Posted On Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 08:24:56 AM
When BBC (Bay Beat Collective) started, the Mumbai-based electronica outfit was given a slot on Mondays to play at Zenzi Mills. Not a happening day for any clubbing activity, but that was how BBC’s journey began, quite unceremoniously.
Word got around and soon the boys were attracting a crowd of around 100 people, a considerable improvement from the time they had first started to perform.
Over the years, BBC’s popularity has increased doubly, so much so, they are getting gigs to play in Europe and will also perform at the prestigious Outlook Festival, a musical event that hosts all kinds of bass music held outside the city of Pula, Crotia. “We have always stood for playing adifferent sound,” says Sohail Arora of BBC.
It is this kind of persistence that has seen them through tough times. The initial days were rough for BBC. Starting at a time when techno and house music ruled the clubs, it was not easy to introduce their bass-driven sound featuring styles like glitch hop, dub step and drum ‘n’bass.
“The sessions at Zenzi Mills helped me to hone my craft. During those days, there were hardly any clubs which were willing to pay us,” adds Arora. The story is different now, thanks to clubs like Zenzi, BBC’s music spread. Clubbers have also started opening up to their kind of music - the numbers may be small, but the scene has seen a marked improvement.
BBC doesn’t believe in taking the trodden path of fusing Indian elements into their music. “I am not a Indian classical musician, neither do I know how to play the tabla. But if we include traditional sounds, it has to happen naturally,” says Arora. Catch BBC perform at High Spirits, Koregaon Park, on July 22, 8.30 pm.