Kaboom!!!!!! Nope that is not the sound of Kim Jong-un nuking the US. It is in fact the sound of the techno scene nuking the NCR and when I say techno I use it as an all encompassing word for deep house, progressive house etc..(apologies if I have offended anyone who wants to be technically correct). It’s caught on like wild fire, a wild forest fire that does not show signs of being extinguished and by no means is any techno lover complaining.
As recent as 2 years back one had to wait months and months for a good techno scene to happen. It was like a really special event and one waited with bated breath for it to take place. Cut to 2018, you now have a techno scene happening every single weekend with the right blend of artists, ranging from the kinds who could be just starting out, to some of the more experienced ones and then every once in a while an international heavyweight shows up. One is now in fact spoilt for choice and this augers very well for the music scene in the NCR
You always have the usual suspects – Auro, Summer House Cafe, Junction, Raasta, Privee etc.. devoting one of their nights of the weekend to a techno artist.
But what’s really taken off and what’s really sparking this fire is entities organizing independent techno scenes, the likes of Locals,Danza, Shltr
Locals has set the bar very high in terms of how they organize these events. They are very selective about who they let in (it’s a closed group), they promote a lot of homegrown artists and there just seems to be a lot of collaboration, a lot of respect, a lot of love being spread at their events. If I have to sum it up, it’s the vibe that their events generate that keeps them going and has made them garner respect among the fraternity. Locals allows you to be you, it get’s the fact that people there could be in different zones and vibing differently. The fact that as an individual one is comfortable with their own vibe and can also build on the collective vibe that is created by the positive energy of the people around say’s a lot about the place.
Separately- Ikraam, a friend and someone who runs Milk Events, lives and breathes the party scene in whichever city he chooses to set base in, has also quickly realized the potential this scene has and pounced on it with all that he has. More often than not his weekend events (irrespective of location) have a techno artist headlining them.
Every second weekend or so you have these events at some farmhouse and at times they are also spread over a couple of days, making them into some sort of a mini festival. A larger and more picturesque venue, fewer restrictions on timings, more of an opportunity for the artist to express him/herself holds these independent events in good stead.
Us techno lovers have not only responded well to this but have a huge hand in bringing about this change. After visiting many of these events, the observant me could not resist but classify the crowd at these events:
The “Usual Suspects“: These are the kinds, who are in it for the music. You’ll see them at most events and what actually sets them apart is their knowledge of the kind of music the artist is playing. They will sip on a few drinks during the duration of the night and focus a lot on the music. It’s easy to spot them, only if you are one yourself :). They generally have a good vibe going on about them and spread and share that vibe.
The “Let’s See what the fuss is about”: These are the kinds, who have heard a lot about the techno scene, are not great fans of the music but they drop in just to get a sense of what the fuss is all about. It’s possible that they look a little lost and feel a little out of place as well. Some people in this category actually get hooked and eventually make it to the “Usual Suspects”, whereas some are like. “I’m never attending a techno scene again”
The “Walk on the Wild Side”: You’ll see these people at selected events. They take a collective call (as a group) basis the music, the place, the vibe, that tonight is the night where they walk to the wild side. You’ll see them oscillating between bursts of high energy vibes to mellow movements to catching breathers to conversations and above all spreading love, All depending on what stage of their rage they are in 🙂
The “It’s cool to be seen here”: It’s important to mention this kind because they exist, and in a decent majority. They have no clue of what is happening, who is playing etc.. They are their just there because everyone else is there and according to them their coolness quotient goes up if they are seen at such events. They don’t have a vibe at all and if any it’s a negative one. They are also the kinds who are very likely to create a ruckus. Let’s hope for the sake of techno lovers the less we get of this variety the better it is.
I know I’ve mentioned the word “Vibe” multiple times, but it’s important, because that’s what makes or breaks a techno event- “The Vibe”. It’s nothing but a combination of the music, the place and the people. All of this put together could make or break the vibe of a place. You could have great music but if majority of your crowd is the “it’s cool to be seen here kinds”, your vibe has gone down the drain and there is no rescuing it. It’s the perfect amalgamation of the elements I mentioned above which makes you say that” Damn this place has a great vibe”
Here is my only fear – “An overdose”. Too much of anything is never good. To give you an example I was at Summerhouse Café a couple of weeks back and there was a techno artist playing. The place was pretty much packed and you could see the regular lot of people there. I was there with a friend and we spent only 30 to 45 minutes there. The reason we left was that every time we tried to vibe to the music we just could not connect. When we walked out we were discussing what the problem was and we realized that the music just did not do it, it sounded like one of those sets that one plays when you have friends over and you’re having like a scene on the rooftop or something- far too familiar and just blah.
I honestly hope and pray that the techno scene does not disappear into thin air just like every other party trend does in the NCR. There will undoubtedly be a point where the fire settles down, let’s just hope it does not extinguish. In the mean time- Vibe on 🙂