Vh1 Supersonice 2020
7 February 2020 - 9 February 2020
Image: Barun Chatterjee
Venue: Mahalaxmi Lawns
Machine Gun Kelly
Sampa The Great
Su Real is changing the face of bass music in India, one drop at a time. Possessing a rare talent to both appease the crowd with contemporary club hits as well as get them moving to underground sounds, Su Real harnesses a wealth of experience to deliver dance parties that are both physical and mental workouts. He has been working tirelessly to push the limits of India’s dance music and nightlife scene. As a producer, Su Real stays on top of latest nano-genres in global bass blending them into the entire history of recorded dance music from EDM to hip-hop, dancehall, house, disco, soul, funk, and R&B.
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.
Jayant’s obsession with creating music, started at an early age. While his friends studied, and his parents worried, he immersed himself in sounds, creating his own unique brand of electronica. His curiosity and eagerness has not waned ever since. He began producing music in 2003 and has done numerous projects since working with artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Chebi Sabah, Karsh Kale, Midival Punditz, to name a few.
Divine is an award-winning rapper and hip-hop artist from Mumbai. Born and brought up in the ‘gullies’ of Bombay, Divine has come to be known as the "Voice of the Streets” - narrating tales of the people that he's grown up observing since childhood and paying homage to the characteristics of the city.
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.
Kohra (Urdu - fog or mist) creates a spatial, mystical and ethereal dance music experience. Versatile, hypnotic and forward-thinking he propels forward his sound via Qilla Records, which he set up in 2009 to promote upcoming, diverse and cutting-edge dance music from India and across the world.
Ankur & The Ghalat Family is the Hindi rock project of singer-songwriter Ankur Tewari, along with Gaurav Gupta, Sidd Coutto and Johan Pais (of Tough On Tobacco). Formed in 2009, the Mumbai-based act has been playing festivals and gigs and enthralling audiences with their fun and happy songs. Get ready for some beautiful, simple Hindi lyrics packed with some intense whistling on both ends.
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.
Known for his intense, driven and raw sound, Arjun is one of the most prolific artists to come out of Asia, and his cutting-edge productions have seen massive global reach. Boldly moving away from a major mainstage career at a time when his erstwhile live act, Jalebee Cartel, was sharing headlining spots with The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Modeselektor, Arjun followed his love for the counterculture by traveling into darker, more experimental terrain.
Arjun co-owns UnMute Agency, and spearheads India’s premier electronic music school, I Love Music Academy. Through his career of 20+ years, Arjun Vagale has risen to the forefront for the quality and depth of his productions and DJ sets, while always staying true to his roots. Whether packing in the dance floor or producing yet another monster tune, Arjun’s total dedication to house and techno is evident in everything he does.
Ash Roy’s illustrious seventeen year career has seen him perform around the world, including Germany, USA, India, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Denmark, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bahrain. As an individual producer and a DJ, Ash’s style moves through genres that range from minimal to tech-house to techno. Other than homegrown label Soupherb, Ash Roy’s music has been released on various other prestigious labels such as Trapez Ltd., Creepy Finger, Monocline, Buena Onda amongst others.
Harshita Kalee, a.k.a Kaleekarma, first cut her teeth DJing on the club circuit in Mumbai for a few years. During this inception period, she slowly started to gain prominence with her sets of deep house, electronica and 'ethno' techno.
Chhabb comes from the early generations of DJs in India, born and raised in Mumbai. It all originated from crate digging culture for him. Searching for music that had emotion, but also made him travel into unknown dimensions. He has been a big contributor to the experimental electronic movement in India. He has also hosted and played with sounds of The Bunker NY, Giegling, Dawud, Oshana and many more.
Shiny happy faces, feet worn out from dancing and a whole legion of new fans – few DJ’s can claim to deliver all 3 things every single time, but the man best known for reviving an entire genre of music in India – DJ SA does just that! The country’s premier Hip Hop/Trap DJ, SA has redefined the genre for urban Indian youth and made it relevant again, not only through his music, but also his influence as a bonafide street style aficionado and discerning sneaker-head.
Calm Chor is the Alter ego of Ashvin Mani Sharma who has been a part of the Indian underground music scene since 1995. He has been producing music and deejaying since 1998. He is one of the co-founders of Jalebee Cartel, co-founder at Soupherb records and one half of electronica duo Bit Of Both.
Madboy/Mink are a Funk - nu disco duo based in Mumbai, India. Mashing up dirty electro and funk with old school Harlem-swing, they use live guitar and synthesizers with soulfully destroyed vocals and vocoders to play a mod – nu disco anti-aesthetic.
Aditi Ramesh is an exemplary vocalist, songwriter and producer with a herculean voice complimented by a range of techniques and tonal modulations. Having been inspired by the blues, jazz and traditional carnatic music in which she has been trained in her childhood, her organic exploration into different genres ever since has been a hallmark of her development. Formerly a corporate lawyer at AZB, the top law firm in the country, since quitting in the end of 2016, her musicality has experienced exponential growth in her soundscape, with her performance incorporating electronic drums and live keys, in which she has been classically trained in western music theory for about a decade.
The F16s are an alternative band hailing from the port city of Chennai, India. Their music, echoes the melancholia that grapples with the mundanity of everyday life in a town that serves very little outside of itself. Lyrically driven, the 'sound' of the band rests in an arc that also includes acts like LCD Soundsystem, Julian Casablancas and the Voidz and The Horrors; beat-driven yet innately melodic. The band already has a couple of prior releases attached to them: a 6-song EP released in 2013 called 'Kaleidoscope', and a 2-track recorded in Brooklyn, New York called 'Nobody's Gonna Wait'.
aswekeepsearching is a modern post-rock band expressing emotions, life experiences and feelings in the form of instrumental music with some vocals.
Mumbai based artist, Paper Queen is a unique blend of old and new school hip-hop, trap, future beats and bass music. Taking influences from artists such as Teeko, DJ Premier, Jon1st & Ivy Lab, her musical creations are hard hitting, boucy and engineered for the dance floor.
Mentored by the legendary DJ Uri, she has embraced the old school way of being a DJ and has the knack of being able to play the right track for the right occasion. Paper Queen emerged as one of India’s first female turntablist DJ, which ultimately got her noticed and signed up by KRUNK. Geared up for the seasons ahead, this girl comes fully prepared with quality music and DJ skills.
Mumbai based DJ known for blending tracks of various genres ranging from early acid house, pounding techno, unadulterated tech, bass, new wave, indie dance, disco.
Nakul aka SEQU3L is a Pune based DJ and Producer who plays progressive house and deep techno music.
Underground music. Mexican DJ based in Mumbai.
Bangalore based DJ who plays old school, new school, vintage disco, retro; hip-hop, dance music.
Swadesi consists of emcess producers DJs and graffiti artists// Mumbai based crew.
Regenerate owner Bhishma Sagar is a DJ who acquired the art of mixing sitting in his office. From setting trends with his absolutely flawless mixes to booking the best names in the industry - the aim behind getting on the decks was to spread more good music amongst the bustling music scene in the city and to share with everyone what Regenerate truly stands for.
Azadi Records' signee Seedhe Maut represent the next stage in the evolution of the capital’s hip-hop sound. Having mastered the art of delivering razor sharp, combative and witty rhymes, the bi-lingual duo are following in the trailblazing footsteps of international hip-hop collectives such as Run The Jewels, Clipse, Black Hippy, Mobb Deep, Blackstar and more.
A Delhi based singer/songwriter Kamakshi Khanna is a creator of raw, organic songs and tunes that emerge from an intricate mixture of her experiences and epiphanies. A voice that goes through various styles, including but not limited to R&B, soul, pop and ballads.
Pulpy Shilpy is the electronic avatar of Pune-based singer/songwriter Gowri Jayakumar, who also fronts freak funk quartet Run Pussy Run. With her roots in soul, jazz and wordplay, she is known for her unique and versatile methods of storytelling and performance. She released her debut hip hop single 'Kaadal Mannan' last year to rave reviews, with Rolling Stone India describing the song as her "feminist fiercest". Gowri was a journalist for seven years (2006-2012) after which she studied music for ten months at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. She began playing guitar at the age of 15, and that's how it all began.
Taba Chake is a finger-style guitar player, singer-songwriter, performer and dreamer from a small town called Doimukh in Arunachal Pradesh. Having grown up in a Nyishi tribal family, his music is inspired by tribal folklore, birds and nature. He sings in Hindi, Nyishi and English and has been recognised for his unique vocals, songwriting and percussive performance style.
Bullzeye tarted DJing in 1999 at the age of 16 under the influence of Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Bedrock, Siddhanth blasted many clubs in Mumbai with his tunes. He has played inleading nightclubs like Fire and ICE and Mikanos in Mumbai. He presents a mix of all forms of techno and house sounds.
Sanyas-I is Kiran Borker from Hyderabad who has been representing Monkey Sound System since 2012.
Sanyas-I has been passionate about Dub, Reggae, Dancehall and its various Caribbean subgenres and been mentored by some of the pioneers in the Indian Reggae scene such as Dakta Dub and General Zooz to push the frontiers of reggae music in India. Having picked up the Foundation style from these veterans, Sanyas - I delivers a scintillating mixture of Indian style combined with Reggae culture -a truly unique combination stemming from the suburban Indian underground but reflecting a cosmic spiritual vibe.