Bangalore get ready for Vh1Supersonic Clubnights with Vachan Chinnappa at Vapour Bangalore
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Playing a collection of tapes at small venues in a small-town doesn't sound like a career plan, but that was how my musical career first began, then morphed into a full-time profession and became my raison d'etre, so to speak,
A small-town boy from south india, i'd already shocked the family and opted out of the mainstream when i picked being in a hard rock band called Z Axis over a conventional career, For five years, I sang covers of 1980's heavy metal bands at small gigs and had a great time doing it till, like most other garage bands, the financial crunch did us in. I hung up my (salvaged and home made!) leather bands but not my love for music, which is what kept me looking for other ways through which i could explore sound, and let me to deejaying. In the 14 years that i have been spinning records, i've held court ar some of the country best clubs and happily, provided the aural memories to many, many celebrations, and in many ways i think i have my short attention span to thank, i moved on quickly from playing the funky house music that i began with to electronic music, when i felt like i was over it, and more importantly, i felt my audience was as well. When house music began to feel a little stale, i moved on to electro house much before anybody else did, then onto some hard techno way amd more recently, ever since that's become ubiquitous, i've begun playing more Drum & bass and dubstep and its been the same ever since.
Being quicker to introduce people to something new, and having a diverse, open format while playing have defined the trajectory of my life in music. That and practicing what I see as the lost art of crowd reading; there is a lot to be said for being able to play music that people like and not just what I like. Once I think I've got a finger on the pulse, I use the music to tell stories, build moods, communicate with a crowd, take them places and every now and then, surprise them. I do my research, work at thinking a set through and building it right, and when I play I consider it just my own tiny contribution to the massive world of good music.
Vachan has been instrumental in nurturing the Drum and Bass scene in Bangalore. With a sustained effort and persevering spirit, Vachan has literally helped DnB 'arrive' in Bangalore at Bacchus (F&B) from 2008 to 2011. Every Wednesday night, DnB lovers from across the city gathered at Bacchus to get a healthy does of the music they love, spun by an unmatched DnB selector. His repertoire is massive and the energy he creates on the dancefloor is certainly unparalleled. And continues to do the same now at PEBBLE every Thursday Vachan's DnB sets have been very successful in Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi.
In addition to this his latest venture has been RESPECT THE FUNK With a distinct pulse on the city's demand for all that is alternate musically, Vachan chinnappa next venture is all set to take one back to the world of Funk Music. Originated in the late 60's Funk music is a blend of melody and harmony that will bring the era of tuxedo and poodle skirts back to the dance floor. YET another 1st - country's first dedicated 'Funk Night' was organized every Saturday at 380 Down and then at LOFT 38 , popular night spots at Indira Nagar in Bangalore. A genre of music that lost much of its sheen to trance and rock is revived once again by Vachan chinnappa. While most of the parties or DJ nights are predominantly Bollywood, Jazz and Rock in India, Funk Nights is aimed at creating a niche for the music in Bangalore.
His associations with leading MUSIC FESTIVALS across the country has been 'The ACT to lookout for', he has been part of the SUNBURN line-up from the time of its inception back in 2006, And in the year 2011 and 2013 was responsible for curating an ALTERNATE STAGE at the festival. 2013 saw him join force with SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL to Curate and be pa