BLOT! is a live electronic music project based out of Delhi, India. Straddling music and art, party and performance, Gaurav Malaker is the producer and DJ at the helm of the project. BLOT!will debut a new production titled Paradise Lost in Mumbai.The show is a direct reference to the poet John Milton’s work, which Gaurav Malaker, aka BLOT!, sees as a fitting metaphor for his process in the studio, Malaker says, “Paradise Lost is a fitting metaphor for my process in the studio. Thefleeting moments of joy that comes from making and discovering something beautiful, often not recognised in the moment plagued by losing myself in trying to make it better, forgetting that I mayhave found what I set out to seek in the first place".The producer has delivered an inspiring run of music releases in his career spanning a decade,as well as immersive audiovisual sets and innumerable art installations both in India and abroad.With a full length album released on Universal Music in 2013 as well as a more recent release on iconiclabel Diynamic Music, he is one of India’s most sought-out producers, and performs at club and festivaldates all over the country to an extremely loyal fan base, which is rivalled by few.The show will debut in Mumbai at Famous Studios on November2.
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.