Festival Review ”“ Enchanted Valley Carnival Day 2: Raising Expectations
French producer David Guetta, Goa’s Anish Sood and Delhi’s Dualist Inquiry delivered standout performances
They say you can tell a lot about a star by the way they make an entrance. If you’re David Guetta (and if rumors are to be believed), that means cruising in by seaplane and landing on Aamby Valley City’s private lake. The 47-year-old French producer, who headlined the second day of Enchanted Valley Carnival, performed for over an hour and delivered a set that spanned from the most famous hits in his catalog, to lesser known remixes of songs by artists such as Nirvana, Iggy Azaelea and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others.Â As soon as the opening notes of the Grammy-winning artist’s set began, the crowd gravitated toward the Azbor stage like moths to a flame.
Guetta’s ability to transcendÂ and appropriate other genres into electronica is part of what gives him such a widespread appeal andÂ is what makes him a regular atÂ the biggest music festivals in the world. ButÂ he wasn’t the only artistÂ at the festival who was mixing, meandering and amalgamating styles.Â Joined by Rishab Joshi ofÂ Mumbai EDM duoÂ Lost Stories, Goa-based producer Anish Sood played a house remix ofÂ American alternative metal bandÂ System Of A Down’sÂ “Chop Suey,” introducing metal to a festival that was already home to everything from nu disco to dubstep.Â London producer Neev, who is known for her blend of tech house and deep house,Â dished out a remix of the classicÂ BollywoodÂ songÂ “
Delhi’s electro rockÂ poster boyÂ Dualist Inquiry is a prime example of how, when done with the right mix of technical knowledge and creative vision, electronica can be a platform to promote other styles. Although performing alone on stage, sans his band and the interactive visualsÂ that we’ve come to associate with him,Â the artist’s combinationÂ of organic and electronic instrumentationÂ was powerful enough to draw crowds fromÂ the nearby stages.Â Mumbai’s electro swing duo Madboy/Mink are another example of an act that marries the two opposing concepts well.Â Performing tracks off their latest EPÂ All BallÂ with Imaad Shah on sampler and bass guitar, his other half Saba Azad’s infectious energy and powerful vocals are what kept people grooving at their stage even thoughÂ theirÂ set was during the hottest time of the day.
Other interesting acts included artists such asÂ Ahmedabad-based DJÂ Kash Trivedi who opened the Analog stageÂ with a flawless mix of progressive house and techno.Â MumbaiÂ bandÂ Alien Chutney’s performance wasn’t as tight as we’ve come to expect, but keeping in mind theÂ comedy rock act’sÂ aggressive fan following, their mid-afternoon set was still one of the most well-attended at the Artemis stage.Â MumbaiÂ band Shaa’ir and Func, of course, never disappoint.Â Performing crowd favorites from their repertoire, as well as songs from their new albumÂ Align, the four-piece group, with drummer Jai Row Kavi filling in for Ox7gen aka Aditya Ashok, seemed intent to reinforceÂ what we already know ”“ that they are India’s defining electro rock band.
The afterparty, which was held inside the city limits,Â was exclusive to festival goers who were accommodated at Aamby Valley but was still brimming with party-goers.Â Techno producersÂ Joshi, Chhab, Bullzeye, Karan Third Eye and Vishal Shetty performed B2B setsÂ through the night, interchanging decks andÂ dishing outÂ beats until till the wee hours of the morning.