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Gig Preview: Boiler Room x Budweiser Discover What’s Brewing In… Bengaluru

The invite-only gig series returns to India this weekend; to feature global names like Zora Jones & Sinjin Hawke, Jlin and others

Rolling Stone India Apr 03, 2017
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Zora Jones of Barcelona-based audio-visual collective Fractal Fantasy. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Boiler Room will return to India this April 7th for a show in Bengaluru. The event will mark the invite-only gig series’ second show in India; the first took place in Mumbai last December.

This year’s ”˜Boiler Room x Budweiser Discover What’s Brewing In… Bengaluru’ like its predecessor, will feature a roster of both international and local artists. The lineup for April 7th boasts a b2b set by Barcelona-based audiovisual producers Zora Jones & Sinjin Hawke and a collaboration between acclaimed American footwork producer Jlin and Bengaluru native Avril Stormy Unger, the performance artist behind The Storm Factory.

Also slated to perform are two of the fastest-rising names in Indian electronic music today: atmospheric producer Kumail, who is based in Mumbai, and beat music makers Aerate Sound, who are Bangalore-based.

Boiler Room aims forgo the nightclub culture that pervades dance music, and instead provides a platform for underground artists to bring their music to online audiences around the world. The concept was created in 2010 by London-based Blaise Bellville, and has seen major success in cities around the world since its inception. Though entry to the warehouse shows is always invite-only, the gig series is streamed online and has become the most widely watched of its kind around the world, with over 12 million unique viewers each month.

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Friday’s installment in Bengaluru looks to expand Boiler Room’s emphasis on sound, which has allowed artists to play sets that they wouldn’t normally be able to in a standard nightclub setting, to include a more visual element. Two acts on the lineup will feature both audio and visual production–Zora Jones & Sinjin Hawke as well as Aerate Sound–and Jlin’s always-danceable set will feature choreography by Unger.

Since Boiler Room and Budweiser teamed up for ”˜Discover What’s Brewing’ in July 2016, the global event series has made stops in Philadelphia, Santiago, Miami and Los Angeles. Each show intends to highlight local subcultures while showcasing big-name talent, such as the show in Philadelphia, where hip-hop icon DJ Jazzy Jeff performed. Last year’s show in Mumbai featured British producer Actress alongside Indian producers Sandunes, _RHL and Oceantied.

Watch _RHL perform at Boiler Room’s Mumbai debut in December 2016:


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