Posts Tagged ‘Helium Project’

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….

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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!

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!!

Seasons Greetings my dance munkies!!

Reboot, recharge, rejuvenate was the order of the day and I took it with gusto. I did go on a dance rampage at quite a few gigs in town and out prior to that.

2010 has been awesome musically and shockingly mediocre on the other hand, some fabulous Dj sets made my dancing feet stomp, I am going to leave the bad ones as no mention hahhaa!!

As is the calling in December, everyone worth their salt is in Goa and I can really do without writing about all the fantastic Djs such as Ankytrixx, Sanjay Dutta, Boombaba, Shiva Moon close from home on to the international greats like Dave Seaman, Paul Van Dyk, Funkagenda, John 00 Fleming, Riktam & Bansi to name a few all putting in guest dj sets at Asia’s biggest dance music festival Sunburn. I know that, all you party hearties are experiencing all these myriad artists first hand. The After Dark sessions and Sundown on the beach at Zanzibar lineup of Djs is spankingly yummy, as well. Dash all this up with power packed parties at Morjim with the Rebel Alliance goodness of Hux Flux, Fibre Stomp, Mubali, AFM and more and we are ready to usher in the New Year crazy bad.

Lots to get hopping with.

So there we are facing a brand new year that matters and hope to god that it turns out to be a smashing one musically and dance time gets even better.

I leave you with loads of love for all the support and fun that I have received for my writings, obviously it wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t get any of that from all you that have stomped next to me as hard as I have in the past year.

See you brave hearts on the other side, with ramblings and much Trancing and dancing of many of the parties to come.

A very Happily Dancing New Year to each of you.

The goodie bag section has a mammoth mixed set by Helium Project that should keep you dancing some more and well into the New Year…

Cheerioooo munkies & All Hail Electronic Dance Music!

DOS by Helium

Caramba!

Long live dance and the Djs who make us the clubbers that we are…

An event anticipated and much awaited by many, from nearly a month before…Azax Syndrom- India Tour 2010. So I must tell you that I was quivering in excitement, much like the rest of the Psy heads of the cities he performed at.

So with lightning feet and a heart full of promise at a treat, there I was with my dance munkies, first ones on the floor. Add to that, a curious line up of 3 performers prior to the big gun Azax taking over the console.

Helium Project; had the opening set honors with some smashing candies fit for a warm up keeping it melodic and easy, time out at getting groovy and ground breaking. He got the tempo going halfway through, with crowds filtering in much later than expected. Helium was playing at a Progressive Trance set, a first of sorts keeping it close to the music best suited for the night, much removed from his usual specialty of Underground bombs. Keeping it simple always works. Impressive too!

Shivadelic; Second to none that I have come across, apparently it was the performer‚Äôs first outing at a club format such as Blue Frog and boy did he remind me of Hrithik Roshan in ‚ÄúKaho Na Pyar Hai‚ÄĚ, guess he definitely will be the bicep rippling hero of the future Psychedelic scene, I am thinking. At some point I switched my brains off to a no holds barred screaming crowd who simply loved the tracks Shivadelic played with. There is a Beatport Top Ten for Psychedelic and this was it.

Raveoholic; now we come to that point where the Dj in question comes into the console in a packed like a can of sardines and frenzied club, I understand that one has to keep the tempo going and showcase your web of music to the best of your abilities for clubbing entertainment, which he did. Some earth shattering tracks were featured by Raveoholic while the mood was up-tempo and fierce which is fantastic going, but the timing is debatable. Must mention here, the aspect of Visual Jockeying is getting bigger and brighter, adding so much value when synced in with the mood and music of the night, as was clearly on display.

Azax Syndrom; easily a Goliath of the Psychedelic world. He is worshipped and adored aplenty. Azax went onto playing as well as he does and predictably everyone loved his hard floor style. I would like to mention though that some tracks were not snazzy enough for me and I did plod through them, monotony did get a hold of me on a couple of¬†occasions¬†(All you Azax lovers please don‚Äôt run at me with bats hahhaha!!)¬†and then there were those gems included, like ‘Hokuto Shin Ken’ & ‘Evolution’, flying right at me. ¬†Undoubtedly, he is a fabulous producer and supreme at the level of what he creates as his own.

To finish it off I’d like to request the powers that be to take notice of what makes a night is the guest Dj after all and to ensure that the said artist is the focus. To keeping that in mind a shuffling around of the line up in the Djs featuring right before Azax Syndrom came on, can be a lesson well learnt. At points, some of the music was far too pushy and bone crunching right before the main act came on. There may come a day when we study a bit more into who will make the right cut when, it is so important to put the right sound at the right time. In no way does it take away the fact that Digital Om has got it going on with artists that matter in the kitty and what a hedonistic nocturnal raving the night turned out to be for everyone that attended.

Ciaoo dance baddies but not before I give you a sweet grooved up set by Helium Project as a download!

Helium Live at Blue Frog

Continuation D-Nox interview….

Which tune do you personally feel proud of?

Cala A Boca

What is your current, dj setup and tech-wise where do you see yourself?

I play cd¬īs. I don’t wanna play from the computer. I need space and freedom. I don’t wanna be dependant of a laptop. I believe I am good at what I do. Somebody told me ‚Äúnever change a running system‚ÄĚ.

Which do you think is the most exciting place for dance music in the world right now?

Berlin! Sao Paulo! Tokyo! Buenos Aires! And many other like Bombay!!

Who is your favorite Dj?

I don’t know. Never really have time to listen other dj¬īs properly.

Where do you go from here, are you touring big?

I go back home for 2 days before I head to Greece for a beach festival and the day after I will play in Austria in a club.

With the Top 100 DJs poll under way, who do you reckon deserves the top spot this time around?

This poll is a bummer. A big lie. I always wonder what have bands to do inside a dj poll? And why there appear so many names I have never ever seen or heard before. I come around quite a bit but half of the names are total fakers I am sure. I got informed that u can buy votes. There are companies that offer deals to make sure u gain enough votes to be listed in there. So to everyone who believes in this poll, wake up and find the real talents but don’t use this nonsense dj mag poll!!!!

Congratulations your going to be a daddy soon, is it tough managing a career and family life?

I was already though before, I guess I have to cut my touring and stay home more often but after 18 years of Djing¬†¬†I think it’s a good time. I will never stop playing but maybe I will just spend half of the time in airplanes as I do now. Lets see. I am happy and cant wait to see my kid!!!

So it goes, munkies..some very interesting observations by the experienced rock star Dj.

I for one am a fan for life, as much as I am a true blooded fan of Helium Project- this particular artist is shaping up to be a mammoth and the future of big room intelligent sounds. Exactly what we all got in for, when he and TechnoBoy came back to the proceedings to finish what they started. The little time both the artists got for the closing set in a quick back to back, turned out to be a banger. TechnoBoy is the youthful talent amongst the big guns and might I add, many more Techno heads to conquer.

The future is bright for dance, even though the hide & seek continues for me with supposedly fabulous performers giving me nightmarish amounts of indigestion…but never mind club heads, get yourself some unselfish wiggling with the Exclusive D-Nox guest mix & TechnoBoy candy, below.

Get downloading D-Nox gold!!

TechnoBoy Thunder!!

The sun is playing hide & seek with us and so are the Djs.

Brilliance is going peek-a-boo at me. I don’t know what it is with top Djs of the world on a Yeke Yeke trip, makes me wonder if the track is really a diamond in the rough.

So well D-Nox is charismatic, handsome as a monkey and has sounds of wickedness to boot. Now, was it enough to conquer my heart? Yes I think so.

D-Nox in short happened to be brilliant the first 45 minutes of his set. The bass lines were carefully crafted to suit our mood, which was electric to begin with. No-one can doubt that his console presence is the bomb, Tech goodness flowed from his hips that made all of us groove hard and kick up dust on the floor. He has definitely moved on to a new sound, as compared to what he played 2 years ago.

Great productions were on show case, including some of his own and time flew fast, till a plateau of staccato beats was reached and then it just refused to go any further for me. Again, I seem to be on loop about this, but there has to be a journey created where the only way is up. Hence-forth, the organizers should really pay attention to club timings in India and notify the artist of the same, so the performer has the luxurious choice to go all guns blazing…and for that he needs to be aware that closing time comes hard and fast. Here in India we do not have let’s say a 6 a.m shut down; what a yummy thought that.

So an artist does the home work to play sets that in short create a journey for the clubber, and in the process makes sure it is peak time music.

Legendary names such as John Digweed, Dave Seaman & Josh Wink to name a few are all top of the heap as far as creating tightly woven musical outings, by god!!

Helium Project & TechnoBoy built up the opening tempo, dark and brooding and definitely different from anything I’ve heard either play before.

Now coming back to the man of the hour, D-Nox rocks and I got the chance to getting him sharing his thoughts in an exclusive interview. Boy! He is interesting.

Read on munkies…

Q. If I’m not mistaken this is your second trip to India, how has your experience been playing at the clubs here, do you find a difference that’s marked?

A. Almost right. This was the fifth time I came to India but the first two times I came more for holidays reason to GOA, somehow I end up playing there as well but the last three times I was here just for music reasons. I can see that India‚Äôs electronic scene is still very small and still growing. A big difference for me is that clubs close early and that people celebrate in a different way. It feels strange to close a party at 2a.m or even earlier. Normally we start to party at 2 a.m and go on till late. Also I have played for very few people which make‚Äôs me realize that electronic music doesn’t reach a bigger audience still. Bombay was wicked, looks like people are much more interested in E music.

Q.At what age did you start Djing and any one in particular you got inspired by to start spinning?

A. I am Djing since I am 12 years old. Music, especially the music from the 80‚Äôs was always flashing me. So I started to record and collect. Well few years later, there was acid house music and then around 1991 I have heard techno for the very first time and I couldn’t believe that such thing was made. I got hooked up right away. My first money playing was 1992. Since then I play almost every weekend.

Q. Where do you reside country & city that is home?

A. My home city is Berlin, and soon I will have a second home in Brazil.

Q. Do you have any other job besides Djing?

A. I run two record labels, event company and I produce music with my partner Beckers.

Q. Would it be fair to say that you moved from Progressive House to Psy- Prog to Progressive Trance to Techno/ Progressive now, for example Nowhere/ Sly Flynn & D-Nox for Plusquam Recs in 2008 and Antix- Le Lascard (Iboga) in comparison to You are A Star/ D- Nox & Beckers 2010 from Armada Music, being your new sound?

A. We can say that I never really thought about styles. Even in the very beginning of my production career I just did what came somehow out of me. If you look at the names of the labels. Yes than u are right. Plusquam and Iboga is the home of progressive Psy trance artist but my music never sounded like this. The beginning of all, the early 90’s, there was no genres, there was only techno, we didn’t realize that slower or faster music needs different names. The new sound is the same as it was before, it‚Äôs all from mine and Beckers inside…. To be continued…

Please note that I had to break the D-Nox post in to two sections due to length concerns.

The second post shall be a continuation of his interview with me and as usual the goodie bag section will contain a resounding Guest Mix by D-Nox plus Helium Project and TechnoBoy’s Techno candies will be up too.