Delhi 2 Dublin’s sound and band name are unique, but what allows their success is the strength of their chemistry.
The original members Tarun Nayar – tabla, electronics; Sanjay Seran – vox; Ravi Binning – dhol along with relative newcomer Serena Eades – violin will be playing in Swift Current under Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. Long Day's Night Festival, Swift Current.
The three main band members who are from B.C. look forward to visiting southwest Saskatchewan.
“Playing outdoors always sounds better, at least for what we do. Playing under a tent is great because it allows for the best of playing outdoors but with the vibe of an indoor venue - it creates the “walls” per se which makes cramming-in a possibility and that really amps the vibe,” explains Seran. “The number one priority is putting on the best performance we can so that the fans get the most out of the show but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t focused on the community as well, especially in smaller towns. And if we are fortunate enough to learn and experience little bits from any given community, we fully welcome that privilege - it really is such a privilege to be able to travel and see so many amazing places while having fun doing what we love.”
In their bio, self-described “Subcontinental Pop” is a name that conveys both its “deep South Asian roots and its expansive, crazy-fun appeal. The beautifully supercharged complexity of their sound flows from high-level folk, alternative-pop, with contemporary training, blended and delivered across an array of acoustic instruments.”
“The secret, if there is one, is that we’ve recognized the chemistry that exists between the three of us and more so we appreciate it thus allowing for it exist. It’s pretty magical experiencing a D2D show from the stage and all of us, including Serena, know that feeling and I think that alone is enough to keep us going,” explains Seran. “We also all have outlets to explore our other creative sides so that’s not an issue. We first met Serena on a Skype call that was like an interview to suss out her vibe, it must have been good. She’s been in an invaluable part of the team ever since.”
Being part of a traditional eclectic festival, Delhi 2 Dublin will perform from their 11 Cds since 2007. They actually just released their latest, “We Got This” in mid-May.
The title track, “We Got This,” they say is “speaking directly to their experiences as “brown people” in society and how that may translate to people of all of colors and backgrounds. The songs have an accessibility that you might compare to the endlessly transcendent songwriting of Bob Marley in which he would speak to his own culture in the most personal way, yet have such depth and meaning to people of all cultures, backgrounds and ages. That’s where they laid their aim and hope to share the experience without it feeling separated from any other human experience. And, of course, the songs are just fun to listen to, filled with sing-a-long choruses, easy melodies and sharp production throughout.”
“We’ve seen a pretty linear progression in our evolution in terms of songwriting. I think our songs have gotten better with each album and now with We Got This, I know this it’s our best record yet with the best songs to date. We don’t necessarily do anything deliberate to keep things fresh, I think it’s more like we as people keep evolving and growing and that in turn keeps what we are creating evolving too,” says Seran.
There is a lot of cultural diversity across Canada. Seran agrees there is a difference amongst fans.
“Yeah there are different vibes for sure. The coasts seem to like and get down to the bassier vibes and especially here in the west our more electronic stuff gets better reactions. In Toronto, much like a lot of larger cities, the people watch and appreciate more and get down and dirty less. But honestly, a D2D party is always a good vibe, no matter where we are.,” says Seran. “The number one priority is putting on the best performance we can so that the fans get the most out of the show but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t focused on the community as well, especially in smaller towns. And if we are fortunate enough to learn and experience little bits from any given community, we fully welcome that privilege - it really is such a privilege to be able to travel and see so many amazing places while having fun doing what we love.”
To check them out and the rest of the line up, get your tickets at http://longdaysnight.ca