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A FEW years ago, during friendly banter with his friends, Nikhil Chinapa blurted out the three things he needs to curate a music festival — a venue, commissions and three weeks. While it may have sounded cocky back then to believe that three weeks are enough to organise a dance music festival, Chinapa seems to have got it right. He has put together an impressive line-up of international and local artistes to be a part of the first edition of VH1 Supersonics, a dance music festival, in collaboration with Viacom. "The universe is in my favour. Three weeks is all we had to make this happen," says Chinapa.
To be held at Candolim beach, Goa, English trance giants Above & Beyond, German house duo Booka Shade, Dutch EDM producer Ferry Corsten, Italian DJ Benny Benassi, Belgium-based DJ Airwave and a host of local artistes such as Fuzz Culture, DJ Pearl and Ash Roy will be a part of it.
The festival will have three stages, food courts, a local market and will host beach sports for the revellers. "This will be an annual festival and my dream is to have 17 stages by the time we hit the tenth edition," says Chinapa.
Caught in controversies since its conception with Percept India that hosts the popular music festival Sunburn in Goa every year, Chinapa has decided to leave it all behind. "Viacom got in touch with me when my fall out with Percept India was made public in November. So, I contacted artistes I have a longstanding relationship with," says Chinapa, who is the founder of Submerge, a dance music portal.
"Back in the '90s, there was a phrase which was synonymous with the dance music scene — PLUR, which stands for Peace Love Unity Respect. I want to bring that back," says Chinapa. As for the name of the festival, it was a birthday message from a friend two years ago that was stuck in his head and finally found its way to the festival. "A friend messaged me 'Happy Birthday Chinaps! Go Supersonics!'. It stayed with me and felt like the right name for the festival," says Chinapa.