Posts Tagged ‘Nepal’

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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…could 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 ‘Immersive’ did the honors of giving my eye balls some work-out. The nitro blasts were so much damn fun …the 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..

Download- Sanjay Dutta gets Frisky with Submerge April 2012

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….I feel blessed by a musical god and a legendary force for more than a decade and have put forth for all you munkey- heads a short tete a tete with U-Recken himself. Read on will ya…

DM- Tell us in short where your musical journey began, where you were born.

UR- Born in Haifa city, Israel. Started to play the guitar from a very young age, my career took off with bands, studios, stage managing and party organizing. Thereafter the U-Recken project took shape in early 2000.

DM- Who are the artists you really respect in the Dj community, and love their Dj sets or productions?

UR- I love the old- school names. From Synchro, M.F.G, Logic Bomb to the more recent ones such as Panic and Cosma r.i.p

 DM- With respect to the huge volume of releases- How do you filter the crap, do you have a team of people sorting the music or you keep it simple by playing mostly your own productions?

UR-hhhh love your questions! Somehow I am surrounded with people who know my specific taste and look after my cd folder. But true that it’s very hard to find good tunes these days. Thank god that people want to hear my own work J

DM- Which is your favorite open air festival in the world and also a favorite club, if any?

UR- Ozora in Hungary is a really good gathering with great vibes and a professional production, but for 2012 I am looking up to Tree of Life festival in Turkey. This production is really coming from the heart; location, music, décor & visuals are going to be by far the best you will ever see in a festival out there. Feel free to check me on this one.

DM- Give us your top 5 tunes, that’s current.

UR- Logic Bomb- Frequent Flyer, U-Recken rmx. U-Recken- The Optimist.

Depeche Mode- Loose Myself. U-Recken rmx. U-Recken fea. Darwish, I.D.F.

U-Recken- Eya Soala. All coming out your way soon J

DM- Describe your style of music?

UR- Mixture of dark, melodic Progressive on to Ethno elements.

DM- How do you feel about the golden days of playing on vinyl; have you ever put a record on?

UR-Nope never in a party, but I will tell you one things for sure it is the best sounding format out there.

DM- What is your ideal Dj set-up?

UR-Lots of drinks 🙂

DM- What are your thoughts about this recently concluded India tour, did you enjoy the vibe?

UR- It was off the hook! I loved every moment and I can’t wait to see all the great people again in April, at Universal Religion festival (Mountain Madness) Nepal.

DM- Which city do you reside in, that’s home?

UR- Home is where the heart is and my heart lays in Tel Aviv.

DM- What’s your gig guide like in the near future, which countries can your fans catch you at?

UR-This week-end I will be at Innsbruck, Austria for a great group of party people. I will fly to Australia for a few parties. Have a really great summer with weekly visits all over. Think my fans can be relaxed about getting their yearly music dose.

DM- Would you tour India again, as you know your fans haven’t got enough of you?

UR-No, not before Nepal. It’s good because next year means new album. Wink, wink!!

DM- What’s 2011 year end looking like, production time or touring for sets?

UR-I am working hard on finishing the Tree of Life web-site (surprise). Along-with that the third studio album titled “A Light at the End of the World”.

DM- This one is for the ladies, are you single?

UR-Nope 🙂 but my love is endless.

Damn I had so much fun grilling him.

I also love the fact that Digital Om, the event company spear-headed by a sweet natured man brings to us artists of intelligence and futuristic fun. You can get your load of everything that’s going on at the Digital Om Productions fan page on www.facebook.com/digital.om.productions, for now.

I am off to another month of dancing and prancing, may our future be full of U-Recken fun!!