This is hardly their first tour to India. But each time the decade-old, psy trance duo Infected Mushroom come to India, they spread some more of their infectious energy. On this visit, Erez Eisen and Amit Duvedevani are touring Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and New Delhi.
As always, it’s close to an album launch. Their last visit was in December 2009, when they released their eighth studio album, Legend of the Black Shawarma. Their sound is just as quirky as the title of their last album. Their newest single, Killing Time, has risen to No. 24 on the Billboard dance charts.More recently, they released a mixed track, Deck and Sheker, which is available for free download online. The duo has never stuck by the rules. "We never wanted to stick to the routine and play it safe.
Both Erez and I have our inspiration in rock, but expression in trance. So we like to express ourselves that way,” says Amit Duvedevani, who spins and adds vocals to the outfit.
Their live arrangements include guitars, live drums, grunge-like vocals and a multimedia backdrop. Amit and Erez orchestrate that sound live on their DJ consoles. That’s probably why they have been twice ranked amongst the world’s 10 best DJs by DJ Mag.
“We have this habit of rocking out our sound, and one day perhaps we will have an orchestra or even a rock album, you never know,” adds Duvedevani. “Our last album was the most ambitious, when we got to use samples of the Doors as vocals and collaborate with great musicians.
It was definitely an experience,” says Duvedevani, hinting at his collaboration with musicians from heavy metal outfits Korn and Jane’s Addiction. They also used the vocals from the Doors song ‘Riders on the storm’, in a track.
How would they rate their Indian audience? “I’ve played in Goa for a year while starting out. We understand the pulse and they always want us back,” says Duvedevani. Hooked yet?
Israel-born and LA-based psy trance innovators, Infected Mushroom, are one of the world’s biggest electronic bands. They’ve released eight albums and 13 singles, many of which have reached the top 10 Billboard dance charts and scorched electronic music charts worldwide.
They have worked in close tandem with another electronica legend, Paul Oakenfold. Some of their most club-happy tracks include Deeply Disturbed, Cities of the Future, Becoming Insane and Stretched.