DELHI 2 DUBLIN
Hour Magazine wrote that “Delhi 2 Dublin is the United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”. They are a Vancouver, Canada based band that plays an energetic mash-up of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica with a healthy dose of global rhythms and club beats. Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran, Andrew Kim and Ravi Binning along with new members Jaron Freeman-Fox and Sara Fitzpatrick are diverse in both their backgrounds and musical influences. The band has been together over four years and is scheduled to release its latest album, Planet: Electrified, on May 3rd in Canada. The album title is apt because the six musicians feel that they plug directly into the world’s music and energy.
Planet: Electrified is what happened when Delhi 2 Dublin gave 10 of their favourite producers the chance to remix their most recent album, Planet Electric. It represents an expansion for the band – they gave the producers the chance to take Delhi 2 Dublin’s sound and twist it, push it, contort it into everything from electro house to techno to drum ‘n’ bass. Says band member Tarun Nayar, “We love it – it’s amazing to hear tracks we’re so familiar with done in a totally different way. We’re also really happy to be collaborating with some of our heroes – from world electronica legend
Gaudi to tropical hipster Poirier to UK-based drum ‘n’ bass heads Shiva Soundsystem”.
There’s a fair bit of Canadian content too – an effect of the great relationships the band made with other producers across the country over the last year of touring – people like DJ RSK aka sonicanimation (Rossland), Kashoo (Nelson) and Adham Shaikh (Nelson). There is also a brand new
track called “Give It Away”, the result of working with two great new fiddle players. The song is a departure for Delhi 2 Dublin and features big booming 808s, a string section and traditional Punjabi “Heer Ranjha” lyrics.
A live collaboration put together in 2006 as a one-off performance piece for a club night in Vancouver called Delhi to Dublin was so well-received that requests for additional performances led to the official formation of Delhi 2 Dublin. “Not being able to fit into any specific genre allows the band to create whatever we like and not be judged for it. Our audience expects nothing less.” The band finds this advantageous for their live show as it enables them to create a flow to their sets much like a DJ would for the dance floor. “Audiences love to see a band transcending stereotypes and letting the music speak for itself”.
The Delhi 2 Dublin crew is constantly touring. The strong word-of-mouth on their live performances has enabled them to build a loyal and continent wide fan base. The band has played several of the top festivals in Canada and the U.S. and, in 2011, is expanding its horizons to include performances in the Pacific Rim and Europe. A new line-up, a new album and new international touring opportunities all signal that originality and evolution are all part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience. They have become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands and 2011will only see them enhancing that reputation.