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Dropping it dirty

UK’s grand master of electronic house, Dirty Vegas, was in town for a concert last week.
None | By Sharin Bhatti, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2010 01:32 PM IST

Unassumingly letting you hair down at a club, a familiar song catches your ear. And it isn’t until much later that you realise that the singers of this former club anthem are performing on the stage. Days go on and I think of you…Days when I couldn’t live my life without you…

This famous track belongs to UK based trio Dirty Vegas, which won them a Grammy back in 2003. Steve Smith, from the trio, spun a house set at Blue Frog last week and sure enough he started the night with their famous anthem, Days go on.
“I have always wanted to come to India for a long time now. Somehow the dates would never work out. This time I just had to fly down. I was surprised to see the reaction of the crowd. They seemed to know my music,” an exhilarated Smith cooed post the gig.

Dirty Vegas comprised of Ben Harris, Steve Smith and Paul Harris. But the trio spilt in 2005 after acquiring phenomenal commercial and critical acclaim. The three of them reformed recently and are back with a new album. The spilt happened two years into their newfound success and that is something that Smith describes as customary accident.

“We had an amazing ride from starting out DJ-ing in clubs to touring the world and winning awards. This created a huge amount of pressure and some internal changes. We felt we needed a break to do other things and decided to split for a while.” He explains, the reason they got back together was because, “We always said we would do something again, as there was never any ill feeling between us.”

Back at Blue Frog, Smith is excited about how the Indian audience reacts to house, even though it’s a highly misunderstood genre.

“People in some nations have always had some music snobbery. Jazz musicians think rock isn’t talented. Rock guys think house music isn’t deep. But it’s really about the vibe. I had been told India knew our music, which is why I played a lot of old Dirty Vegas tracks. It’s fabulous,” Smith exalts.

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