Although trance giants Above & Beyond are not new to playing in India, their Bengaluru gig on November 10 is going to be special. The 450th episode of their hugely successful weekly radio show Trance Around The World (TATW) will be broadcast live from the concert, airing in 35 countries and on nearly 250 radio stations. The trio will headline with a two-hour set at the concert, which is expected to run close to eight hours, featuring Indian DJs such as Nikhil Chinapa and a few others.
“Our biggest excitement is that TATW will debut in India. We love playing here because the fans are very enthusiastic. India’s become a holy grail to play an EDM concert,” says Jono Grant, one-third of the outfit that also comprises Tony Mc Guinness and Paavo Siljamaki.
In the eight years since TATW first went on air, a lot has changed in the radio circuit too, he says. “It has gone from being local to global. Back in the day, radio would focus on local talent with hardly any international content. Now the opportunities to showcase international artistes have increased.”
The 12-year-old trio has three studio albums to its credit, besides several singles and remixes from their record label Anjunabeats. This repertoire has also meant that they’ve traversed a vast sonic territory. “Since technology plays a huge part in EDM productions, the stylistic aspect in our music has evolved. We’re exploring slower tempo tracks now. But they may speed up later.”
Bengaluru becomes the fourth city in the world to host a special broadcast for Above & Beyond’s weekly radio show Trance Around The World, from their live concert. Their 300th episode was broadcast from Moscow in 2010, while their 350th and 400th in the series were aired in 2011 from Los Angeles and Beirut (2011), respectively.
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