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Everyone has the right to dream of flying. Use yours often & use it well ;) #cats
Gautam Muralidharan @ aka. Argh The Hairy Beats…. #DJ at last night’s #FLUX #vinyl party.. Dancer at today morning’s surprise #monsoon party…. #Sunday #life on both sides of the console in #Mumbai :)
Good strictly #vinyl #party last night at @bonobobandra #Mumbai

Mixtaped! 035 with Tactik/Kit Weate - (The Pockets Factory/Acoustic Weaponry - AUSTRALIA)

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Like every Wednesday night in Mumbai, once again Mixtaped! keeps it fresh this week with another rare-performance-slash-debut-of-sorts). Kit Weate & his wife (Juhi Sharma) have been regular supporters for our nights since last year. After being introduced to him by his lovely wife, I quickly realized that Kit had recently shifted to India from Australia & had dabbled with DJing & music production in his younger days. After some discussions with him on each other’s listening preferences, I immediately offered him a slot at Mixtaped! Kit aka.Tactik (sick moniker name :P) was born in South London where he grew up listening to old school drum n bass, jungle & techstep that dominated the UK soundscape in the 90s. After shifting to Australia his musical palette gradually evolved by exploring eclectic pastures. He also learnt to use a small collection of analog gear & sampled sounds through extensive crate digging. Kit & two of his friends later started the brilliant vinyl pressing & event company called Acoustic Weaponry. They’ve made thousands of dubplates/promos for an international clientele. Now you know who to get in touch with if you (or any other DJ/producer/musician) ever need to cut any music/edits/DJ battle tools on wax ;) Besides that, they threw a lot of parties in & around Melbourne. Since he shifted to India with his photographer wife, they started The Pockets Factory & have been using their design & production skills in documentary films, photographic work & music events. They are huge animal lovers too & have sheltered & taken  care of a lot of stray cats in Mumbai. We’ve been talking to each other a lot about the music for this Wednesday since some weeks and every time Kt has politely asked me on how “wild/left field/experimental” he could get on his night. And every time I’ve told him that there are absolutely no limits on that. Lol. I know one thing for sure. There is going to be all sorts of breaks…. & lots of jungle :) He told me more when I asked him our 5 questions….

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Brilliant #techno set by @arjunvagale at @bovedathebar last night in #Mumbai. Danced my ass off after a long time :P Here is wishing him good luck & more success in #NY. See you soon, next time around ;)
I dunno about you, but #toys like these make me crack up real hard :P
With the @alivehive / @popsplat crew last Wednesday night at #mixtapedmumbai. It’s always good to have them in the house :) #friends
United Machines/Himanshu Pandey last night at #mixtapedmumbai with his one box to rule them all…. his #Korg #Electribe #SX :) Killer debut set bro.. way to go!

Mixtaped! 034 with United Machines (Himanshu Pandey) - @himanshupandey

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Tonight’s Mixtaped! edition is a very special one. It marks the debut of United Machines, a project by long time Mixtaped! regular & supporter, Himanshu Pandey. Himanshu is not someone who is new to the scene. I met him for the first time when he used to work in the programming team at Blue Frog. Since then all that I knew of him is that he is a chilled out guy who is well adept with his guitar. My whole notion of Himanshu got really interesting when I was invited to his house once for a party a few years ago. That’s when I realized that Himanshu not only lives with his lovely wife, Antara, but also with a big heap of analog synthesizers, drum machines & other interesting hardware. I also stumbled upon a Roland SP808 & a Quasimidi Raveolution 309 in his collection, two pieces of hardware that I had worked with during my nascent DJing days back in the late 90s. That’s when it struck me that we had a analog gear head in the sly amongst us all this while. However, Himanshu’s story was much older than my discovery. He started out as a guitarist for Southern Cross, back in 1996-97, during Razz Rhino’s heydays. He was already fooling around with Propellerhead’s Rebirth software, when a visit to Furtado’s made him fall in love with Yamaha’s AN200 drum machine. Since then he started acquiring all sorts of analog gear through Ebay & various trips abroad. He was working at Lehman Brothers for a while & after the firm shut down, Himanshu decided to switch to the music & events industry. Since then, he has worked with almost all big Indian promoters like Submerge, Blue Frog, Krunk & sLick! He currently manages Kini & Vandana exclusively. After doodling around with all his gear for more than 15 years, tonight we have the rare opportunity to witness him perform live for the first time, under his United Machines moniker at Mixtaped!. Here is what he had to say when I asked him the usual 5 questions….

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Roomies!!
Funk Assassin aka. @DJAmul…. always mixes like “butter” (serious pun intended here) :P Great to have you at #beatblenderandheri last night. Resident DJs who spin regularly FTW!!…., as they will always be ahead in skill & selection compared to the ever growing sea of sync button loving noobs out there these days. That’s just the way how it is kids…. you just can’t beat experience, as its the only source for knowledge! #word
So I finally caught my first #metro ride from #JBNagar to #Versova. This was such a breezer. Growing up at one end & now living at the other end and after witnessing the developments over nearly a decade, I must say that I’m mighty impressed!! (But tad too late) #Mumbai
Kitties in the cities! @laiiq / @urbanbeatproject’s cats have been temporarily living with us since yesterday. Good fun with the furry ones :)
@sandunesmusic …. This woman just can’t stand still :P She bounced & made us bounce till the end last night at #mixtapedmumbai. Thank you Sanaya :)
The old ghosts of Razzberry Rhinoceros now live within the future proof confines of #mixtapedmumbai. Long live #RazzRhino!