Evermix Spotlight Series : Goos
One of the best things about electronic music is how our culture knows no boundaries and borders. It is a truly global community and it allows us to discover and meet amazing people from all corners of the world... and that's exactly what we're aiming to do with our new 'Spotlight Series'. We will be shedding light on the artists on Evermix from all corners of the globe who are less well known but amazing DJs, doing interesting and unusual things, or in the early stages of their career - artists we believe need to be brought to your attention. Each month we will bring you the highlights from our artist interviews: covering their journey so far, influences, local tips, aspirations and loads more. First up on our Spotlight Series, we have a DJ whose mixes have been on repeat in Evermix for a long time; Goos from Bangalore, India. Goos is already making a name for himself in his home country and has supported the likes of Eelke Klein, Theo Kottis, and Lane 8 to name just a few, and his refreshing sets, full of deep, emotive music caught our attention earlier this year, so much so, that we had to feature him as our first Spotlight DJ. We sat down with him to pick his brains on the Indian electronic music scene, his biggest influences, his plans for the future and tonnes more! Check out the full interview and his sets on Evermix below!
Hi Goos. Welcome to Evermix, and congrats on being chosen for our first ever artist spotlight in our 'Spotlight Series'! We first noticed your sets appearing on Evermix a couple of months ago now, and they really stood out to us. How did you hear about Evermix and what made you start sharing your music with us? Thank you for considering me! It’s an honour to be the first. As is the case for more budding artists, we need to find a way to get our sound heard by as many people on as many platforms. A lot of the artists and labels I follow are on Evermix. Evermix particularly caught my attention since its tailored around the electronic music space and is very focused in that sense. This discovery of Evermix also happened around the time that the MixBox was launched. I happened to be researching how I could record my sets without having to lug around a laptop or too much other equipment. Safe to say, I was sold on the hardware and have been using the MixBox since it was delivered. Combine that with the fact that you have an app that records and hosts your set for you and it’s a pretty compelling proposition to look away from. To kick things off, can you tell us a little bit about Goos and your musical style? Goos – If you were expecting an inspirational story behind the name, unfortunately, there isn’t one. It’s what I’ve been called for a very long time and it didn’t take much for me to extend that to being my artist name as well. Musically, I don’t like to bucket myself under a genre because I appreciate and play a lot of music that’s very varied. However, the one factor that does run common is a very strong melodic element in the tracks. A meeting with Roger Sanchez in Amsterdam set you on your path to becoming a DJ. What happened there, and what on earth did he say to you that inspired you so much to get into the industry? I’ve been following Roger and have been a huge fan for a very, very long time. I’ve missed being able to see Roger live when he’d been to India earlier. It so happened that I was in Amsterdam at the time that ADE was on. Roger was throwing (I think it was) the first Under The Radr party at Escape in Amsterdam alongside Jesse Rose, Bontan, and Man Without A Clue. For a house head like me, there wasn’t much of a decision to make really. I did get to see him later that year when he was in Goa for a festival. Meeting Roger reinforced the decision to cross the fence and be a part of this industry. And now that you're more established - what's next for you career-wise? What are your future plans and what's coming up in the next few months? It’s still very early days for me and there’s still a lot to learn. I have been trying to push the house sound in India and develop an audience for it. India has liked Trance and off-late the interest in Techno is growing. Having a steady stream of gigs allows me to push out this sound. Production is on the cards soon as well. The year-end always gets busy in India. The frequency of gigs, touring artists, mini-festivals all increase towards the end of the year.
We read that you're a bit of an expert on the Mridangam. To be honest we had no idea what that is (it's an ancient Indian percussion instrument, right?). Do you like to bring your love of percussion into your DJing, or are they two separate beasts? Mridangam is one of the many percussion instruments that we have in India. It’s used as part of a 3 / 4/ 5 piece setup for Carnatic music which is one of the styles of Indian classical music. I studied Mridangam a long time ago. I’m no expert on it, but yes, the love for percussion stems from there. I did study a bit of the drums too. I try and bring in as much percussion as I can into my sets but that’s pretty subjective depending on where I play and the sound I present. I love the different styles of percussion since its adds an edge to my sets. Its’s a good shift from the 4 x 4 patterns that are all around us now. We're embarrassed to say that our knowledge of the Indian music scene isn't the best, and we'd like to educate ourselves by picking your brain and getting your insider tips! Many people will still conjure up images of the Bollywood style when they think about Indian music - but we know that electronic music is on a rapid rise to prominence. Can you set the scene for us over there - what's the vibe at the moment, how is it developing, what genres are most popular, and where are the big cities and 'action areas' for electronic music right now? It’s hard to ignore Bollywood. That said, there’s a nice crossover happening where Bollywood music producers are embracing the electronic styles and elements and global electronic music producers are increasingly having Indian elements in their productions. There’s no doubt that India is on the rise with regard to dance music. Our rate of growth is pretty incredible. Musically, it is very diverse right now. The audiences are moving beyond the point of first introductions to electronic music and are beginning to dig deeper to explore more complex sounds. We have pretty committed audiences to Techno (which is probably the fastest growing right now), DnB, Bass, Progressive and more. The big cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune – tend to see the most number of gigs, touring artists, etc. However, there is a huge appetite for this music in smaller cities and towns. The last 3-4 years have seen a big uptick in the number of events happening in smaller cities too. And If you had to pick one thing that makes Indian dance music unique - what would it be? The energy of the crowd is quite unlike any other place. We’re very passionate about our music and artists. As an artist, you can feel it from behind the decks. We’ve consistently heard this from international artists who visit the country. They come here not knowing what to expect but are completely blown away by the end of the tour with the knowledge and passion that Indian fans show. You give a shout out on your RA Bio to Eric Prydz and Roger Sanchez as two of your early influencers. Who are the names making waves on the Indian scene that we should put on our radars? This one is going to put me in trouble for not naming someone! To be honest, the talent in India right now in incredible and it is in all parts of the country so it’s going to be hard to cover it all, but I’ll try: • Nikhil Chinapa in his many roles as DJ, festival director, promoter, and so many more has been pushing this scene forward for a long time now. • Tuhin Mehta is by far one of the best DJ’s I know. Tuhin is a Pioneer brand ambassador and the expertise shows when he’s behind the decks. • Ash Roy has been killing it across India and Europe with his sets, production and label – Soupherb records. • Praveen Achary’s music and his label – Juicebox music is gaining popularity within the progressive community. He’s one to watch out for. • There is BLOT a.k.a Gaurav Malaker who’s audio visual sets have really connected with the audience. Gaurav’s productions are also top notch. • Arjun Vagale - India’s techno flagbearer - has been smashing it with his gigs, productions and record label – Odd Recordings – that he runs with Ramiro Lopez.
The UK scene has experienced a huge rise in day and weekend festivals over the last decade or so - to the point of saturation. Are you seeing the same thing back home, and what are your thoughts on festivals vs. clubs? The number of festivals happening across the country has definitely grown exponentially in the last few years. Most of these span a weekend or 4/5 days at most. However, because the country is so huge, the festival organizers have to really work to build a brand and keep the festival a sustainable property. The smaller festivals are attended by the residents of the city that make it scalable only to a certain point. There are very few purpose built nightclubs to speak of. I’m talking about the kind that are built to be a nightclub and not a make-shift lounge or bar. There a lot of hoops – bureaucratic and financial - to jump through to set up a club here. That makes it incredibly hard for venue owners to open new venues and if they do, keep it running for a long period. Personally, I much prefer the intimate vibes of a club to a festival. That said, there are a few festivals that stand out for me for the vibe and experience itself like Vh1 Supersonic, Go:Madras and Satellite Beachside. Our readers are well versed in the clubs and parties in Ibiza, Croatia and the likes. But probably less so further afield. If you could play 'Tour Guide' for a minute and give us some inspiration for an electronic music trip to India, what would you recommend us to do? When should we visit, where should we go, what events are unmissable etc? Don’t be surprised if you find some of the biggest names of the scene in India! We’ve had everyone from Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, Joris Voorn, Adam Beyer, Roger Sanchez, the entire Awakenings bandwagon, Tiesto, SHM and more all tour India. Some of the festivals I definitely recommend are: 1. Vh1 Supersonic: They have been out doing themselves for the line-up and artists that they are programming. This happens in Feb every year in Pune which is 3 hours East from Mumbai. Supersonic has hosted Awakenings for 2 years running, Eric Prydz last year, Goldie, Netsky, Above & Beyond, Franky Rizardo, Roger Sanchez, Axwell, Zedd, and so many more. The festival is increasingly moving towards having a more diverse set of acts. They have just announced Alt-J and Major Lazer for the 2018 edition. 2. Go:Madras: Go:Madras just completed its 9th edition is a boutique festival that happens in Chennai in the south of India. Go:Madras handpicks its artists and has only organically grown itself. This has really maintained and grown the quality of the festival and its vibe. 3. Satellite Beachside that happens in magical Goa twice a year (August and December) runs from sunset to sunrise and is all about the underground music. If you’re visiting any of the big cities, I can say pretty confidently that you will be able to find a great gig to get to. And finally - anything you want to give a shameless plug to before you go? Thank you for the opportunity! I had great fun doing this interview. Be nice and follow me on social: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • And of course the most important - Evermix I’d love to hear from you guys. Hit me up on any of my socials. If you like my music, help me get booked so I can play in your city! May the force be with you.