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In Pictures: Vega Massive @ Blue Frog, Mumbai

  • #VegaMassiveLive
    Mumbai electronica act Vega Massive began as a bedroom project with Nariman Khambata, Sarosh Nanavaty and Suprateek Chatterjee as the core members of the act, and has been slowly building a fan following online, releasing tracks one at a time. The size of this fanbase was evident the minute one stepped into Blue Frog, Mumbai, last night (Tuesday, March 12), where the band performed their debut live show to a packed weekday audience, almost all of whom were friends or (Twitter) followers of the band. Seriously, almost everyone you'd ever heard of on the Mumbai Twitter circuit was there.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Sarosh Nanavaty
    Nanavaty is the band's lead vocalist, and you can't deny that she has a powerful, versatile voice. At last night's live set, Vega Massive employed the skills of Pranav Dongre on keys and Rahul Hariharan (Bhayanak Maut, The Hoodwink Circle) on drums.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • SupraMassive
    Suprateek Chatterjee is the band's guitarist. He mentioned to us earlier that the band sought to make their live set sound very different from their studio work, and they definitely accomplished that. Vega Massive's hour-long set saw them play six originals and some covers, including a reinterpretation of Nine Inch Nails' 'Closer', which featured Nanavaty on vocals, and was much more cheerful than the grimy, sludgy original.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Nariman Khambata
    Khambata co-founded Vega Massive with Chatterjee, and plays the role of guitarist and producer. Khambata's previous band, One Track Mind, was revived to form Vega Massive, the latter with a sound heavily influenced by the likes of Massive Attack, Muse, Bjork and The Prodigy. Read our earlier interview with the band here.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Pranav Dongre
    Dongre plays keys for Vega Massive, and was, sadly, almost inaudible for the entirety of the set. The short set was seamless, with not much audience interaction, and the band used audio and video samples to link each track to the next.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Rahul Hariharan
    Hariharan played drums for the band on the night, and his skills gave the band a much fuller, heavier sound than their in-studio work. "Last gig of the season," Hariharan exclaimed later on, adding, "It was a lot of fun."
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Rahul Pais
    The young bassist's presence elicited many yells of "Pais, slap the bass!" from friends in the audience. The rhythm section comprising Pais and Hariharan was extremely tight, and the two played off each other well, providing a steady backbone to the live set.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Ain't no party like a #party.
    The set saw some sound glitches, and the sound mix on the PA for the evening left much to be desired. However, for a debut gig, the turnout and energy at Vega Massive's first performance was way above par. The band have built up their fan following mostly over social media, and everyone who didn't show up was at least talking about it. See?
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Setlist
    Intro
    'Urbania'
    'Milquetoast'
    'Asleep'
    'Bang'
    'Closer' (Nine Inch Nails cover)
    'Is Your Love Strong Enough' (How To Destroy Angels cover)
    'Feed The Monster'
    'Babydoll'
    'Awake'
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • OX7GEN
    The crowd all but disappeared after Vega Massive left the stage, which was a shame, as OX7GEN took his place at the decks next, unleashing a set that started with his trademark brand of "liquid drum n' bass", and also ventured into some nu-school funk that we're not used to seeing from the producer. We're not complaining one bit.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Do the D.A.N.C.E
    Ah well. Less crowd = more space to move around, and the remaining audience took full advantage of the added personal space. OX7GEN's set skillfully switched from dubsteppy to glitchy to funk, and made sure that the dancers stayed happy until they collapsed of exhaustion/club shut down, whichever happened earlier.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
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