Disco Divas’ Night Out
Dressed in black, sporting a red pout and disco hairdo, and spinning music behind the console, 23-year-old Saba Azad can easily be called 'Mink', while 26-year-old Imaad Shah with his dreadlocks and unconventional looks can pass off as the 'Madboy' on electric guitar. When these eccentric energies come together, what one hears is a rather original sound, an amalgamation of extreme genres — electro-punk, old school disco, nu- disco and jazz samples.
The two Mumbai-based actors and musicians go by the moniker Madboy/Mink and on Friday night, at Cocaine in Greater Kailash, they gave their debut performance in the Capital to a packed house. "Madboy and Mink are actually solo projects and this is a collaboration. We've been together for a while and an EP should be out in a few weeks," says Imaad, Naseeruddin Shah's son. Some may remember him for his Bollywood debut in the unconventional film, Dil Dosti etc.
Though the gig began with a few dull and chaotic moments, the duo picked up the vibe after three songs. But it did have its highs as the two played originals such as Pimp the disco, Lemonade, Trouble and Petrified. What bothered many in the crowd was the messy transition from one track to another as that broke the built-up pace. Azad's catty voice and Imaad's impressive riffs had many swaying with them. The acoustics, however, could have been better. "We are very fond of the punk and disco sound of the '60s and '70s and jazz too. It's unpretentious. We are also inspired by the old swing sound and it's these aspects that we try and bring together," says Imaad, who is also part of Mumbai-based punk outfit, The Pulp Society.
While Imaad began playing the guitar as a teenager and formed a band back in school too, Azad began singing in the Jan Natya Manch choir when she was six. "But I never took music seriously. When I moved to Mumbai, I jammed with a few bands such as Blackstratblues and that's how it began," says Azad, who played the lead role in the 2011 sleeper hit, Mujhse Fraanship Karoge. After working with a few indie artistes and singing with The Pulp Society occasionally, Azad went solo about a year ago. "Imaad and I had heard each other's music and this thing of coming together was a natural progression, almost organic," she says.