Making its way from the hills of Coorg to the plains of Bang-alore, Storm 2014 goes one up on last year, with an extra day added to the schedule, giving music lovers three days of adventure, camping and over 45 performances. An added fifth stage called Plug N Play will join the ranks alongside World Music, Electronica, Singer-Songwriter and Camp Jam stages.
Expect quirky collaborations between Shankar Mahadevan and Shankar Tucker, Leslie Lewis and the GenX, and Thermal and a Quarter featuring Ravi Kullor. The World Music stage has Avial, The Raghu Dixit Project, Susheela Raman and Sparsh among others, while the Electronica stage will reverberate with the likes of Nikhil Chinnapa and Rohit Barker (Dance Republic), Sanjay Dutta, Shekhar, Swing and Pearl.
Representing the rest of the world, house and trance DJ Eddie Halliwell will take to the consoles as will Danny Rampling a British house music DJ, who is widely credited as one of the original founders of the UK’s rave club scene. Ibiza regular Kid Creme is also part of the massive line up that brings together amateurs and professionals. We catch up with some of the artistes as they talk about the festival
From Leuven to the world map:
It was a bumpy road sometimes, moving from house to progressive to techno. We always had great support from the likes of Sasha & Digweed, Carl Cox and many other top names.
The rest of 2014:
Plenty of gigs, loads of records and remixes and thelaunch of our label ‘Loopglow’.
We are big fans of Gold Panda. So that would be interesting.
On working with Shankar Mahadevan and Storm:
It’s been a dream of mine ever since I listened to the Shakti recordings.
Influences and inspiration:
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Gotye, A R Rahman, Shakti, Coldplay, Radiohead, Foster the People, Bon Iver, Kanye West.
Guilty pleasure song:
Sheila Ki Jawani. I change the lyrics and sing (read: scream) them to my girlfriend, which gets on her nerves.
Your role in Storm 2014:
My role is to reach out to as many people. Today’s amateur might become a professional tomorrow … it just takes a day now to become a well known musician.
Collaborating with Shankar Tucker:
Shankar is a really interesting artiste. You can expect some film music and our interpretation of different forms of music.
I am looking forward to performances by Susheela Raman and Avial. I am also looking forward to, and equally nervous about, the performance by my kids — Siddharth and Shivam.
At Corporate Leisure City, Sarjapura, Bangalore. Tickets from 1,750 onwards. Details: stormfestivalindia.com
– Aakanksha Singh Devi