The Grind,a Delhi-based DJ collective,brings dark and underground sounds to the city
Its dark and its going to make you sweat; their music is all about creating a riot on the dance floor. The Grind,as they call themselves,is a trio featuring Munbir Chawla,also known as DJ Moniker,Suhrid Manchanda,whos popular as Su Real,and Kerry Harwin,also known as Flash Hardcore. The group is excited about its debut performance inPune at High Spirits,Koregaon Park,on Friday.
Harwin met Su at an underground music event,while he was looking for a break from playing mundane music. The two hit it off well and got together to jam on their DJ sets. Soon the duo became a trio when they met Moniker,who is the head honcho for the online music magazine The Wild City. Moniker even persuaded Harwin to write about the kind of music he loves for the website. After exploring the underground scene in Delhi since November 2012,they are now on their first tour to bring underground music to Mumbai and Pune.
We wanted to get less mainstream with our music. For us,it is about the energy on the dance floor. We dont want our audience to stand and sway,we want them to get on the floor and sweat it out, says Harwin. Though the three share the same passion for underground music,they have distinct styles. While Monikers music reflects the music from his growing-up years in the UK with a lot of garage music,less vocals and clean sounds,Sus music includes genres from across the world such as Latin rhythm to ghetto house. Harwins forte is hip hop but he also likes to venture into contemporary RnB. Contrary to the popular belief,modern RnB is quite interesting. It has a dirty and sexy vibe,which is very dancy. I used to think that RnB is rather lame,but the content the genre is coming up with presently grabs your attention, says Harwin.
The trio have a unique way of getting the party started. They take charge of the console one after the other for 20-30 minute sequences. As the party gets hotter,the sequences become shorter in a jugalbandi of sorts of DJs. It becomes a healthy and friendly competition for the three of us to see who can keep the crowd wanting more on the dance floor. Flowing with the competition,we even overlap our genres or trot into unfamiliar genres just to keep the audience dancing. It is a surprise both for the audience and us, says Harwin,about the impromptu acts in their gigs.
Apart from their unfamiliar music,the trio is also on the lookout to bring new and not-so-popular venues onto the party scene. We found this dark,smoky venue in Mumbai on the 25th floor of a building and performed our set there. The audience was new to the music we played. They were a bit confused at first but soon,got the hang of it and enjoyed themselves, he says.