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EDM nation

With the royal seal
of approval, Dirty Vegas regroup
for a new album

In India to promote The Exchange, a music conference organised by UK Trade and Investment, Grammy-award winning Dirty Vegas perform here alongside trance producer John ‘00’ Fleming tomorrow night. We catch up with Paul Harris and Steve Smith, who share their connection to India, and why we’ll be one of the first countries to hear their new album live.
Tell us about The Exchange.
From the first time we played in India, we could see the passion from the people for EDM. So to come and explore how the interaction between the UK and Indian music scenes can be furthered is something we jumped at the chance of.

More on the India connection.
Sunburn in Goa was very special to us. We had heard about it from Nikhil Chinapa for a long time, so when the chance came for us to play, we were ecstatic. We have also had the chance to capture DJ sets from DJ Pearl and heard a wonderful version of Days Go By by Vinayaka featuring Vandana Bhalla.

What are your career highs?
We’ve had some amazing memories over the last 14 years, but winning a Grammy, reaching ‘Gold’ in USA, UK and in Italy are high moments. Earlier this year, finding out that HRH Prince William regards us as one of his ‘Top 3 bands’… that was quite an achievement.

On becoming a two-person act.
Ben was always a key part of the writing process, but we spent so long together that it feels like he’s still there writing with us. We still work with Simon Duffy who has produced everything since 2010, so we feel our sound is as strong as it ever was.
A dream collaboration?
Too many, but something like working with Pharrell Williams would
be amazing.

What to look out for next?
The album will be finished
soon. We can’t wait to get out and play shows. We’ve been buried in the studio this year to get
this record exactly how we wanted. We’re probably the most excited about this record. India is actually going to be one of the first places where we’ll be playing these songs.

At Ritz Carlton. November 8.
9 pm. Tickets
(`750 upwards) on
bookmyshow.com

— Maegan
Dobson Sippy

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