Glitches in the Drum Line
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Last week, the glass walls of Blue Frog in Mehrauli reverberated with heavy bass beats, interspersed with staccato drum lines, as the one-day Bass Camp Festival took off in its latest avatar on Friday. The night of drum and bass featured bands from the UK (KOAN SOUND and BASSFoundation), Delhi (Tarqeeb and Praxis) and Mumbai (Bay Beat Collective, Ox7gen and ViceVersa).
Headlining the night was KOAN SOUND, comprising DJs Jim Bastow and Will Weeks from Bristol, the place which has a reputation of being one of the global capitals for EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Though their sound is glitch hop (a genre incorporating electronica with sound effects such as hardware noise, skips and other distortions), the band has collaborated with the likes of Skrillex — currently the world's leading exponent in dubstep — and other artistes in a variety of electronic genres.
Acolytes of drum and bass and dubstep had the option of choosing between two stages, one located inside the club and the other in the courtyard of the Kila Complex, where Blue Frog is located — the main point of distinction between the two venues being that one was devoted to a more esoteric drum and bass sound, while the other played a more commercial sound. And sure enough, there was a definite distinction between the two crowds as well. While the Capital's swish set thrummed to the gritty beats of dubstep, hipsters thronged to pay their respects to the "underground" sound of drum and bass. And while, appreciation of the latter genre is at a very nascent stage in India, drum and bass won some new adherents that night. Commercial or independent, drum and bass seems here to stay.