B-Side | DJ Mixing Workshop
Dates: 12th to 22nd October 2022
Venue: Satori Wellness, Arambol, Goa
Workshop Facilitated by : Vridian
B-side is an initiative by Serendipity Arts centred around independent music and cultural currents stemming from contemporary music practices. The programme strives to spark conversations around music production, DJ-ing, research, performances, educational modules, and collaborative sonic explorations focused on emerging acts around South Asia.
The role of the DJ in modern society has evolved, much like the craft associated with it. From the humble position of the disc jockey at the radio station in the ‘70s, to the almost cult status we see today; from playing limited edition pressed vinyl in warehouses in the ‘80s to the sophisticated technology we have available now, there has been a huge shift in the way we perceive and experience music mixed and played by DJs.
In India, it has become a more than respectable profession as opposed to the “DJ for Hire” tag that earlier surrounded it. Of course, it’s taken quite a lot to get to this point – and as a part of B-side, we get to relive it all.
This workshop lays heavy emphasis on practical know-how, because of which participants will learn to navigate their way around mixing on turntables, CD players (and USB), and even laptops, with access to club/event ready gear. A DJ also has to do plenty of homework related to music research, finding songs, practice and file management– all of this will be touched upon in detail. The workshop will include guest lectures from relevant figures in the industry who will share their insights from years of expertise in the domains of performance, venue programming, and artist management.
Join us as we traverse different workflows, gear, and techniques while also taking a deep dive into electronic music culture and its history. Regardless of proficiency in music theory and technology, this course is open to everyone.
VRIDIAN is an electronic music project based out of New Delhi, India. Being the alias of music producer Vir RC, this project has a penchant for atmospheric, emotive and groovy electronic music. Inspired by a wide range of musical influences, VRIDIAN has released on imprints such as Manjumasi,Traum Schallplatten, Qilla Records, Nie Wieder Schlafen & Dream Culture. With a passion for the craft of (appropriate & situational) DJing, the project has also become a regular feature on club bills across the Indian sub-continent. VRIDIAN’s releases have gained active support from the likes of Atish, Frankey & Sandrino, David Hohme, Kohra, Tim Penner & Mark Slee. His catalogue also boasts stellar remixes of his music from some of the best in the game, such as Clarian & Tim Engelhardt.
Nikita Fernandes works between museum and arts education, zine-making, and music writing. Her interests lie in the web of interconnected references and influences in the arts – music, cinema, and literature. She completed her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from St. Xavier’s College and a Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Theory, Aesthetics and Practice from Jnanapravaha.
Shubham More is a Mumbai-based producer whose signature style has roots in the deep and hypnotic sounds that are a staple of underground music around the world. Although he has found his footing in these undulating and modulated soundscapes, lately he has been delving into the more experimental sides of Electronic Music in an effort to carve out his own niche of dance music whilst staying true to his rave roots.
Born in Agra, Suyash Gupta DJs under his moniker ‘Suture’. Professionally a travel and tech entrepreneur, Suyash is the Director at Travel Bureau and Founder of Transportal. As a budding DJ, he often plays at rooftop cafes and clubs in his hometown. His sound is evolving and absorbing heavy influences from techno, drum n bass, breakbeat, and disco. Through the workshop, he wants to hone his skills further and seed an alternative & underground music and nightlife culture in the city of Agra.
Tenzin Gopal is from McLeodganj, a small multi-cultural town in Himachal Pradesh. Currently based in Vadodara where he had done his Visual Arts practice in Sculpture, he is a freelance artist who travels whenever possible.
Vinita Divgi is a seeker of art, in its multidisciplinary forms and across mediums. She earned a Masters in English Literature with a thesis on the evocation of smell in literature. Extending upon her thesis, she is currently researching the role of sensory experience within artistic spaces.