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This year has been an extremely interesting and creatively stimulating time of my life. From a time when independent music and EDM (electronic dance music) were unknown, to now, when they have become so widely accepted as a main genre, is quite a thrill.
This year saw so many beautiful festivals with amazing crowds and numerous indie artistes performing all over the country. These are platforms that have encouraged musicians to become more artistic, original and experimental in their expressions. New artistes are working and striving to be at these big stages and that can only feed the growing indie music scene in India. EDM saw the rise and release of many unknown as well as known artistes across the board. To name a few ó Kohra, Jitter and Dualist Inquiry were the highlights.
India is growing as a musical destination and gaining massive respect in the eyes of the international scene. With festivals such as NH7 and venues such as Blue Frog, we could hear bands and artistes such as Buraka Som Systema, Micheal Menert, Apparat, Bauchklang and many more.
Another interesting thing about indie music festivals is that the settings are getting more grand and beautiful, the crowds are getting more literate and conscious, and the artistic pool is growing massively. The Ragasthan festival in the middle of the Jaisalmer desert was absolutely thrilling.
The year also saw massive growth in the commercial side of the scene as international acts such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia came down. They were huge crowd-pullers and, in a way, helped in generating some momentum for the smaller indie scene. The inflow of international artistes also saw some older yesteryear stars such as Santana, Guns N' Roses and Megadeth. This does make me wonder why our organisers are not using some foresight and calling newer, fresher bands.