High energy music with 174 beats per minute. Drum-n-bass,say members of Bay Beat Collective,is really picking up in India. This Mumbai-based dubstep band has,since its formation in 2009,quickly climbed the popularity ladder. Sohail Arora,Kris Correya and Raffael Kably got together to create BBC in order to offer something new to the music played at Indian nightclubs. “It was a desire to break away from the regular electronica and house music. We wanted to play dance music with a heavier bass style,” says Arora. BBC performed at the NH7 Weekender in the city in 2011 and they’re back for the Eristoff Invasion Pre-party with Mental Martians at High Spirits on Sunday.
Drum-n-bass and dubstep are still evolving genres the world over. BBC is mostly inspired by the works of DJ Zinc,Klute,Noisia,Sub Focus,and London Elektricity. “The genres are relatively new in India,but the scene the world over is only slightly better. The music is popular at nightclubs and parties around the world but then again they fall short when compared to house and electronica. It’s somewhere in the middle stage,” says Arora. Supporting his opinion,he adds,”For instance,any big festival that features trance,hip hop or house music draws in crowds of over 1,00,000 people whereas festivals that are out to promote drum-n-bass pull in around 30,000-40,000 people. The enthusiasm for this genre is present and will grow with better promotion. “People here have not been very exposed to this music form. The thing is that all genres of music need to be promoted by DJs and bands. It will take time to happen here. There are some bands in Mumbai,Delhi,Bengaluru that have been promoting this form of music, Arora adds.
BBC has performed across Indian cities and in Europe. While their city gig will be a mash-up of all their work so far,they are also looking forward to making an impact at the Outlook Festival which will be held in August in Croatia. This is one of the biggest festivals in the world that promotes dub-step and drum-n-bass music. It has reached out to India for the first time this year with BBC’s slated performance. They will have 93 parties across the world and this is the first time that an Indian outfit will perform on that stage, Arora says. An important period for BBC and their music,and the city can hardly wait to watch them in their elements.