ANNIVERSARIES

Majrooh Sultanpuri 1-Oct l Don McLean 2-Oct l Stevie Ray Vaughan 3-Oct l Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) 3-Oct l Pamela Mukherjee 4-Oct l Shailendra Singh 4-Oct l R.K.Sreeramkumar 4-Oct. l Prameela Gurumurthy 5-Oct l Rattan Jain 5-Oct l Bob Geldof 5-Oct l T.N.Krishnan 6-Oct. l Palai C.K.Ramachandran 7-Oct l Usha Khanna 7-Oct l John Cougar Mellencamp 7-Oct l Toni Braxton 7-Oct l Leo Rod 9-Oct l John Entwistle (The Who) 9-Oct l Nedunuri Krishnamurthy 10-Oct l David Lee Roth (Van Halen) 10-Oct l Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates) 11-Oct l Milan Singh 12-Oct l Nida Fazli 12-Oct l Marie Osmond 13-Oct l Sammy Hagar 13-Oct l Cliff Richard 14-Oct l M.S.Shashank 14-Oct l Chris De Burgh 15-Oct l Dr. N.Ramani 15-Oct l Mudikondan C.Venkatarama Iyer 15-Oct l Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 16-Oct l Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) 16-Oct l Eminem 17-Oct l Ziggy Marley 17-Oct l Palladam Sanjeeva Rao 18-Oct l Kumar Sanu 20-Oct l Manfred Mann 21-Oct l Prayag Raj 22-Oct l Shaggy 22-Oct l Sapna Mukherji 23-Oct l Tirupanithura Radhakrishnan 24-Oct l Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) 24-Oct l Madurai Mani Iyer 25-Oct l Navneet Nishan 25-Oct l Sharda 25-Oct l Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 25-Oct l Shabbir Kumar 26-Oct l Anuradha Paudwal 27-Oct l Simon Le Bon 27-Oct l Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) 29-Oct l Abhijeet 30-Oct l Abu Malik 30-Oct l Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) 30-Oct l David Coverdale (Deep Purple/Whitesnake) 22-Sep l Emani Sankara Sastri 23-Sep l Bruce Springsteen 23-Sep l Imran Merchant 25-Sep l Papanasam Sivan 26-Sep l Olivia Newton-John 26-Sep l Pinky (Preety-Pinky) 27-Sep l Durai Swaminathan 28-Sep l Lata Mangeshkar 28-Sep l Mahesh 27-May l Jerry Lee Lewis 29-Sep

Vishal composes for Irrfan Khan starrer

Composer-singer Vishal Mishra whose previous outing 'Pyar Ho' from Munna Michael struck a chord with one and all, is all set for his next Bollywood outing, 'Qarib Qarib Singlle'. The film stars Irrfan Khan and is helmed by Tanuja Chandra. Vishal has composed three songs for the film and one of it is sung by Atif Aslam. Vishal flew to Dubai to record the said track, 'Jaane de'with Atif. Interestingly,Jaane De was composed right in front of director Tanuja Chandra and the film's producer as they were narrating the script. Impressed with the on spot composition, the team decided to incorporate the song in the film.Commenting on the same, Vishal says "It's a pleasure for me to compose for such a lovely film which has Irffan Khan, one of our finest actors playing the lead. 'Jaane de' is really close to my heart as I believe its one of my best compositions till date. It was also created on the spot when Tanuja Chandra was narrating the script to me, I'm glad with the way the song has turned out and Atif has done complete justice to it.The song will be out this month and Vishal is excited for the same. Apart from this, Vishal has composed another track 'Khatam Kahani' which is sung my Nooran sisters and is an upbeat number.

Rakesh Maini and Bhoomi Trivedi collaborate for a single 

Rakesh Maini runner up in the 5th edition of Indian Idol,there seems to be no stopping him now. Rakesh will soon be coming up with a Punjabi single "Ankha Billori" penned by the very talented lyricist Chichi. The single is recorded with his co contestant Bhoomi Trivedi and the song is composed by Shashi Suman who is the music director for Mary Kom and has worked as an Assistant Music Director of Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He also co-sung a song Mora Piya Moh Se Bolat Naahi with Aadesh Srivastav from ‘Rajneeti’. He composed the beautiful song ‘Nindiya’ (Sarabjit) and ‘Yaara Ye’ (Gandhigiri).

Ankha Billori is backed by a beautiful music video featuring Rakesh Maini and Benafsha Soonawalla. Rakesh Maini says " "This single Ankha Billori is a very special song for me as it is a collaboration with Bhoomi Trivedi , Shashi Suman. All of us a part of Indian Idol 5. It is a Punjabi song beautifully penned by Chichi and the music video features me and Banafsha Soonawalla. The song has come out really well and a special thanks goes out to Sandy Taneja who has put up such a beautiful team".

https://youtu.be/ZMso9536lns

Amit Mishra croons the beard anthem

Singer Amit Mishra collaborated with famous grooming company Beardo for their #SuchABeardo campaign. The anthem stars the singer in collaboration with Pritam’s Jam8 who have composed the song along with a host of other musicians.  The anthem is quirky, cool and has the whole Bollywood industry grooving to it. Talking on this Amit said, “Singing this anthem with the guys at Jam8 made the whole experience super fun and interesting! With all the live horns and such a groovy arrangement to the song, the song is super catchy! Their very idea of coming up with an anthem for people with a beard was what interested me the most! Good stuff.” Previous to this, Amit has similarly been a part of major chartbusters like ‘Bulleya’, ‘Radio’, ‘Galti se Mistake’, ‘Ding Dang’, ‘Meer E Karwan’, ‘Suno Ganpat Bappa Morya’, and his upcoming release for the movie ‘Aksar 2’. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIJfF2nt6y0

 

Druv Kent songs are on BBC Radio 2

This Diwali week, treat yourself and your loved one's with a magical night where internationally acclaimed singer and musician Druv Kent is all set to mesmerize you with his world famous songs and lyrics. He is  an Indian-origin musician and singer based in Singapore and the first Asian artist whose  songs have been approved by BBC Radio 2. The investment banker turned musician has managed to attract the interest of producers of artists such as Ronan Keating, John Mayer and others.

Druv studied masters in finance from the US. However, his love for music could not stop him from pursuing his career in the field. His songs "Little Bit of God", "I'm Still Riding", "Glitter & Dynamite" and "What It's All About" are popular and acclaimed internationally. He plays pop music, urban country, rock,folk and soul music.His recently released single ‘Long When We’re Gone’ went viral and became popular within no time!

Here are few links of his performances for your reference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDTyFT9h6fc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNN6K7Pc35o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkove-670f4

Famed guitar mentor Bismarck no more

Famed guitar tutor and mentor to some of the foremost guitarists to come out of Mumbai, Bismarck Rodrigues is no more. He was 91 years old . Bismarck was famous as the best guitar tutor in Bombay and was revered by his students including well known musicians like Ehsaan Noorani, Geetu Hinduja, Chandresh Kudwa to name a few. One of Bismarck’s greatest attributes as a tutor was that he was always jovial and encouraging. Even at the age of 91, he continued to mentor and teach a new generation of budding guitarists.

May his soul RIP.

Tributes:

Ehsaan Noorani:

A legend & the finest #guitar teacher has left us. Rest in peace #Bismark sir. Your legacy on earth will go on forever.

Geetu Hinduja: 

As they say time flies. Yesterday my teacher Mr. Bismarck passed away. He was the one responsible for changing my life, for giving my life a direction that would shape the course of my life. He introduced me to the power of Music, and what it would go on to mean to me. He taught me how to play the guitar & whenever I sang & played, no matter how badly, he would tell me "Baby you are amazing!" He taught me to learn to love myself. I know I did not see him very often, but he touched my life in the most precious way. He was my mentor, my rock & my friend when I needed him the most in my early twenties.

I released my second album 5 years ago... the memory popped up today. Couldn't have done it without you Bismarck. I can see your twinkling eyes & embarrassed laughter & the delight you took in all of your students successes, each time, every time. There is no other like you. New Light will never be the same again.

Shape Of You-the biggest song of all time

Ed Sheeran's Shape of You is now officially the most-streamed track of all time on Spotify, having overtaken Drake's One Dance.Shape Of You, released via Atlantic Records, now has 1.318bn plays on Spotify according to the streaming company.One Dance currently stands at 1.317bn plays, ahead of another billion streamer - The Chainsmokers' Closer.Despite releasing his latest album, Divide, back in March, Sheeran is the most-streamed artist in the world on Spotify right now with over 40m monthly listeners.He is the second most-streamed artist of all time on the service, with over 10bn plays. (Second only to Drake.) Using the approximate rule that Spotify's music rights-holder payout (across free and paid) sits at around $0.005 per stream, that means Sheeran's catalogue will have generated around $50m for the artist and his music business affiliates so far. Globally on Spotify, Ed Sheeran is most popular in Mexico City, where he currently has over 850,000 monthly listeners.

 

Karan Joseph-the dark side of music

On September 9th, pianist Karan Joseph jumped to his death from the window of the 12th floor apartment where he was living. He was just 29. For the past month he had been living there with Rishi Shah who runs Rave music magazine. The reasons for his drastic step are not known and the matter is under investigation.

It was very disturbing and sad to hear that someone as young and talented as Karan has taken his own life. His unfortunate death has raised a number of questions – Why did he do it? Was he pushed into doing it? Was he mentally unstable? Did he take drugs? Is the music scene fraught with tensions, insecurity and troubled lifestyle?

Popularly known as ‘Madfingers’, Karan a Graduate of the Berklee College of Music, was a highly talented keyboardist and much in demand on the independent and jazz music scene. He has performed with numerous artists and at live venues around the country. For Karan music was everything, especially jazz which was close to his heart, but rather than jazz, I think of it as music, he would say.

We may never know what went through his mind before he decided to take that final step. Suffice to say, he cut short a promising future for whatever reason, we'll never know.

Wherever he may be, may his soul RIP.

- Stanley Paul

 

Dr. Palash Sen makes his Directorial debut with 'Jiya Jaye'

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents ‘Jiya Jaye’, a heart-touching musical, the new short film marks the directorial debut of the multi-talented artist and the lead vocalist of India’s biggest band Euphoria, Palash Sen is now set to win hearts with his one of its kind musical short - a story of lovers, caught in the crossfire of terror.

Commenting on the release, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said “It is an extremely proud moment for us to associate with Palash Sen and launch a musical short film on our platform. With the release of Jiya Jaye, we are introducing a new category of narrative in the short film industry and we are absolutely thrilled about this project. It is an industry first that shows the growing popularity of shorts which Royal Stag Barrel Select Large short film is driving. It is wonderful to see how short films are attracting a great audience online as well as great talent from the mainstream film industry and popular artists in the country. In line with the brand’s philosophy of make it perfect, we have and will continue to encourage and motivate talented film makers to freely showcase their original creativity through our platform.”

Starring Kinshuk Sen and Sahiba Bali in the lead roles, and with a strong supporting cast of Kashish Arora, Shahran Qayyoom, Rajat Bhattacharya, Rahul Khajuria, Mayas and Prisha, Jiya Jaye revolves around the theme of love. The short film chronicles lost innocence and brings to fore a narrative of friends who become enemies in times of terror and misplaced nationalism. A strong, emotional, musical drama, this short film is sure to lead the audience to delve deep into the plight of its characters. The song used in the film is the first single from Euphoria’s upcoming album.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has released some of the most prodigious and award winning short films with some of the renowned artists and directors from the industry which truly reflects originality, imagination and perfection.  ‘Ahalya’, ‘Interior Café - Night’, ‘Ouch’, ‘Chutney’, ‘That Gusty Morning’, ‘Mumbai Varanasi Express’, ‘KhoolAaliChithi’, ‘The School Bag’, ‘Bruno and Juliet’ and ‘Shunyata’ are some of the phenomenal films released in this platform.Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films as the platform for original short films andhas been the pioneer in popularizing this genre of filmmaking.

Talking about the film, Dr.  said, “I am really excited to present Jiya Jaye to our fans who have named themselves ‘DHOOMERS’. The movie has a very emotional plot written by my sister Dahlia that was best expressed through music. I have always wanted to make a musical film using Euphoria songs. This is an entirely new avenue for me and my band and I am glad that Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films gave me the perfect opportunity and platform. This platform was always my first choice and I am Euphoric about this partnership.  It is an incredible platform for filmmakers, artists and actors who want to explore their creativity and take their work to newer mediums."

Jason Derulo & Martin Garrix at Time Out 72

All devout music enthusiasts searching for an all inclusive music festival as a year end calendar favourite will unite this winter, making sure to transform the shores of North Goa into a giant dance floor! This December Goa’s premium beach event Time Out 72 is going to set temperatures soaring with an amalgamation of some of the world’s finest artists uniting on one stage to dole out pulsating beats that will transport music enthusiasts into an unparallel world of unadulterated music and dance. The high octane event promises to ensure a scaled up experience with music that does not dictate, preach or judge but breaks all barriers of elitism and hierarchy. Conceptualised and produced by Waterlemon Events LLP and Sudarshan Entertainment World, the festival will be privy to 3 DAYS of a multiplicity of music genres at Goa’s preferred music destination Vagator from the 27th to the 29th of December 2017.
 
Time Out 72 aspires to give serious music lovers an electrifying all encompassing experience capturing hand-picked talent and live experiences from across the globe. The festival will witness a galaxy of homegrown and international artists performing live under one single roof to deliver a consummate and an unparalleled EDM experience that India has been awaiting.
 
Headlining the festival on Day 1 will be one of the biggest names in music, multi-platinum recording artist Jason Derulo, whose newly release single “If I’m Lucky” is climbing the U.S. charts and his Caribbean flavoured club banger  'Swalla' with Nicki Minaj, has been on everyone's summer playlists before climbing to the UK Top 10 and Billboard 200 charts. His debut performance promises to showcase “If I’m Lucky” along with some of his biggest chart-toppers such as 'Wiggle', 'Talk Dirty', 'In My Head' and, 'Whatcha Say.' Derulo is a multi-faceted, timeless entertainer with 102 million-plus single equivalent sales worldwide. Cumulative streams continue to soar, exceeding 6.3 billion and YouTube views surpass 4 billion. At radio, his music impacted a total audience of 20 billion-plus listeners with a staggering 3.5 million spins. He landed 4 #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, 6 Top 5 songs, and 11 Top 10 songs.
 
Headlining the festival on Day 3 will be one of the most pioneering names from the dance music fraternity who's taking the world by storm, #1 DJ in DJ Mag Top 100, 21 year old Martin Garixx, who has professed his love for India on numerous occasions. The Dutch DJ is best known for hits as "Animals”, ‘’Don’t Look Down’’ with Usher, ‘’In The Name Of Love’’ with Bebe Rexha and most recently his collaborations with Dua Lipa and Troye Sivan. This summer Garrix performed all over the world including Coachella, Lollapalooza and his two residencies in Ibiza at Hï and Ushuaïa. He has also ventured into the fashion world by becoming the face of Armani Exchange alongside Cara Delevigne.
 
Keeping in sync with their vision of not being run in the mill, the debut edition will feature an exclusive stage curated by one of the world’s numero uno agencies: EA Events. EA Events provides dance music enthusiasts from across the globe with ultimate night outs and larger than life concept based concerts and events. Having not only take over the market in Netherlands with their unique and one of a kind parties, EA Events owns some of the most exciting IP’s like Don’t Let Daddy Know & Kingsland Festival. EA Events now hosts sold out shows across the globe and are making stirs in the dance music circuit worldwide.
 
Addressing the official announcement of the festival, Vaishal Shah, Founder, Time Out 72 states, “The line-up that we have revealed is just a glimpse of what is yet to come. We are sure that the entire line up will make Time Out 72 one of the most prolific music festivals in the country. At Time Out 72 no detail will be spared ensuring every festival-goer feels that their experience was unique and their money well spent. The festival goers are in for a visual and acoustic treat with the line-up’s having some world-class names that will breathe life into India’s music scene. We are sure that the line up coupled with tremendous scale and grandiose of the event will leave everyone asking for more”
 
Adding on  Aayush Mehta, Co-Founder, Time Out 72 elaborates, “We sincerely thank the Government of Goa for having faith in our maiden endeavour of providing serious music lovers a destination to experience a blend of popular and underground music. With this long term unique collaboration with the Government of Goa, we will work towards establishing Goa as the ultimate music destination on the global music map. Through this particular event we are all set to provide unparalleled scale and grandiose that will redefine live events in India. The festival encompassing of multiple activities and a constellation of varied artists will keep festival goers entertained throughout the 3 days.”
 
Jason Derulo states, “Namaste India. I have heard phenomenal stories about the music, movies, culture and people of the country and I’m extremely excited to be performing at Time Out 72. I’m definitely looking forward to exploring the country on this visit as well as meeting all my fans, up close and personal this December apart from tasting some Indian food and doing some local sightseeing.”
 
Martin Garrix states, “India, I’m very excited to return to your beautiful country. This time it will be extra special since I will be returning to Goa. I missed this place ever since my last show there and can’t wait to go back!”
 
Alex Hes and Essam Jansen, Founders, EA Events state, “India is one of the top 10 countries that is zealous about dance music. We found an ideal collaborator in Time Out 72 that shares our enterprise and hence we will be debuting in the Indian festival industry through collaboration with them.”

Adding a dash of international experience at the festival will be art installations, international emcees, flea markets, solar powered stalls, adventure zones, grafitti panels painted through the festival, chill-zones with the world cuisine. The festival will cater to an assortment of sounds such as pop, rock, indie, live and dance and will feature 3 stages apart from multiple after parties making it an all-encompassing family friendly festival.
 
This event will also put a strong emphasis on security for women and zero tolerance towards banned substances. Specialized teams will be trained to monitor the festival and will work closely with local authorities to ensure that all festival goers indulge in safe and legal revelry.
 
The sands of Goa will be set ablaze as 70 of the finest musical act will descend onto the shores of Goa to transform it into “the music heaven”.  Comprising of eclectic mix of homegrown artists and global support acts, Time Out 72 will blur the lines between technology, music and adventure in a great web of artistry. 
 
Time Out 72 aspires to reinstate the spirit of community, connection and conversations in the festival arena, a vibe that has been lacking in many music festivals conducted in the recent past. The festival will connect fans directly with the artists they love and become a sanctuary for forward-thinking music fans seeking life-affirming experiences.
 
Come make music your religion of choice and the soundtrack of your life.  Serenade your senses and experience musical bliss at Vagator, Goa - a landsynonymous with timeless festival magic, to celebrate life and love amidst euphoric music.

Percept Live collaborates with Rashi Entertainment

Percept Live one of the biggest entertainment, media and communications company in India has recently announced a collaboration with Delhi based event and promotions giant Rashi entertainment to co-promote all Sunburn events in Delhi-NCR. Sunburn which enjoys the status of being of the biggest dance music brands in the world has just kicked off its 11th season. 
 
The collaboration comes fresh on the heels of the announcement of KSHMR’s maiden India tour which will commence with a charity show in Delhi on 20th October. The Delhi gig will feature EDM star Nucleya and Anish Sood. New York music producer Jai Wolf will also be a part of the tour. Being a propagator of humanity and an ardent philanthropist, KSHMR will donate proceeds of his New Delhi event titled “KARMA” (drawing inspiration from the law of the providence) to charitable institution, Child Rights And You (CRY) that propagates the welfare of underprivileged children through dignity, justice and equity for all.
 
“Having CRY be a part of this show is a huge honour for me because they address poverty at its brunt— the children,” said KSHMR in a statement recently.
"This is my first tour in India— a homecoming of sorts and a moment I’ve been waiting for. I plan to give people an experience that reflects just how important it is to me," KSHMR said recently. KSHMR has performed in India before, but this is his first full-fledged tour across the country.
 
One of dance music’s biggest artists, KSHMR, continues to raise the bar every step of the way, and as Diwali comes to a close, the festivities will continue as he embarks on his first tour of India! 
 
Speaking on the collaboration, Manuj Agarwal, CEO Percept Live stated, “We’ve shared a great rapport with Rashi Entertainment in the past and have collaborated on other projects. We are delighted to have them on board to co-promote all Sunburn events that will take place in Delhi. They have a great legacy of hosting and producing events on a grand scale and we are sure they will add immense value to give fans a great Sunburn experience. We look forward to working on the first event with global sensation, KSHMR in October”
 
Expressing his views about this initiative, Rajeev Jain, Director Rashi Entertainment voiced, “It is a great privilege to be a co-promoter of Sunburn Events in the National Capital Region. I assume that this collaboration between Rashi Entertainment and Percept Live will go long way and will definitely transform the entertainment quotient in Delhi-NCR Region.  We plan to do a few other big gigs with International DJs in the city. Looking out for an exclusive n classy musical tour like never before in Delhi”

Armin Van Buuren & Arijit Singh headlining EVC - 5th Edition

As the excitement for the fifth edition of COMIO Enchanted Valley Carnival continues to grow with the unveiling of the Electronic Trance Family stage, India’s largest multi-genre music & camping festival announces the festival headliners & early bird ticket sales! Dutch Trance King Armin Van Buuren will be performing to a power packed stage in the Valley for the very first time! Adding to that, Bollywood singer & crowd favorite Arijit Singh will be returning to COMIO EVC for a second year in a row! This marks the beginning of EVC’s extensive & eclectic artist announcements. The festival has a lot of surprises in store for their 5th edition.


A trance icon who has become one of the most popular DJ’s in the world, Armin Van Buuren has set the standard of the trance movement high with his talent. An influential stalwart in the world of Electronic music, Armin has collaborated with some of the biggest DJ’s and recently released his new mix from his album series- ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2017’ 

The Indian Phenomenon, Singer Arijit Singh dazzled the COMIO EVC tribe with a 37-piece symphony orchestra band with International members from all over the world and is back to add opulence for the second year! The singing sensation will certainly be adding grandeur to the multi genre festival as he’s all set to serenade his fans with the biggest Bollywood chartbusters.

India’s largest multi-genre music & camping festival will be held on 16th & 17th December 2017 at the picturesque Aamby Valley City in Lonavala. A unique mix of music, camping, culinary experiences and adventure sports, this one-of-a-kind festival has now released their early bird tickets. Beginning from Rs 3520 for the festival & Rs 6048 for camping, COMIO EVC gives its fans a memory of a lifetime with 48 hours filled with the very best the valley has to offer.

Speaking about the festival, Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO Universal Music Group South Asia said “Our vision for EVC has always been very clear & I’m extremely proud to see the meteoric rise of the festival. The Pivot to move to a multi-genre music format is the biggest & best thing we’ve done. We’re off to an extremely great start for our 5 year celebrations with our title partner, headliner artists & early bird announcements. It only gets bigger & better from here.”
 
 Mr. Sumit Sehgal, Chief Marketing Officer, COMIO India said, “The youth of today are extremely passionate about Music and following their favorite musicians. A festival like EVC brings together music enthusiasts from all the corners of India. Arijit is a big sensation amongst India’s youth population and we are glad to have him on board along with the international artist Armin. With live music becoming extremely popular among the public, it is exciting to be part of such events.”|

Shoven Shah, Founder, EVC & Director Twisted Entertainment (M) said, “Over the last four years, we’ve established ourselves as a premier festival in the region that allows the entire demographic of the Indian Youth to engage with us at a level that India has not seen before. We’re beyond ecstatic to announce the headliners of our 5th edition. Trance Music has been an integral part of EVC & with Armin Van Burren gracing the festival, we’re taking the programming of the festival to a whole new level. With the addition of Bollywood music last year, we saw an unprecedented response for Arijit Singh and we knew instantly we had to get him back for an encore.”
COMIO EVC 2017 features a full-fledged camping experience known as ‘Enchanted Village’, an adrenaline pumping adventure sports zone, the food haven ‘Culinarium’ and much more. With the introduction of three brand new IP’s- EVC 365, EVC On Tour & EVC Yowza, the festival gets the enthusiasm going as they feature specially curated musical acts across various nightclubs, arenas & colleges in various parts of the country.

Country music legend Don Williams no more

Country music legend Don Williams passed away recently after a brief illness. He was 78. Affectionately called ‘Gentle Giant’ for his tall stature and warm, mellow voice, Williams recorded several chart topping hits including, I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me, Tulsa Time, She Never Knew Me, It Must Be Love, I Believe In You, to name just a few, in a career spanning over four decades.

Williams was born on May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas. He began playing guitar during his teen-age years, learning the songs that he heard on the radio during that period and with his friends played in local bands around the area. In 1964, he formed the folk-styled trio The Pozo Seco Singers with Lofton Cline and Susan Taylor. They stayed together for seven years, with their biggest hit being Time.

He recorded his first album, Don Williams Volume 1 in 1973 and first chart debut with, The Shelter of Your Eyes. This was followed by a string of chart successes with almost all his singles hitting the Top 10. His career grew steadily through label shifts to ABC / Dot, MCA, Capitol, and finally RCA. Williams also gained a devoted following overseas in such unlikely spots as England, Ireland, and New Zealand, and even South Africa and Kenya – where he reached superstar status.

He continued to perform to sold-out crowds in America and abroad, playing a final tour in 2006. However, retirement was not in the cards for the singer, who returned to the road in 2010 – the same year that he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Williams’ return to the spotlight also included a pair of albums on Sugar Hill, 2012’s And So It Goes, and 2014’s Reflections, which included contributions from Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban. It was a sign of his enduring appeal that both albums hit the Top-20 on the Billboard Country Albums charts – his biggest rank there in three decades.

In 2016, Williams decided that the time was right for his final performance, calling it a career after one of the most successful careers in the history of the Country Music business. “It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support,” the 76-year-old Williams said in a statement at the time. Last year also saw the final release of Williams’ career, a live CD and DVD recorded in Ireland. In 2017, the singer was the subject of a tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, that included performances of his hits by artists such as Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks.

 
May the Gentle Giant Rest In Eternal Peace.

DJ Khushi honoured

DJ Khushi, one of India's Most Popular Bollywood DJ won the award for the  'Best DJ' of 2017 at the Spotlight Awards on the  10th Anniversary of their Event & Entertainment Management Association (EEMA).The milestone event was judged and attended by the who's who of the events and entertainment industry to announce the awards which made DJ Khushi's victory all the more special. Talking about this he said, "I want to thank my family and everyone who has both supported and abandoned me in my journey from day one. You are the reason I am here today."

Known to be SRK's official DJ, he has performed and opened for some of the biggest names in the world like Tiesto, Hardwell, Ellie Goulding, Nervo, LMFAO, Edward Maya, and Akcent.He has collaborated with big banner projects and created official remixes for various Bollywood films. His most popular work includes Chammak Challo, Ae Dil Hain Mushkil, Soch na Sake, Chittiyan Kalaiyan, Dayre, DJ wale babu, House full 2, and many other such chart busters.

Paddy Fields - An amazing Concept, says Sunita Bhuyan

After the rains, its time for tales to be sown, reaped, grown and retold in their own ethnic way at the the Paddy Fields - Folk Fusion Music Festival 2017. This year is the 2nd edition of the festival and a special one cause it is celebrating women artists and some of the best of whom will be taking centre stage on October 7-8.

One of the peformers at the Paddy Fields is well known voilinist and singer Sunita Bhuyan from Assam. Sunita  says, "It's an amazing concept. I love breaking myths be it with my violin or in the field of business management. Paddy Fields is breaking  the myth that only men can lead a mainstream mega festival where we are expecting a huge turnout. The other myth is that only Bollywood music is entertaining..which is a myth again. Audiences are wanting alternative music as long as it connects, has melody and great rythym. Kudos to NESCO and Paddy Fields for being a trailblazer!

Paddy Fields a great folk Music platform - Shuba Mudgal

Celebrated classical and fusion music singer, Shubha Mudgal, says, "The Paddy Fields Music Festival is not only a great platform for well known artists but also for the hugely talented genuine folk artists from the rural areas".

Mudgal who is passionate about folk music says that there should be festivals like Paddy Fields in smaller cities too where the authentic rural folk artists would get a platform to showcase their music.

Though classically trained, Mudgal has never let that constrain herself and always been eager to experiment with other forms of music including folk and pop and explore her creative potential. Her accessibility and enthusiasm has helped her straddle the worlds of both popular and classical music. She is one of the star performers at this year’s Paddy Fields, celebrating women artists in 2017.

The Padma Shri Award winning artist who is a veritable encyclopaedia on folk music and traditions, Shubha has especially curated a set of folk songs from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh for her Paddy Fields performance.

 

The new Singing sensation

Singer Nandini Deb has shared the stage with some of India's most accomplished singers like Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Sukhwinder Singh, Udit Narayan and Kunal Ganjawala, songstress Nandini Deb recently made her grand bollywood debut with her song 'Beparwah' from Tiger Shroff's latest, Munna Michael. 

The song was the finale song in the film and was mounted on a huge scale receiving overwhelming repsose. Nandini, who has recorded the Malaysian Anthem for the Malaysian Govt with Sonu Nigam, with her wonderful voice already has upcoming tracks in her kitty. Nandini has always been a great performer and singer and the Kalakar award she received for being the youngest performing artists by Pandit Ravi Shankar is testimony of the fact.

Her upcoming projects include a single with Shree Venkatesh films for Durga pooja and few other Hindi singles

Antara Nandy wows the internet with 'Ja Ud Ja Re'

Qyuki Media, a multi-platform network, is collaborating with the internet singing sensation Antara Nandy in her new video for the latest track Ja Ud Ja Re. The young singer captured the hearts of India in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa –Little Champs 2009, Antara Nandy since then has been wowing the nation with her talent on various platforms. She has formal training in Indian Classical Music from the stalwart the great Padmashree Ustad Rashid Khan himself and has been a protégé of ITC Sangeet Research Academy. She is also a student of music maestro A R Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory in the genre of Western Classical. Her bollywood mash-up “Pinga” with her sister got a million views within hours !

Antara begins her journey with Qyuki Media with her new track Ja Ud Ja Re. A story that describes the imprisoned mental state of human being when under stress, urging the mind to take a leap and change the situation towards freedom.

Sharing her excitement, Antara says “I had penned the lyrics and composed the song when I was about 10 years old and wanted to reach out to wider and younger audience. The music is arranged by Ambar Das and Qyuki Media provides me a right platform and thus I am thrilled to be a part of their esteemed music network.  My new song Ja Ud Ja Re is an expression of every person in this generation looking for an outlet to pursue their dreams and aspirations.”

Sagar Gokhale, COO, Qyuki Media expressed “At Qyuki, we believe in talent above everything. Antara has a stellar voice and the right attitude to succeed and we are proud to be the backbone. Our focus has always been on promoting and growing talent from the ground up. Her versatility in Indian and western music makes her a unique artiste to watch out for!”

Watch the music video here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx_o6WGRIDA

Mera Joota Hai Japaani - 360 Music video

Multi-platform network Qyuki Media collaborates with e-commerce giant Flipkart to bring to the public its newest creation - a 360 degree fashion video titled “Mera Joota Hai Japani” with spatial audio featuring the digital superstar Arjun Kanungo. In this all-round immersive experience, the new song used a refreshed rendition of the classic hit. Spatial sound allows the user to hear a different version of the soundtrack by simply turning around. This technology has never been used by a brand in a music video before. The interactive content allows the viewer to explore 360 degrees of the video to see the latest fashion trends from Flipkart in an innovative manner.

Through this video, Qyuki and Flipkart have created a groundbreaking concept for brands and enabled Flipkart to deliver a special 360° video with different audio themes to its customers. Combined with the technological prowess of YouTube, the video is a showcase of cutting-edge innovation on the internet.This is the third in a series of projects Qyuki has been spearheading with Flipkart, after a successful gamified music video with Rapper Ishq Bector’ and a second track with musical duo Maati Baani

Commenting on the innovative use of VR for the same, Samir Bangara, Co-Founder & MD -Qyuki shared, “We have created a brand new way of consuming content for Flipkart. In this fast moving digital age, it is not only important to innovate on the ideas end but also on the technology front. With Flipkart we have created a stellar experience that will transport customers to an immersive world of fashion to pique their curiosity. We are stoked to be associated with a strong brand who has its customer’s best interests at heart”.

Shoumyan Biswas, CMO, Flipkart commented, “Flipkart is the market leader in fashion amongst all online businesses. Our vision is to be India's most preferred destination for trendy and affordable fashion and our category communication task is to ‘Democratize Trendy Fashion’ for every Indian consumer. 
In our endeavor to showcase trendy fashion in an interesting and innovative format, we have engaged with Qyuki & Google to come up with a first of a kind 360 degree music video that combines a new technology with the evergreen music classic - “Mera joota hai japaani” - and latest fashion trends. Our fashion is for everyone and hence we wanted the right technology to enable the same being experienced by all. This video will revolutionize the way consumers across various demographics view and experience trendy fashion.”

 

Royalties due to ISRA

Delhi High Court orders the promoters of Pro Kabaddi League, Mashal Sport, to deposit Rs.5 lakhs towards royalties, with the court. The Indian Singers’ Rights Association had filed a suit for infringement of performers right and the Right to Receive Royalty before the Delhi High Court for music being played during Pro Kabaddi League matches in its 5th season without clearance.The court accepted submissions on behalf of ISRA and directed the defendant No. 1 (Mashal Sports) to deposit a sum of Rs.5 lakhs, as royalty with the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court.

It took the view that ISRA had a strong prima facie case in view of the precedents in its favour, and had the defendants not agreed to deposit the royalty in court, they would have had to suffer an injunction. The Indian Singers’ Rights Association v Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd. & anr; before the Delhi High Court; order dated 26.7.2017
Read about a decision of the Delhi High Court in which it awarded Rs.21 lakhs as damages for airing music without license and payment of royalties.Play the Music, Face the Music: Pravin Anand speaks about a singer’s ‘Performer’s Rights’.

-for more details http://updates.anandandanand.com/high-court-orders-promoters-pro-kabaddi-league-deposit-royalties-due-isra/

Me and my Djembe

Path Breaking Percussionist and Innovative Composer Taufiq Qureshi has pioneered and developed a distinct technique of playing the African percussion instrument, Djemde, in the context of Indian rhythmic compositions. It is solely to Taufiq’s credit that today the Djembe is making its presence felt on the music and concert scene in India.His version of the Djembe is inspiring a whole new breed of percussionists in India.

Recently caught up with Taufiq Qureshi curious to know, how come hailing from the first family of the Tabla did he take up the Djembe as his lead instrument ? He replied 'Being born in a family steeped in Indian Classical music, the normal and the usual did not attract me as much as the unusual.  As a child, all surfaces, including the ‘dalda ka dabba’, inspired me to work out rhythmic patterns on them. I found rhythm in almost everything, pots, pans, dabbas, buckets and broom sticks. Whatever I learnt from Abbaji, I implemented on all surfaces to create sounds. ‘Other rhythms’ fascinated me. In childhood R D Burman’s music enthralled me. I had a baby bongo and I would play on it imagining I was part of his orchestra, with PanchamDa’s songs playing full blast!

In school and especially in college, I would even drum on the benches…as a result very frequently I was thrown out. As an ‘outstanding student’, the canteen of my St. Xavier’s College became the alternate abode for developing distinctive techniques and honing my skills in percussion. This was also the time when I accompanied several stalwarts of Indian Classical music (Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan Sahab, Pt. BrijBhushanKabra and many others) from whom I learnt a great deal. My grounding in Indian classical percussion became stronger and I became restless to explore and challenge my Indian grounding. When I told my Abbaji that I was looking at exploring, composing, my father was very encouraging and his only condition was that I play good music that reflects my upbringing and tradition.

I started looking for that one instrument on which I could bestow all the knowledge of Tabla that I had imbibed from my Abbaji. My experimentations brought me in close connection with several percussion instruments: the rustic Dumroo and Duff to the contemporary Batagon (Cuban) Bongo (Latin American) Madaltarang, cymbals, Timbale, clay drums, Dumbak, midi drums and many more. It was only when Zakirbhai gifted me a djembe in the late 90s, that I realized ‘this is the ONE’. It gave me the opportunity to design a new rhythmic language as a bridge to rearrange the traditional Tabla repertoire onto this African percussion instrument djembe. I wanted to incorporate the tukda, rela, kayda…into the instrument.  And that happened finally. The journey has been amazing and has given me a very unique recognition the world over '

.-Shamali Gupta 

A new palette of Jazz

At the age of 27, when others think of pursuing a dream job,Tarun Balani launched his debut album 'Sacred World' which has been recognized as “point to the future of jazz in India” by the critics. Tarun had always been inclined towards music and he played music through his high school. He was just 18 when he realized his love for jazz. He studied music at  Berklee College of Music in Boston for few years and was also a first Indian student of  Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Under the mentorship of Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano and George Garzone Tarun learned the jazz musical notes in depth. Tarun's drumming style was majorly influenced by his respective teachers  Ralph Peterson Jr. and Jamey Haddad.  

He didn't stop at this.Post Tarun's return, he and his brother Aditya founded Global Music Institute in New Delhi (2011). The Institute aims to promote musical diversity in India, with an emphasis on national and international collaboration in the faculty for teaching and performance.Catch Tarun Balani Collective with his gang of five live at Finch with the artists aspiring to create sound palette beyond limitations. 

Watch out for....

Arjunna Harjaie is a Mumbai based composer, singer and musician working in Bollywood. Born into a musical family, Harjaie had the best of both punjabi and bengali traditions of music besides which he also learnt Western classical and jazz music. With an early instinct and clarity to be a musician, Harjaie shifted to Mumbai and started training under Pt. Sri Suresh Wadekar at his gurukul; he is also a trained pianist and a top notch sound engineer. From performance to an evolved interest in production and composition, Harjaie took to composition. From there began his illustrious career spanning for almost a decade during which he has composed the music for big brands like Dettol Dettol Ho, Jio Prime (Hoinga Hoinga), Amazon Prime, Maggie, Aquaguard, ISL Series, Make My Trip, Myntra, Flipkart, and many other big brands. His career as an ad jingles composer has had many significant collaborations with leading lyricists and directors like Kumaar, Prasoon Joshi, Amit Sharma, Rajesh Saathi, Anupam Mishra, Manoj Pillai, Sainath, Hemant Bandari, Vasan Bala, and singers like Jonita Gandhi, Divya Kumar, Swaroop Khan, Jubin Nautiyal, Shilpa Rao, etc. 

His association with director Nikhil Advani fetched him lot of critical appreciation and awards for projects like Guddu Engineer, P.O.W - Bandhi Yuddh Ke (Harjai composed the original score for 107 episodes and composed 6 songs, he also lent his voice for all the songs along with co singers Nandini Srikar, Shashaa Tirupati, Jonita Gandhi, and Surabhi Dashputra) for which Harjaie composed all songs and background score.

Taking his association with Nikhil Advani further, Arjunna has composed 3 songs for Advani's next directorial, Lucknow Central, starring Farhan Akhtar. The dramatic narrative portrays how the leading character’s life progresses in jail and how music becomes an intricate part of not only his journey, but the rest of the band’s (jail inmates’) as well. Besides composing 3 songs, Harjaie has also done the background score and OST for promos and trailers of the film. 

Harjaie’s other musical achievements include Hair is Falling, Manzoor Nahin, Calapor, Chudail, Titoo MBA, Do Lauzon ki Kahaani, Mahi NRI, and Jindua as a Background music, composer, album composer, and singer. Harjaie has won the Best Music Award at the 5th MUMBAI Shorts International Film Festival for Nikhil Advani’s Guddu Engineer amongst a wide submission of 217 international films; He has also won the Abbey Gold and Bronze Award for Best Music Score and songs in 2017. 

And the Award goes to...

India Licensing Expo 2017, the country’s first and largest brand licensing platform that collates opportunities, knowledge and recognitions under one roof.Celebrating the best in Indian Licensing industry, the Star Licensing Awards is where the whole industry comes together to celebrate; right from the brand owners to brand custodians and the entrepreneurial retailers to the latest licensees on the block. The Gala Award night witnesses participation of the top brasses of the industry to raise a toast to excellence and outstanding achievements across the licensing fraternity and judged by a panel of experts.

At the recently held expo Universal Music Group was awarded with the “BEST LICENSOR AWARD” for Music & Entertainment. They won this from the likes of big media licensing houses viz, Viacom 18, Marie Claire, Swiss Military, PAC-MAN, Dream Theatre, JCB, Marwa, Bradford, Cartoon Network, ABG, Epic Rights and many more.

DNCE version of Da Ya Think I'm Sexy

Kicking off a newly minted partnership with Republic Records, Sir Rod Stewart, one of the best-selling artists of all-time and a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, will join forces with multi-platinum selling group DNCE for the release of a strikingly re-imagined version of one of the most iconic dance tracks of all time, Stewart's “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.” Stewart and DNCE will serve up “Sexy” for a new generation .

 To celebrate the single’s release, Stewart and DNCE will perform “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” for the first time ever at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 27th.

Originally released in 1978 on his classic ninth album Blondes Have More Fun, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” stands out as one of his signature songs, peaking at #1 in six countries including the US where it reigned at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart four weeks in February 1979 and was named among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

ABOUT ROD STEWART:
Renowned as a legendary entertainer worldwide, Sir Rod Stewart remains one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling over 200 million records worldwide, achieving six consecutive #1 albums and six #1 singles in the UK, and notching four #1 singles stateside on the Billboard Hot 100—among many accolades. A two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee and UK Music Hall of Fame inductee, he garnered both a prestigious BRIT Award and GRAMMY®, and he received the high honor of being knighted in 2016 “for services to music and charity.” His influence spans five decades and two generations of artists and only continues to grow every day.  

 
ABOUT DNCE
Formed in the summer of 2015, DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences worldwide with the release of "Cake By The Ocean," their now 3x certified platinum-selling breakout smash. Included on the group's 4-track debut EP, SWAAY [Republic Records], "Cake By The Ocean" entered the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a hit at Top 40 radio, where it went on to become one of the most played songs of the year. An international success, global consumption of the song is over 7 million adjusted singles, including nearly 450 million streams on Spotify worldwide. What's more, the companion music video has over 281 million views on VEVO.  Cementing them as one of 2016's breakout acts, the band took home the win for "Best PUSH Artist" at the 2016 MTV European Music Awards and "Best New Artist" at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. They were also nominated for two American Music Awards for "Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock" and "New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile."  DNCE released their self-titled debut album in November of 2016. 

DNCE is front man Joe Jonas, bassist & keyboardist Cole Whittle, guitarist JinJoo, and drummer Jack Lawless.

Legendary Congo Player Giovanni Hidalgo Fundraiser

A benefit event for Grammy™ Award-winning conga player, Giovanni Hidalgo is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th at London’s Jazz Café. Hosted by Jamiroquai percussionist, Sola Akingbola, the evening will feature some of the UK’s top percussionists in a night of explosive Afro-Latin jazz-funk including Giovanni Hidalgo’s first-ever UK performance since 2009. The event is sponsored by Latin Percussion (LP) and GEWA Music.
 
Hidalgo’s battle with diabetes has prevented him from working for nearly two years and proceeds from the concert and auction will benefit his medical fund and help provide needed support. Additional funds will be raised via an online Crowd Fund campaign which will feature LP Giovanni Signature Series instruments including Giovanni Hidalgo Galaxy Bongo and Giovanni Hidalgo Wood Djembe in addition to other LP percussion instruments and accessories.
 
“My struggles with health have forced me to be protective of my hands, so I have returned to a style of playing that I used in my youth, using the stick and hand technique combined. Similar to the Sabar drumming perfected in Senegal, West Africa,” said Hidalgo. “With an open heart and mind, my spirit of creativity remains strong. I want to use this feeling and creative energy to make a contribution to the legacy of music for the next generation of musicians in the world. It has been nine years since my last performance in London, so I am looking forward to sharing all my love, integrity, loyalty and respect with everyone.”
 
Arguably the world’s greatest contemporary conga drummer, Hidalgo began his professional career at the age of 17 with Cuban percussionist José Luis Quintana and within several years he had joined Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra. In 1992, Hidalgo was named adjunct professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he taught Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, reggae, African and jazz styles of rhythm. Throughout his career, Hidalgo has worked with a wide range of artists including Tito Puente, Art Blakey, Jack Bruce, Mickey Hart, Sammy Hagar, Paul Simon, Charlie Palmieri and Hilton Ruiz among others. His innovation and ceaseless hard work has changed the art, concept and technique of conga playing, taking percussion to new heights.
 
Sponsored by Latin Percussion (LP) and GEWA Music, this prestigious night is a not-for-profit benefit concert in honour of Giovanni and his lifetime achievements. 

Pinky Maidasani's latest release

After releasing her previous single "Tera Rang" which was completely shot in Rajasthan Pinky Maidasani Peacock is all set to release her next single. The rapper cum singer is all set to release "Chaudhary", a single based on a Rajasthani folk. The song also is inspired a lot by famous old song "Ud Jab Jab Zulfein". The song is beautifully shot in Rann Of Kutch Gujarat. This girl from Jaipur (Manasarovar) has also recorded a few Bollywood sings in the past in films like Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and more. She is known not only for her singing but also for her rapping skills. This is a very special single as it also marks the beginning of her journey of independent Music

Enchanted Valley Carnival Returns - 5th Edition

India’s largest multi-genre music & camping festival is back for it’s 5th edition on 16th & 17th December 2017 at Aamby Valley City, Lonavala. The one-of-a-kind festival gives its patrons a full-fledged camping experience called ‘Enchanted Village’ while grooving to the beats of various genres of music. If the music & camping mayhem is not enough, the adventure zone will be back with some adrenalin pumping sport activities along with the gastronomical experience at ‘Culinarium’ with distinguished restaurants, bistros, local eateries to showcase an impeccable experience for everyone.

Over the years, EVC has witnessed globally renowned artists like Flo Rida, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Fatboy Slim, Ferry Corsten, Alan Walker, Taio Cruz, Chris Liebing, Dubfire and some of the biggest names from the Indian Music Industry such as - Arijit Singh, Farhan Live, Badshah, Papon, Arjun Kanungo, DJ Chetas offering an eclectic musical experience of different genres. After the smashing success of the festival in 2016, which saw approximately 25,000 festival goers & close to 4700 campers, EVC is all geared up for another colossal gathering this year.
 
EVC begins a new chapter & continues its legacy to build a community of like-minded & passionate people with the introduction of two brand new IP’s- EVC 365 & EVC On Tour, curating various nightclub & arena experiences in various parts of the country.
 
Commenting on the festival, Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO of Universal Music Group India & South Asia said, “We’ve had a phenomenal response last year & we intend on keeping the momentum going by adding to our core premise of being the region’s only multi-genre music & camping festival. Anyone who listens to any form of music will have something to look forward to and I truly believe that’s what makes our fan-base larger and stronger each year. We look forward to unveil everything that we’ve so meticulously planned for our tribe this year”
 
Shoven Shah, Founder EVC & Director Twisted Entertainment (M) Pvt Ltd added, “We’ve surpassed our benchmark each year with growing numbers and I am overwhelmed with all the love we have received over the last four years. EVC has kicked off the 5th edition in a big way.  We’ve just announced the Electronic Family stage at the festival & have some massive artist announcements coming up soon.”
 

EVC 2017 promises to bring together some of the most electrifying names from both the International and the Indian music industry, making it the most exciting edition of the festival for every music enthusiast! So get ready to live the tribe experience!! 

Vh1 Supersonic 5th Edition - Promises to be a Bigger Extravaganza i

Vh1 Supersonic, India’s biggest multi-genre music festival, returns to unite all music enthusiasts. LIVE Viacom18 brings the fifth edition of Vh1 Supersonic yet again to the Youth Capital of India on 9, 10 and 11 of February 2018 at Laxmi Lawns, Pune.

Vh1 Supersonic continues to set a benchmark each year with its multi-genre lineup and mesmerizing experiences. The festival brought some of the greatest musicians like Macklemore, Eric Prydz, Zedd and others to India for the first time. The festival has consistently seen international headliners like Chainsmokers, Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin and Pretty Lights and more. Last year, the festival saw a whopping footfall of 40,000 fans and music lover across three days, making Vh1 Supersonic the ultimate music destination.

Talking about the upcoming 5th Year edition, Saugato Bhowmik, Head, LIVE Viacom18, said, “It has been a brilliant four years of Vh1 Supersonic and the journey has been extremely enriching for all of us. We believe in creating experiences, technology and music that can make audiences transcend their everyday state and give them never before emotions that leave memories for a lifetime. Going by the overwhelming response from music lovers in our last edition, we have decided to come back to Pune to celebrate our 5th Year anniversary. We couldn’t be more excited about what we are putting together for our audiences this year!”
 
Commenting on the upcoming festival, Nikhil Chinapa, Festival Curator, Vh1 Supersonic said, "How quickly time flies! For the 5th edition of our festival, we're venturing down paths we've never travelled before, curating sounds that you've never heard before, at Vh1 Supersonic. It's going to be one heck of a party in Pune, come February 2018. We're turning five.. and everyone's invited!"
 
Gear up, as the youth capital of India turns into the nation’s ‘music and party capital’ with the fifth edition of Vh1 Supersonic!

Bollywood Duo set to Rock!

Ever since composers Gourov Dasgupta and Roshin Balu entered bollywood, they have been giving hits back-to-back. The duo joined forces in 2008 and over the last few years they have defined their distinct musical soundscape. The duo topped the charts when they re-created Saara Zamana, the 1981 Amitabh Bachchan hit for Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil (2017). Basking in the success of their latest work in 'Munna Michael' and 'Mubarakan' , the composers are now set to go Live this season with a full fledge electro rock Bollywood act. The act features close friend and talented frontman Siddharth Basrur on vocals along with Shahzneen Arethna ( female vox) Mayank Sharma ( drums) and Jeetu Bhatt( percussion). Ibanez guitars endorsee Gourov will handle the guitar duties and backing vocals while Roshin will handle keyboards and samplers.. this is definitely an act to watch out for !!!

Dreams come true

Dream Theater is an American progressive rock band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. The band's highest-selling album is the gold-selling Images and Words (1992), which reached No. 61 on the Billboard 200 chart.

On April 9, 2013, Images and Words won Loudwire's fan voted March Metal Madness for world's best metal album beating albums by Dio, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Megadeth and Metallica. As of 2011, Dream Theater has sold over 8 million records worldwide

The American progressive band are doing their  “Images, Words & Beyond Tour” this year and are stopping over in the country! Recently, it was announced that the iconic band will be taking over the MMRDA Grounds on the 8th of October as part of their 25th Anniversary tour. 

The show will be presented as an “Evening with Dream Theater”. The tour will feature an unparalleled live set of Images & Words in its entirety, along with fan favorites from their deep, widely-acclaimed catalog. 

Said founding guitarist John Petrucci of the upcoming trek, “We are so psyched to bring our Images, Words & Beyond tour l! It's hard to believe that it's already been 25 years since Images was released! We've been having a blast playing those songs each night, and sharing memories and stories from our time in the studio back in 1992. We know that this is such an important album to so many of our fans, both old and new, so we plan on making this a really special night by playing I&W in its entirety as well as breaking out some rare material, and a few of our latest tunes, in order to make this landmark evening complete. We hope to see all of you there! Don't miss it”

The event is being organized by Opium Events


 

PALA Mute Day a Silent Success

Professional Audio and Lighting Association (PALA), President, Mr Roger Drego stated that their Mute Day protest on August 15, has achieved 90 per cent success all over Maharashtra. Thanking members for their support, Drego said that, this initiative was to highlight our problems to the concerned authorities and to find a long term solution for our livelihood and future.

PALA, which represents sound and light professionals from 29 states and 7 union territories, had called upon its members to observe a state wide, MUTE DAY, on August 15, to protest against harassment by police for their overzealous enforcement of noise pollution rules without fully understanding the law and confiscating and damaging expensive equipment. Accordingly on 15th August all loudspeakers will be unplugged and out of service. So all Independence Day and Janmashtami celebrations would be muted and our netas’ voices would be silenced.

PALA has affirmed that, ‘We want to abide by the law in its right spirit, but due to its wrong interpretation and coercive implementation we are unable to carry on our business free of hassles. We are fed up of always being on the edge and bearing the brunt of the law’.

Women take centre stage at Paddy Fields 2017

In a first of its kind, a musical event will be organized with only women performers taking centre stage in the country. Nesco, India’s largest exhibition center is fast becoming a hub for various social, cultural, and entertainment events marks their second season of Paddy Fields, a folk and fusion music event with eight women singers from various parts of the country to perform on October 7th and 8th this year. The second season salutes women performers and propels folklore into the limelight. With an exclusive line-up of India’s top most women folk and fusion artists it creates a platform for the talented women story tellers in our country to take center stage. As an added and exciting feature this year we will feature specially curated songs including Khasi Blues, Bhojpuri, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Punjab. Meghalaya, Assam and Delhi.The list of the singers include names like Shubha Mudgal, Kalpana Patowary, Sona Mohapatra, Nooran Sisters, Susheela Raman, Tipriti Kharbangar, Sonam Kalra, and Sunita Bhuyan. 

The event focuses on massive revival of soul music and promises to take the genre of folk music to a new level by giving regional musicians and artists a larger platform. It also offers a heady mix of fusion giving the festival a modern-day context.

 Anupama Bhalla, VP Sales and Marketing-Nesco 
“Women, over generations have been strong contributors to the tradition of folk music. They have been instrumental in bringing about social and cultural change and in doing so have also added to the richness of this genre. And added to this are their powerful voices that have enthralled music aficionadas. The new offering is a true representation of the nation’s tradition and ethos. Paddy Fields salutes these talented women and brings them together on one platform this year. It aims to highlight folk and fusion music from various cultures across the nation, while celebrating the diversity of music and captures the spirit of artists hailing from different parts of the country

Paddy Fields arrived in 2016 with the energy that cannot be forgotten and deserves to be recreated. The singers, Colonial cousins, Salim Sulaiman, Gangadhar and Tulika and many more had set the paddy fields on fire in 2016, focusing on promoting the fusion and folk music around the globe. This exclusive festival has created a platform for talented artists across rural and urban India.
While the inaugural event of Paddy Field went on to carve its space in history as India’s most popular Folk and Fusion Music Festival, this would be again for the first time in the history where eight of the top women folk and fusion performers take this unique genre of music to the next level .The 2016 festival had brought together serious Folk and Fusion music lovers from all corners of Mumbai who recognized the event as one-of-its-kind. It left an indelible mark on the audience of over 3000 music lovers who we can safely refer to as Paddy Field loyalists. The orgnaniser are expecting the numbers to be twice of the last year. 


Dibakar Chatterjee, CEO of Nesco Ltd. 
“We are delighted in bringing folk and fusion music to an even larger audience this year. Folk and fusion music is growing in popularity and Paddy Fields continues with its pioneering efforts in spurring this revolutionary music trend.”
 

Trinayani's tribute to the Nation

Lokmat Media and NGO Trinayani came together to create something so unique and remarkable it has left us all in awe and inspiration of their effort. Singer Activist and Trinayani Founder, Ritika Sahni has been known for unequalled determination in striving for an all inclusive, equality centric society. Keeping in line with her goals she decided to join hands with Lokmat record and shoot the National Anthem of India.  We saw a gathering of approximately 30 people from which 17 were our disabled friends. Under one roof we had people from varying backgrounds and abilities, such as wheelchair users, sign language users, persons with visual intellectual and mobility impairment, an acid attack survivor and two persons from the Lgbtq community. Our non disabled friends joined along to create what was a truly inclusive video. The aim was successfully accomplished as the shoot captures the true essence of diversification and togetherness. It rightly portrays the kind of society Trinayani is working toward. It was an absolute delight to witness the happiness this event has bought to all those present there. None of this would have been possible without the support and guidance of both Lokmat and Trinayani and all the participants who helped turn this vision into reality.
 
To support Trinayani log on to www.trinayani.org

Can't wait to perform at Paddy Fields - Sona Mohapatara

Acclaimed folk singer and songwriter Sona Mohapatra is looking forward to performing at this year’s Paddy Fields Music Festival, which is themed, Celebrating Women Artists 2017. "Can't wait to be performing at Paddy Fields this year", said an enthusiastic Sona on the Paddy Fields Facebook page.

Well known for her high energy live performances she has prepared a special set which she will be performing at the festival. Sona is a trained Hindusthani classical singer but her passion is folk and traditional music.

She started her musical career doing advertising jingles, got a break in Bollywood in 2006,  before releasing her debut album, Sona on Sony Records 2007, which combined elements of Hindusthani, folk, rock and world music.

Sona who shot to national fame post her performances in the TV show Satyamev Jayate, has performed across the world with her band at numerous festivals and venues including the Lincoln Centre, New York, besides collaborating with international artists like Australian band INXS.

She also plans to release her new album very soon and said to look out for her regular SonaLive concerts.

Sufi and Gospel at Paddy Fields - Sonam Kalra

Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project are eager to bring to Paddy Fields their message - music is the one universal language of faith. Through a blend of Indian Classical elements with spiritual texts, poetry, Western Gospel and Eastern Sufi music, they have been captivating audiences all over the world.

"I think it’s wonderful that Paddy Fields is celebrating women and in turn their strength and paying homage to the importance that women’s voices hold in the world", said Sonam about this year's featival.

I have sung for women's rights many times including an anthem I recently had the privelege to lend my voice to, for Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Ji’s Yatra against Sexual Abuse and trafficking of the girl child. And I have sung for One Billion rising as well, she said.

Being a part of initiatives that work to bring about social change are very important to me, because if we do not use our Art to impact social change, then of what use is that art?

Interviews

Venues

Hard Rock Cafe1

Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.


Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary