Five musicians -- The Mole, Elif Bicer, Tapan (Midival Punditz DJ Set), M Mat and Kini Rao — will perform in Bangalore on November 2. Dance music fans in Victoria and Vancouver in the 90s heard a lot of The Mole in his infancy. His mentors, believing he had natural talent, pushed him from his DJ beginnings into music production. This natural talent was, in reality, mountains of hard work consummated in secret. The Mole has had 7 years of residency at the Laika bar and numerous appearances at the Mutek Festival.
There is also what The Mole refers to as the ‘starchy root machine’. A performance in which a minimum of five turntables are all playing loops that are either manufactured or hand made. With this The Mole then manipulates them, in a traditional DJ sense, with some effects to bump it up (what he confesses is quite a psychedelic experience for him). And although he has, because of other projects had to put this endeavour on the back burner for a little while, he still gets questioned on when he will bring it back. He has only ever done it in Montreal because he thinks the number of tables scares people and it is terribly techno as well.
Elif Bicer’s first two step piece was produced by Barry Black. She has also worked for the Berlin based Hip Hop label Ostblockk Plattenbau where she recorded some of her music. The electronic music scene benefitted from her spontaneous jam at Berlins Weekend Club in 2006 with the producer-DJ duo of Prosumer and Murat Tepeli. At first she considered herself an extra gimmick, but today she has developed into an independent artist signed on to Berghain’s famous Ostgut Ton label. There is hardly another female singer in the German house and techno scene who perfectly blends their hip hop and RnB inspired backgrounds with electronic music.