Sherp’s Pick: Artists You Must Catch at NH7 Weekender, Delhi Dhriti Menon November 26, 2013 FS Features Two Weekenders are up and now it’s time for the 3rd installment in Delhi, this Saturday and Sunday. And while, every edition has had a great vibe and diverse line up, this is why the Delhi lineup is possibly the best. 1. MuteMath! MuteMath! MuteMath! If you’re big on the contemporary alternative rock scene, these guys need absolutely no introduction. If not, then maybe you’d remember this video playing constantly on Vh1 back in 2007? (which was also nominated for a Grammy) Formed in New Orleans, 2001. The band is undoubtedly one of the more skilled musicians in the current alt-rock scene. As a band that derives their sound from a diverse range of sources – like DJ shadow to Bjork, they’ve racked up quite the fanbase. They’ve also featured on the Transformers album, performing the original Transformers Theme song for Michael Bay’s Transformers movie! 3 studio albums, 4 live albums and 2 EPs later they’re considered as, “one of the most eclectic fusers of various genres, from alternative and indie rock to electronica and electro,” And what’s better? They’re headlining Weekender Delhi at the Bacardi Arena. 2. Karsh Kale Collective + The NH7 All-Stars As the brainchild of talented composer, producer and musician Karsh Kale – the collective was formed at the infamous Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2011, Pune and features guitarist -Warren Mendonsa, flautist Pt. Ajay Prassana, rising singers Apeksha Dandekar, Shilpa Rao, Monali Thakur and Shruti Pathak on vocals, percussionist – Jai Row Kavi , Jayant Luthra on electronics, guitarist Gaurav Gupta, bassist Johan Pais and none other than renowned vocalist Benny Dayal! Their famed sound is essentially fusion music which has grown quite popular among the Indian audience.Post 2011, the collective have played a number of sold out shows in India and also and are currently working on a live album. Along with the NH7 All Stars (that include Vishwesh from Scribe, Vishal and Randolf from Pentagram) their set at the Bacardi Arena Stage, this weekend will be quite something to experience. 3. Meshuggah Meshuggah in Yiddish means, ‘crazy’ and that’s exactly what’s going happen to India’s metal heads when Meshuggah takes the Bacardi Arena, in Delhi this Weekend. Meshuggah’s quite a favourite in the extreme metal scene and have performed at some pretty epic metal festivals over the years – including Ozzfest (!!!!) They were also nominated twice for a Swedish Grammy in 2006 and 2009 consecutively. They’ll be here soon. In the meantime.. 4. Benga He and his contemporary Skream are known for their significant contribution to the world of Dubstep and are essentially pioneers of the genre. Benga (named Adegbenga Adejumo) started producing at the wee age of 15, his first record being ‘Skank’ which released on a record label owned by a local record shop. His work has featured on a variety of compilations including Warrior Dubz and the BBC Radio 1Xtra anniversary mix! Apart from countless hit EPs and albums – he, Skream and Artwork formed the dubstep supergroup,Magnetic Man back in 2007. Last year, he and Skream came down to Mumbai for a one off gig at Sitara Studios and literally tore the place apart with their set. Who can say what’s in store for Delhi? Prepare yourselves, guys. 5. Chic Feat Nile Rodgers What?! Nile Rodgers is coming to Indiiiiia? For those of you who don’t know, Nile Rodgers is an American musician, producer, composer, arranger and guitarist. Even though he has spent the majority of his career making solo act albums, he along with Bernard Edward formed the band ‘Chic’ in 1976. He is no stranger to power collaborations with artists like Diana Ross, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna and more recently with French House duo Daft Punk! Chic is essentially a disco and R&B band,that formed an integral part of the 70’s ‘disco movement’ as ROCK band. Last month and for the eighth time, Chic was nominated for introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! It would be unwise to miss their performance at Dewarists Stage, this weekend. 6. Michal Menert It can easily be said, that Pretty Light’s co-founder Menert’s set at the Eristoff Wolves Den last year, was one of the best acts of the festival and he’s back this time as a part of his massive Space Jazz tour. He’ll be in the subcontinent for almost a month, playing at the Delhi and Calcutta Weekenders and also for two club gigs in Mumbai and Pune consecutively. If you aren’t familiar with his music or name, Menert’s sound is quite like Pretty Lights itself – groovy trip hop infused with funk, hip hop, soul and downtempo. He’ll be revisiting the Wolves Den this Sunday in Delhi. Be there or be square! 7. Dualist Inquiry Band The Dualist Inquiry Band has been making waves recently, especially after their EPIC set at the Weekender Pune last month. Comprising Sahej Bakshi (Dualist Inquiry) + Sanaya Ardeshir (Sandunes) + Jivraj Singh (Jiver) – the band is currently on Red Bull Tour Bus India Tour and will be playing at Weekender Delhi on the Red Bull Tour Bus stage. Their live sets are compelling to say the least and are easily India’s new favourite act in the Indie scene.