.

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The event will be a belter with Indie Pop star Raxit Tewari from Sky Rabbit show-casing a song from his solo project ‘Your Chin’ as well…Exciting times indeed!

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To top that up, a galaxy of stars will be descending in their musical shoes as award presenters. In addition, the nomination panel comprises of professionals in their respective fields yet carrying immense understanding for the industry at hand shall be putting in an appearance to support music and above all for the ones who make it. MyFavAwards is a comprehensive show-case of significant performers with a jaw dropping body of work; that have made an impact on the music scene and I’m jumping to see which Djs/ Producers are going to walk away with that spiffy prize.

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The festivities of the evening will continue as the intent is to recognize and celebrate music in its best face with the MyFavAwards ‚ÄėThe After Party‚Äô hosting a line-up designed to make you move the hardest with 4 of India‚Äôs most brilliant dance music Djs. The heavy weights to perform are BoomBaba, Arjun Vagale, Janux & Ankytrixx‚Ķ.

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I am loaded and locked to a night that will be remembered for one more thing which is to raise a toast to an art form that is subjective but nevertheless focuses on music and seeks to shine the light on the chosen few who have scorched many a dance floors with their console magic.

At the end, the way to honor these individuals who influence the industry is to celebrate their talent and the way to let them know we care enough is to stomp the yard!

For further details and information go to- http://www.myfavdj.in & http://www.facebook.com/myfavworld

For peeps who didn’t vote for your favorite Dj/Artist, there’s always next year…So don’t get caught napping again.

Toodles bozos…as I get on the quest to see, the winners who rocked your vote!! ūüėÄ

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Hello munkeys…

I’ve packed up my furry boots and hoodie from Goa and leapt off to an electrifying number of days in the sun. The dancing has begun in earnest with the recently concluded Universal Religion up in the mountains of Nepal, which I am saddened to say I had to cancel on. The reports out- a fabulous festival full of color, top class music and a kick the guts line-up of djs. More power to them for future editions!!

As I bounce along to the beats news you mad hooligans is, that one of the main stays of electronic dance music for years now, has announced his retirement from djing. Danny Tenaglia… is hanging up his head phones; the world of music entertainment will miss him no doubt.

And the music goes on so without further ado, Sunburn 2012 Mumbai was of epic proportions.

The first ever edition in Mumbai brought to us by Percept gave the mother of all party boosts and immediately created major topsy-turvy fun to everyone’s life in the very heart of our favorite concrete jungle. The city had an electric buzz and an unmistakable excitement that pervaded in the air for all to feel.

The elephantine Tulip Star at Juhu stood like a long forgotten relic to host the festival in its massive fold. The 3 days were super duper fun with the line-up sagging with the weight of some of the most popular djs of the world featured at the party.

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Gareth Emery, Mat Zo, Fergie, Skazi, GMS, Sultan & Ned Shepard, John Dahlback & some. The aforementioned names had a zillion peeps eating out of their hands…it was plain to see the mass brigade in full force taking to popular music as expected. The turn out of clubbers attending all 3 festival days were fabulous and an energy filled lot. To me all the main acts sounded the same to be very honest; the mixes were different. One  played a Psychedelic mix…the other a Housey one, who cares anymore.

What I cared about was the production quality of the event.

Top notch right from the lights, visuals, to the sleek looking stage areas. Sound was a bit dodgy‚Ķcould be the venue space is such a way that could’ve been the reason so, it played spoil sport at some points with certain artists with certain sounds.

Fabulous visuals giant ‚ÄėImmersive‚Äô did the honors of giving my eye balls some work-out.¬†The nitro blasts were so much damn fun ‚Ķthe lights were blindingly happy go lucky. The confetti, balloons, disco police and special effects blinder- ‘Revibe’ all rolled in to one was one spectacular Sunburn.

On to the artists who made me thank god I am alive and dancing-

Arjun Vagale- Slurrpyy…I felt like I was in an aerobics class. Techno dripping Santa, if ever there was one.

Boombaba went EVP gone mad, Ankytrixx- played under his new project name ‘Firefly’, under which he will showcase Psychedelic & Progressive Trance was high octane energy & Janux all full of deep Psychedelic intensity performed indoors on Day 3- Thanks be to god for the invention of air con and the fact that all of them gave me much Psychedelic wonders to dance and run around to. Electrypnose was the one artist whose set was canned entirely due to issues at the venue, as usual cops came and stopped the party way before it’s scheduled time on the first festival evening calling it a rave. Hahaha…in British slang it really means boisterous dancing, didn’t know I had no right to.

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The icing on the cake though which I did dance very boisterously to was Sanjay Dutta’s Techno candies the size of asteroids through his Afterburn set at Royalty, Bandra…post the festivities at Tulip Star. Then came Aly & Fila and he barely played  some tracks, and was promptly told to end the evening at a gob-smackingly early time of 1 a.m. I cannot believe I work hard; I pay my taxes and someone else gets to decide when my party should end or what time I should go home. Regressive as ever a society I’ve ever seen.

As we stand Mumbai is going through a lock down of sorts, parties getting busted by cops in the name of a rave. Music lovers, artists/ producers and clubbers stand shocked at the immensity with which this art and entertainment is being targeted, the  less I want to talk about it.

This once great city is saturated with corruption and we are all in the middle of the bust. I for one am not hanging my dancing shoes up and my musical heart gets brighter ever more so.¬†I am gonna blast those speakers and rave like a beast, let’s see who is going to stop me….

Adios munkeys and not leaving before I give you sparklers this gem from the Beast from the East, the mix was aired on Frisky Radio recently. It gives me much melodic  groovy love I can get lost in to..

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Lalala la Munkeys!! I am officially Sunburnt, danced out and not brain dead enough to wish each one of you seething dance souls a very Happy New Year.

May the pumping bass lines, tinkling synths and catchy breakdowns carry us collectively forward in to the spanking new music horizon of 2012.
So getting down to the burning business at hand of Sunburn; arguably Asia’s biggest electronic dance music festival got underway and I was right there on the sands of Candolim to experience some of my most insanely emotive moments to close the year down. Whether the festival is the most fertile ground for cutting edge dance music are debatable, hats off though to Percept for pulling in a record number in the 3 days of its 5th year, at once impressive and unprecedented indeed.
With the festival’s day time programming and the cream of the dance music crop at the night time sessions of Afterdark; has music fiends flocking from all over the world like never before. From the 27th-29th December, it’s a place to network, catch new artists and old along-with a plethora of fringe parties springing up around the city during festival time, the fact that Goa is such a vivaciously vibrant city it’s no wonder that Sunburn has become an unmissable part of the dance calendar for many.

I hate to be granny miserable but there are a few points I need to rave and rant about- I love an experience of musical talent, mix it up with visual grandeur to the maddening throngs gathered for one cause which is Sunburn, but here goes the spiral heading downwards…. To be greeted with an assortment of insects as the theme goes, in ostentatious finery was by far an eye sore with unimaginative names attached to each arena. I don’t know whether I want to include Coollu the sweet owl looking over us who endeared. So seriously to the powers that be I along with many others missed the sleekness of the earlier years. The look and feel was electric back then.

Me monkey felt quite soggy jouled seeing these¬†mammoth¬†insectizoids in fancy dress…the festival felt more like a circus¬†gone wonky‚Ķthis was no Alice in Wonderland!!

I did have a giggle with all that walking between Plot A and B got me killer calf muscles..I heard like a zillion peeps complaining and groaning about it, for gawds sake I mean we are at a festival which requires one to get down right dirty and dancing, so if one has to walk to get to the guy whose flown  thousands of miles to entertain you, then damn walk to get there.
To move along, if there is a mother of all clobber points, then it is definitely looking towards the artist programming. The show flow left me cold. I was often scurrying to catch some of the more prolific acts who all seemed to be slotted all at once and at other times I had no choice at all.
Another sore point was the artist slots; with a bit of clever planning one can easily vanquish the argument of does a big room Dj with big room sounds change his style and pace to suit the slot the artist is at to create a bit of a journey through the day, or does one just come and burn it all up with the following act with a lesser pace dropping it down and no one really cares… Beats me hollow…
There were some artists who were outstandingly mediocre, plus¬†the much awaited sets of two top quality djs Pete Tong and Nic¬†Fanciulli nearly turned out duds. I am not sure if I want to beat¬†myself for being indifferent to the Global Underground legend Nic¬†Fanciulli’s set, it was border line could’ve touched good, Pete Tong¬†got boring and was unlike what he can do which is usually exciting.
To get to the part where it was all worth it; cutting edge wonders were churned out by Helium Project with his warm underground sounds, a perfect opening for the Perfect Stranger beauteousness. Tocadisco and Junior Jack/ Kid Crème were funtastic.
The real storm turned out to be Spartaque though; he was beautifully young and energetic. As far as I am concerned the Cubezoid stage on Day 2 with Spartaque was an education and a defining set securing a place in the hearts of clubbers present. He gave us the most reckless workout with his driving bass filled Techno and not to forget his all smiles presence. I didn’t have the requisite courage to leave his arena to catch Laughing Buddha next door.
Moguai and X P Voodoo were next level super super electronic gods with attitude and musical sensibilities all in place. Sunburn got the timing right with these two artists.
Ankytrixx played like a brave soldier at the Psychedelic arena at a dodgy time, but the boy wonder with the Midas touch packed in a considerable crowd very quickly. As always he was progressively stomping. Clement was groovylicious during sundown, he did nearly split my cranium with the mother of a closing set at Afterdark, Butter- Sir, take a bow!! His set was razor sharp and devoid of any inhibitions, just like his rib tickling humor.
Ah! The long lost art of playing vinyls with the showmanship. My personal highlight of Sunburn 2011 godly aggravation reached an all new musical high with Sanjay Dutta playing Classic Trance at Afterdark, Butter. I revisited the super clubbing days of the late 90’s and early 2000 with a euphoric, melodic, bouncy and mind-numbing all put in to one large ball of blissed out hands in the air nostalgia of dance fun.  I feel complete after this goliath outing by us and the Beast from the East.
A special mention to Dan Booth, your visuals were sorely missed.
Sets by Axwell, Infected Mushroom, Skazi, Above & Beyond, Liquid Soul, Jerome Ismae, Gabriel and Dresden to name some packed up at their arenas as expected with sing along friendly sounds. The crowds so obviously packed up for the big labels like Defected & Toolroom Knights like never before.
Poor sound at my favorite Cubezoid stage was no fun at all, in fact its quite unacceptable, as Skazi struggled too at the Psychedelic stage. If you want to throw a good party, have kick the guts sound me thinks.
Oh well, Percept takes risks and gets away with being the¬†omnipotent bastion of hosting mighty like Sunburn. My urge to get¬†communal and heinously twisted hasn’t diminished with the Sunburn 2011¬†edition one bit. As a serious music lover, I am excited and optimistic as ever for the future the festival brings me.
With an irrational love for the beats, I move on to stretching my limbs to a pot-pourri of extra-ordinary talent further North as we get in to January action. Tell you all about the hopping sooner I get my brains back.
I leave you cheery heads with a mixed set, by an artist who is rising in meteoric fashion in the dance radar and his sets are munkiness personified, so here goes…
Download- Sunburn 2011 by Helium Project
Till then stay intensified munkies!

Hello Lovelies,

We are on the threshold of a spanking New Year and what a cracker of all parties to end it with.

It has been my mission for many years now to search out that beastly fun, where one loses oneself to the music, melodies and a Dj who can make one dance like there‚Äôs no tomorrow. The genius in question did it for me as way back as 2006 at Smirnoff Experience and it took many of us 5 years to come a full circle. Little did I know that it would be him alone who can bust my every move and how. I found my perfect party with the mother of all Djs this year…meet the devilishly delicious Mr. John Digweed once again! Blue Frog blew the roof off with this double whammy of hosting the legend. It was unfortunate that the Blue Frog in Delhi was not ready in time to release the man there, but turns out we in Mumbai gained it all.

Firstly, it is very hard for any one of us who were there to really describe what the master played and how he so seamlessly put it all together with back to back nights of true clubbing bliss, but allow me to try.

All clubbers present were excited days in advance and went through sleepless nights of excitement to make it for the Bedrock god. Both nights turned out to be gems as it were.

Before I go on, I was a tad disappointed seeing the turn out for this event lower than expected, but that was hardly a determining factor of the musical freight train both nights turned out to be.

The electric feel at Blue Frog was unmistakable and the class of John Digweed performing like the goliath he is more than made up for the absence of many so called music lovers who are forever complaining about the lack of Djs with cutting edge intelligent sounds coming to India to perform, and when one does, a lot of them don’t show up for it. Not really complaining more space for making my monkey moves alright.

Me munkies were delirious at the fact that Diggers appeared two nights in a row, signature opening acts by the ‚ÄėBeast from the East‚Äô- Sanjay Dutta & console boy wonder-Ankytrixx both of whom more than did justice with their warm up sets full of gorgeous sexy bass lines , that set the tone for the mayhem and magic followed up by the biggie.

John put on a wily display the first night; at once atmospheric and thought provoking with I want to know where these break downs are going kind of foxiness in his tracks selection at which we responded like buds to warmth. He is not only futuristic but played out his set with such murderous calm that we succumbed in mushy bundles of pudding pie. At the end of the night we were unashamedly magnificent in our stomp. We screamed like banshees for more, but later at the exit he did tell me to hold on for Part 2.

The following night smasher, Digweed turned us in to curve balls with a set full of glorious music, abundantly driving us with dance allure. He came in to his own and so did we. Diggers second set isolated and spoilt us with warm grittiness, melodies that’d drop at the exact moment that you think you are going down the rabbit hole billowing out from the speakers. All in all, productions from the might of Nick Muir, Guy J, Henry Saiz, Christian Smith and Bedrock were in splendid showcase to name some. We munkies prepared for it, danced like somewhat possessed and with enthusiasm fit enough to drive Napoleon’s army faster during its retreat from Moscow back in the day.

John Digweed is magnificent and leaves an imprint like no other. I am a victim of his blistering aural assault and I do recall that I had my paws waving at the UK based producer the whole time, but he would have none of it. Sigh!! I was as good as if I owned a dinosaur, by then.

John Digweed not only rocks the scene with taking Bedrock to places few people dream of, his sets are extra-ordinary and to have a mind of an extra-terrestrial, beats it all hollow. He is unforgettable and so were the nights at Blue Frog, it will be etched in all our memories forever!!

I am lock, stock and barrel off to the beaches of Candolim to check out some feisty names in electronic dance music. See you on the sands of Sunburn.

Have a cheery one, until then dance heads!!

Leaving everyone a track that curates my brain from the Diggers back yard no matter how many times I listen to it…

Check it here- Beautiful Strange

I want to sing sing aloud‚Ķ. ‚ÄėOutside its pouring rain but inside my heart the weather is fine‚Äô‚Ķ..la la laala a

Dance music gives us such genius, in times that is throwing up run of the mill dj sets. I witnessed an Electronic music behemoth when the man toured India in the earthly form of U-Recken! Take a bow, sir…

Dancemunkey pays full respect to a mortal who plays like a godly being. Not since the gob-smacking sets of John Digweed, Dave Seaman, Carl Cox and James Harcourt have I come across such abandoned fun & frolic. Trust me they are far and in between too.

The tour unfolded with the spectacular U-Recken in Pune alongside the heavy-weight presence of Helium Project in a sweet opening set that featured tracks by artists like Psycatron, Mutant Clan, Alex Di Stefano & Sun Control Species, and a monster closing set with indecent amounts of banging booty shaking gems from Ankytrixx.

I have to say that 1 Lounge in Pune left me cold, because the venue is quite the place to be, but the sound left a lot to be desired. Reports of the Guy J tour of India was fantastic as he is a Dj par excellence, but sound was petered down to a measly tinkle at this aforementioned venue, I wonder what may have been the reason behind that. Quality sound that 1 Lounge can’t boast of, in this of day and age of superior equipment that is easily available with simple planning for it doesn‚Äôt make a hole in the pocket of anyone, this is hardly enchanting.

Blue Frog, Mumbai was another story; this night U-Recken made it his business to enthrall us with magical music. Cutting to Ankytrixx this fearless bundle leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is a power house performer and a star, quick opening & closing sets put the buzz in to everyone of us munkies. He had us eating up bombs from Azax Syndrome, Mad Maxx & Space Tribe to name a few. We could only just about move around at break-neck speed with the tornado in between. I, for one nearly asked for mouth to mouth resuscitation by the time Ankytrixx ended the night on a crescendo.

To keep things tight- U-Recken was epic; his selection of candies was monstrous and euphoric; something crumbled, humbled and transformed in each one of our musical soul.

Mainly playing his productions, I was fascinated by the audacious fierceness of the sounds rumbling out from his console. I charged head long in to the soaring textures, melodic samples and ripping bass lines.

As I sign off, a word of advice to lovers of electronic dance music, you have no excuse to miss the GU World Tours with Progressive House giant Dave Seaman-India edition coming up in the month of September. Check Facebook event page for listings of the cities and clubs he is slated to perform at. Unless I electrocute myself on some live wire, I should make it for this one…ha!

Do make sure you check out the man U-Recken himself and his take on music and his future plans for the coming year, in my following post…

Cheerioo me munkies!!