Why he wants India to groove the EDM way

May 15, 2013, 01:39 IST | Ruchika Kher

Tell us something about the Open Your World tour. Musically, what is in store for people

1. Tell us something about the Open Your World tour. Musically, what is in store for people?
I will play compositions from my recently released album, Connected that tells my story — born in India but having lived in seven countries and how music has helped connect the dots. For the album, I collaborated with award-winning artistes from nine different countries including DJ Qbert who is one of the inventors of turntable-ism and DJ Hall of Fame inductee, Dutch producers Mason who hit No 1 with their release Perfect (Exceeder) on Ministry of Sound, Israeli producer Yahel, who pioneered the invasion of trance along with Infected Mushroom and Indian singer Anushka Manchanda. Look out for the compositions and the concert.

Akshai Sarin is one of India’s most popular Electronic Dance Music  artistes on the global circuit

2. How do you plan to make your performances more captivating?
That’s what it’s all about — making an interesting show. The live performance with songs from Connected is different because it’s all my original music, mostly from the album. It’s also a mini band setup, with Priyanka Blah singing live at the gig. Most importantly, there’s a segment where we get members from the audience on stage to record with us! There’s some fancy gizmos, interactive visuals — potentially live remixing — all if the audience is ready to open their world to my
‘magic show’.

3. Electronic music is a rage in India. What can be the next step? Are there other genres that will enjoy the same kind of attention here, in future?
Integrating a live performance aspect into a genre is critical and the next step. Aside from the hype around Electronic Dance Music (EDM), more people in India should explore EDM as a genre to listen to. Artistes like Bjork, Fourtet and Subtrkt are great to kick back and put on a pair of headphones to. Folktronica (Folk + Electronica) has a strong natural traction in India as well. Also acoustic, regional-language music if well presented can be a hit because of our strong and varied languages. The music I’m working on after Connected uses live instruments like guitars, drums; it’s more of an album to listen to. There’s so much music, waiting to be heard — if only you’d open your world to it.

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