UnMute VLOG 08 – JOSH WINK

Sunburn festival took a brave step forward by hosting a full TECHNO stage in a city festival titled #AfterBurn with underground dance music flag bearers, Drumcode boss ADAM BEYER and House music legend, JOSH WINK, who were supported by our own, ARJUN VAGALE, KOHRA and JITTER.

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Kohra had a chat with JOSH WINK where they spoke about plans for celebrating 20 years of OVUM next year, production tips and much more.

Short clip of JOSH WINK at Sunburn Festival Mumbai

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*OUT NOW* | Sound Avtar – Alarm Symphony [POOTY CLUB]

Having recently signed to #UnMutePlus, SOUND AVTAR has been making monstrous waves in the Bass music scene! We have a chat with him about his latest release, Alarm Symphony and other stuff he’s upto!

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Sound Avtar – Alarm Symphony

1. Congratulations Piyush, on your latest release. Could you tell us more about your association with the label and Madoc?
Thanks. Really stoked for my debut release on “The Pooty Club Records”. I’ve been in touch with the label owner Dave from quite sometime now. I find this label has unique sounds on their past releases and i’ve been been playing quite a lot of stuff from their catalog  Me and Dave were constantly planning to put out a Sound Avtar 3 Track EP but due to my prior commitments it wasn’t possible so we instead agreed of putting up a single accompanying with a remix. I asked my very talented Dj/Producer friend Anuraag aka MADOC to do a remix and i think he aced it!

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2.Tell us a little about your studio setup and the DAW/VST’s you use?

I have a simple studio set up, it consists of a ‘Motu-Ultralite MK3’ audio interface, Mini-Mac, ‘KRK Rokit 5’ and ‘M Audio Bx8a Deluxe’, Novation Launchpad. Other than percussion and some music instruments which keep on going in and out of the studio, I produce on Ableton Live 8 and usually use my own self-synthesized sounds, software’s inbuilt Sound banks and instruments racks.
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3. Which music producers are you digging at the moment?
Well i’ve been listening to a lot of Hamilton, Fred V & Grafix, Teddy Killerz and Joe Ford to name a few. I feel their new stuff is really off the hook they just transpire you to a whole new world of bass music. Apart from this, I look up to Skrillex as he’s the inspiration which had me going. haha
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4. What’s your ringtone?
 Not quite of ringtone type person, i prefer to keep it on vibration mode :p
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5.You recently opened for Skream & Benga, what was that like? 
I couldn’t believe at first when i got to know that I’ll be opening for S & B, it was a career defining moment for me. The gig was hugely successful and brilliantly managed by Oji crew. Crowd response was totally amazing, i could see hordes of people loosing them-self on each drop. I can safely say that this was one of the best audiences i ever played for!

6. Finally, could you tell us a bit about what you are working on at the moment & any upcoming releases?

For now im on a holiday back home, spending some time with my folks. i am constantly working on improving my sounds and music production techniques while im at home, you can really look forward to splurge of new sounds coming from the Sound Avtar lab. Just to keep things in perspective i have a couple of Really BIG Remixes lined up which shall be revealed in coming months and few big colabs on the way too. So stay tuned. 😉
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LISTEN to Sound Avtar’s latest release / free downloads HERE

Alarm Symphony (w/ MADOC Remix) is now out on BEATPORT – HERE

Twitter – http://twitter.com/SoundAvtar

Facebook – http://facebook.com/iamsoundavtar

Gig list – http://bit.ly/UnMuteGIGS

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Sanctum Music Conference Announced

Sanctum Music Conference is a series of events designed for professionals of the electronic music industry to adopt experience and share knowledge between Western Seniors and evolving Asian scene. Presented and hosted by Sanctum in association with The Inventory and Beatworx Studio the first event will take place on the Monday, 15th of July, 8:00 pm onwards, featuring famous DJ, producer and Kaato Music label owner – Björn Wilke from Germany.

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Sanctum Music Conference will shift its focus from production technologies and techniques to highlight the surrounding network of businesses involved with restaurants, bars, clubs, nightlife and festivals, who are into event production. Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Festivals & Events Production, Record Labels, Booking Agencies and Studios are essential tools and platforms of connecting music with its audience.

On a foregoing Sunday, the day before the convention, Sanctum will premiere a ‘Kaato Music Night’ with an extra long set by Björn Wilke showcasing the best music from his exclusive portfolio. In support of the event Sanctum will also be releasing its first mixed CD compilation with exclusive rights from Kaato imprint.

Our own PRAVEEN ACHARY and AUDIO UNITS are 2 of the speakers on the various panels of the conference.

More Details HERE

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DUBFIRE India Tour & Interview

Grammy award winner and one half of the legendary duo Deep Dish, Ali Shirazinia aka DUBFIRE is on his debut India tour powered by our friends sLiCk, who are also celebrating their second year #slickturns2 . We caught up with Ali for lunch and had a little chat. There are quite a few surprises in there!

Dubfire will be proudly supported by UnMute artists, Arjun Vagale & Kohra (In Bangalore) and M.Mat (In Mumbai) among others.

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Christian Smith ‘OMAKASE’ INDIA Tour

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UnMute and the blueFROG partnered to bring down house and techno legend and all-round nice guy, CHRISTIAN SMITH for his ‘Omakase’ Album India Tour. Arjun Vagale had a little chat with the man himself about his legendary record label, TRONIC among other things.

FYI, the first 5 people to share this post on facebook will win a signed Christian Smith India tour poster.

You can get yourself a copy of the fantastic album by clicking on the link below:

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A brief video of CS @ blueFROG Delhi  

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KOHRA Nominated for MTV (INDIA) Video & Music Awards 2013

The prestigious MTV VMAs were launched in USA in 1984 and have often been called the ‘Oscars for youth’. Finally launched in India this year 2013, the awards highlight the best of Indian music talent.

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We are happy to announce that KOHRA aka Madhav Shorey is the only electronic independent artist nominated for his EP, Dust Particle (OUT ON Qilla Records) in the category ‘Best Indie Artist’ 2013,  where he competes with other major commercial acts.

TO Vote for him , simply visit http://mtv.in.com/vmai/nominee.php?catid=8 or TWEET #ivote4kohra as many times as possible!

We wish him all the best!

UnMute CREW!

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Arjun Vagale wins TWO | MyFavAwards India

The annual MyFavAwards took place earlier this week at the blueFROG, Mumbai. A registered intellectual property, MyFav is an initiative of 360 EDGE. It aspires to recognise the best DJs/Artists, Clubs & Bands across all genres in India.

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The who’s who of the Indian dance music industry were in attendance, along with a surprise visit by none other than TECHNO maestro, RICHIE HAWTIN!

UnMute was well represented!

Arjun Vagale picked up not one, but TWO awards, BEST INDIAN TECHNO DJ of the Year and BEST PRODUCER OF THE YEAR.

Other nominees also included ASH ROY and TUHIN MEHTA.

Notable winners were SOUND AVTAR (Best Indian DrumNBass / Dubstep DJ), ANKYTRIXX (Best Indian Electronica DJand DJ of the year) AND SUNBURN (Best Indian Festival).

The evening led up to a fantastic after party with sets by Boombaba, Ankytrixx and Arjun Vagale.

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Have a look at the full list of winners and nominees here! BIG CONGRATS to everyone who won.

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Have a look at a few more pics from the night here!

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Richie Hawtin INDIA TOUR 2013

Many in India might have heard the name Richie Hawtin.

The name is synonymous with Techno and arguably, dance music.

We at UnMute have always followed Hawtin and some of our artists (Arjun Vagale, Anil Chawla) have been supported by him too.

Now it’s time to experience the Minus head-honcho live on our own shores and Richie will be supported by UnMute artists on this tour.

Check out the flyer for details.

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WATCH the wicked 60 minute Boiler Room Set below!

WATCH Video of Richie Hawtin playing Arjun Vagale’s She Said

WATCH Video of Richie Hawtin playing Anil Chawla’s Silver Digger

For the uninitiated, if you don’t know who Richie Hawtin is .. watch THIS.

BIG UP to submerge crew and Nikhil Chinapa for making this happen.

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Music @ UnBox Design Festival 2013

UnMute artists BLOT! are cofounders of India’s biggest design festival, UNBOX!  The latest edition is here with its brand of eclectically diverse evenings that see a fluid amalgamation of music, sub-culture and media.

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All evenings are free entry, the bar is affordable and the venue (Zorba, MG Road, New Delhi) is great!

 

Feb 07 – Unbox Festival Opening, 7-10.30pm
The festival kicks off with Sounds of Bengal – a collaborative project between the inventor of electro-acoustic sarod, Soumik Datta (UK) and Arif Khan (Kolkata).

Followed by Unbox’s signature experimental session – New Culture Mash Up featuring festival curators, BLOT! + Nucleya stirring things up in an audiovisual mash-up supported by Pinksoda aka Smriti Chowdhary, who’s the mad brain behind some of the videos and Busride or the artist formerly known as Ayaz Basrai, who will be doing live sketching.

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Feb 08 – Unbox Day 2, 7-11pm

Another innovative evening with a host of quirky performers from around the world and closer home:
7-8pm >> Bhajans, Blues and Bob Dylan (IND)
8-9pm >> Saskia Rao and Gwyneth Wentink (HOL)
9-10pm >> Peter Cat Recording Co (IND)
10-11pm >> Child (AUS)

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Feb 09 – Unbox Day 3 – Puma Loves Vinyl, 8-11pm

Puma Loves Vinyl is a concept that presents a return to an older state of sonic happiness with electronica stalwarts from the Indian scene joining forces with Ron Schneider (Germany) – a hardware genius with a penchant for analog synthesizers.

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Kohra – rated no. 3 DJ in India last year, he returns to his vinyl roots with a medley befitting UnBox. Expect good old Shpongle with spattering breaks and downtempo grooves.

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Vinayaka – the understated yet influential producer from the south showcases a progressive and sometimes unpredictable process of field recordings and sampling.

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Feb 10 – Unbox Closing – SoundCamp, 9-11pm

UnBox ends with a double header. While Indian Ocean will play for a fundraiser from 7-9pm with a donation based ticket at the gate, SoundCamp – one of the labs at UnBox will present an ensemble of artists from 9-11pm.

SoundCamp is a Border Movement project that has its origins in a 3-week residency in Sri Lanka in 2012. At UnBox it invites Indian and South Asian musicians to create and experience a temporary, collaborative music creation space. Participants:

Asvajit (SL)

One Of Sri Lanka’s leading DJs and composers, Asvajit’s sets are intense and fast paced, blending funky grooves with techno.

Gaurav Malaker (IND)

Gaurav Malaker is a musician, DJ and producer and one half of BLOT!’s live audiovisual act.

Raumagent Alpha (DE)

Ron Schneider is a self-taught artist based in Berlin exploring the correlation between sound and technology.

Sandunes (IND)

Bouncing between 2-step, future garage, post dub step and experimental electronica, Sandunes live set includes a range of controllers and instruments.

TL Mazumdar (IND)

A singer-songwriter, keyboardist, producer and composer who has toured several international jazz festivals in Asia and Europe.

As well as Vinayak, Nucleya and Suryakant Sawhney (IND)

+ the Unbox Instrumentalists

– Gwyneth (Harp) – Netherlands

– Saksia Rao (Indian Cello) -Netherlands

– Soumik Dutta (Electric Sarod) – UK / India

– Aditya Kumar (Tabla) – India

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If you need any more information hit up http://www.unboxfestival.com/

See you there!

UnMute Crew!

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*OUT NOW* | Praveen Achary – Space Machine (w/ Cid Inc Remix) [Replug]

Praveen Achary kicks off 2013 with a BANG!

With gigs across the country in 2012 and a new record label, JuiceBox coming up soon, the man is as busy as it gets.

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We chat with him about his latest release ‘Space Machine’ OUT NOW on RePlug – Support by – Guy J, Eelke Kleijn, King Unique, Hernan Cattaneo, Arjun Vagale and Marcelo Vasami among others!

1. Congratulations on your newly released EP “Space Machine” on Replug Records.  Tell us more about this release and your association with Henri (CID Inc)?

Thank you! I am super happy about how it’s turned out and it is a great way to kick off 2013. I had posted a snippet of this track on SoundCloud a while back and Henri commented on it saying it was cool, so I finished it up straight away and sent it across. The rest, is the result and I couldn’t have been more happy :). The feedback has been pouring in left, right & center and it’s all been positive. I’ve been talking to Henri (Cid Inc.) for a few years now, especially after I started playing a lot more of his stuff, even back during his Mashtronic days. We had a connection and always had good laughs during our chats. He came down to India in 2012 for a tour with sLick! but unfortunately we couldn’t meet, but hopefully this year we’ll be doing something together in India soon. 

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2. What are your current favourite Record Labels?

Bedrock, microCastle, Baires, Replug, Tronic. I’m lucky to be associated with two of these, hopefully will be all five sometime in the future. I really enjoy all the labels I’ve been associated with through the years (Mirabilis, MakTub, Outside The Box Music).

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3. What is your current Studio setup like?

Pretty mobile. It’s running off Ableton Live 8 (with a few favorite plugins & instruments) from a Macbook Pro with PreSonus Firebox & Samson Rubicons. Sometimes I just plug in my headphones instead and only use the monitors during mixing. I pull out the Novation ReMote SL keyboard once in a blue moon too. I’ve been using this setup for years and gotten used to the sound now, but I’m in the process of doing a complete revamp, with a couple of additions like the new Native Instruments Maschine and possibly a hardware synth.

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4. We know the answer already, but what was your top gig in 2012?

Almost every gig leaves me with something special to remember, but I must say that the sunset slot at Krank 2012 along with the B2B with Vipul at TLR Cafe in Delhi were rather special.

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5. Finally, what’s coming up for you in the future in terms of releases? Also, tell us more about your fresh new imprint “Juicebox”.

My remix for “Eelke Kleijn – Flierefluiter” is due out on his label: Outside The Box Music. Plus Vipul & I just finished up a collaborative remix of “D-Eye – Pulse” for Darin Epsilon’s label: Perspectives Digital. Our debut collab track is an original named “Future Echoes”, which will be the first release on my label: Juicebox Music. All these bits will be out in February 2013. I’ve got a couple more remixes coming out on various labels through the year and some originals that are doing the rounds and are looking for a home.

Juicebox was announced in 2012 as an outlet for music that I’ve been pushing for years, but also is trying to tell the world that “Yes, we do listen & support it here in India as well”. The sound spectrum itself is quite wide, ranging from Deep House, Progressive to Techno, similar to what I play during my gigs & online sets (especially Juicebox on friskyRadio). There are plenty of other Indian artists doing great work and I want to give them a home-grown label they can be proud of and work with in the long run to build a better national scene. We’ve got signed music coming in from Indian artists like Vipul, Color Ray, AU, Tanseer (& more) along with international renowned artists like Santiago Garcia, Rikesto, Cactus Twisters and Rodrigo Mateo. We’ve got an even better future roster, but those names shall be revealed much later. It has taken some time to kick everything off, but I’d rather do it right than rush it.

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SpaceMachine (w/ CID Inc Remix) is now out on BEATPORT – HERE

Follow Praveen on Twitter – http://twitter.com/praveenachary

LIKE on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/praveenacharymusic

Info on JuiceBox – http://www.juiceboxmusic.in/

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