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In Pictures: Frame/Frame, FuzzCulture, ViceVersa @ Blue Frog, Mumbai

  • Frame/Frame
    Thursday night (March 21) saw a great live electronica lineup at Blue Frog, Mumbai. Delhi producer Nikhil Kaul aka Frame/Frame opened the night. While the venue was packed just an hour before the set, for a spoken word performance by American poet duo Project V.O.I.C.E comprising Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, the floor was almost empty by the time Kaul began his intricately layered set.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Glitching
    The producer uses varied sound and synth samples, as well as live guitars to create an expansive soundscape during his set. His performance, however, was marred by the lack of an audience, and multiple technical glitches, mostly caused by loose electrical connections. Check out Frame/Frame's mixtape for us here.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • FuzzCulture
    "Come up in front and enjoy the music... and we will start," guitarist Arsh Sharma said calmly to the growing audience before FuzzCulture launched into their set, which began with in-flight samples that mentioned Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. Post Frame/Frame's glitchy set, the duo spent a little time testing the waters and adjusting their sound before they dove into the full intensity of their set.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Arsh Sharma
    FuzzCulture sound a lot heavier live than on record, and this can be attributed to the live instrumentation. The band's sets see Arsh Sharma (also of The Circus) on guitars and vocals. Sharma's smooth vocals complement FuzzCulture's overall post-dubstep vibe nicely.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Srijan Mahajan
    The Parikrama drummer multitasked skillfully, switching between live drums and samples as required. This was FuzzCulture's debut Mumbai gig, and as Sharma mentioned to us later, the duo weren't expecting such a laid-back vibe. Sharma and Mahajan slammed out a tight, groovy, hour-long set that got people moving by the end of it. Check out a special FuzzCulture mixtape for NH7 here.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • ViceVersa
    Live electronica act ViceVersa took the stage close to midnight, quickly launching into 'Some Action', a bonus track off their EP (which you can get here for free).
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • P-Man
    Rohit 'P-Man' Pereira is always energetic on stage, and last night was no exception. His infectious energy transcended the stage, even managing to coax a chant out of the reluctant audience during the song 'Like That'.
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  • Sidd Coutto
    Coutto was similarly lively, providing vocals for 'Illuminate' and several other tracks, and generally having a blast on stage.
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  • Dinkar D
    The night saw Dinkar Dwivedi perform with the band on guitars. Dwivedi's track 'I've Got Something', released under the moniker Bone Broke, features on the Stupiditties 666 compilation. You can listen to the track here and get Stupiditties 666 here.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Start a fai-yah!
    A small crowd had gathered by this point, and was using the available space to the fullest. ViceVersa played a high-energy set as usual with songs from their EP, also dedicating their version of 'I Like To Move It, Move It' to all the ladies in the audience. They also debuted a new track about riots.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • It is, after all, too hot to wear pants.
    Repeated requests from ladies in the audience asking P-Man to take his shirt off made him consider actually doing it, but then he decided to de-pant instead. "Let's not make this a habit at gigs though," he said to the rest of his bandmembers. A couple of weeks earlier, Shaa'ir + Func (for whom P-Man also plays bass) played a set at the Frog that saw all the male members of the man dress as women, and Monica Dogra dress as a preppy dude. P-Man's undergarments were on display then too.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • Smoke Some Ganja
    Yup, it happened. The penultimate song on ViceVersa's set was a reggae-dubstep version of Tough On Tobacco's 'Smoke Some Ganja'.

    ViceVersa are scheduled to play at the IndieMarch festival at CounterCulture, Bangalore tonight (March 22) from 8pm onwards. You can listen to a mixtape by the band here.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
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