DATED: 29 May, 2015
VENUE: Lodi - The Garden Restuarant
Audio Aashram Presents - Ambient Atmospheres @ LODI
Ambient atmospheres is a sonic journey through some amazing chill out and abstract musical genres.
✔ SATTYANANDA ( Audio Aashram )
✔ KOHRA ( Qilla Records )
✔ SHANTAM ( Audio Aashram )
An impressive international profile, six album releases and few more on their way, Nikhel kumar Mahajan is a musical force to be reckoned with. Seeking inspiration from traditional Indian Classical, Hindu mythology, paranormal phenomenon, extraterrestrials and more, Nikhel’s sound can best be described as a Euphonious union of fluid uplifting rhythms, rich atmospheric textures and some downright twisted psychedelia. Having produced for a little over thirteen years, Mahajan has held his own and shared stage with some top of the line artists of the likes of Vibrasphere, Infected Mushroom, Atmos, Skazi, Solar Fields, AES Dana, Ethnogenic, Slackbaba, Cell and more.
Playing under three names, Sattyananda, Kalyug and Shiva Central Nikhel’s sound is capable of taking listeners through a long transcendental journey through myriad musical crests and troughs starting at bliss central, with some gentle, down tempo melodies, slowly progressing towards some uplifting, foot-tapping, head-bobbing rhythms and ultimately taking a complete turn around for some off-the charts, twisted mayhem, taking you right back to the days of Goa trance. With such intense diversity it’s no wonder that Nikhel has played across Europe in countries such as Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and Italy to name a few. Mahajan was also one of the only pioneering Indian musicians to play at the Freedom Festival (Greece), Glade (U.K) and Sonica (Italy), as Sattyananda and Kalyug, belting some classic chillout grooves and progressive trance.
::Kohra:: Qilla Records
Born in 1986, Madhav Shorey started his musical journey in his childhood with a formal education in both the drums and the keyboard. His interest in music urged him to experiment and fine tune his knowledge into the realms of electronic dance music. His first showcase as a DJ / Turntablist was at the age of 16, at the ‘War of the DJ’s’ Competition, New Delhi where he was selected as a finalist whilst still underage to participate, after which he became a regular guest artist at the event. He continued to play at various clubs across India and was the resident DJ at club Q’ba, New Delhi for a year.
In 2005, he was one of the founding members of the renowned Indian Electronic Live Act, Jalebee Cartel. Over the next 3 yrs, together they created a stir within the country, initiating the concept of live electronica among the masses and gained both national and international acclaim. Over his tenure with the Jalebee Cartel, the band had original releases and remixes on labels like Baroque Records (UK), System Records (US), Existence Records (CA), Helvetica Recordings (SZ), Observe Records (EU), Pure Substance Records (ML), Moon Tribal Records (RU), Segment Records (UK) and Underground Lessons (GR). They also bagged a brand endorsement with ‘Adidas Originals’ in 2008.
Kohra made his debut in the international dance map in January 2007, after which there was no looking back. He has released his edgy grooves on labels such as Shivlink Records (India), Echoes Records (Israel), Soultribe Records (Germany) and Neurobiotic Records (Italy), many of which have been spotted on the top charts of popular download platforms like Beatport. While dj'ing, Kohra’s musical scope ranges from Minimal Techno, Tech-House and Progressive Trance. His productions are also inspired by the same style resulting in a hybrid of sounds and elements breaking the ever so evident genre barrier most dj's and producers confide themselves to.
Spotted on the lineups of many international dance festivals across the world such as Sonica (Italy), Moondust (India), Earthcore (Australia), he has performed with progressive guru’s like Peter Gun, Dj Slater, Robert Babicz, Elegant Universe, Sun Control Species, Tetrameth, Decoy, Shadow FX, Sensient, Headroom, Ticon and Vibrasphere and has collaborated projects with artists like Antix, Elastic, Spikers, Mute, Eitan Riter, Fog, Jey & Ex, Nyquist, Kliment, Midimal, Blackout among many others.
Madhav is currently based in Melbourne, Australia where he continues to promote “intelligent dance music” in all ways possible. Focusing on minimal techno with deep tribal and tech house elements, his style both as a DJ and Producer has taken a more abstract and minimalist approach since his transcontinental move. He plans to expand the horizons of his personal fusion of electronic music in his newer independent productions and collaborations. Coming next from Kohra is a new, exciting chapter with the launch of his own techno label which will showcase up and coming artists as well as more established acts from around the world with an aim to release credible underground music that compliment the labels sound. Stay Tuned!!
One of the youngest producers on the block in the Indian scene
Shantam believes in only playing his own compositions. His sound is really fresh and a mix of a multiple genres ranging from deep chill to groovy progressive psychedelic .
His school of thought is truly original, with a debut EP on its way and a couple of Singles soon to be released Shantam is one talented LIVE ACT to watch out for
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