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‘I don’t think DJs need to play only Bollywood mixes to survive in industry’

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New Delhi: Famous DJ of India, Udyan Sagar aka DJ Nucleya has mastered the art of playing hits in the country where he restructured Bollywood cult songs like “Disco Dancer” and “Dum maro dum”, making Indians groove to his every beat.

Apart from fusing South Indian street and folk music with his signature bass-heavy sound, he even experimented with nursery rhymes.

He believes that the masses are aware of “good and bad music” and that the DJs don’t have to depend on Hindi film tracks for survival.

The artiste, who began his journey in the industry towards the end of the 1990s, when he co-founded the musical act Bandish Projekt, says since there is more awareness about electronic music in India as compared to 10 or five years back, DJs can explore more.

“There was a time when I thought that (doing Bollywood mixes) was the only option, that it was the basic way to survive. I didn’t know whether my music would work in India or not. Surprisingly, it’s working in my favor. In today’s age, I don’t think you need to play only Bollywood mixes to survive in the industry,” Nucleya told reporters.

“People are aware and they know good or bad music. It just needs to be interesting and fresh. People will understand it. So, as artistes, they should do what they want to, explore music and be true to themselves,” said the artiste, who describes his music as “a mix of everything” and says that it’s a “genre in itself ; that’s why I hate to call it EDM (electronic dance music)”.

Now a solo artiste, currently on his “Bass Rani” album tour, he is a regular at music fests held across the country. He has also performed at various international music festivals including Glastonbury and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

How important is it for him to be the main act of a festival?

“Headlining is not important. All bands have their own sound. It doesn’t make a difference whether I am headlining or not. I remember there was a gig, which had four acts in total. I was the second one on stage. But I had the maximum amount of people compared to other acts. I think it’s the energy that’s more important,” he said.

The former Delhi resident even spins the disc at various clubs. Ever asked to specifically play Bollywood or Punjabi music?

“That rarely happened in a gig or two. People know the sort of music I do. They come prepared for that. So, they don’t ask me to play Bollywood or Punjabi music in particular. They know I am going to play my own music,” he said.

In fact, contrary to what most people assume, the “Akkad bakkad” hitmaker thinks that Delhi’s music scene is a “balanced” one.

“I was in Delhi for about five years. We shifted to Goa six months back. Delhi’s pollution was bad. Me and my son kept falling ill. So, we shifted out. But professionally, that place is good for any artiste. It’s balanced and not dominated by film music,” said Nucleya.

He is yet to check out the music scene of Goa, which hosts some of the country’s biggest EDM fests including Sunburn and Supersonic.

“I haven’t explored Goa’s music scene so much. The intention was to stay in a calm place. In the next couple of years, I will understand their music scene,” he said.

For now, he is looking at “two big scale Bollywood films”.

“One of them is ‘Kapoor & Sons’. I also released an album a couple of months back and I am still on tour. I will take off from March for some time, then will work on a new material,” signed off the artiste, whose “Mumbai dance” has been used in the National Award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee-starer short film titled “Taandav”. (Natalia Ningthoujam, IANS)(Photo: www.justdial.com)

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Google’s doodle honours R.D. Burman on 77th birth anniversary

Burman created a rich musical legacy comprising Indian classical, pop, rap, disco, funk, cabarets, which revolutionised Bollywood music

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R.D. Burman Image Source: alchetron.com
  • Burman had started composing songs at the age of nine under his father’s expert tutelage
  • Composed music for over 350 films including “Sholay”, “Kati Patang”, “Teesri Manzil”, “Yaadon Ki Baraat” and many more blockbusters.
  • Burman created a rich musical legacy comprising Indian classical, pop, rap, disco, funk, cabarets, which revolutionised Bollywood music

Google on Monday stole the hearts of music lovers by honouring legendary Bollywood music composer R.D. Burman with a doodle on his 77th birth anniversary.

Born in Kolkata on June 27, 1939, Rahul Dev Burman had died at the prime of his career in Mumbai on January 4, 1994, aged 54.

Famous for a variety of compositions including the evergreen “Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko”, “Mehbooba, mehbooba” and more, he was the only son of his equally illustrious father and music director Sachin Dev Burman.

The doodle shows a chubby, bespectacled and smiling portrait of Burman with musical notes and a few scenes of his songs in the background, aptly suiting his nickname of ‘Pancham-da’.

Google doodle RD Burman Image Source: news.panchamithra.in
Google doodle RD Burman Image Source: news.panchamithra.in

“Bringing in influences from all over the world, from disco, to funk, to cabaret, R.D. Burman revolutionised Bollywood,” Google said in its accompanying tribute.

Burman had started composing songs at the age of nine under his father’s expert tutelage and by the mid-1950s, he was an able assistant working on music for some of the top films of that era.

In 1961, “Chhote Nawab”, his first film as an independent music director was released, though he had composed songs for an unreased venture “Raaz” two years earlier.

Since then, he never looked back and composed music for over 350 films including “Sholay”, “Kati Patang”, “Teesri Manzil”, “Yaadon Ki Baraat”, “Pyar Ka Mausam”, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”, “Sanam Teri Kasam”, “Satte Pe Satta”, “Rocky”, “Aap Ki Kasam” and many more blockbusters.

Occasionally taking the mike solo (“Mehbooba, Mehbooba”) or with some other singers (“Monica, O My Darling” with Asha Bhosle), Burman created a rich musical legacy comprising Indian classical, pop, rap, disco, funk, cabarets, which revolutionised Bollywood music. (Source: IANS)

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Indian duo to perform at EDM festival Tomorrowland 2015

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

EDM (Electronic Dance Music) duo Lost Stories will be performing at the annual EDM festival Tomorrowland 2015, to be held in Belgium, Universal Music India has announced.

The duo, Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi, will be performing on the Blue Flame Stage on July 24 in Boom, Belgium.

“We are proud of the Lost Stories boys on having secured a slot at the prestigious Tomorrowland festival in Belgium. It’s a massive step towards showcasing Indian EDM talent on a global platform. From local gigs to a European tour and a slot at the biggest annual EDM festival in the world, they have indeed come a long way,” Devraj Sanyal, managing director, Universal Music Group South Asia said in a statement.

The announcement has driven immense support by fans and personalities alike as Lost Stories will represent India on the global map of dance music which is an ever-increasing industry.

Last year, Lost Stories released their debut album “Music for the #Generation”. The album spawned the hit single “How do you like me now”, the video of which was very well received by EDM fans and made it to number 16 on Vh1 Top 100 Videos of 2014.

The duo has since played some memorable sets alongside Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke amongst many others.

Lost Stories will begin their European tour on Saturday which goes on till August 5. During this period, the duo will also be seen performing at other major festivals and clubs across European countries including Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and France.