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Interview with BBC


Musical backgrounds, style and genre of music.
As we begin on a fresh note, BBC (Bay Beat Collective) enlightens us with diverse backgrounds. Raffael gained most of his technical know-how via Sound engineering in Singapore. In the case of Kris, anyone who has been clubbing from the early 2000′s until now , is aware that Kris is known very well in the Mumbai and France club circuit as a DJ/Producer and an important part of the artistic management and programming at Zenzi. Sohail is a DJ/Producer who owns an artiste booking agency called  ”Krunk”. Says Kris “Musically is where we connect, all of us love alternative music whether electronic or live so when play together it is normally a mix of music that we love and the binding factor for everything that we play could be characterized as ‘bass heavy’ music”

Standard-issue electronica commonly heard in clubs and bars across the country?
Kris opens up and says that when the BBC decided to go the whole way, they were completely into the scene of the music promotional teams at two grand venues in Mumbai, which kept them on their toes with regards to music and upcoming artist’s scene of the maximum city. Admits Kris smilingly “Our tastes in music were similar and we really didn’t see anyone playing the kind of music that we were digging & we decided to create BBC to basically play what we liked since there wasn’t anyone around doing that.”
Response in India and around the world.
They rewind back into time to recall that it was a major challenge when they kicked it off by performing in India as the size of their crowds wasn’t what they have today, however it helped them with a feeling of sheer content of creating the BBC brand of music and it helping it evolve as always. They admit with increased zing in their tones, ”In a few months things started to change and it coincided with the emergence of art, music and the cultural scene that we are now watching grow rapidly in India. Playing in India for us now is getting as interesting as playing anywhere in the globe. Playing overseas has always been fun because the audience is very receptive, evolved & involved.”
You opened for acts and artistes as huge as Prodigy , spun along with Dub Fx, Asian Dub Foundation and LTJ Bukem respectively.
The BBC believes strongly that if one is a part of a growing phenomenon, moving onward and forward in the same channel, then helping progression of that phenomenon is automatic. We sensed their gratitude when they shared with us, “We are fortunate to be involved with all the right projects and playing or just having a chat with people you always looked up to is a tremendous experience.”
Your primary artistic influences.
We listen to them all wide-eyed in wonder as they tell us what moves and grooves the BBC, “Other than listening to our favourites in the genres we play like Rockwell, Datsik & Icicle we also listen to varied sounds ranging from Zero DB who mix jazz with cutting edge electronica to the Kitsune Indie compilations to Ramadanman, which is a stripped down version of dubstep.” Kris adds a mildly humourous punch line which made us wonder, “Most of it inspires us unless it is seriously uninspiring J.”
India’s clubbing culture as a whole.
They think for a fraction of a second before they disclose that they have experienced all the eras in the electronic dance music culture in a very hands on manner since years. It’s with utmost confidence that they admit, “We can safely say that right now the response you see is just the beginning & regardless of genre it’s going to be boom time for India’s dance music generation in the coming years.”
Special or memorable gig of all time.
They couldn’t think of just one gig in particular, being the diverse, dynamic trio that they are. They found it very tough to choose, but they concluded, “It might sound clichéd but every gig of ours is an experience & the kind of characters that we are, it always ends up in a fun riot.”
Bad experiences while performing.
The BBC is not your mainstream pop artiste to cry over bad experiences, in fact they take a fiasco in good cheeky humour .They speak to us amidst a few laughs that if playing regularly in India, one will certainly experience “the request missile” unless you’re playing at a friend’s soiree or on 20 feet high stages. However Kris says with a wide smile, “All the time and in situations like these being spared is not guaranteed (strangely women in short skirts can climb up ladders to ask for requests too!).
The BBC’s foolproof method of dodging the missile is, “Either get busy with the mixer or have a deep conversation with each other when you spot a potential request missile headed your way & always try your best never to make eye contact.”
Expectations before every performance.
They get all into the groove as they recall their preparations for yet another electrifying BBC performance, “First, check if the soundcards & the rest of the equipment are working fine then a few drinks, laughs & discussing the after party.”

Photo Credit Naman Saraiya


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