Alix & His Wonderland

Belgian drum ‘n’ bass star Alix Perez returns to the country and headlines the Bass Camp Festival in the Capital tonight.

Written by Somya Lakhani | Updated: May 31, 2014 1:02 am

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When drum ‘n’ bass producer Alix Depauw aka Alix Perez began working on a fresh EP a few months ago, he wanted to create something that would leave an impact. While the sound of U definitely makes one and all dance, it’s the accompanying video of Nidar Singh Nihang — one of the last surviving exponents of Sanatan Sikh Shastar Vidiya, a Sikh warrior art — which drew crowds and attention. As he drops the bassline at Blue FROG tonight, as part of Bass Camp Festival, the 30-year-old talks about music taking over his life, future collaborations and the U
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Excerpts:

Tell us a little about your entry into the world of electronic dance music.

I discovered the art of DJing and electronic music through my mother. She used to play records at home, which was the starting point for me. I became interested and wanted to put them together, which I guess, is the basis of DJing. It gradually became an obsession and took over my life. I never thought it could come this far and has surpassed all my expectations.

What is the status of work as ARP 101, your other moniker?

It’s on hold at the moment. The two are kind of similar soundwise. Currently, I’m making music under Perez. ARP 101 originally started as a moniker to be able to release outside of an exclusive contract that I was tied to.
Tell us about the video accompanying U.

When we discussed ideas for the video, we wanted to take a different approach from the norm. Our video director Joao Retorta contacted Sanatan Sikh Shastar Vidiya and we decided it would be a great concept. We were honoured to be able work with him. Conceptually, it fits the mood of the track.

How was your first India tour and what are your expectations from the crowd this time?

I absolutely loved India last time. People actually follow my music and showed their appreciation. I can see big things happening, particularly in the electronic underground music scene.

What are the future projects you are working on?

I’m working towards my new EP at the moment and a bunch of remixes for various artistes. There’s new material with Foreign Beggars (British hip hop and dubstep act) in the works too.

Alix Perez performs at Blue FROG tonight. Entry: Rs 800

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