CHENNAI: While there has been a growing number of international artistes coming down to perform Electronic Dance Music, for the first time, the city will see a travelling show, RESET, that includes only local artistes. “We want to bring the spotlight back to our homegrown talent, and to give them a stage where they can push the sound they love,” says Arjun Vagale, techno DJ and producer. “We have some great talent in this country that we are trying to unearth and showcase. There is space for all kinds of music, whether it’s garage house, tech house, minimal techno, glitch hop, dubstep, or just electronica,” he says.
Organised by UnMute and Phoenix Live, the show will see some of the best underground DJs of the country — Chubby, Eric, Arjun Hora and Akash — performing on Saturday. The artistes were selected based on a DJ competition organised throughout the country. Chennai is the last stop, after Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Pune. “Chennai loves its techno and they never stop dancing. When there are no deadlines, it helps the music scene grow. And that’s what has happened in Chennai. Given a chance to flourish, techno has taken over,” says Arjun, who is also the director of UnMute.
As far as the EDM scene in India is concerned, Arjun says, it is in a very nascent stage. “However, compared with where it was 10 years ago, things are very different. There’s more interest in India. We’ve had the world’s biggest and best DJs come down. Whether its David Guetta or Richie Hawtin or Coyu or even Carl Craig, India is where they’re heading. But a lot needs to change as well,” he says.
Join the RESET party at Confluence Convention Centrefrom 3 pm. Tickets for each edition are available for `750 at http://resetindia.com/, and on the day of the show at the venue. For more information, contact 09810359721 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org