MUSIC All it takes to appreciate trance music is an open mind DJ Praveen Achary talks about his journey and milestones
DJ Praveen Achary spent his growing years shuffling between Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon, and then sometime in Canada, before he moved to India and settled down in Bangalore. “I was not sure of the EDM scene in India, whether it existed or not. That was when a friend told me to join the Submerge Forum – a small community of EDM enthusiasts and it showed me the possibility of an evolution.”
“And Bangalore, in my personal opinion is great for feedback. I met a lot of people with the same vision, although not the same sound. And although the restrictions on nightlife are not aiding anybody, we are pretty persistent,” smiles the young DJ, who was part of the opening line up for Trance Around The World 450, held in Bangalore last week.
If you are looking to find your electronic dance groove, Praveen explains, “It is a personal preference really, and there are so many genres within electronic music that it depends on the music background that you have and how you find a sound that is related to it. For instance, a lot of hip-hop artists have started using house tracks and influences in their music, so for people who like hip-hop this could be their introduction to electronic dance music.”
His first experience of electronic music was a Prodigy CD his cousin gave him – it was aggressive that came from rock and had break beats that came from hi-hop. “The thing about this music is that you cannot play it on a flute or guitar, it is based on synthesisers and gadgets. I wanted to know how it worked and researched it.” And while he was into electronic music in general, it was trance that interested him, and in Lebanon where his music came of age, trance was bigger than anything else.
Praveen got into production at a time when the world was still DJing and not too many people were producing and India gave him his big break. And when he spoke of being a part of Trance Around The World, he used words like surreal, amazing and said it would probably hit him after the show. “Above & Beyond is one of the reasons I got into DJing. I heard them once when I was in Lebanon and it changed my perception of club music,” he says.
“Like I said in the beginning, I was not sure if there was a scene in India, but it was there. It took a while to grow and over the past eight years I have seen it explode. There are people who have been doing it for 15 years, who’ve been contributing and developing; markets are being created all the time. It’s not a shock that they chose to come to India, they have a huge connect with India and even their record label is called Anjunabeats.”
The culture is prevalent, it is only waiting to be understood and accepted, “We need to find a balance, and the crowd is always responsive and up for entertainment and a night life. We cannot justify the reasons but the restrictions slow it down and it suffers due to lack of support.”
The thing about this music is that you cannot play it on a flute or guitar