NH7 Weekender 2019
29 November 2019 - 1 December 2019
Image: Nina Manandhar
Venue: Mahalaxmi Lawns
Nick Murphy FKA Chet Faker
Australian singer/songwriter Nick Murphy is best known for crafting atmospheric electronic productions under his former stage name, Chet Faker. Under that moniker, he issued a handful of EPs and a debut, 2014's 'Built on Glass'. After reverting to his birth name, he took a more soulful, organic approach for the release of sophomore full-length, 2019's 'Run Fast Sleep Naked'.
Since their arrival in 1990 as the self-proclaimed "most evil band in the world," Sweden's Opeth are one of the most influential heavy metal groups to emerge from Northern Europe. Though their musical beginning was rooted in occult-saturated, doomy death metal, as evidenced by 1995's 'Orchid' and the following year's Morningrise, by the time they issued 1998's globally acclaimed 'My Arms, Your Hearse', they were already threading progressive elements into their music. The shape-shifting experimentation had just begun. As the band's individuals grew musically and personnel shifted, their approach and sonic palette expanded. 2001's groundbreaking 'Blackwater Park' drew heat from purist death metal fans and critics while global prog metal fans championed it. They hit the international charts for the first time with 2003's 'Damnation', though not at home. By the time they issued the foundational fusion of death and prog metal with 2005's 'Ghost Reveries', they hit Sweden's Top Ten as well. In the second decade of the aughts, Opeth pursued a full-on prog-cum-folk-metal direction on 2011's 'Heritage', an album that signified the band's long-expected departure from the death metal aesthetic; they underscored it with an exclamation point on 2015's Pale Communion, which sold more than 13,000 copies during its release week in the United States.
Kodaline are an alternative rock band from Dublin consisting of vocalist Stephen Garrigan, guitarist Mark Prendergast, drummer Vinny May and bassist Jason Boland. Formation: Kodaline started out named 21 Demands. They topped the Irish Singles Chart in 2007 with their debut single 'Give Me A Minute' making history by it becoming the first independently-released track to do so. In 2011, they changed the band name to Kodaline.
Kokoroko are a London-based Afrobeat group who have, since 2014, established a well-founded reputation for shaking up London's live music scene with their specialty horn-and-drum-driven jams and polyrhythms. According to their own manifesto they "...specialise in a soul shaking, horn fueled sound with West African roots and Inner London hues." Celebrated by media across the European continent, they have been showcased abundantly at music festivals and in clubs, intoxicating audiences with their intentionally spiritual compositions. Influential DJ and curator Gilles Peterson signed the band to his Brownswood label, where they continue to spread their gospel of groove as inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen, and Peter King.
EarthGang is an American hip-hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers Olu and WowGr8, signed to J Cole's Dreamville Records. They are co-founders of the musical collective Spillage Village, with J.I.D, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, 6LACK, and Mereba.
Garden City Movement
Israeli trio Garden City Movement craft abstract electronic pop songs with an equal emphasis on complex beat construction as well as longing, R&B-influenced vocals and hook-filled melodies. The group was founded in 2013 by Tel Aviv residents Roi Avital, Joe Saar, and Johnny Sharoni. All three members play guitar and electronic instruments, with Avital and Sharoni handling vocals.
BLOT! is a live electronic music project based out of Delhi, India. Straddling music and art, party and performance, Gaurav Malaker is the producer and DJ at the helm of the project. Since its start in 2007 with Thiruda (Avinash), BLOT! has slowly edged away from more minimal sounds into mastery of a warmer and more emotive sound that straddles techno and deeper side of modern house. The producer has delivered an inspiring run of music releases in his career spanning a decade, as well as immersive audiovisual sets and innumerable art installations both in India and abroad.
The Midival Punditz are easily one of India’s biggest and most prolific electronica act. The past decade has seen the rise of the electronica scene within India and no single band has had more influence on its growth than Midival Punditz. The Punditz have been trailblazers, breaking new ground with each achievement, and creating a path for others to follow. The Punditz are well known for their unique brand of electronica. After touring extensively all over the world, they’ve styled a unique and revolutionary live act that has room for jamming, re-mixing and innovating on stage, thus making no two live shows the same.
Since its inception in 2003 the band has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country, namely the infamous GIR (Great Indian Rock), Bacardi NH7 Weekenders, Independence Rock, Deccan Rock, to name a few. In 2011 they were invited to perform at one of the biggest metal festivals in the world – Inferno Music Festival (Norway). Bhayanak Maut has shared a stage with the likes of Textures, Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Amon Amarth, to name a few. The band has released 4 albums so far and have been consistently touring the length and breadth of India.
Sandunes (Sanaya Ardeshir) is known for her diverse blend of electronica which combines eclectic sensibilities with progressive electronic elements. Her upbringing as a pianist and keyboard player allows her to create emotive beds of sound and her music can be described as a fusion of globally inspired ingredients.
Veer Kowli (aka Chrms) is a young electronic producer based in Mumbai, India. Inspired by the likes of Flume, Porter Robinson, Oshi and Mr. Carmack, Veer has loved experimenting with design, film and music and has been producing since he was 9. He likes to make sounds never heard before, without restricting himself to any particular genre, making everything from super chill, ethereal and feel-good tracks to heavy, R&B inspired bangers.
Aditya Alamuru began making music in the United States in 2012. Influenced by the growing music scene in Mumbai, on his return, he began the electronic project MALFNKTION to create an original sound that resonated with Indian culture. His debut EP ‘Hindustani Rascal’ was released in September 2015 and featured on Apple Music, Buzzfeed, Reddit and Festival Sherpa. He released his second EP ‘Vote for Worms’ in December 2016.
Kumail is a producer, performing artist and DJ from Mumbai, India. Over the last four years, he has ascended to the very top of India’s burgeoning culture of electronic music on two parallel paths - as a roughneck DJ notorious for breaking ankles, and as a gifted musician and bandleader drawing expansive canvases of rhythm, texture and emotion. In 2018, those paths led him to a DJ set at Dimensions Festival 2018 in Croatia and a string of several live festival dates across India in the winter. In the past, he has shared the stage with the likes of Shigeto, Four Tet, DJ Koze, Teebs, Ratatat, Mount Kimbie and Kutmah, and been featured on boxout.fm, Boiler Room, Sofar Sounds, and COLORS.
MadStarBase, made up of Ase and Neal, is a production and DJ duo who perpetually create and curate some of the freshest, most forward-thinking music. Their creations are rooted in hip-hop and bass music and are not confined to a single genre. The focus is on sample - heavy explorations of indigenous sounds.
From original cuts to bootlegs and remixes, their productions and DJ sets make any room shake and keep the dancefloor stacked.
Lifafa is the solo project of Peter Cat Recording Co frontman Suryakant Sawhney. Lifafa offers a mix of acoustic folk elements and old-school disco layered with a baritone voice that can be angsty and meditative at the same time.
Formed in the early '90s, Indian Ocean has been one of the spearheads of the Indian rock scene. Their unique sound of contemporary rock mixed with classical, jazz and fusion have earned them a cult following. Their band has managed to maintain this inimitable sound in all their albums and have attained some rave reviews from critics. Some of the themes of their songs are sufism, environmentalism and mythology. Definitely exclusive in what they do, Indian Ocean have toured all over India and played all across the globe.
Svetha Rao or, Raja Kumari is an Indian American songwriter, rapper and recording artist from Claremont, California.
Ishani’s unique style typically mixes old school and new school hip-hop and has cleverly merged fans of both styles in way not seen hitherto. She has held residencies at many Mumbai nightclubs including Purple Haze Lounge and at Zenzi (Bandra), Ibar etc. while also being has been endorsed by nominations from VH1 Sound Nation Awards (2014) and MyFavDJ Awards.
Delhi based Dee En's music comprises of elements from genres like dream pop to psychedelia and nostalgia. The live band includes Saurav Debnath (vocals/guitars), Ashrey (Keys/Synths), Aditya (Guitars/Synths), Arpan (Bass), Katu (Drums)
Kavya x Chaz is a duo from Delhi comprising of Kavya Trehan, vocalist of the dance and grime band "MOSKO" and Chaitanya Bhalla from the highly acclaimed, "The Skavengers". They have joined forces to explorative sounds dabbling in electronica, folk, hip-hop.
In their words - "FOPCHU's sounds anthropomorphise the spirit of one’s innate farm animal, and redirects productive thought into inebriated profound gooforia".
They are a New-Delhi based band consisting of Kaizad Nariman on vocals and guitars; Shantam Khanna on synth and the drum machines, and Siddhant Subs on synth and bass.
Swadesi consists of emcess producers DJs and graffiti artists// Mumbai based crew.
Raj Verma aka Yung.Raj is a 22-year-old beatboxer and producer from Hyderabad. Since early 2011, he has performed with both nationally and internationally acclaimed acts like Foreign Beggars, Shri, Karsh Kale, Niladri Kumar and more, and was also an active member of popular acapella outfit – Voctronica until late 2017. He has now moved on to focus on his solo project Yung.Raj. His productions are an experiment with time, tempo and rhythm, blending numerous styles to create a sound that is truly unique and his own. His live setup involves improvisation using a loop station to blend beatboxing along with synth bass and keys.
Easy Wanderling’s work is recognized for its delicate and soothing melodies with a mix of ambient soul, pop and folk influences. As a touring band, they have performed extensively across diverse spaces, from small intimate cafes and art galleries, to flea markets and major music festivals.
Aarifah Rebello is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer from Mumbai. Besides playing the drums for Ladies Compartment and Toycatcher, she is currently working on her solo project as ‘aarifah’. Her most notable achievements include collaborating with producer ‘Sandunes’ as a part of Red Bull’s Searching for Sound, playing drums with Madame Gandhi on her India tour and performing for celebrated Grammy Award Winner Yo-Yo Ma on his recent visit to Mumbai.
Singer/songwriter/producer Sid Sriram represents a collision point of radically different worlds; a true hybridist. Sriram was born in Chennai, India. His family moved to the San Francisco/Bay Area suburbs when he was one. This duality of cultural roots was integral in forming Sriram’s personal and artistic identity. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering; here is where he started exploring and building his own sound. Sid Sriram's music creates a bold cross section where Pop/Soul, his Indian Classical roots and alternative/ambient music clash vibrantly.
Parvaaz is a contemporary Indian music band whose four members have assimilated several international progressive/psychedelic rock influences but their own expression has a rootedness that makes their sound unique. They sing mostly in Kashmiri and Urdu and their own line-up reflects the diversity they come from.
'Okedo' is a duo project featuring Will Clark on synths & vocals and Ishaan Gandhi on drums & electronics. Together they have cooked up a noisy revolution of menacing grooves and addictive melodies, carefully combined to capture hearts and dance floors all across the nation.
Aditi Veena aka Ditty is a Goa-based singer-songwriter signed with Pagal Haina records. An urban ecologist by day and a musician by night, her folk-tinged songs reflect an organic and earthly quality reflecting her firm belief in music as a tool for change.
JBABE is the solo project of The F16s' Josh Fernandez. He describes his music as lo-fi, indie-pop mixed with rhythm and blues.
Black Letters is an Alternative Rock quartet from Bangalore, India. They bring soul-shaking sounds inspired by various forms of Rock and Electronic music with underlying emotions of semi-classical Indian music in a way that makes for an inward, cerebral, and cinematic experience.