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Hennessy Artistry returns from its brief monsoon hiatus with a belter of a line-up this August. It’s raining beats and artists as four of India’s most celebrated DJs and musicians storm the stage at Q Bar, Hilton Hotel in Chennai this week. Delhi-based DJ Jitter (runner up on DJ Mag India’s inaugural opinion poll), Mumbai stalwart Kris Correya (voted no 10 on the same list), producer-DJ Kini Rao and Vasuda Sharma, who recently returned from the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston are all set to give Chennai’s partygoers an eclectic mash-up of genres and tunes.


One of India’s most underrated DJs, Jitter aka Jayant Luthra has, over the years, crafted his own unique brand of electronica. Drawing on influences from his work with globally renowned acts like Cheb I Sabah, Karsh Kale, Anoushka Shankar and long-time friends Midival Punditz, Jitter is known for his exceptional work not just on the dance floor where he drops monster beats but also in the studio where he’s produced film scores as well. Mind you, this is in spire of any formal training in music theory or classical music training. Jitter has always been armed with an excellent ear for music and if the fantastic career he’s had so far is any indication, Chennai should be prepared for a rare appearance by him in the southern half of the country.


Equally talented and widely considered one of the most influential players on Mumbai’s electronic music scene, Kris Correya joins Jitter on this edition of Hennessy Artistry India. Correya’s forward thinking ways and fondness for eclectic tunes often go unnoticed as he prefers to stay away from the limelight, but once you put him behind a console, clubbers are guaranteed a fresh, inimitable musical journey. The DJ has performed at all of India’s top festivals in the past two years, and has regularly played to packed houses all over India.

Adding some much-needed feminine presence to the Hennessy Artistry series, DJ Kini is a big fan of bass-driven genres of tech house and minimal techno. Kini’s sound can best be described as an ambivalent mélange of distorted kicks, crispy hats, quirky samples, roguish techno, haunting melodies coupled with some pretty epic breakdowns. Over the past five years, Kini has learned to appreciate the beauty of subtle, stripped-down, raw sounds, and she’s also adept at combining them with the right groove, dub elements and intricate rhythms. It explains her recent involvement at Sound Camp, an international music exchange and production initiative held in Sri Lanka. You can bet your last rupee that Kini’s going to drop some tunes she collected from the artists there.

And rounding up this month’s fabulous four is Vasuda Sharma, one of India’s few one-woman electronic-acoustic live acts. Famed for her use of the loop station where she fuses beat boxing, live instrumentation, Indian and Western classical influences, Sharma makes her own music live and sings her compositions over it.
A talent discovered from Delhi on an all-India level, last year Sharma won an online contest held by Stuttgart-based company Music2deal to represent India in the 2010 Berlin Popkomm Festival held in Germany. Nearly 420 Indian bands participated in the competition, so Chennai will be witness to a special talent. Prepare to be swept of your feet, courtesy Hennessy Artistry.