South African aggressive percussion group 1st Project performed in the city for the first time on April 22. Explaining the concept behind aggressive percussion, Sybrand Johannes Van Dyk says, “It is basically to bring energy to the show. A live performance is already energetic, but we try to take it to the next level with as much passion as we can. We try to be as loud as we can, and have that impact visually and with sound.”
They started this group 17 years ago, and the name came from an assignment that they were a part of in a music school. Ask them how their first time in India was and they seem thrilled about the experience. “It was amazing The crowd was great. We had many interactive pieces and the audience was responsive to whatever we did.
We really enjoyed interacting with them,” shares Theodorus Hermanus Rosslee. The band feels that the energy that Indian audience has is “very edgy”. Andrew John Lingwood shares, “We have played in a lot of countries but we always talk about India. India is my personal favourite place to play in. The crowd is unbelievable.”
India has always been a potential audience for them, says Joshua Sanuel Zachus, adding, “We came here three years ago with a different group, and the reception was beyond our expectations. So this time, we wanted to give more and get more.” The organiser of the event, Ashvin Gidwani says, “This is just a promotional show. We plan to do it on pan-India level soon.”