In town for what’s touted to be the city’s first ever open air EDM (electronic dance music) fest, German DJ Tomcraft talks about EDM’s future and what one can expect at his sets.
On being asked the inevitable question about how he views India’s EDM scene, Tomcraft says, “Well, I’ve only been here two days, so that is nowhere near enough time to soak up what’s happening. But, it seems really alive and kicking from what I’ve seen so far.” He adds, “This is actually my first time in India and I’ve just come from Delhi where I performed a set.”
We wonder if he goes onstage with a set frame of mind on what he’ll play or does he let the crowd decide for him? “I definitely let the crowd decide,” says he and explains his point, “I have a set in mind but after a while, it’s the pulse of the crowd that carries my gigs forward.”
While most artistes might be happy with owning a label, he has two: Great Stuff and Craft. So, what’s the difference between the two? “Great Stuff is electro music, sometimes mixed with pop elements or very melodic vocal elements, but it is still very tough with a “clubby” sound. Craft Music is more techno and a bit harder, not always with melodies or harmonics in it, but just straight-on club tracks,” Tomcraft says.
His relationship with the artistes who sing for his label is also fairly easygoing, he adds. “We make the music and produce two or three playbacks that we send to the singers. They choose one and do their own vocals. Then they send them back and we finish the track.” Where does he sees the electronic music going in the future? “The music is going more and more back to the clubs, so it’s not very commercial. The minimalist scene is really big at every big rave or festival back home in Germany,” he says.