Last year, one part of the Grammy-award winning house music trio, Dirty Vegas, made the city’s dancing feet move back in time, bringing to the floor a dose of incessant singing and dancing to a song that was composed almost a decade ago. So when vocalist Steve Smith came to town, he brought with him what made him and his boys popular on the music circuit— their famous 2002 single Days go by…
While many may tag the British dance music trio as a one-hit wonder, Smith is hoping his return, this time with the whole band, will make fans certain that they are back in the clubbing circuit. “We went from spinning records in clubs to winning a Grammy. We were touring all the time and were burnt out. So we decided we needed a break. We said six months but it ended up being three years. But that break was probably the best thing we ever did. Now we all have grown more confident in the music that we make,” says Smith about the band’s temporary split.
Tonight, the British dance trio hopes to offer a fresh sound as they perform in the city to promote their latest album, Electric Love. “With all three of us coming this time, we have a more of a band feel to the performance. Ben and Paul will DJ and I will sing some of our songs and play percussion,” says Smith, adding that, “For a long time I’d wanted to come and play in India, and it was better than I thought. I performed in Mumbai, Bangaluru and Pune last year and the whole experience was a very fulfilling one. The people of India have a love for dancing.”
The band that has collaborated with the likes of Moby and Groove Armada, are fans of Indian music. “Especially instruments like the sitar and tablas. We would love to collaborate with Indian musicians.”
Ask them how a British trio came to be called Dirty Vegas and Steve explains, “We were always fascinated with Las Vegas and we felt this name was catchy.” And though the trio skipped performing at the Submerge Supernova in Bangaluru last week, how does the dance music outfit feel about playing at a sit-down diner like Hard Rock Café? “Ha! We will have to make everyone stand up and dance!”
Dirty Vegas perform tonight at Hard Rock Cafe, Bombay Dyeing Mills, 9.30 pm onwards. Entry Rs 500.