Delhi 2 Dublin with DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event Time: 
8:00PM
Cost: 
$12 Advance, $14 Door

On Sunday, February 24, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KRVM proudly welcome Delhi 2 Dublin to the the WOW Hall.

Described by one magazine as the “United Nations of rock 'n' roll," Delhi 2 Dublin has become one of Canada's most buzzed-about bands.  They are touring in support of their 2012 release Turn Up The Stereo.  The title of the new album is also the philosophy behind the release. 

“Sometimes we just need to drown out the noise of the world by making the music louder," declares vocalist Sanjay Seran.  

Tarun Nayar, who handles electronics and plays tabla in the band, adds, “It's also a metaphor for us turning it up in many ways for this album.  We spent ten times the amount of time and effort writing this album than we have in the past.  We really tried to make everything better, from music and lyrics to production and artwork.” 

Part of the process included a retreat in Bali.  After performing at a festival on the Indonesian island in the spring, Nayar and Seran, joined by violinist Sara Fitzpatrick, guitarist and sitar player Andrew Kim and dhol player Ravi Binning, rented a house and jammed out on the songs. 

“One of the most enlightening exercises was the day we spent playing all our songs acoustically on a guitar.  We'd never been able to do that with our material -- it really showed us the strengths and weaknesses of the songs.  A strong song can be played with very little instrumentation and still sound awesome!” says Nayar. 

Delhi 2 Dublin's songs and the band itself reflect the cultural diversity present in many major cities around the world.  They challenge the definition of urban music and drag it to the intersection of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica.  They have created their own niche. 

Nayar states, “As a band, we're not interested in making the same album over and over again.  The music we're inspired by changes almost weekly.  At the moment, we're loving Santigold, Major Lazer, Jazzy B, Burial, Buraka Som Sistema, Four Tet, Moombahton, and tons of underground stuff, which is quite different from the music we were listening to when we made our last album.” 

Another big change for Turn Up The Stereo was the band co-writing with outside songwriters for the first time.  While being careful to maintain the Delhi 2 Dublin vibe and their unique sound, they found the experience to be a positive one. 

Aside from the band, one of the key contributors to the new album was multi-instrumentalist and producer Dave Sharma.  Sharma is a friend whom they met for the first time onstage in front of 100,000 people! 

“We knew we wanted to up the ante on the electronics of this album and Sharma seemed like the perfect fit.  More than that, however, Sharma is a talented songwriter.  Having his ear on everything as we developed these ideas was essential to the finished arrangements,” states Nayar. 

The secret weapon on Turn Up The Stereo is violinist Sara Fitzpatrick.  Having been in the band now for over a year, she added another dimension to the music with her violin, but almost more importantly with her voice.  Her vocal harmonies add an ethereal twist to Seran's voice; a sweetness which is new to the band's studio sound.

Nayar sums up the band's outlook, “We hope people will like this album.  We wanted to make something fun; that we love and will help us do what we love, which is traveling around the world, playing music and connecting with people.” Originality and evolution are all part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience.  Constantly touring, these road warriors plug directly into the world's music and energy.  The strong word-of-mouth for their live performances has enabled them to build a loyal and continent wide fan base.  

 

DJ ANJALI & THE INCREDIBLE KID

 

DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid have played a transformative role in the Portland, Oregon club scene for over a decade, presiding over two of Portland’s longest-running and most successful dance parties, as well as hosting a cult radio show on KBOO community radio.  They are most known for incinerating dance floors with the South Asian sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood, but the duo scours the globe for any hard-hitting music that combines local musical traditions with window-rattling production.  

After making a name for themselves in their hometown’s raucous house party circuit, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid introduced the Portland nightclub scene to the sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood on New Year’s Eve 2000.  After a series of residencies, beginning with a six-month residency at the legendary Blackbird, the duo began hosting their ANDAZ dance parties in July of 2002.  The party’s focus on hardcore Panjabi Bhangra and the latest electronic confections from the Bollywood film industry continue to pack the dance floor after 10 years.

While ANDAZ was still in the bloom of youth, Anjali and The Kid founded the popular dance night ATLAS (with co-host/DJ E3) at Holocene in November of 2003, making it the longest-running night in the club’s history.  The ATLAS parties provide a forum for the duo to feature other sounds in their repertoire including: Urban Desi, Rai N B, Reggada, Dembow, Dubstep, Balkan Beats, Funk Carioca, Kuduro, Merengue Urbano, Reggaeton, 3Ball, Cumbia Nueva and all local and diasporic future musics.

Since introducing Portland club audiences to the amazing sounds of the South Asian diaspora and more, the duo have remained in constant demand -- playing any number of one-off events nearly every weekend of the year in addition to their regular parties.  The duo barnstormed New York in December of 2004 when they were flown out to headline a sold-out party at NYC’s oldest and best Bhangra party: Basement Bhangra, where Anjali has returned to play several times.  

In the Fall of 2005 Anjali and The Kid began their long association with KBOO community radio, where they currently host a weekly radio show every Tuesday evening.  In January of 2007 Anjali and the Kid headlined the opening night party of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia, and in August of 2009 they headlined the opening night party of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.  They have played numerous festivals including Beloved, Photosynthesis, MusicFest NW and Decibel.  They were the only artists to play all four nights of the Sasquatch! Festival’s 10th anniversary, including headlining the dance stage opening night.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00.