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Minstrels of Electronica

They claim to be sanyasis,call themselves Riktam and Bansi,and promise to take listeners to “another level” with their electronic dance music.

Written by Debesh Banerjee |
February 8, 2010 10:30:45 pm

A Dutch-Spanish duo promises you a spiritual treat through their electronic music

They claim to be sanyasis,call themselves Riktam and Bansi,and promise to take listeners to “another level” with their electronic dance music. Dutch DJ Shahjahan Riktam and his Spanish partner Joseph Quinteros aka Bansi stopped by Delhi to perform at the LAP nightclub on Saturday.

“My parents became sanyasis when they came to the Osho ashram in the early 70s and I stayed at the communune’s Pune ashram for six years as a kid,” ays Riktam,34. “I don’t remember much about life in the ashram but my parents tell me that Riktam is my spiritual name given by a guru at the ashram.” When the duo plays together,they call themselves Growling Mad Scientists — a name which came from the growling sound made by their synthesiser. “We were looking for a cool sounding name,” he says. At LAP,the duo played tracks from their recent album of trance music called Remixes Vol II and were surprised that the numbers were a hit. “ India is slowly warming up to trance music,” says Riktam.

Their musical influence can be traced back to the sun-kissed beaches of Goa where they shacked up as two backpacking teenagers in 1995. “We headed for a psychedelic experience to one of the many beach trance parties in Goa and were blown away by what we heard. I had listened to rap and hip-hop but nothing like the kind of music we heard in Goa ,” he recalls. They enjoyed the experience enough to start collecting trance music,played a few gigs in Goa and were appreciated.

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Since then,they have stated two music labels and have over eight albums and 10 music compilations to their credit. They have provided music for Hollywood by licensing their tracks for the 2004 film Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington. “Movies are not our mainstay. We compile the music as they come along. We prefer live gigs and recording our own music,” says Riktam.

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