Even as David Guetta upped the adrenaline of Indian partygoers two weeks ago, Delhi’s electronic band Jalebee Cartel grooved amidst an international crowd of nearly 5,000 people at the Future Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, on March 17. “I was surprised to see the amount of fans we have in KL. We even got mobbed by a few after our set,” says Arjun Vagale, the four-member band’s DJ.
“We try and play at festivals across the world and Future Music was at par, if not better. The production was excellent and the festival was nicely done. One huge difference was management. Most festivals in India have a long way to go. But I’m sure Indian promoters are also in the process of learning. The festival culture is relatively new in India,” he adds. Since it was the first time Jalebee Cartel played in Malaysia, they decided to play an all-time top hits set comprising their best tracks over the last eight years.
The fifth edition of this electronic event that started in Australia saw an audience of approximately 30,000 through the day, and featured bands like The Chemical Brothers, Flo Rida, Sneaky Sound System, The Wombats and desi artistes like DJ Pearl and DJ Nikhil. “We even managed to meet Tom (Tom Rowlands) and Ed (Ed Simons) from The Chemical Brothers. It was for a short bit after they finished their set. We clicked some pictures, had a little chat and told them how much we love them… regular fan-boy stuff,” Vagale says.
So what’s on the cards next for the band? “I’m playing in Kuala Lumpur again next month, but it’ll be at an underground techno gig. Then the band will head to Europe in June for a few months and to the US in September. Busy schedule as usual,” Vagale signs off.
City DJs list the dance tracks most in demand over the last week
DJ Nash, Trilogy, Juhu
David Guetta And Afrojack — The Future
Foster The People — Pumped Up Kicks
Mohombi — In Your Head
Georgi Axwell — In My Mind
DJ Tiesto — Chasing Summer
DJ Shiva, Canvas, Lower Parel
Swedish House Mafia — Greyhound
LMFAO — Sorry For Party Rocking
Chris Brown — Turn Up The Music
Avicii — Levels (In Reverse)
Sak Noel — Paso
Dj Baba Robijn, Aurus, Juhu
Avicii — Levels
DJ Tiesto — Maximum Crazy
Hardwell — Spaceman
Steve Aoki — Ladi Dadi
Avicii vs Nervo Vs. Justice — We’re All ID Friends
DJ Roane, Shiro,
Calvin Harris — We Found Love
Sebastian Ingrosso — Calling
David Guetta and Usher — Without You
David Guetta — Titanium
Calvin Harris — Feel So Close