Four EDM acts take centrestage in Delhi and Hyderabad, as Sunburn celebrates a decade.
EDM fans in Bengaluru were in for a major disappointment earlier this week when Sunburn’s Twitter page announced that the Go Hardwell performance, scheduled for today, was to be cancelled owing to the Cauvery issue. The action now shifts to the capital tomorrow, as Delhi prepares to welcome Robert van de Corput, aka Hardwell. Incidentally, the record-breaking Dutch DJ’s opening act will commence Sunburn’s 10th anniversary celebrations, and he will be accompanied by fellow Dutch producer, Kill The Buzz. Later next week, Belgian duo DVLM will rock Hyderabad and Mumbai, along with the unidentified producer, Marshmello. We talk to Hardwell and DVLM to find out more. Read on.
Twenty eight-year-old Hardwell says he cannot wait to see his Delhi fans again. He last visited the city in 2014, for his I Am Hardwell tour. “India is one of the emerging powerhouses of dance music right now, and they’ve been some of my biggest supporters,” he admits. A former World No 1 DJ (declared by DJ Mag), he has had a busy year so far, with several new tracks out, like Run Wild, Calavera and Wake Up Call. “I always try to strike a balance between instrumental club-style songs and ‘pop-y’ music,” he says, adding that both genres feature in the 20-odd tracks he is currently working on. Meanwhile, his hands are full, with gigs in Brazil, Bolivia and China later this year.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (DVLM), the current World No 1 DJs (DJ Mag), are on top of the charts with their latest track, Melody, the official anthem of the Belgian national football team at the UEFA Euro 2016. Stating that their relationship with Sunburn goes back a long way, Dimitri says EDM festivals offer a larger-than-life spectacle. “The experience that the fans get from not just the DJ, but the entire set up and stage, is amazing,” says Mike, who often incorporates hip hop and 80s sounds in his work. He is headed to gigs at River Sound Festival and Amsterdam Arena, this year.
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A stickler for CDJ (a digital music player), Hardwell equips himself with a Sennheiser HD 25-1 IIs headphone during gigs. “I want to interact with the crowd and feed off their energy and get them to respond to mine,” he smiles. DVLM, on the other hand, picks equipment like Beats By Dre Mixr (headphones), Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus Mixer (digital mixer), and CDJ-2000 Nexus Decks (CD player).
— Karan Pillai