Wow, what and incredible time. As many of you know I recently had the opportunity to head for the hills, or the other side of the world in this case, and perform a few shows in India. When people ask me “How was India?”, my best answer so far is “Sensory overload at it’s finest”.
Getting into it, first of all, huge thanks to Naveen & team from Red Bull and Guru and team from Counter Culture for making it all happen as well as my good pals Manny & Skip of BlanK for their continued support.
Now then…I had been to India before, once on holiday where I ended up playing a now legendary beach festival in the south which led to coming back as part of the exhibition for the Red Bull Thre3Style competitions, ironically where I met Q-Bert. This eventually led to my 2016 return.
This time around, the trip included stops in Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad & Bangalore. If you have not been to India, these cities are what I like to call India India vs. say westerner vacation India. No resorts, no burgers, just soaking up all the Masala Dosa, Idly, Appam, and bottled water I could in 10 days.
First stop was Chennai, roughly 5 million people. We should be able to drop some bass there right? The Leather Bar at The Park was kind enough to make room for the boom, and so we did. These are a few friends that made the magic happen while I watched the birdie.
Second Stop, New Delhi. I didn’t do a gig here but on the plane ride over, courtesy of Lufthansa I read an article about Hauz Khas Village. I couldn’t resist checking it out so on my down time I spun up for a couple days, met some cool people, and confirmed the hype;) This is a shot of a really cool colorful building that overlooks the vibrant village that springs to life each night.
Third Stop, Hyderabad. I played a crazy gig here at The Farm. Don’t let the name or “coffee bar” fool you, this joint is on fire, and the likes of Digweed, Afrojack and more have rolled through in recent times. A small, ecstatic crowd listened to me for 3+ hours and danced like mad. When people ask me what it’s like, this is it, this is what it’s all about. Video snippet below.
Final Stop, Bangalore. Here I played the monster IndieMarch festival promoted by Counter Culture. 5 Stages, Bands, DJs, Producers, Et..Al. Ironically I played at the Alien Ware arena, which was to ironic considering I have a soundtrack for a video game coming out on PS4, XBox & STEAM in May 2016. My favorite shot right here.
There’s so much more to every adventure, so here’s a few links if you are ready for the deep dive, and good luck shaping your own;)