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Here’s to trance-spottin’

The popular progressive trance deejay is back on Indian shores. As far as the clubbing scene is concerned, John OO Fleming has proved his worth at some of the topmost night spots in the world, reports Malvika Nanda.

music Updated: Feb 26, 2010 22:41 IST
Malvika Nanda

The popular progressive trance deejay is back on Indian shores. As far as the clubbing scene is concerned, John OO Fleming has proved his worth at some of the topmost night spots in the world. Fleming likes the open-mindedness of Indian music lovers. He’s happy to come back to an audience that he feels appreciates his creative freedom. “I seem to have this special connection with Indian clubbers,” he says. “This connection allows me to express myself musically and all of the dance floor follows me throughout this journey. Here the clubbers are very open minded… allowing me to breathe musically as a DJ.”

Fleming has been performing in India for the last three years. He feels the country’s electronica scene has shaped up really well. “I’ve seen a huge change over the past three years playing in India. The most prominent change is Sunburn (a festival of electronic music held annually in Goa). It takes many countries decades to get the scene to a position where they are able to host their own festival.” FIeming says DJ/ VJ Nikhil Chinapa’s gang at Submerge (leading promoters of Electronica in India) has a huge role to play here. “I certainly put this down to the passion and dedication of the Submerge team who have been creating club nights and tours around India.”

The English DJ/ producer is influenced by nineties acts such as Astral Projection but he’s inspired by nothing other than his own passion for music. His agenda is simple, “I like my music to put people in a very happy place and also to entrance them in a musical bliss, after all that’s my job as a DJ/producer.” He says, adding, “I’m passionate about what I do. It’s the one thing that motivates me to wake up every morning and get stuck into projects.”

Despite his huge popularity among underground trance music fans, John has tasted commercial success as well. In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Fleming earlier experimented with Goa Trance but later moved to a harder and more progressive edge of the genre.

While he’s hailed as a stalwart of dance music, he is also known for his work in other genres. Last year, Fleming remixed tracks by British rock act Muse and industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails (Right Where It Belongs). Catch him spinning at Smoke House Grill.

Smoke House Grill, Masjid Moth, GK II. Call 98104 77537 for reservations.