The cult London-based outfit Shiva Soundsystem has been visiting India diligently for the past six years. The duo, comprising DJs Nerm and D-Code now has a new trick up its sleeve. Alongside boutique music agency Flap, they’re starting a new club night property Storm, which will feature the best UK and Indian electronic talent for a face-off.
The first Storm event is at Blue Frog on December 12, and will see Caspa, regarded as one of the top dubstep DJs in the world, have a go at it with Mumbai-based Breed.
“Storm is the culmination of the last eight years,” mentions Nerm. “It’s essentially a sound clash where you have three DJ rigs. With us in the middle, the DJs will battle each other and collide head on. It’ll be like the sacred trident of bass.”
Gary McCann aka Caspa, known as the ambassador of dubstep, is very popular for his remixes of artistes such as Deadmau5, Ludacris and Depeche Mode. He runs three labels and continues to host a bimonthly night at the iconic London nightclub, Fabric. “This is my first time in India, so I really don’t know what to expect! If you had asked me five years ago whether I saw myself playing in India, I’d say no,” says Caspa. Though he’s only here till Monday, he has plans. “I’m going to hire a studio and get classical singers and percussionists for a couple of tracks I have in mind.”
According to Nerm, India, just like London, is the birthplace of many music genres. The country derives musical influences from all over the world and spits it out in its own form. “There’s so much amazing music here from the likes of Shaair + Func, Midival Punditz and specially Breed, who has emerged as the definitive force for bass,” says Nerm. “Combining Breed’s sound with Caspa’s from Britain is going to be very exciting.”
Storm is no one-off event. Shiva Soundsystem intends on doing a club night every two months for the next six months with other DJs while keeping themselves as the regular act for the night. Their schedule is pretty packed too. Nerm and D-Code are both working on solo albums. “I’m also doing the music for a British film called
Everywhere And Nowhere
by the director of the cult
,” says Nerm. “Our next single features hip hop band The Foreign Beggars, who toured with The Prodigy earlier this year. Hopefully, we’ll be able to bring them to India too under the Storm banner.”