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Here Come the Dubsteppers

There couldn’t have been a better date than Friday the 13th,February,for Maarten Klein aka the Viking Warrior,Ed Anderson aka Praxis and Taru Dalmia aka Delhi Sultanate to unleash BASSFoundation...

Written by Anushreemajumdar |
March 17, 2009 10:17:35 pm

A trio take responsibility for your fix of Drum n Bass and Dubstep,the music that has wandered out of the UK rave scene

There couldn’t have been a better date than Friday the 13th,February,for Maarten Klein aka the Viking Warrior,Ed Anderson aka Praxis and Taru Dalmia aka Delhi Sultanate to unleash BASSFoundation on a niche but enthusiastic crowd in south Delhi’s hip Café Morrison. A day before Valentine’s and a date known for doom,it saw three artists coming together to launch the first of the monthly Drum n Bass and Dubstep night in the Capital. They’re gearing for their second outing on March 20,and with the buzz around the Foundation,they’ve got a mini-movement in their hands.

Drum n Bass (also known as Jungle) and Dubstep are forms of bass-heavy electronic dance music,and although Delhi has a fairly vibrant nightlife,most clubs play house and the frequent Bollywood nights are a glitzy testimony to the fact that no matter how many international tunes are copied,phir bhi dil hai Hindustani. Breaking into this scene isn’t easy for the BASSFoundation but the agenda is clear. “We wanted a night where the focus is on playing decent music with as few distractions as possible. In Delhi’s nightlife,music is often far down the list of priorities. We wanted to put it back where it belongs — at the very top,” says Klein,30,who is from Rotterdam,Holland,and has been deejaying in Delhi for the past two years.

It was Klein who came up with the idea of the Foundation but it took him a while to find the right people. It all came together when Dalmia,28,a well-known Delhi-based MC,met Klien at a D.E.S.U (Delhi Electronica Supply Unit) night in 2008 where the Delhi Sultanate jumped on the stage and took the mic when the latter was deejaying. Later,Anderson and Klein met at the Sunburn Festival in Goa and once they all returned to Delhi,they started looking for a venue.

The trio say that the idea is to have a sound-system performance with Dalmia on the mic and Anderson and Klein deejaying. “A sound-system night is different from regular DJ nights in that it involves a lot more crowd participation. Traditionally,in sound-system nights,crowds bring whistles and horns and make the DJs and MCs know that they like it. We want to introduce Drum n Bass and Dubstep music and have a night with purely good vibes and no attitude,” says Anderson,a 25-year-old Brit studying political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The trio have been mobilising their music,advertising the Foundation on the streets and the all-encompassing Facebook. Follow the trail — and you will hear the staccato rhythms and the tapestry of broken beats and intricate basslines that have wandered out of the rave and acid hardcore scene of the 1990s UK.

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