Sunburn Mumbai and Sunburn Noida are right around the corner. While the headlining acts for the festival, Krewella, W&W and Cazzette have us all buzzing, leading the charge for the Indian dance music brigade are (S)haan, Zaeden, Anish Sood and Dualist Inquiry. While Anish Sood will only be playing in Mumbai, Dualist Inquiry will only perform at the Noida edition and (S)haan and Zaeden will be playing a special B2B set.
So here we bring you a little something to get you up close with these Indian acts.
(S)haan or Shaan Singh is the youngest DJ to play at an international dance music festival. At age 15, he debuted at Sunburn Goa in 2010, and since has never looked back. From initially playing opening sets for Funkagenda and Helium Project to touring with Miss Nine saw (S)haan grow into his own as a young, energetic DJ. Following that, (S)haan has played opening sets for some of the biggest names in the dance music industry, namely Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Afrojack, David Guetta, Tiesto, Dash Berlin, Hardwell amongst others. The now 18 year old is also one of the first Indians to close the legendary BOX Stage at the Ministry of Sound club in London, and the first Indian to play at Tomorowland at the Lotto Dream Island Stage in Belgium in July this year.
One of the newest prodigies to breakthrough the Indian dance music scene, Sahil Sharma aka Zaeden started DJing when he was only 14 years old. Continuing with hard work and his talent, Zaeden made a massive breakthrough in the early stages of 2014, with his bootleg of Coldplay’s Magic being chosen as the “Demo Of The Week” on Hardwell on Air, while also receiving support from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on Smash The House Radio and Punx Up The Volume by Moguai. He also received an honourable mention in Dannic’s “Dear Life” remix competition, while his collaboration with Syzz, “Land of the Lords” received support from Andrew Rayel on his radio show.
At just the age of 24, Anish Sood has become one of the most recognizable names in the Indian dance music scene. Supporting acts such as Gareth Emery, Laidback Luke, Fedde Le Grand, Felix Da Housecat, Axwell /\ Ingrosso amongst others has seen him grow into one of the biggest dance music acts in India. His single Wanna Be Your Only Love received airplay on Armin van Buuren‘s A State of Trance. Anish has been a regular at Sunburn Festival, playing frequently at the festivals and arena tours, while also playing at the Invasion Festival and Bacardi’s NH7 Weekender, while he also hosts a weekly Sunburn On Air podcast.
Dualist Inquiry is one of the most innovative electronic acts in recent times. A brainchild of Sahej Bakshi, he calls himself “the guy who makes music while playing guitar“. A graduate of Thornton Music School at USC in Los Angeles, Sahej has been in the limelight post his debut EP Dualism, which released in 2011. Going on from strength to strength from that point, he has released a full length debut album (Doppleganger) and has played numerous festivals, including Sunburn Festival, Bacardi’s NH7 Weekender, Invasion Festival (supporting David Guetta), Sulafest, BASS Camp Festival, India Bike Week and also opening for Fatboy Slim in 2012.