Chennai’s three-piece techno act, BlaNK, serves up yet another edition of their unique sound
FROM MTV to Submerge and Supersonic, this niche three-piece act is three years old and already taking the country’s techno scene to international heights. BLaNK comprises the talents of DJ Manny, DJ Skip, DJ Alive and vocalist and instrumentalist Nirupama Beliappa, and the band hops between Chennai and Bangalore. The live-electronica act, which throws in progressive techno, break-beat and deep house into their tracks, aims to redefine conventional DJ-ing.
Talking about the band’s inception, Beliappa shares, ‘‘When I met Manny and Skip, I was immersed in a very different sound, a more acoustic, ‘organic’ music space. Manny caught one of my music shows, and we developed this kind of mutual respect for our two different worlds of music and sound — so when he suggested we bring them together I was all for it.’’
Route to the top
While BLaNK doesn’t constitute fusion, a generous dose of Indian instrumental is key to their tracks. ‘‘The ‘Indian element’ is more in the melodic themes I tend to infuse in my flute parts, stemming from my fascination with Hindustani classical music,’’ says Beliappa. Apart from having shared the stage with Tiesto, Sasha and Paul Van Dyke, the act is the reigning MTV Ultimate DJ Champion in the Pro DJ category, which earned them contracts with MTV and Submerge.
A major struggle for the act in India is the pressure to keep a dance floor packed with commercial Bollywood tunes. ‘‘But more people also have to understand how much it restricts an artist’s growth when you bind them to your expectations of what they should play,’’ laments Beliappa. With national gigs, and EP and some great collaborations in the pipeline, Belliappa signs off with what to expect at Radisson Blu. ‘‘Expect to dance,’’ she says.
Tickets at Rs 2,000 for couples. Details: 30404444
– Divya Karthikeyan