Disco Divasí Night Out
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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 ó 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.