4 Indian acts you should not miss at NH7 Weekender’s Bengaluru edition that begins today
It’s that time of the year when music lovers are spoilt for choice, with various music festivals offering them a fab music experience, be it in terms of the festival atmosphere or music across styles and genres. One such festival that is most awaited is the NH7 Weekender which started off in 2010. What makes the festival unique is its lineup that brings the biggest, best and budding musicians from India and offshore together at one place. This year too, the festival’s Bengaluru edition has an attractive international lineup comprising artists such as Appleonia, Cloud Control, Houdini Dax, MUTEMATH and The Inspector Cluzo among others.
We bring to you four unique Indian acts who are performing at the festival.
The electronic music project of Mumbai-based artist Sanaya Ardeshir, Sandunes is a trippy affair that you will fall in love with. The unique blend of mellow and dreamy structure of her tracks coupled with exhilarating beats and synths in the right proportions makes you forget the hectic world around and puts you at ease. It pushes you into a world of your own, where everything is colourful and chilled out. Ardeshir, who has just returned from an international tour as part of the OneBeat programme, will be debuting with her band at weekender. With the help of an electronic drum kit, guitars, synth with an Ableton Live rig and set of controllers along with a whole lot of vocalists, Sandunes along with the band plans to take you to a dreamland.
Bangalore-based band Peepal Tree comprises Sujay Harthi (vocals), Tony Das (guitars), Praveen Biligiri (Bass) and Willy Demoz (drums and percussions). The band members have all worked with some of the best names in the industry and when all these gifted musicians come together, they create crisp and fun melodies which are an amalgamation of folk, rock and pop. Das has worked with Sandeep Chowta on movies such as Paan Singh Tomar and Rowdy Rathore among others contributing to the background scores and songs apart from working with Raghu Dixit and being part of the renowned band Bhoomi. Demoz the drummer has been part of numerous acts in Bengaluru such as Vasundhara Das, Moksha, Bhoomi etc. apart from performing with music director Guru Kiran. Biligiri and Harthi have been part of Bhoomi apart from having composed for Kannada short films and movies respectively.
The band is known for their fresh and experimental music which incorporates elements of electronica with other genres. They will be playing a set of Hindi and Kannada songs at the festival apart from a cover which they plan to keep a surprise. “As people who’ve watched us will know, we’ve run synth tracks from a MAC. At our very first gig, the very first song, the tracks didn’t start as they should have, throwing the whole band off. Luckily, we managed to pull it back by the end of first verse. The audience, though, didn’t notice anything,” says Harthi. Nevertheless, they plan to surprise all with their music and more this time around.
A few bands can take their craziness arising from the love of music to the stage and carry it off in a classy manner. Mumbai-based act Madboy/Mink are live examples of it. Collaboration between Imaad Shah and Saba Azad, this act takes you back in time with their genre-breaking eclectic mix of retro disco, rock n roll, swing, funk and more. Their fab onstage presence and antics will make you want to dance along to their tunes while reminding you of the yesteryears. “We were always clear that our sound as Madboy/ Mink has to be a trademark to us, and has to reflect our personality as musicians. We take the various genres of music and filter this to adapt to a modern sense of sound. Our live acts are a visual spectacle, almost like electronic cabaret,” says Shah. The band recently composed their first Hindi disco track called Sharabi, which was received well at the Kolkata Weekender and they look forward to see the effect their music has on the Bengaluru audience.
This Chennai-based hard rock band is a pleasure to watch live. The frontman Sriram TT does a fabulous job of engaging the crowd, be it by starting off with a joke or sharing anecdotes about their songs, making them a part of the headbanging madness they unleash on stage. Loud, crazy and bucket loads of fun is what Skrat is. They plan to make the Weekender performance their craziest to date and also will be playing songs from their latest album The Queen. Talking about the Bengaluru crowd, Sriram says, “They are a warm crowd that really connects with the band rather than wait for the band to impress them. They take part in the happiness and it helps bands play”. Skrat is Sriram TT on vocals, guitars, Satish Narayanan on bass, vocals and Tapass Naresh on drums, vocals. Oh and make sure you stay till the end, for they usually finish their set with an awesome rendition of tapangkooth.
STRAYDOG JAM ROOM @ NH7 WEEKENDER
The StrayDog Jam Room at the NH7 Weekender will be an open jam room where budding musicians, independent artists and upcoming bands can come and jam. The jam room will also have establishedbands like Soulmate, F-16s, Thermal and a Quarter, SKRAT, etc. who will come for ‘meet and greet’ sessions with fans and budding artistes through both the days. To book a slot for the StrayDog Jam Room, visit: www.straydog.in/hotspot. Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Bengaluru is happening on Nov 8, 9 @ Embassy International Riding School