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DJ Saba Abdel-Hamid takes over the turntables at The Humming Tree

Making her way to Bengaluru as part of Wild City’s Various Artistes series, London-based Ikonika aka Saba Abdel-Hamid is a well known name in the EDM circuit. With three albums and numerous EPs and singles to her name, she started off with dubstep but now has diversified and chooses to shake off the ‘dubstep’ tag. “I haven’t been involved in the genre in years and I wouldn’t describe myself as a dubstep artiste anymore,” she clarifies, adding that she’s now more into the global club movement, often dabbling in South African house, footwork and R&B. She tells us more.

Describe your sound.
It’s visceral club music. I usually use a lot of 80’s synths and couple that with modern production techniques. I like the bass to be weighty, something you can physically feel.

Artistes you are influenced by.
Right now, I’m listening to Popcaan, Young Thug, ABRA and Lil Yacthy.

What to expect at the Bengaluru gig?
I like to vibe with the people. It’s a team effort. I will share styles of club music from a UK perspective.

What’s in the pipeline?
My third album will be released next year on Hyperdub (a London-based record label). I have a track on the new Night Slugs Allstars compilation, out this month. I’ll be touring and working as a mentor in South Africa in February.

Saturday. At Indira-nagar. Tickets (`500) on bookmyshow.com

— Rashmi Rajagopal

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