Music

Time to lean on

The French musician is back in the country after his debut tour in 2015

Lean On could well be called the party anthem of 2015. Soon after its release, it became Spotify’s most streamed song ever, and was even performed at the 22nd Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway. The song has been blaring in almost all pubs and festival nights ever since, with DJs topping their playlists with other singles by artist DJ Snake, who had collaborated with Major Lazer for Lean On. Party-goers soon found their favourites in Get Low and Turn Down For What.

This weekend, the Grammy-nominated producer will be in the city, belting out the hits that probably created a mini EDM revolution in the world. “This will be my third time in India. Shouts to Sunburn for getting me down again to India,” says DJ Snake in an email interview.

“I have learnt from my past performances that my Indian fans love Lean On. Along with that, I am going to serve some staple Snake fare for my fans,” he adds. But is that his favourite? “It’s impossible for an artist to choose a favourite amongst one’s own creations. All of my songs have stood the test of my moodiness. I like all of them,” he says.

K Jagadish, CEO of Global Sound, which is bringing Sunburn Arena to Chennai, says it is probably the biggest festival they have organised in the city so far, with tickets having already been sold out. “We are expecting over 5,000 people this time, which is bigger than the number we have had in the previous editions of Sunburn Arena and Sunburn Reload,” he says. “DJ Snake is performing in Kolkata (February 18) and Hyderabad (February 17), besides Chennai, and the response is the biggest here; this just shows that there has been a growing interest. A few years ago, people from Chennai would go to Bengaluru and Pune for concerts, and now we are getting enquiries from Bengaluru and Kerala — it shows how much the scene here has changed,” he adds.

Sunburn Arena, which is an offshoot of the main Sunburn festival (that recenntly shifted its venue from Goa to Pune), was launched two-and-a-half years ago in Chennai, and has featured artistes such as the popular Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack and Dutch electronic music duo W&W, among many others.

This edition will include the headline act by Let Me Love You hitmaker DJ Snake, and will be joined by Delhi-based DJ Nucleya, who has performed in various festivals around the world, including Glastonbury, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lille 3000 and the Electron Festival.

From 4 p.m. at VGP Beach Resort, on February 19. Details: 7010364170

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