Having just turned 40, Ma Faiza, the Pune-based female DJ, is celebrating by hitting four cities in four days with some explosive tracks. With nightly gigs, Ma Faiza hopes to find out ‘what it is like to be Madonna’.
The Birthday Tour is a testament to the growing electronica scene in India. Where before Ma Faiza felt fortunate to perform every few months, she says, “I’m busier than I’ve ever been in my life. The clubbing scene is moving with good momentum, but there has to be a gradual change.”
She feels clubbing could boost the economy, citing Berlin as an example. “Their main income is from tourism, with huge events such as the Love Parade, to which nightlife and clubbing contribute considerably,” she explains. Ma Faiza believes that the Indian licensing laws are “backwards”, suggesting that the limitations are inhibiting the cultural development of India’s younger generation.
Critical of authorities
“Young people need to experience everything to develop,” she says forcefully. “The music, the sex, the dancing...” She’s critical of the authorities, stating that India doesn’t have the foresight to acknowledge the value in nurturing nightlife, leading to a more multicultural society.
“All the people in power are eighty years old, and what do they know,” scoffs the artiste. Nevertheless, Ma Faiza remains positive, speaking excitedly about more spaces for international musicians to perform. She is using her Birthday Tour, as an opportunity to adopt a new look.
“I am super excited,” she gushes. “Electronica is one of the hottest things and is definitely catching on with the clubbing crowd. Hopefully it will hook enough people to spark a revolution.”