Last year, it was British electronica act, Asian Dub Foundation that swayed and shook audiences at the three-day music jaunt in Pune. This year, for the second edition of Weekender, house music giants Basement Jaxx hope to set the floor on fire. However, it is just one half of the Brit dance music duo, Felix Buxton, who will play a DJ set at Pune, and then Delhi.
So will he stick to crowd-pleasing numbers like Red alert…, Where’s your head… and Romeo… or mash up a potent, new mix for his Indian audience? Buxton replies, “I’ll be playing our band’s music incorporating bass and house. Hopefully, I’ll get to hear some Indian music and mash it up and play it at the festival. For me, it’s all about the place, its vibe, its people and what excites them. Then I decide upon the playlist.”
India has been on Buxton’s mind for a while now. “Part of the reason for the Bollywood video of ‘Romeo...’ was that I wanted to come to India,” he confesses adding, “But at the time, we had so much going on and just couldn’t be here. I love the joy, the colour, the music and dance of Bollywood. In a way, the whole sense of Bollywood fits well with the view of the Basement Jaxx world — of having vitality, fun and passion for life.”
Since their 1994 debut, the Grammy-winning outfit has collaborated with the likes of Daft Punk, Lily Allen and even Cyndi Lauper, besides mixing songs with Missy Elliot, Yoko Ono and Justin Timberlake. Most recently, they worked with a full-fledged 70-piece orchestra, Metropole Orkest. “It was amazing, There were 70 people playing a song! The sound takes the Basement Jaxx world and spirit and melodies, and puts them into an orchestral hall.”
Currently, Felix confesses he has started work on what will be Basement Jaxx’s last studio album. “I’m sure we’ll work together doing things in the future. But for Basement Jaxx, it will be the final album, so we’ll stick to our signature sound and style,” he says.
What’s more, the house giants are on the lookout for Indian artistes to collaborate with. “Perhaps this album will have a bit of an Indian angle, since it’s the first time that the country has actually come onto our radar. I’m very interested to see if there are any singers or people out there and get them to collaborate,” adds Buxton.