Hyderabad, get ready to tap your feet, headbang and let yourself loose this weekend. Rated as the world’s best and the biggest music festival, Tomorrowland, returns to India. The extravaganza which began in 2005 in Belgium by the brother Beers, will be coming back for its Indian fans to Hyderabad this time.
Tomorrowland expanded its global family last year and was a sensation in its first edition. Unite – The Mirror to Tomorrowland, would connect Mexico, India, Japan, Colombia, Germany, South Africa and Israel with the event in Belgium. The main event kicks off on July 22 in the land of Tin Tin. However, Unite would take place on the second day which would see live action from different countries across the world.
Fans can look forward to DJ sets from Lost Stories, Anish Sood, Kerano B2B Joshi and Candice Redding, all EDM biggies, will build the Tomorrowland atmosphere before the full sets of Nicky Romero, Afrojack and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are streamed along with special effects like pyro and CO2 machines which will be synced with the Tomorrowland main stage in Belgium. With the DJs hitting the console tomorrow at Gachibowli Indoor stadium, we speak to them to get more about their show.
Known for his weekly podcast – Sunburn on Air, in collaboration with Sunburn festival, the 26-year-old DJ from Goa, is one of the biggest names in progressive house, electro and techno genres. A mechanical engineer, Sood will be performing for the 25th time in the city. The GIMA award nominee promises to play his new track, a remix of Milkshake by Kelis, Can’t Feel My Face by The Weekend, Dark River by Sebastian Ingrosso. “I think my usage of promos and labels fused with my own music and editing, is what makes my music different,” explains the Goan. The DJ who was listed amongst the top 50 best-dressed men in India by GQ in 2014/15 is looking forward to his break in August, releasing new tracks in October and a new album by next year.
Born Karanvir Singh, DJ Kerano from New Delhi began his musical journey during his Delhi University days. “The DJing bug bit me when I started bunking college regularly,” says the 24-year-old. “I used to play house but I am now experimenting with different genres. I’m figuring out my next favourite genre,” he quips. Kickstarting his career with a collaboration with Tom Swoon, the duo became famous for their track – Here I Stand. Patenting his music as ‘soulful and melodic,’ the DJ says he will perform B2B (back-to-back) with his friend Joshi. The Delhiite, who will be performing in Kolkata and Pune after Unite, revealed that he would be releasing three new tracks by the end of this year. He brings with him a bunch of unreleased tracks which he hopes would make the audience sway.
Known for their ‘unpredictable and nostalgic’ dance music with an Indian touch, Lost Stories comprising Rishab Joshi (25) and Prayag Mehta (29) promise to enthrall the crowd with different genres and a special performance with YouTube sensation, Hasit Nanda. Pointing out their track with Armin Van Buuren, Rishab says, “We became internationally recognised DJs after that and going with that same flow, last year’s Tomorrowland was also another feather in our hat.” Bringing the new genre of future bass to India, the Mumbai-based duo would be performing a few tracks which they hope to set foot in India through their forthcoming performances. Travelling to Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru later, Says Rishab, “We never stick to one particular genre and if you see in India, if one DJ is known for techno he/she would only be performing that but, keep shuffling the genres and tracks keeping the crowd in front of us guessing.”
Lost Stories would be releasing another track, an official remix of Alan Walker’s numbers shortly.
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— Nishad Neelambaran