If your banana suit is ready and you’ve managed to sneak out a few pillows from your room, then you’re all set to rage on Saturday night. Who would have thought pillows are party essentials? But when Swedish EDM duo Dada Life performs, it’s best to be prepared.
A few months ago when Submerge, a music management company, announced Dada Life’s debut India tour, a common question resonated among EDM lovers: “How crazy will it be?” With progressive-house tracks such as Born to rage and Feed the dada, Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom have created a quirky space for themselves over the last eight years.
Apart from their mixes and hyper performances, what really puts them in the spotlight is the antics they pull off. Even their posters have them posing with bananas and a champagne bottle — the rumoured combination behind their energetic sets. From breaking the Guinness World Records for the world’s largest pillow fight in 2013 in Chicago to starting a petition last year asking the United Nations to recognise their fictitious nation, Dada Land, as a sovereign nation — Dada Life is unpredictable. “It’s about arriving beautiful and leaving ugly,” is how the two sum it up.
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As they begin their debut India tour on Friday, Stefan Engblom talks about future projects, walking in new cities and the status of Dada Land. Excerpts:
How did you two come together to create Dada Life?
We didn’t know anything about each other before we met at a chilli cook-off in Sweden. We started talking about music and suddenly we were like, ‘Oh, you make dance music? I make dance music!’ We decided to meet up the next day and made a track, which was actually the first Dada Life release called Big time.
What was that one life changing moment for Dada Life?
It’s hard to define a milestone but our track Kick out the epic mother****** was a great success and it ties in the feeling of doing things the ‘Dada way’. For us, it’s important to make music that we like and not jump on trends.
What are your inspirations?
When we play a track in a DJ booth and see pure happiness in someone’s eyes, we try and capture that moment and make a track out of it. As for other artistes, we love listening to Little Richard. We love his voice and we’ve reached out to him for a collaboration but haven’t heard from him yet.
Why did you begin the petition asking the UN to recognise Dada Land as a sovereign nation?
We need a place where we can be free and do what we want to do — no rules except the rules of Dada. We’ve been sending out diplomatic letters to many nations. We’re 100 per cent serious about this, though people often think that we’re joking. I mean, how much fun do you think it was missing Ultra Music Festival and Miami last year when Swedish authorities took away our passports?
What are you currently working on?
We’re finishing our next single called One smile. We will also release some sort of an album this year. In July, we have ‘Dada Land: The Voyage Tour’, which is the world’s first DJ tour via a hot air balloon. We wanted to do something different, so we thought about the hot air balloon as a different way of touring.
What are your India plans?
We haven’t really planned anything yet. I don’t even know how long we’re here for. But we would like to try some street food. We’re not big on sightseeing but we like to walk around new cities to get a vibe of the place. We’re incredibly excited about this tour.
Dada Life will perform at IKandy, Pullman Hotel, Gurgaon, on June 7.Tickets are priced between Rs 2,750 and Rs 3,960. They perform in Bangalore on June 6 and in Mumbai on June 8
This story appeared in print under the headline Going Bananas