Rising Talents Around The Globe: Episode 3 – India
Welcome to our brand new exclusive editorial series ‘Rising Talents Around The Globe‘. Here at We Rave You, we like to think about ourselves as music lovers and not just promoters of commercial music, and that’s exactly why we are starting this editorial series. We are out to seek the very best emerging talents around the globe.
After our first episode on Mexico, we move to one of the most beautiful Asian countries, India. Over the last few years India has come to be labelled as home to the fastest growing EDM community. This deep-rooted heritage and thirst for electronic music leads us to see a number of talented young producers emerge across its lands.
So without further delay, lets begin with our top upcoming producers from India (in no specific order).
(This list will include talents from India, and not just those who are based in the country).
Kerano, locally known as Karanvir Singh, has had a ear for music since a very young age. Picking up drumsticks at the tender age of 4, he always displayed a unique flair for creating a spectrum of beats and sounds. Writing his first song at 14, he gradually moved to the studio by university. There, his latent love for dance music surfaced and he began creating mashups, bootlegs and hitting the decks at various clubs. Not long after, he collaborated with the king of melodies Tom Swoon to land India and himself with its first #4 hit on the Beatport charts. The collaboration, ‘Here I Stand’ found massive support from world renowned producers such as Tiesto, Dash Berlin, W&W and Quintino. Whats more? Karanvir is also the first Indian to sign a release on Americas biggest dance music label Ultra Recordings.
Viewed as the headhoncho of Indian producers, Kerano certainly does a hell of a job leading the pack. You do us proud!
Nucleya, who currently is standing strong as one of India’s leading producers, is known for his orthodox production style. He has fastened himself a huge presence in the Indian bass scene with his funky blends of street music with roaring bass injected drops. Staying true to his heritage, these amalgamations of traditional Indian instruments with stellar electronic production, proves popular with his ever growing fan base. Recently, Udyan Sagar (Nucleya) took to the streets of Mumbai in a moving tempo to hype the release of his album ‘Bass Rani’, which later found huge success across the country.
Sagars journey from the ’90s when he co-founded Bandish Projekt, to today when he performs at numerous music festivals around the world including Glastonbury, along with the likes of Diplo, is truly inspirational. Disseminating classical sounds to other parts of the world, Nucleya is one of Indias biggest flag bearers of the electronic dance music scene.
Shaan Singh, better known as (S)haan makes India proud by being the youngest DJ ever to play at an international music festival. At the tender age of 15, he hit the decks at Asia’s largest music festival – Sunburn Goa. Not only this, he is also the first Indian to spin their tunes at the worlds biggest and most sought after festival, Tomorrowland.
Shaan earned the spotlight after being selected to open gigs for the likes of Funkagenda and Helium Project in his very first year of playing. Since debuting one his first tracks ‘Mumbai’, that clocked at 10,000 views on SoundCloud, his future tracks rapidly escalated in plays. His beautiful remix for Whiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ gathered 130 thousand views and propelled him into the eyes of iconic international artists. From that day on, the Mumbai native has opened sets for names like Dash Berlin, Tiesto and Swedish House Mafia.
Currently, Shaan’s latest release ‘Fire’ has been signed to Armin Van Buuren’s Armada Records.
Gyan Pratap Singh or GyanPS is a self taught, and unsigned home producer from New Delhi, India. Since a young age he has possessed a latent talent and interest in EDM (particularly Tropical and Deep House), and honed his skills while studying in Aberdeen, Scotland. There, he began creating simple, yet mellifluous melodies that caught the attention of none other than deep and tropical house king, Autograf, who premiered and shared his productions.
Gyans remixes and originals shine with their simplicity and emotion, and provide for some of the best lazy-day tunes. Taking influence from his earliest inspiration, Avicii, Gyan takes a stand away from commercial big room and gravitates towards one of the most rapidly growing genres. Earlier this year, he collaborated with fellow producer Marcus, to bring to stage the most well received remixes for James Hearsey’s ‘What I’ve Done’, that raked in 40 thousand plays on SoundCloud.
Gyan has also received appreciations from the likes of Kungs, Mozambo and Bergs, all of whom recognise him as India’s very own Kygo!
In this flourishing phase of EDM, India’s very own Sahil Sharma, or Zaeden, started creating music and DJing at an age of 14 years old. He is best known for his distinctive Big Room sounds, combined with classical melodic house, that lead him to becoming the first Indian producer to be signed to Spinnin’ Records.
Zaeden’s claim to fame came with his first single ‘Land Of Lords’ that was released on Joey Suki’s Dubbed Records. Further, he grabbed the attention of the worlds #2 DJ, Hardwell, who premiered his bootleg for Coldplay’s ‘Magic’ on Hardwell On Air, making him the first Indian to have achieved the same. His tunes also found the support of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Tritonal, to name a few.
In more recent news, Sahil teamed up with American producer Borgeous, to create a scintillating progressive house tune that was played in front of thousands of revellers at Tomorrowland.