Friday, October 27 — Wolfgang Gartner and Bloody Beetroots threw it down hard at Congress Theatre in Chicago on Friday. We arrived right as Wolfgang Gartner went on and eventually worked our way to the front for Bloody Beetroots. I held on to the fence to claim my spot right in the front when one of the Beetroots came to the front and held the microphone out for the crowd to scream for the song “Warp.” Needless to say that was my favorite moment. Beetroots raged Congress until around 2:30 a.m. I wasn’t too familiar with Beetroots or Gartner before the show because I generally get more into drum and bass dub electro beats before house. I love all EDM but I was not expecting much from this show. Instead I was completely blown away.


Saturday, October 28 — Kill the Noise, Baauer, Knife Party and Tommy Trash sold out Congress on Saturday night. We got there right as Baauer went on. I had never heard of him prior but a friend said he was dying to see Baauer and I now understand why. I am listening to a Baauer Pandora station right now. It was love at first bass drop. He had a lot of remixed hip hop songs and heavy bass beats that got the girls in the audience twerkin. There were too many couples that I had to push out of the way as they practically got it on in front of me. Regardless Baauer had the crowd raging hard. Then was Kill the Noise but unfortunately bathroom breaks, beer runs and moving upstairs looking for people distracted my group. Finally we made our way to the front row of the balcony and Knife Party came on. The crowd went wild as they remixed a few Swedish House Mafia tracks. They also remixed Bangarang into Kyoto by Skrillex which was one of my favorite moments. Internet Friends by Knife Party was still the best though. Then Knife Party cut their set off and all of the sudden Tommy Trash came out. The audience was a little confused by still ready to rage. I liked Tommy Trash and continued to rage hard but the crowd began to clear out slowly because I think Tommy Trash was a little too house for the audience filled with a lot of random kids who heard that Knife Party was a cool dubstep DJ.

Friday was my first show I got to take my new rave shades to and it was awesome. I love going up to random kids and putting the shades on them. The amazed and complete WOW reactions are hilarious. On Saturday I dressed up as a zombie raver and it was probably my best halloween costume yet. Overall my weekend was pretty awesome and I can’t decide which show was better. Beetroots vs. Knife Party. Both were equally breathtaking.




The annual MyFavAwards took place earlier this week at the blueFROG, Mumbai. A registered intellectual property, MyFav is an initiative of 360 EDGE. It aspires to recognise the best DJs/Artists, Clubs & Bands across all genres in India.

The who’s who of the Indian dance music industry were in attendance, along with a surprise visit by none other than TECHNO maestro, RICHIE HAWTIN!

UnMute was well represented!

Arjun Vagale picked up not one, but TWO awards, BEST INDIAN TECHNO DJ of the Year and BEST PRODUCER OF THE YEAR.

Other nominees also included ASH ROY and TUHIN MEHTA.

Notable winners were SOUND AVTAR (Best Indian DrumNBass / Dubstep DJ), ANKYTRIXX (Best Indian Electronica DJand DJ of the year) AND SUNBURN (Best Indian Festival).

The evening led up to a fantastic after party with sets by Boombaba, Ankytrixx and Arjun Vagale.


Many in India might have heard the name Richie Hawtin.

The name is synonymous with Techno and arguably, dance music.

We at UnMute have always followed Hawtin and some of our artists (Arjun Vagale, Anil Chawla) have been supported by him too.

Now it’s time to experience the Minus head-honcho live on our own shores and Richie will be supported by UnMute artists on this tour.

Check out the flyer for details.

BIG UP to submerge crew and Nikhil Chinapa for making this happen.

Recently voted 18th on the Resident Advisor “TOP LIVE ACTS 2012″ list, MATADOR (Minus) played 2 gigs (Delhi and Bangalore) in a short India Tour along with Kohra, put together by Qilla records with a little support from us.

We caught up with the man himself along with Pig & Dan (Cocoon / Soma) for a quick chat just before their respective shows in Delhi!

Snippet of what went down at Kitty Su, Delhi