After a successful debut in Delhi, Budweiser makes its way back to the city with BUDX. Spread across two days, the event covers most niche and growing genres across the spectrum and highlights the music, the process and its artists. Punctuated with workshops, masterclasses, one on one sessions and panel discussions, while the music of course remains one of their main showcases. The event will also see collaborations with Boiler Room, the face of Indian hip hop - Divine and the Gully Gang, Sez on the Beat and a lot more. With all these diverse acts playing at the festival, we pick 5 acts that we look forward to catching!
From hearing one of his tracks for the first time inside a club in 2003 to headlining Glastonbury in 2010, Nick Douwma's rise through the ranks of underground jungle to become a major player in electronic music has been nothing short of spectacular. Initially known for air-punching, dancefloor dismantling drum & bass, Sub Focus has now become synonymous with music that draws from all corners of the electronic landscape, and has come to epitomise the ‘anything goes’ mantra of today’s flourishing dance scene. He has conquered drum & bass, created a ground-breaking, era-defining album, and has brought new school dance music further into the mainstream spotlight thanks to his unmissable live show. Douwma is already hard at work creating his sophomore long player, and given his track record thus far, it may well revolutionize dance music all over again.
The man behind Music from Memory makes his way to the city. Known for having an unparalleled knack of discovering discarded musical gems and reviving them for the world to relish, the one time record dealer, Jamie Tiller, has been digging for music from a very young age. Run along with fellow record connoisseur Tayo Reyenga, his record label has garnered a reputation for releasing some of the most visionary electronic music from the past as well as the present. From swinging in between Japanese synth pop to Oddball house to outside pop, his sets explore a plethora of genres and styles. Never restricted by a particular style or sound, his sets can showcase a range of different music. And the beauty of his sets lay in the fact that they are a true display of his unique music sensibility which allows him to seamlessly join the dots between sounds that a few others can bring together.
Arjun Vagale – Asymetrik
Widely celebrated as the pioneer of techno in India, Arjun Vagale steers the course of the country’s expanding underground electronic movement. Known for being one of the best the country has to offer, Vagale is one of the most prolific artists to come out of Asia. While he is easily identified for his raw, driven and intense sounds, he sometimes does switch around to experiment with different music as well. And here is where his moniker, Asymetrik, comes into play. Asymetrik lets Vagale break away from the boundaries of the 4/4 beat and go all ways apart from classic “Techno” per say.
Seedhe Maut x Sez On The Beat
Seedhe Maut represent the next stage in the evolution of the capital's hip-hop sound. Having mastered the art of delivering razor sharp, combative and witty rhymes, the bi-lingual duo are following in the trailblazing footsteps of international hip-hop collectives such as Run The Jewels, Clipse, Black Hippy, Mobb Deep, Blackstar and more. 2 Ka Pahada, their debut mixtape, was released in 2017 to much fanfare and established them as one of the best new acts to emerge from Delhi's flourishing hip-hop scene.
An icon in the Indian hip-hop space, Sez has created, shaped and nurtured the new sound of the sub-continent. Sez brings something unique to the table everytime - from blending Indian percussion sounds like those of a dhol or the tabla to crafting distinct instrumentals mirroring the artists persona perfectly, Sez is someone who directs the sounds of a new generation all the while staying true to his roots and influences. His spectrum of collaboration makes him tick like a metronome that is directing the sound of Indian Hip-Hop.
Watching these both collaborate together live, especially after successful past escapades will be an experience in itself.
Since their formation in 2002, multi-genre UK trio Foreign Beggars unique trajectory has seen them evolve from underground hip hop heroes to a trailblazing electronic crossover act without ever forsaking an ounce their inimitable energy, from studio recordings to a second to none live show. The critically acclaimed group have built this steadfast reputation as one of the UKs most versatile, creative and prolific acts through a continuing desire to push the envelope, in a manner that is as urgent now as it has ever been. With a top ten hit, over 80 million YouTube plays and a string of international headline dates ahead of them, things are going from strength to strength for the Beggars.
Of course, all the acts performing at the festival are absolutely unique in their own ways, but these five piqued our interest the most. While we’d keep hopping from one stage to another to try our best to not miss any of them, we’d love to know whom you would like to watch perform live as well! Let us know in the comments below!