As the year is coming to an end, I am looking at the top events we attended in Delhi-NCR. I did a compilation of the Best Food Events that Delhi had hosted in 2015 — where I mentioned about the changing of events culture, food trends of the year and will look forward in 2016.
A lot has been happening in Delhi music scene too — no, not all of it has to do with Honey Singh or Badshah [*confused emoticon*]. Remember Coldplay played an impromptu acoustic set featuring hits such as Paradise and Viva La Vida at Summer House, or Russian Jazz maestro Igor Butman performing with his band, featuring the visually challenged Oleg Akkuratov at Q-la? 2015 saw a number of creative breakthroughs, the continuing rise of electronic music, and some incredible shows.
In a candid chat, Nicky Jatin Sharma, founder of Unseen Underground — an international live entertainment & artiste management agency based in India, spoke to me about the growing and experimentation of different music genres, challenges and development in Indian music industry, and the trends we can expect in 2016. “Jazz and funk music scene is growing equally, along with EDM. If you look at most of the successful commercial musicians, they mostly have a jazz background. And even lot of commercial music scene has been influenced by heavy metal these days. But yes, in club and pubs probably EDM will dominate.”
Talking about the ever increasing live concert scene, Nicky said, “Heavy metal and hard rock music scene is bigger than EDM in India, both in number of concerts and number of audience. In fact, recently in the last two years Indie and post rock music is also picking up well in the country. Music culture has evolved a lot. In both commercial and independent music scene, number of quality musicians has increased and the segments are becoming niche — that is the biggest challenge. People are adopting and experimenting new things; they are no more orthodox. And this is very good for future music business, both for musicians and promoters.”
In another interaction with the Marketing Head of Capitol Club, Akhil Sahajwani, we got to know what international artists think of India. “In terms of music and nightlife scene, Delhi has witnessed a sudden rise in gigs — be it at cafes, restaurants, or open fields. We have seen quite a lot of EDM concerts and music festivals such as NH7 Weekender and Sunburn taking place — which received excellent responses from the audience. International artists who come and perform in India are very happy to see the energy of our people, and many of them have expressed the same to us. I see entertainment factor double in 2016, and nightlife to be more vibrant and livelier.”
Phew! The music scene in India is definitely reaching to a level unimaginable. And it definitely makes me feel happy. Here I present you a look back at the best music events in Delhi, 2015. It’s been quite a year! Read on.
We enjoyed the energetic EDM beats by some of the finest DJs without heading to Goa this year [saved money on flight tickets, hotel, booze, what not *wink*].
Sunburn City Festivals recreated a Goa festival-like feel in Delhi, complete with incredible visuals, abundant multi-cuisine food stalls, cocktail bars, and flea markets. We witnessed some of the hottest artists such as DJ Snake, R3hab, Chuckie, Sartek, DJ SA, Afrojack, Mojojojo, Shaan and Matisse & Sadko showcasing their super talented dance electronic music skills. Well, we are yet to get rid of the hangover!
It was a fan moment when we got a chance to meet the legendary rock music band Michael Learns To Rock. We not only carried out an exclusive interview but also attended the live concert at Showshaa. The massive crowd swayed to their evergreen numbers such as The Actor, Complicated Heart, Accidentally In Love, Digging Your Love, and more.
After three years of being staged at Buddh International Circuit on Noida Expressway, this year’s NH7 Weekender was held in Dwarka. With names such as AR Rahman, Vishan Dadlani, English star DJ and singer Mark Ronson and Scottish rockers Mogwai among the headliners, the festival had left us craving for more.
The festival also had interesting activities such as bottle racing, breezer pong, human foosball, and old-school jamming with buddies. We indulged in pork chops, burgers, and dimsums while grooving to the sexy tunes.
Zubin Mehta needs no introduction! The music maestro led the Australian World Orchestra to an entertaining evening of stirring Western classical music at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, with the highlight being the powerful voice of soprano Greta Bradman, granddaughter of cricket legend Don Bradman.
We still get goosebumps when we see the YouTube videos of the show — the striking sound of drums, violins, and trumpets from a team so strong, comprising musicians drawn from some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including Berlin, Vienna and Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago, London, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. The group performed several pieces by composers Wolfgang Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Rossini, Schubert and Brahms.
CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
We love classical music — be it Indian or Western. When the news came that Kamani Auditorium would be hosting a four-day festival of Indian Classical music, we couldn’t give it a miss.
From the soulful sounds of flute by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod, the festival had everything melodious to enthrall the audience. We witnessed renowned artistes such as Begum Parween Sultana, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Jasraj, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan performing live.
5TH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FEST
We’re sure you already know how hit was this fest. The three-day event saw a host of acclaimed jazz musicians from all over the world, as well as home-grown artists.
We were awestruck seeing popular musician such as Panossian Trio from France, Enrico Zanisi Trio from Italy, Rimon Jazz Institute Trio from Israel, Piotr Wojtasik Quintet, Poland, Flamenco- Jazz Trio from Spain, and Kamal Sabri’s Soul of India, performing live. Can’t wait to attend the fest next year again!
Music Trends India Will See In 2016
The music culture is changing for good, and here is a list of the trends we can expect to see in the Indian music scene in the coming year.
EDM continues to expand, but the hip hop and rock music scene will grow like never before.
There will be a rise of music festivals.
Gig culture at pubs will generate more fame and revenue.
We all know web [eg, YouTube] is one of the most loved platforms when it comes to listening music. Artists [DJs] will be considering to produce more for the web
The number of female musicians will be increasing, mostly in EDM and Indie rock scene
Note: The blog first appeared on GoYaNo