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"We’re looking at a conversation with the audience": Jennifer Milligan
Simply The Blues, Mumbai’s unique roots blues festival now in its 4th edition, pioneered by Blues lover Anil Mehta of StarKonnect Event & Promotion, recently brought down multi-award winning French blues band Lil Red & The Roosters for a multi-city blues festival that took the band to Goa (Sept 24), Mumbai (Sept 25) , Bangalore (Sept 26) and Delhi (Sept 27). The Mumbai gig was held on September 25th at the blueFrog, Lower Parel.
“We're just concerned with making music that interests us” – Alt J.
After their spell binding performance on their first visit to India in February 2015, Alt- J took music enthusiasts by a storm once again at the live set of the Emerge festival recently.
After one of their gigs was cancelled the last time in Delhi due to the unpredictable heavy showers, LIVE Viacom 18 brought back Alternate rock sensation Alt J, back to India one more time. The band performed live in Gurgaon on 21st of May 2015 and then to Mumbai on the 22nd of May 2015.
“I will dedicate a track to Bombay” Markus Schulz
Originally from Germany and based now out of Miami, Markus Schulz holds the 2012-2013 title of “America’s Best DJ” as voted by the readers of DJ Times magazine. Over the last 10 years, he’s crafted the individual musical identities of progressive, trance and house into his own unique sound. His “Global DJ Broadcast” radio show is heard by millions each week and is aired on SiriusXM in the U.S., DI.fm and 50 other radio stations around the world. Schulz is label chief of his own Coldharbour Recordings (under the Armada Music umbrella) and has helped launch the careers of aspiring talent from around the world. Schulz has four full-length studio albums under his belt – including Do You Dream? and Scream – and those works have brought forth the dance-floor crowd-rockers, “The New World,” “Nothing without Me” featuring Ana Diaz, “Love Rain Down” featuring Seri, “Perception” and “Do You Dream?”
“Everybody comes to us as we are hit makers” – Manjeet Singh of RDB.
RDB (an acronym for Rhythm, Dhol, Bass) is a band formed by three British Indian brothers in 2001, whose style blends western genres with traditional Punjabi beats and vocals. The Punjabi DJ production group comprised of Kuly (Kuldeep), Manj (Manjeet) and Surj (Surjeet). In April 2011, Kuldeep was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and passed away on 22nd May 2012 in Houston Texas. Nindy Kaur is the latest addition to the group and is the wife of Manjeet.
“Playing with Megadeth was a new experience for me.” Mike Albert
Mike Albert, the legendary guitarist (ex - Megadeth), front man of the Mike Albert Project which he formed to evolve his playing to showcase his own sound was in Mumbai as part of the World Music band with L. Shenkar. Mike had replaced Megadeth’s Chris Poland during the 1985 "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good" US tour. His earlier bands were the Frank Zappa produced, Ruben and the Jets and El Chicano, a Latin band.
“I have made sounds on a sitar on the last Crowes record” – Rich Robinson
The Mahindra Blues Festival turned five recently. To commemorate this, the event saw six time Grammy winner Buddy Guy, yet again, alongwith New Bedford-based 15 year old sensation Quinn Sullivan (who Buddy Guy summoned on stage in 2007 and whom he is known to be mentoring), Doyle Bramhall II (best known for playing with Eric Clapton and Roger Waters), Black Crowes axeman Rich Robinson, roots bandleader Nikki Hill and Danish seven-piece Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado. The Indian contingent featured Warren Mendonsa, The Mahindra Blues Show and The True School Blues Experience.
At an exclusive meet and greet a day prior to the festival, we managed to meet up with Rich Richardson to know about his band The Black Crowes and his love for the blues. Here are excerpts from the exclusive.
“I shall explore Bollywood if I get a chance” – Steve Aoki
EDM whiz Steve Aoki, who gave the world a crazy new way of indulging in cake and champagne, returned to India for a three city tour with Vh1 Supersonic Arcade. EDM fans got a chance to watch Steve Aoki perform live on 16th January in Mumbai, 17th January in Delhi and 18th January in Bangalore.