Electronica ensemble Juno Reactor has carved a niche for itself for adding multiple art forms (theatre, music and cinema) to its live acts. Ahead of their gig — 3rd Rock Entertainment Electronic Dance Music Holi — next month, the venue for which is yet to be decided, band member Ben Watkins talks about his plans.
What will you play for the Mumbai audience?
I am likely to play a new set of tracks from my upcoming album. The audiences are going to enjoy it. I have played at Blue Frog in Mumbai before and I know what the crowd over there prefers.
Will you play Bollywood music?
Well, it may surprise you that I do love Bollywood music. I got a hang of it after I started watching Mira Nair’s movies. I am deeply inspired by some of her awesome films. But I might just skip playing it. I have heard many Bollywood tracks and I always love the tunes and the sounds. I would love to compose for Bollywood. I love experimenting, and this will be new for me. During this tour, I am looking forward to meeting the Indian music producers, among them the band Agnee.
Have you heard about the festival Holi?
Yes, I have heard a lot about Holi. Though I’ve never experienced how it is played or celebrated, I have seen images of Holi on television. Participating in the festivities in person would be very exciting. In Mumbai, I plan to play Holi with some of my Indian friends there. I am looking forward to the trip.
Will you perform the soudtracks from The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and other Hollywood films that you’ve composed for?
I will play most of my popular tracks. I’ve heard that it (Matrix Reloaded) is a popular film in India. I will play the Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997) soundtrack as well. Hope the people in Mumbai like my selection of music. I guess my audience knows everything about my music.