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Pentagram to turn hip-hop

music Updated: Dec 10, 2010 15:58 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times
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You’ve probably read the details of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender music festival taking place on December 10 to 12 at Koregaon Park, Pune. One of the biggest music events this year will see over 50 live acts, including International outfits like Asian Dub Foundation and The Magic Numbers, performing on eight separate stages.



Established electro-rockers Pentagram is also set to take to the stage on December 11 at Eristoff Wolves Den alongside contemporaries such as Arjun Vagale (of

Jalebee

Cartel) and the Brit-based Reverend Soundsystem.



Pentagram also has another performance lined up on December 10 at the Hard Rock Café — a hip-hop inspired tribute where the band will play improvised covers of popular songs by Eminem, Beastie Boys and Cyprus Hill among others. Known for experimenting during live performances, the band will also be doing special hip-hop versions of some of their own numbers.



“We’ve written new parts for many of our songs,” mentions frontman Vishal Dadlani. “Though we won’t be churning out completely new hip-hop numbers, we’ll be revisiting some of our songs like

This is for my people

... and

Disconnected...

in a different fashion. I’d like to call the style, tweak freak.”



Is the band trying to promote hip-hop music in the country? “Not really,” says Dadlani, “We’re just having a lot of fun. I don’t think there’s much of a hip-hop scene in India to begin with. There are some excellent songwriters out there, but no one’s writing about their own life or experiences. Hip-hop is still very nascent right now.”



Like Beastie Boys, Pentagram wants to cross boundaries. Dadlani adds, “Whether it’s Jay-Z, Method Man or even Gorillaz, I look for good lyrics. As long as you can surprise me, it’s cool.”