A breed of young DJs are changing the way Indians party. The biggest names on the Indian party scene pick their personal favourites to ring in the New Year. By Shikha Pushpan
The hippest party destinations in India?
Some of my favourite clubs to play at are Roxy in Kolkata, Mambo’s in Goa and Olive in Hyderabad. For hotels, I really like W Goa.
Favourite Indian music festivals?
In the EDM space I think Sunburn still leads with their programming and production. In the indie and alternative space NH7 wins hands down with such a diverse lineup and just the overall vibe of the festival. I was also at Magnetic Fields a couple of years ago and it was an incredible experience, definitely worth checking out!
International music festivals worth travelling for?
Coachella is my top pick for an international festival. The sheer magnitude of the festival coupled with an insane lineup and gorgeous California weather makes it pretty hard to beat. Earlier this year I was at DGTL in Amsterdam and those guys really know how to throw a party. It takes place in an old shipyard and the raw, industrial feel of the venue along with a massive techno lineup is pretty magical.
Where are you playing on New Year’s eve?
Jio Garden in Mumbai with NUCLEYA.
Favourite party destinations around India?
Miami in Pune is the hippest nightclub for me; Hyderabad is the favourite city, and JW Marriot, Pune, favourite hotel when it comes to partying it up.
A must-visit music festival this year.
EVC Festival, for its cutting-edge stage designs. Plus, it is also the only festival that plays music across genres including Bollywood.
An international music festival worth travelling for.
The Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF). Their stage design is getting larger than life over the years and they host the best DJs in the world. It is as good as Tomorrowland or UMF.
New DJs/music artists making it big in India.
Suitstatic for Groove House, Mihir and Mazzr for Trance, Pl4fields for Big Room, and Tanishq for Tropical House.
Trending music trends/genres in the party scene.
Over the years the tempo has been dropping. From big room & house, the sound is now moving towards Future Bass, Trap and Tropical House.
Tunes that will rule the dancefloor this New Year.
Despacito, Shape Of You, and Rashqe Qamar
Top 3 international music festival
Awakenings Festival, Amsterdam is probably the biggest techno festival on the planet. It’s so well curated, and it spans eight stages with an unbelievable lineup. From outdoor stages to dark tents, it has everything a dance music lover could ask for.
BPM Festival was originally held in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and relocated to Portugal this year. This is what a beach festival should be about. The Mexico editions were really special as parties started early in the afternoon, playing deeper music on the beach, and the night parties went on till 7am at off-locations – sometimes even in the jungles of Tulum.
Sonar Festival is spread across various locations in the beautiful city of Barcelona, this festival is a guaranteed good time. Pretty much EVERY artist and label is present there, and the parties don’t stop for an entire week, many of them being free and on the beach. An absolute must.
The must-visit beach parties in India.
Sadly, beach parties are VERY hard to come by in India anymore. The closest would be the boutique parties like Krank and Satellite that take place in Goa between Dec 27th–30th.
New party capitals in India?
Indian DJs/music artists to watch out for in 2018.
Profound is up and coming producer who just released his debut on Boxout recordings in Delhi.
Music trends/genres that can go big in India?
Steppas, Digital, Bass Music
Must-visit beach parties in India?
Goa Sunplash in Jan 2018. Loads of pre-parties prior to the festival on the beach.
Favourite party destination outside India.