Two days before the multi-Grammy winning hip-hop king, T-Pain was set to perform in Mumbai, the auto-tune master’s gig cancellation left many fans disappointed. The reason cited was illness and VH1 representatives claimed to have refunded over hundred tickets, which were sold at a pricey Rs 2,000 tag. Now, music producer Hank Shocklee is the next artiste to give the city a miss this month. Shocklee, it is said, will not make it to the city due to “unavoidable circumstances.”
A representative from Red Bull, on condition of anonymity defined the “unavoidable circumstances” as being the fact that the “artiste ran out of pages on his passport.” Shocklee, who has produced records by artistes such as Madonna, Janet Jackson and Peter Gabriel, was among the most-promising artistes to look out for at the Red Bull Music Academy this month, which also features drummer Bernand Purdie, DJ Dorian Concept and percussionist Taufiq Qureshi. “The idea is to get together a music forum and an interactive classroom of sorts,” said the representative.
Instead, DJ Mathew Jonson from Canada, who has performed in the country on several occasions, will fill in Shocklee’s shoes, thereby forfeiting music production as a topic at the workshop that starts on March 17. Musician Arfaaz Kagalwala of Tempo Tantrick, one of the 30 musicians handpicked to attend this music workshop says, “I was looking forward to some tips from Shocklee. He had a good insight on the mainstream music scene.”