Happy Silver Jubilee Mixtaped! lovers :) Thank you for all your support week after week since we started this in April 2013. And I can’t imagine celebrating this special night in no better way than having one of our biggest supporter/noise-maker/dancer/sister at Mixtaped!, Ms. Vandana Bhalla, reign the decks supreme for the night. This girl is all heart & she has a heart full of gold. Originally from Pune, Vandana has always loved music & eventually took up playing the bass guitar with local acts/bands. Her love for music also gradually pushed her to be a DJ. I had met her around in 2010, when she & I were playing opening sets for the famous Swiss techno producer/DJ, Khainz at 1 Lounge (Pune). After that, we’ve been bumping into each other quite often as she shifted her base from Pune to Bombay. Here, she worked hard to establish herself as a DJ, which eventually lead to a job opportunity with Submerge, where she was the manager & the opening DJ for Pearl. After her brief stint with Submerge, she now works as a co-producer/sound engineer at Midicore Studios (owned by our Mixtaped! 003 star, Ayan De/Paralights). Its not a big secret now however, Vandana also has a beautiful & unique singing voice because of which she has been approached by people in both rock & electronic fraternities for various collaborations & projects. Now, for a little known insider secret…. she was actually slotted to play at Mixtaped! a long time ago, for edition #017. At that time she was managing her old Pune pal & collaborator Big City Harmonics (Rohan Hastak). Now he had his Foreward EP ready at the moment & Vandana for being a person with a big heart, she swapped her slot with Rohan, so that his Mixtaped! gig would coincide with his EP release. The rest is Mixtaped! history :) For now if you understand that this week’s gig has taken a long time to come, its such a wonderful surprise for it to coincide with our 25th edition too! Okay then.. without any further delay let me present to you Vandana & her quick 5 interview answers….
1) What is your name?
2) Best known for….
All around epic party experiences.
3) What can we expect from you this Wednesday?
A walk down my musical memory lane.. all the music I absolutely love.. genre no bar!
4) Which has been the most influential mixtape and/or album in your life?
I hate picking one or even a top 20.. it just doesn’t seem fair.. and is very close to impossible (for me at least).
5) Who would you like to listen to as a featured artist in any of the upcoming Mixtaped! sessions?
Randolph Correia aka Func.
That would be all kinds of fun. :)
Click here to listen to microlist025 compiled by Vandana. microlists are 8 track playlists/samplers compiled in advance by the featured personality performing at Mixtaped! each week. Here is the track list….
- Annihilation - A Perfect Circle
- Nine Inch Nails - Piggy
- Telepopmusik - Breathe
- Martina Topley-Bird - Too Tough To Die
- Shaa’ir + Func - All My Colours
- April March - Chick Habit
- Hacktivist - Niggas In Paris (Jay Z Cover)
- Deadmau5 - I Remember (Instrumental)
For more information on Vandana, visit:-
Facebook Fan Page:- https://www.facebook.com/vandanamusic
Catch Vandana do her thing on Wednesday, March 12th 2014 at Mixtaped! - 9pm onwards at The Den (Bandra, MUMBAI) - Click here to RSVP to the FB event page.
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