Happy Silver Jubilee Mixtaped! lovers :) Thank you for all your support week after week since we started this in April 2013. And I can’t imagine celebrating this special night in no better way than having one of our biggest supporter/noise-maker/dancer/sister at Mixtaped!, Ms. Vandana Bhalla, reign the decks supreme for the night. This girl is all heart & she has a heart full of gold. Originally from Pune, Vandana has always loved music & eventually took up playing the bass guitar with local acts/bands. Her love for music also gradually pushed her to be a DJ. I had met her around in 2010, when she & I were playing opening sets for the famous Swiss techno producer/DJ, Khainz at 1 Lounge (Pune). After that, we’ve been bumping into each other quite often as she shifted her base from Pune to Bombay. Here, she worked hard to establish herself as a DJ, which eventually lead to a job opportunity with Submerge, where she was the manager & the opening DJ for Pearl. After her brief stint with Submerge, she now works as a co-producer/sound engineer at Midicore Studios (owned by our Mixtaped! 003 star, Ayan De/Paralights). Its not a big secret now however, Vandana also has a beautiful & unique singing voice because of which she has been approached by people in both rock & electronic fraternities for various collaborations & projects. Now, for a little known insider secret…. she was actually slotted to play at Mixtaped! a long time ago, for edition #017. At that time she was managing her old Pune pal & collaborator Big City Harmonics (Rohan Hastak). Now he had his Foreward EP ready at the moment & Vandana for being a person with a big heart, she swapped her slot with Rohan, so that his Mixtaped! gig would coincide with his EP release. The rest is Mixtaped! history :) For now if you understand that this week’s gig has taken a long time to come, its such a wonderful surprise for it to coincide with our 25th edition too! Okay then.. without any further delay let me present to you Vandana & her quick 5 interview answers….
Big news coming your way ;) I’ve been pretty much secretive about this however, I think the time is just ripe for me to make this announcement to all you supporters, friends & fans. Here it goes….
Arman Menzies is a very busy guy these days. He was busy gigging at Bonobo last night & as I’m typing this, he is currently spinning at High Spirits in Pune. His latest music project Zokhuma has just kicked off since a week or so & he has been gaining quite a reputation & acclaim for the music that he has put out on his Soundcloud page. It sounds really fresh & I totally support the new wave of musicians who are exploring unconventional pastures like ambient & IDM music. I’ve known Arman a bit more longer than he adopted his Zokhuma moniker. I was introduced to him for the first time by an old friend, Siddharth Basrur, who happens to be the singer of the popular progressive rock band Goddess Gagged, in which Arman plays the guitar. He has also been supporting MIxtaped! frequently & has been nominated to perform this week by many of the performers in the past. Here is what he had to say when I asked the usual five questions….