Monday, March 13, 2017

#BassMondays - Aeon Waves (Interview + Dubplate 020)

As mentioned earlier in one of our posts, last couple of months have been absolutely amazing. The new year has kicked off really well, and good music, gigs, experiences, don't seem to come to an end. We certainly do not hope it does. As we come to an end of Delta Heavy India Tour, just around Holi, we have another Holi surprise for this rainy evening. Extremely pleased to have a super talented producer from Ahmedabad [India], Aeon Waves. Kanishk Budhori, the man behind this project, has created and continues to create some of the most beautiful tracks that we've ever come across. With a massive following on Youtube and other platforms, Kanishk has released some of his tunes on many international labels [Mindtrick Records and Onset Audio]. We are truly proud to say our country is home to such skilled producers. Go ahead, read about him, and listen to the exclusive set that he has made for us. 

1. Hey Kanishk, glad to have your board with us for #BassMondays. First of all, why/how did you go for the ’Aeon Waves’ as your artist name? It’s been a few years that you have into production, what’s the journey been like? Tell us about how you started, and how Aeon Waves’ music has evolved since it came into shape?
A - Well, I have always been really fascinated by the concept of sound waves, and the fact that their vibrations like other form of energy doesn't really end in space but they keep on going until it is indistinguishable from the vibrations of the surrounding medium, making these waves timeless. And hence the name, Aeon Waves.

2. Your tracks are very unique, bass oriented ambient, all of them with haunting vocals, bits and pieces from some old speeches, hindi tracks, etc. and they take you on a profound joinery we feel, what are your inspirations that push you to make such tracks? Also, is there any particular process that you follow for making the tunes/tracks?
A - During the initial days of music production, I was very much inclined towards Trance music. Then, making music was only for fun, and I hadn't released anything. However, when I started Aeon Waves, even though I was into the same sounds, sudden came the switch where I started writing tunes without thinking of musical style. Basically, something that communicated my feelings. There isn't any process like production theories that I follow. I just make and put various sounds in the track which I enjoy and like. And that's when/why I started experimenting with ambient music, with more vocals, effects and various other out of the box ideas.

3. What is your studio / DJ set-up?
A - Desktop, Scarlet 2i2, Yamaha HS-80, Launchpad, Traktor S2.

4. Can you list 3 tunes you are feeling right now.
A - Keosz - Low Down
Stumbleine - Comatose
Moshimoss - Phoenix

5. Aeon Waves has released a bunch of tracks on various record labels like Mindtrick Records, Onset Audio etc. Tell us more about these collaboration, and about how has it been working with these international record labels?
A - Honestly, I never thought of sending my tracks to any Label. I was just making music, because I enjoyed it. When these labels approached me for releasing my tracks, honestly I was slightly shocked and surprised. And it's been a great experience working with these Labels so far. They have really supported my music and also helped me spread my music through various music platform like Spotify, Itunes,Beatport,etc. All of this has been very helpful for a global exposure.

6. Some of your track uploads on Youtube channels have as much as 60k+ views, congratulations on that. How have these channels and the youtube audience been helpful to you?A - Thank you. :) And well, for me it has given me a great advantage. Youtube channels like Ambient, Keep It Underground, etc. have the right audience which really are into ambient, chill out and many other experimental genres. And it surely helps an artist like me to know more related artists and explore more tracks made by them, and to get inspired. This way, I also get an opportunity to learn and grow.

7. You’ve already given out a few beautiful singles in this year, Voices, The Secret Garden, etc. How has the response been? Have they been officially released on some label or you are showering the audience with some free love?
A - Yes, The response has been absolitely unbelievable. It makes me happy to know that there is an audience that really digs music from every genre. I have always liked to experiment with my tracks and observe the audience's review, and it's been so positive. 
These days I am just releasing tracks for free download mostly. Although I intend on releasing an EP soon.

8. What do you feel about the Bass scene in India and what are your thoughts on its evolution so far? Also, what’s your take on the global bass scene?
A - I think is has really evolved over time. There's so many artists who are 
representing India, all of them so talented. Some of my favourite artists like Mosillator, Heuse, Seven & Seven, Blot, Resonare, Ayan Das and lot of other unheard talents are bringing fresh sounds with immense efforts and are doing a great job in their music production.

9. How’s 2017 looking for Aeon Waves? What’s in store for us, anything on going that you are really excited about and would like to share with us?
A - Well, lets see how it goes. I will be releasing more Singles and few EPs and hopefully I might do some gigs. I have been learning Live performance techniques.

10. Essentially a producer, but do you have any intentions of doing your own shows? If yes, then how is that coming along? Any city/place where you would like to perform?
A : So far I don't really have anything, but I am working on putting together Live performances in which I will be playing my own tracks, which might take some time. But till then, I will be doing DJ sets.

11. Pick a track that you would want to listen to/play, if the world was to end tomorrow?
A : Noisia - Could This Be.

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01.Noisia - The Entangled (Camo & Krooked Remix) [Vision Recordings]
02.Emperor & Centra - The Saboteur [Critical Music]
03.Philth & Bredren - Cetacean [Flexout Audio]
04.Friction - Battle Scars [Shogun Audio]
05.Audio - Beacon (Original Mix) [Blackout Music]
06.Emperor - Control [Critical Misic]
07.Emperor & Mefjus - Void Main Void [Critical Music]
08.Chase & Status feat. Jacob Banks - Alive (Mefjus Remix) [Virgin EMI]
09.Mefjus feat. Misanthrop - Stutter [Critical Music]
10.Reso - Devastator [Hospital Records]
11.Mefjus Feat. Phase - Impulse [Critical Music]
12.Noisia Feat. Phase - Purpose [Vision Recordings]
13.June Miller - Operation Ivy [RAM Records]
14.Audio - Bag Of Bones [Blackout Music]
15. Alix Perez Feat. Foreign Beggars- Dark Days (Fourward remix) [Shogun Audio]
16.Culprate - Dawn [Open Outlets]
17. Dodzilla Feat. Dope - DOD (Audio Remix) [Critical Music]
18. Mob Tactics - Shark Tank [Viper Recordings]
19. The Prototypes - Pale Blue Dot (Calyx & Teebee Remix) [Viper Recordings]
20. The Prototypes Feat. Mad Hed City - Pop It Off (VIP Mix) [Viper Recordings]
21. Emperor & Mefjus - Disrupted [Critical Music]
22. Noisia & The Upbeats - Dead Limit [Vision Recordings]
23. Black Sun Empire & State Of Mind - Thug [Blackout Music]
24. Zombie Cats - Zombots [Bad Taste Recordings]
25. Signs - Less Is More [Bad Taste Recordings]
26. L 33 - Bloodbrain [Eatbrain]
27. Mindscape - Head Shrinker [Eatbrain]
28. Disprove - FRQNCS [Eatbrain]
29. Trilo - ADHD [Eatbrain]
30. Redo & Mefjus - Magnetism [Blackout Music]
31. Aeon Waves - ID [ID]

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

DnB India | Favorite Tracks | Delta Heavy

Here are top favorites by Delta Heavy. Prep yourself for the mad weekend that's approaching us. Find more info -

- The World Is Yours

- Cut Me

- Kaleidoscope

- City Of Dreams

- Fun House

- Badboy Style

- Ghost


- Kill Room

- Oscillator

- Event Horizon

- Tremors

- White Flag [VIP]

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Quick Tête-à-tête with DELTΔ HEΔVY

So we all have been on our toes, as we get closer to the dates of the much awaited 'Delta Heavy India Tour'. We at DnB India managed to have a quick chat with the boys, about their upcoming projects, tours and to see how excited they are about their India tour around Holi.

1. Hey Ben and Simon, we’re so stoked to be doing this interview with you two, thank you for taking the time to do this. How’s 2017 shaping along for Delta Heavy?
A: No worries - we're excited to be coming to India for our first tour!  2017 has been great so far.  We've been touring all over the place including a 9 date stretch in Australia and New Zealand and have got plenty lined up for the rest of the year.  We've just put out the video for our latest single Kaleidoscope which we're really happy with!

2. You guys first met in the year of 2003, then entered the industry in 2009 and since then, there’s been no looking back. During those 6 years, what pushed you guys towards music and to where you both stand today?
A: While at University we were heading towards normal office based careers but were also really enjoying DJing so we made a decision to turn our back on the normal and attempt to do something different and exciting and that still drives us today.  In terms of the music it was something that has been a passion for both of us since we were teenagers and we were obsessed with dnb, DJing everyday, going to all the parties that were put on in Nottingham and London so it became a big part of our lives.  With that much already invested it felt quite natural to want to pursue music as a career.  Compared with other producers we were late starters, only starting to learn at 23 so we;ve always had a huge drive to make things happen and that has carried through to day.  You don't get anywhere in this industry being lazy!

3. After a number of singles, remixes and EPs, Delta Heavy’s debut album, ‘Paradise Lost’, finally saw the light in early 2016 on the mighty RAM Records. That’s no easy feat! How was the process in creating your first LP?
A: Long!! We started writing in 2013 and it went through several guises before ending up as you hear it today.  We spent a lot of time on the vocals for the album as it was an area we hadn't gone in to very much.  Once we had the vocal songs done we wrote a lot of the heavier bangers.  We wanted to take people on a journey listening to the album so the track order and transitions were very important to us and we spent a lot of time crafting that journey including writing a couple of intermissions at the end of the writing process.  We always wanted to do an album as it still holds the crown in terms of stature and it was incredibly satisfying to finish.  We are still very happy with the results.

4. When you sit down to create a new track, is there a particular method you follow (for example: drums, bass then melody) or is it completely spontaneous? Anything/anyone that constantly inspires you two?
A: It's quite different from track to track.  We generally create little ideas and sounds to work with on our own and then get together to write a load of track ideas.  There are times when you hear something that inspires you and you have to go and lay down your ideas immediately.  We've said it many times but a consistent inspiration is Hans Zimmer.  The soundscapes and emotive nature of the music is incredible and coupled with the incredible films he is asked to work on makes his work very inspiring.

5. Your tour schedule looks super hectic with a number of shows every month spread across continents. How do you two manage to give the audience a completely new experience (from a unique set to a spectacular show in terms of light sounds, etc.) every time? 
A: We don't consciously provide a completely new experience for every show and I don't think that's what you need to do but we always play different sets for each show that will particularly vary on what territory you are in.  Our visuals are constantly developing and are becoming more in depth and immersive.  The shows themselves provide a very different energy from place to place which can make each show feel very different without really doing anything different and that's really exciting because you never really know what's going to happen so every show is definitely unique!

6. In your experience, could you tell me about the Drum and Bass culture being represented in various countries? Any special mention, probably where you two had a fantastic show, an almost perfect one?
A: The UK has the longest history of dnb culture because Drum and Bass was born there so there is an inherent understanding of the roots which means you can dig a little deeper and play a lot of older tunes that will still be appreciated today.  The Czech Republic is building a huge scene in the form of the brand Let It Roll who now put on the worlds biggest Drum & Bass festival which pretty much every drum and bass artist you can think of playing there over the weekend.  They like it dark and heavy musically and we love playing there.  Special mention has to go to Perth in Australia where they have a huge bass music scene that focuses on drum and bass.  We have never had a bad show there and the crowd are nuts!

7. Delta Heavy is finally making their debut tour in India! Delhi, Bangalore, Indore and Hyderabad happening across March 10th-13th. What are you looking forward to the most?
A: The whole tour! Except for playing at Supersonic in Goa a couple of years ago we have never toured India so I'm going with a completely open mind and eager to see what you guys have to offer!

8. Have you heard of any Indian Drum & Bass DJ/Producers? A piece of advice for budding artists?
A: I met several people on my last trip but Nerm & D-Code are probably the biggest names and also used to be on Radio 1 in the UK.  My advice for Indian producers is send us your tunes!

9. Any words for the fans and readers in India?
A: Super excited to come and party with you all in India especially on Holi Festival!

Well, we are too. Ain't we, folks? Go over to their Soundcloud and listen to their tracks, if you haven't.

PS - Oh, we at DnB India are giving away 3 free tickets for each city for the tour, and you get to hang with the artists for a bit. So, wait no more, find more details about the gig, head over to our Facebook page.

Show support | Buy the tickets - Δ Δ

Yours truly,

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Delta Heavy UK India Tour _ Phoenix Live _ with Drum and Bass India

Another restless evening, in the middle of the typical Bangalore traffic, yawning, wondering about life. And a sudden sigh, when I realising how quickly these two months of the year have gone by. Although, this wasn't one of those What-Am-I-doing-With-My-Life sigh, it was rather a satisfied one. I can happily admit that last 3 months, have been splendid. Witnessing some of the most brilliant artists from across the world and various genres of music, at some of the most friendly venues and gigs. That only makes happy sigh.

Talking about Drum and Bass in particular, I remember how I gawked at the gorgeous performance by Nero a few years ago. And after innumerable memorable gigs by homegrown and international acts around the country, December ’16 was again super lit, since Marky landed in our country, along with a bunch of acts that I would give up my sleep for, to say the least. And now couldn’t be happier as we enter March. Reason? Some of you’ve heard it, some of you haven’t. Delta Heavy are coming to India. Oh yes, The Delta Heavy. The duo that has been compared to the levels of the legendary names of the DnB scene like ‘Chase & Status’, ‘Nero’ etc. Ben Hall and Simon James, started together in the year of 2009, and since then there's has been no looking back. After a number of singles, EPs, and remixes, they finally dropped their very first LP in the month of March last year, with nobody else but the DnB beast 'Ram Records'. Give it a listen here

The all India tour has been put in place by Phoenix Live. The tour spread over four days, i.e. 10th to 13th March, is taking place in Delhi, Bangalore, Indore and Hyderabad. A sweet Holi treat for the Bass heads, ain't it! The duo will be supported by some of the most talented artists in the country, namely, Sound Avtar, Seven and Seven, Alpha and Omega, and our very own The Untitled One.

Facebook event pages:

• 10th March 2017, Friday   : Hype, New Delhi
• 11th March 2017, Saturday: Geoffrey's, Bangalore
• 12th March 2017, Sunday  : Best Western Plus, Indore
• 13th March 2017, Monday  : Leonia Holistic Destination, Hyderabad

So, get ready, prepare yourselves for some fine music ranging from 110-174 bmp [just to give you an idea] this Holi in India. Don’t be lazy, show some love, be a part of the experience, have a stupendous time, and be nice.

Get your tickets here ASAP :

Sincerely yours,

DnB India