Bemanan : Point Blank Elegance

I tend to start on a new piece of music with a single question – “What does it feels like?” It is a simple approach that often assists with sentimentalizing the song, in ways that are both useful as well as generating bias. When I heard Bemanan, I was worried about the…

Losing Yourself to Dance: An interview with Su Real

Photo Credit: Sachin Soni  Su Real is the alter ego of Delhi-based Suhrid Manchanda. In the realm of dance floors, he rules supreme whenever he takes over the DJ console. Belting out song after song in his trademark bass-heavy style, his knack at recognizing and delivering what the audience wants…

Interview with Armin van Buuren

The first thing that strikes you about Armin van Buuren is the powerful positive vibe around him. Dressed in a plush black leather jacket and washed jeans, he walks into the rooftop conference room of Trident and even the panoramic views of marine drive in the afternoon sun can’t hold…

The Big Story: Tin Can Men!

Pictures by Abhishek Gunaratnam Back in the days of Orkut, Sriram was watching Ice Age and chatting with Tapass on a messenger from that age, Windows Live: Sriram: Dude, the jamming’s great. I love how tight our band is! We’re gonna give a killer performance during our first gig. Tapass:…

Nitin Rajan on Radio City Metal

Radio City recently launched an online radio channel that features music created by the heavyweights of Metal from the Indian underground scene. We spoke to Nitin Rajan from Radio City Metal about the channel and their plans on promoting independent music and helping it reach a larger audience.   WTS: What…

Farhan Akhtar and Anurag Rao on Farout Media and ‘Mutant Macha’

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Music Publishing and Talent Development Company Farout Media has created a new song ‘Mutant Macha’ and licensed it to Star Movies for the television premiere of X-Men: Days of the Future Past on 19th April, 2015. The song ‘Mutant Macha’ is a collaborative effort between Farhan Akhtar,…

The Big Story: Talking to the jazzman

Pictures by Abhishek Gunaratnam He sits at the head of the table, his countenance calm and assertive, but mainly occupied. He is engrossed in conversation with two men. When we come in, he holds a look of slight annoyance, a look that says he has forgotten about the interview. The…

The Big Story: Ma Faiza – The Queen of Electronica

Photographs by Aabhishek Gunaratnam Makeup: Divya Rajshekhar, Somdutta Pal Stylist: Ritupriya Basu “I have always just wanted to be me, to be real”, she said in a calm and composed manner. While that is what all of us aspire to be, it is different for her – after all the…

A Chat with Higher on Maiden – Iron Maiden’s official tribute band

Higher on Maiden, Iron Maiden’s official tribute band from UK gave an unforgettable two-hour performance at Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore on 12th January 2014 (Read all about it here.) Higher on Maiden has Big Dickinson on Vocals, Swifty Harris on Bass/Vocals, Adrian’s Myth on Guitar/Vocals, Dave Hurry on Guitars and Clive Blurr on Drums.  We…

A conversation with Soulmate

Arguably India’s most loved Blues band, Shillong-based Soulmate are into their 11th year of dazzling crowds, national and international with their brand of heartfelt, no-nonsense, no-pretense blues. They are also the only band to feature in all of the editions of the world-renowned Mahindra Blues Festival. Ahead of performing in…