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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!!

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? 😀

Cheerioo munkeys, gotta get my freak on….

Doo doo doo, Da da da I am quirkily humming, a non conformist as ever hmmprrh!!

I got a sore back and heavy head with a first timer of sorts with the two ladies hosted by Blue Frog- Priyanjana and Kini Rao, dictating how we can make dance moves aplenty. Girl Trouble, indeed!

Let’s see now, the crowd at Frog was not so much to talk home about being a holiday week-end, but clubbers present had top energy. It was my first time listening to the pixie girl from Hyderabad, mucho fresh Kini Rao. I was surprised by the light energy she put forth in her warm up set. Although the tempo went all too fast for me but what the hell, she quickly got down to business by getting people to the floor with lotsa grooving and moving… not a bad thing at all. According to me, she had the requisite bar bass lines to get the floor warmed up, bouncy and groovy all at once. Tracks by Dubfire, Format B, Beckers, Butch & Slam are all on her showcase. All great stuff surely and she is easily a whole load of talent that can only go up from here on.

Priyanjana has come a long way from her residency days at Poison playing commercial sounds to being a goddess of Progressive. For a while now she has found her calling in House music and she does it damn bloody well. I am well aware of her transitions and find her to be one helluva artist to watch out for, what is also fabulous in her persona is the humility she displays even after being such a cracker of a Dj. She knows her craft and is wily enough to play big room sounds which is so important, it shows she is studying and knowing the venue to play exactly what she did. Massive futuristic gems flew out from her time at the console, she featured artists such as RPO, Anthony Pappa, D-Nox, Sonny Whorton to name a few and got all of us in a right frenzy.

I thought there were a couple of times when the two artists doing a back to back seemed disjointed, cause both are fiercely individualistic performers, overall with a session like theirs, it could have been really much worse for me as a clubber. As one is Techno plush and the other deeply Underground charged. For once I didn’t really concentrate on a journey, but gave myself off to a roller-coaster ride with the girls and their quick console changes till the very end.

I would really like to see Priyanjana & Kini Rao in their space, playing solo sets. To team them together doesn’t do justice to either of their sounds, so different from each other. But I am waving a red flag for both, they bode well for the dance industry in general. Priyanjana leads the way by giving anyone a run for their money, she has become that good in Electronic Dance music and Kini is slowly making inroads into the scene off late as I know it and I am happy. The night was fun enough with great energy, all around.

Tech-House is coming out of every orifice that I have and I am bored to death, it’s really getting pre-historic for me. Give me lush Progressive Underground melodies and hypnotic Techno, with those booming spacey bass lines. Oh lovely! Both the above mentioned artists did differently and I can only kiss their senses.

A big shout out to Fahd dearie at Onseed for a flyer that’s funked out. Also, if anyone feels like re-skinning themselves you must visit http://www.onseedonline.com for more details.

I’m off to a biggie, but not before I furnish you with Priyanjana & Kini’s mix sets, available for your download capabilities.

Dj Kini Rao-  Download!

Dj Priyanjana-  Download!