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DJ Aqeel, aka Aqeel Ali, has been rocking the dance floors across the globe for more than a decade. Being in this highly competitive music industry, he has truly been meteoric throughout his journey. His passion for music gave him the motivation to defy convention and pursue music more than just a passing hobby.
He began his musical ride in 2000 and since then there was no turning back. He is the only Indian DJ to fill up concert size venues internationally. Besides playing for every renowned celebrity, he has also been the only DJ to play twice at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Swiss) representing India and entertaining the likes of Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan amongst others.
In the same year, Aqeel set his first milestone in music production by releasing the album ''Shake it Daddy Mix'' which turned out to be a massive hit. One after another, he has got 9 blockbuster albums and sold over 7 million copies worldwide that redefined the landscape of Bollywood music. His master collection includes Forever-2 (2012) that comprises of songs like Kya Dekhte Ho- remake of famous song from the movie Qurbani, 1980 that gained a huge popularity amongst the listeners.
Aqeels kitty of official remixes includes Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga and songs from Bollywood Movies like Bunty aur Babli (Kajra Re), Om Shanti Om (Dard-E-Disco, Deewangi), Dus Kahaniyaan (Title Track), Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (Lazy Lamhe), Saawariya to name a few. In addition to his albums, he has also introduced the first ever DJ owned record label in the country under the brand Power Play Records and has released compilations albums featuring some of Indias finest talents.
Aqeel has spun at the sangeet of the bollywood biggies like Saif and Kareena, Abhishek Bachhan and Aishwarya Rai Bachhan and many more. Not only bollywood, DJ Aqeel has made the corporate tycoons grooved to his tunes such as sangeet night of Laxmi Mittals daughter.
Talking about his ventures, this inspiring DJ owns few state of the art clubs like RSVP (Delhi), One Beach (Goa). He was also the owner of eminent nightclub chain Hype (Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Ludhiana) and Poison in Mumbai. Aqeel has given a new dimension to the luxurious night clubs across the country.
Steven Kapur is a British vocalist and reggae DJ. His childhood was spent in a neighborhood with a large immigrant population, mainly consisting of Jamaicans and Indians that was home to reggae bands such as Steel Pulse and UB40. By the early 80s, Kapur was working with local sound systems and had gained recognition as a dancehall DJ. His first single Movie Over India (1989) became a hit with both Reggae and Bhangra lovers. In 1992, Apache got a major break when he signed a record deal with Island Records who released his album No Reservations. His fusion of Reggae, Raggamuffin, Hip Hop and Bhangra was quite unique and created a new segment in the music world. He is considered a legend in his field and is the only Indian artist to achieve seven top forty hits in the National UK charts. In his long and illustrious career, Apache has worked with the big names in the music business, notably Shaggy, Boy George, Sean Paul, Luciano, Asha Bhosle, Bappi Lahri, Desmond Dekker, Tim Dogg and several others. He is best known for chartbusters as Chok There, Arranged Marriage and Boom Shack-A-Lack during the 90s. His recent collaboration with Jazzy B for Dil Lutya has taken the world by storm. He has also appeared in a Tamil film called Love Birds where he was seen dancing with Prabhu Deva.
Australian artist Bass Kleph is better known as Stu Tyson off stage. Apart from collaborating with international artists like Tommy Trash, Morgan Page, Andy Caldwell, Wolfgang Gartner and Mowgli, he is also a radio show host, song writer and DJ. As a kid, he toured Australia and New Zealand as the drummer of a hugely successful three-piece rock act, Loki. Some of his top tracks are Disco Sucks, Less is More and Raise Up Lights. He has developed his own style and gained immense popularity across continents.
Exivious is a band known for its immersive musical experience. It was formed in 2005 by Tymon Kruidenier who plays the guitar along with Michel Nienhuis. Robin Zielhorst and Yuma van Eekelen, who play the bass and drums respectively. Tymon wanted to bring together jazz fusion and metal, two completely different kinds of music. Their first album, named Exivious was a game changer; critics touted it as a genre-defining album. In 2010, Exivious was temporarily disbanded as Tymon and Robin committed to the US metal band Cynic. They made a comeback in 2011 by playing at Brutal Assault, a major festival in Czech Republic. In 2012, Exivious went on its first Europe tour with Obscura, Spawn Of Possesssion and Gorod. The band was able to raise money for their next album through crowd funding and released Liminal (2013) which became a huge hit with the masses.
In 2006, Roysten Abel came across the musically talented Manganiyar community of Rajasthan. These folk artists are known to have performed for Rajasthani kings and later on, they started performing at occasions like births and weddings as well. Manganiyar Seduction is a spectacular showcase of music and visuals, combining simplicity with extravagance, channeling the aesthetics of Amsterdams red light district. Each of the 43 musicians sits in a window or cubicle which is a part of the larger grid. The cubicles illuminate as they play their respective instruments, making the show a visual treat. Manganiyar Seduction is very popular and has been staged in India and internationally at venues in Croatia, New Zealand, Singapore, Salzburg, France and Vienna.
Inner Sanctum is a Death metal band based in Bangalore. The founding members Chintan and Michael were later joined by Tejas (guitar), Abhinav (drums), Gaurav (vocalist) and Rajeev (guitar). Since its inception in 2006, they have won several awards including the Indian Band of the Year (2007 and 2009) and the Best Emerging Band of the Year (2010). Inner Sanctum released its first album Provenance (2009) through Resonance Studios. The album became very popular among the lovers of the Death metal genre in Asia and was featured in several of the top 10 lists of albums for 2009-10. Over the years, Inner Sanctum has been a supporting act for some of the big names in metal, namely Metallica, Guillotine, Amon Amarth, Cradle of Filth, Texture and Slayer.
The Down Troddence has always been noted for its unique blend of conventional Thrash and Groove Metal with a large dose of traditional Kerala folk music elements, art forms such as Theyyam in particular. The band also incorporates a lot of traditional folk sounds and instruments in the form of ambient layers in their music. Rhythm structures used in their songs too are primarily inspired by folk music.
Ashar Farooqui aka Toymob (Vocals) and Samrat Bharadwaj aka AudioPervert (Guitars) formed Teddy Boy Kill in 2008. Their debut album The Exit Plan was released in 2009.They have performed in India and China and have produced unique sounds in the realm of electronic music.
Shepherd is a heavy metal rock band based in Bangalore that was formed in 2011 by Mahesh (vocals), Namit (guitars), Micheal (bass) and Deepak (drums). The band is inspired by the sounds of 90s hard rock of and 80s punk. It has been gaining gradual and considerable popularity in the heavy metal rock circuit since its inception.
Ministry Of Blues which was formed in 2005. The line up includes Philipe Haydon (Guitar and Vocals), Rauf (Keyboard Vocals), Guru Somayaji (Drums) and Vinoo Matthew (Bass). Their music is all about adding modern rock sounds to old traditional blues and Blues rock such as Jimi Hendrix, Robben Ford to name a few. They also do cover versions of The Beatles, The Doors as well as modern exponents of rock namely Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Joe Satriani.
Skrat is a garage rock trio from Chennai. Their music is a blend of alternative, hard rock and jam band. Founded in 2006, the band has Sriram on guitar, Satish on bass and Tapass on drums. They have performed at over a hundred gigs all over India. Their work is inspired by the Foo Fighters and The Beatles.
DJ Savyo has over 20 years of experience in the electronic music industry. He rose to fame as the first DJ from Kerala to earn fame in Bollywood. He made his Bollywood debut by working on the remix on the soundtracks of the 2012 movie, Blood Money. He has since then gone on to work with contemporary Bollywood films like 'Student of the Year' and 'Jannat 2'.
Mad Orange Fireworks is a three piece rock band based out of Bangalore, with an origin story, to boot. In 2011, Michael Dias, a frustrated software engineer, decided to follow a higher calling - to becoming a Rockstar. He quit his lucrative job and scouted the city to find right musicians to start off his band, already with a song bank in his head. Along the way, he met Kaushik Kumar and Shravan Bendapudi (ex-drummer), two wayward souls, like himself, and formed Mad Orange Fireworks. And the rest, as they say, is a Hollywood montage. Mad Orange Fireworks is known for its originality, musicianship and stunning stage presence. Currently with Deepak Raghu on drums, the band actively performs all across the country.
Lucky Ali is an Indian singer songwriter, composer and actor. Lucky is best known for his soulful but strikingly simple ballad-style singing and melodious voice. Lucky made his debut on the Indian music scene with the soulful album 'Sunoh', which established him as a singer. This album won many of the top awards in Indian music, including the Best Pop Male Vocalist at the 1996 Screen Awards and the Channel V Viewers Choice Award in 1997. It stayed on the MTV Asia Charts in the top three for 60 weeks. The song 'O Sanam' from Sunoh, launched his career and is considered by some to be one of the best indi-pop songs ever.
Twokid Wickid are a Mumbai-based musician duo. Their iconoclastic music and whimsical mixes promise to have you moving involuntarily to the sounds of futuristic EDM. They have performed in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa and Hyderabad. They have presented acts alongside numerous Indian electronic music favourites including the likes of ArjunVagale, Ash Roy and Nikhil Chinappa, besides opening shows for international heavy weights like Dubfire, GMS and Matador to name a few.
Born HarshaVardhana Karibasavaiah, DJ Shine started performing back in 2006. Inspired by the various genres of music, he was able to create his mark in the budding EDM movement in India, showcasing his skills with progressive house, tech house, techno, trance, hip-hop, RnB, and retro. The War of DJs in Bangalore 2008 was a highlight in his career, exposing him to a wider audience and a giving him a chance to perform alongside internationally acclaimed musicians in events such as the IPL.DJ Shine has been a resident DJ in popular establishments across Bangalore.
A product of the prestigious Bishop Cottons institution, DJ Jasmeet started his career performing at school parties with his collection of cassettes and record player. He moved on to study at Christ College, where he performed at various events and parties. The young DJ eventually found himself doing gigs at clubs in the city. Today, he is focused on creating similar opportunities for other aspiring DJs. Apart from making music, Jasmeet is also a radio show host. DJ Jasmeet is one of those fortunate guys who has successfully matched his profession with his passion. Introducing THE BOLLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER TV to the industry - Music And Visuals, he is the best Bollywood DJ in town and his mission to make people dance will leave everyone that comes across him with a foot tapping note.
The band took its name from a bridge in Cochin, Kerela where they used to practice. They rose to fame after appearing in the musical show Music Mojo on Kappa TV. The act ranges from Rock, Reggae, Hindustani, Carnatic and more. Founded by cousins Govind P. Menon and Siddharth Menon, the band became a social media sensation overnight. Their YouTube channel has more than 90,000 subscribers. The band, though not classified under one specific genre, is one of the most popular acts in and from Kerala.
Until We Last is a Bangalore based post-rock band that was formed in 2011. Their recently released 2014 debut EP Earth-gazing has made a splash and has been acclaimed by international press and fans alike. They are currently touring on the back of the success of this release. Until We Last aims to revolutionize a post-rock movement in India, combining slick production with a tight and emotive live performance. The band typically composes guitar based instrumental pieces that feature melodic bass lines and a heavy use of effects. Until We Last has featured in international compilations, radio and various other media platforms - already well on route to creating a strong rapport for the post-rock genre in India.
Escher's Knot is a four-piece metal band from Chennai, formed in July 2009. The band is comprised of members from Theorized, IIIrd Sovereign, Blood and Iron, and Ston'd. They have opened for Swedish metal band Hammerfall, and for Italian goth metal act Lacuna Coil in 2010. Their debut EP Tessellations was released in May 2010, and they are currently working on a full length album.
DJ Ivan is one of Bangalores leading DJs, credited with being among the pioneers of music and entertainment in the city today.He started his career in 1992 at a night club, before moving on to become the official DJ for Channel V India and Barcardi Martini from 1998 - 2001. His talent isn't confined to the consoles as he is currently hosting his own radio show, Hotmix, on Radio Indigo. He also owns and runs the Ministry of Sound franchise in India. In his latest project, DJ Ivan mixes and scratches music videos on a LED screen to take the audience into the future of clubbing.
Rahul Giri aka _RHL is an electronic music producer from Bangalore. He is the other half of the down-tempo/electronica act, Sulk Station. His performances include a wide range of genres including down tempo, house, techno, hip-hop, funk, trip-hop, electronica, drum and bass, ambient and more.
Bevar Sea is a stoner/doom metal band based in Bangalore. It started off as a pet project of Srikanth Panaman and Kaustubh Thirumalai, and transformed into a quintet in 2010. Current band members include Avinash Ramchander (Guitars), Deepak Raghu (Drums), Rahul Chacko (Guitars), Srikanth and Ganesh Krishnaswamy on vocals. They draw inspiration from metal legends such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and UFO. Their debut album Bevar Sea (2012) gained instant popularity that resulted in a nationwide cult following in a short span of time. Their live shows frequently feature personalized renditions of Pink Floyd and Deep Sabbath tracks apart from the original material. They were awarded the Best Emerging Act by Rolling Stone India in 2013.
Maati Baani (Language of the earth) is a world music band from Mumbai. Their unique sound combines rustic folk Sufism with different genres of world music, Hindustani classical, funk and new age sounds. The colossal group consists of highly trained musicians such as Nirali Kartik, Karetik Shah, Komal Rizvi, Sarthak Mugdal, Kurt Menezes, Omran Shafique, Asfandyar Junejo, Biswajit Chakroborty, Santosh Ghante, Gulab Afridi, Moti and Rupe Khan. Every song by the band is a collaboration of street musicians, folk artistes and top musicians.Maati Baani's latest track Tore Matware Naina has been featured in the movie David (2013).
With their roots firmly entrenched in the classic metal of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Queensryche and other seminal hard rock and metal bands of the 80's, Bhoomi is arguably one of the finest exponents of pure, melodic metal. Using traditional hard rock and metal as their base, they made their debut with the album Jatra Shuru in 2000. What makes them unique is their incorporation of three way vocal harmonies in their music, which instantly gives them an identity and sound that is all their own. They also made a momentous performance at the United Nations headquarters, New York in 2006.
Four of the most popular and talented veterans from the Bangalore music scene come together to form Peepal Tree - Sujay Harthi (vocals) and Praveen Biligiri (bass), Willy Demoz (drums, percussions) of Thermal and a Quarter and Moksha and Tony Das (guitars) from Moksha.Their music is a beautiful fusion of Indian melodies and funk grooves, with subtle overtones of electronica with vocals in English & Kannada. Peepal Tree has performed in more than 1500 concerts around the globe and has also been a part of the Hindi and Kannada movie scene.
A bass music collection from Reading, UK, Engine-Earz was formed by DJ Prash Mistry in 2009. The six-member collective performs across the world, touring with artists like Enter Shikari, DJ Shadow, Tricky, Dreadzone and The Streets. Other notable collaborations include Lena Cullen, Jenna G, Shahid and Abbas Khan.
The Raghu Dixit Project is a folk - rock band from Bangalore that was formed in 2007 by singer / songwriter Raghu Dixit. The band comprises of Raghu Dixit (vocals, acoustic guitar), Gaurav Vaz (bass), Bryden Lewis (guitars), Parth Chandiramani (flute) and Wilfred D'Moz (drums, percussion). In 2008, the band's debut album went on to become the highest selling non - film music album not only in India, but also made it to the top of the music charts on iTunes UK. Their most notable performances include the Glastonbury festival in 2011 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012. The band has performed in Japan, USA and Russia. In addition to festivals and world tours, The Raghu Dixit Project is a much viewed and celebrated music group on cult TV shows such as The Dewarists and Coke Studio India.
Nritarutya literally means a dancing tree. The Nritarutya Dance Trust is a self - funded Indian Contemporary dance company based in Bangalore that was founded in 2000. The thematic element and Indian essence in their performances is what makes them unique. Their most notable performances include the Birmingham International Dance Festival (2008) and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012.
Free Formation is a fusion band from God's own country that combines electronic music with traditional Indian instruments ranging from percussions and violin to tabla, keyboards and more.
Performing together since January 2014, Hard Enough is essentially a fusion of rock-n-roll and the blues. They have performed in popular venues like CounterCulture, Humming Tree, Opus and Take 5.
Self-taught DJs, Shash n' Chaz spent their early teenage years listening to and exploring different styles of music. Known for pushing the boundaries of their sound, they have shared the stage with international DJs like Dubfire, Mat Zo, Zedd and many more. Apart from being active in the Bangalore music scene, they have performed in cities like Chennai and Kochi. They duo has also performed at the Vh1 Supersonic Festival in Goa and Cirkus Indigo Festival in Bangalore.
Fuzzy Logic, aka Arfaaz Kagalwala is an indie electronic musician. His quirky tracks blend samples and familiar music. He enjoys analog synths, collaborations and live performances. He performed at the NH7 Weekender Fest and has released a number of songs on SoundCloud.
Benny Dayal is an Indian singer who was originally from Abu Dhabi. He was spotted by A. R. Rahman and went on to make his debut by singing for the music maestro in a Tamil film. He rose to fame in 2008 with the megahit Pappu Can't Dance Saala from the movie Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.
Since then, Benny has sung for countless Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu songs. He has worked with the top music directors in Bollywood including Amit Trivedi, Salim - Sulaiman and Vishal - Shekhar. Some of his biggest hits include Badtameez Dil from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) The Disco Song from Student of the Year (2012) and Tujh Pe Fida from Heroine (2012).
Funktuation came to life in November 2011. The lineup includes Benny Dayal on Vocals backed by Joshua Satya (Guitar), Carl Fernandez (Bass), Alok Merwin (Keyboards), David Joseph (Drums) and Toby Joseph (Sound Engineer). Together, they produce and perform distilled, intense music with a dash of Funk!
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