This Saturday, The Weekend Chug welcomes two pioneer DJ’s/producers/radio show hosts representing India’s House and Disco music scene, Stalvart John & Farhan Rehman who are dedicated towards endlessly supporting people across the globe through lockdowns with their monthly radio shows and via other streaming avenues. Bangalore based Stalvart expanded his universe of Dynamite Disco Club with the launch of India’s “first ” record label dedicated to Disco and House music with Mumbai based Farhan as an A&R manager at the Label. Steve David co presenting the weekend chug w / Fosters will play some tunes and would chat with Stalvart and Farhan about their influences, inspirations followed by featuring their exclusive mixes this Saturday 28th Aug 12:00 – 1:30 PM
India’s first record label dedicated to Disco and House music. Started by Stalvart John as a monthly radio show in 2017 on boxout.fm, Dynamite Disco Club has since grown to be an event series with over 25 club-based nights held across India as well as festival appearances. The Bangalore based radio presenter / DJ / Producer also started a specialized outreach program to develop Disco and House music in India by championing a slew of talent who themselves are now pushing the envelope. A record label that has a focus on Disco and House music with their first release by one of the most prolific contributors of the Nu Disco / House scene – “Babert”. The tune is called “Disco Lives” and is inspired by D.C. LaRue who is also the king of disco music with substantial influence on the culture which is still spreading the love for Disco music.
While the label has already locked in all the releases for 2021, House and Disco producers are encouraged to submit. Their current plan is to put out singles but depending on the response that they receive, they are open to adapting it and look at EPs, albums, or compilations”. Disco Lives by Babert released via Dynamite Disco Club as TraxSource and streaming exclusive on July 16th and on all other platforms on July 24th, 2021
Stalvart John found his home in electronic music about a decade back when he discovered artists like Fatboy Slim, Prodigy, and Robert Miles. After taking the plunge into dance music, he found appreciation from audiences across the globe in no time thanks to his radio shows which include Boxout FM (India), Frisky Radio (NY), Afterhours FM (SFO), Tenzi.fm (India), IMRTD Worldwide (NY), Powermix fm Radio (UK) and Radio Schizoid (Mumbai), 1worldtrance among many others. Stalvart have a monthly radio show at India’s first electronic music community radio boxout.fm called “Dynamite Disco Club”. This show takes listeners to take a closer look at the roots of soul, funk, disco and house. It’s a chance to go back to the basics of Chicago house, Detroit funk and Philly soul scene while keeping it fresh. He also launched his own “Dynamite Disco Club” nights which have become a regular feature in major Indian cities.
Known for his deeper take on dance music and his unconventional attitude, he contributed to the initial uprising of Kerala’s electronic music scene with a series of gigs in Club 1100 Ramada Resort, Ava Lounge Dream Hotel Cochin, Lagoon – Le Meridien, V-Bar Hilton Garden Inn (Trivandrum). In order to pursue his passion, Stalvart had to move out of Kerala when the music scene got abruptly cut short by the prohibition.
After shifting base to Bangalore in early 2015, he started finding a new comfort zone in his Disco and House Music which has earned him showcases at some of the top venues like Humming Tree, High Spirits, Bluefrog, Social Offline, Summer House Cafe. Today, Stalvart is a regular feature at the country’s best festivals such as Magnetic Fields, Echoes Of Earth, Vh1 Supersonic & Go:Madras. With way too many ideas to express, the jump from DJ to producer was imminent – with a debut release on one of India’s finest labels “Wind Horse Records”. He then went on to release on German Label “Mind Field Records” on a compilation featuring the likes of like Paul Hartnoll (one half of the legendary Orbital), Norwell amidst other established names. His release on Wind Horse Records got encouragement from Richie Hawtin (Minus), Nick Warren, Eelke Kleijn, Miss Nine (Armada), David Marston (Wolf + Lamp) and many more. “Thabo Mbeki” on legendary Alexander Robotnick’s label Hot Elephant music received traction from critics around the globe. His latest EP On Springbok Records got entered Traxsource Weekend Weapons chart, Essential Nu Disco and Hype Chart. It also received support from The Rurals, Joyce Muniz, Jerry Bouthier, DJ Pope, Jon Lemmon,, Vinny Da Vinci, Chris Fortier and many more opening for acts like Moodymann, Detroit Swindle, Horse Meat Disco, Bill Brewster, Zero 7, Jayda G, Byron The Aquarius, Sassy J, Kim Ann Foxman, cc: disco! Young Marco, El_Texf_A, Brassica, Isolee, Sally C, and many more, Stalvart has earned the credentials to be on list of top artists from the country.
Links to Socials: https://www.instagram.com/stalvartjohn/
Farhan Rehman is a Mumbai based DJ, music producer & radio host known for his groovy music productions and funky beat-driven disco, house & afro sets featuring unconventional, multi-cultural elements.
Farhan first broke into the scene when his Beatport remix competition entry for Josh Wink’s track ‘Balls‘ was chosen for an official release by the Techno icon on his label Ovum Records. With collaborations and remixes for some of the symbolic figures in the world / jazz genres like Asha Putli, Bassekou kouyate, Farhan’s music has garnered supported from some of the biggest names in the electronic music fraternity such as Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, and Eelke Kleijn, along with many others from the home grown DJ community. Farhan has co hosted the much hyped Cosmic Disco Bar at Magnetic fields festivals 2019, closed for Jodhpur jazz safari and has also performed at leading venues in the country such as Kitty Su, Bonobo, Whiskey Samba, Antares Goa amongst others . Currently the host of the popular show “The House of Juju” on boxout.fm where he pushes his musical boundaries by inculcating genres like disco & house music along with jazz, afro and funk. He has also shared the stage with leading industry figures like Red Rack ‘Em, Toto Chiavetta, Wanklemut, Undercatt, Big Miz, amongst others . Farhan has also previously held residencies at premium hot spots like Hakkasan, Townhall and Taj Mumbai. With a slew of releases lined up this year, this young powerhouse is definitely one to keep an eye on!
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