Dreamstates, Tarqeeb, Zokhuma & More
25 January 2020
Mumbai based producer, OX7GEN (Aditya Ashok) gladly resided in the undertow, as a self taught producer and controller wizard with influences running deep - cue kingpins like Andy C, London Elektricity and Danny Byrd for the first wave; then expect a rising tide of original liquid drum & bass. In a little under two years, he has managed to make his presence felt by earning slots at nearly every major festival in the subcontinent. Right from the beaches of Goa's Sunburn festival to the hills of north India’s Escape Festival as well as closing the Bacardi NH7 weekenders dub station stage for 2 years in a row, BASS Camp festival and many more. During this journey, he's ended up supporting some of the biggest names in the international bass music scene including London Elektricity, KOAN Sound, Alix Perez, Concord Dawn, Dub Phizix & Nymfo.
Tarqeeb (Translation: Plan) is Ashish Jose. A seeker of hedonism through rhythm, philanthropy through music-making, he formed his moniker in the summer of 2012. The idea was always simple - promotion of quality EDM, minus the little labels and the big boxes. The only constants remain deep, groovy bass-lines, dark atmospheres and a trajectory that ultimately crescendos into high energy dance music.
The 24-year-old maverick Arman Menzies has a mask for every occasion. His infectious energy and familiar music sensibilities has a way of putting any audience at ease. Well known in cult progressive metal circles in India for his earlier work songwriting and playing guitar for Goddess Gagged before moving on to study music production in the UK, he’s already performed in places like Croatia, Netherlands and Sri Lanka under his new electronic moniker 'Zokhuma' while cherry-picking his way through local gigs as well. As he gears up to launch his first EP and live tour in early 2017, connecting the dots seems impossible when everything is happening at once, but it doesn’t make it any less fun to try.
Bombay-based Dreamstates has a hazy approach to house and techno. Driven by 4x4 patterns, spanning breakbeat, acid, afro, disco and outsider house, but not afraid to stray into a deeper, more unnerving sound - with an eye on what the moment calls for. A Dreamstates night is usually a colourful and varied journey. A resident DJ on Boxout.fm, he also runs a monthly podcast series, aptly titled 'Cosmic Claps', created keeping in mind those introspective moments when you need an undulating beat to keep you going. This is music that seeps into your subconscious. Think shades of house, hints of techno and a touch of the eclectic – always arriving while constantly in an urgent state of departure.
Rafiki is Sohail Arora's new moniker. As a DJ, he specializes in house, disco, techno and breaks.