Budweiser is back with the second edition of BUDX, which is all set to offer a closer view into the growing and influential music scene in the country. The renewed program will be a 360-degree experiential platform that focuses on bringing the emerging electronic music culture to the fore while also uniting nightlife’s brightest creative minds and fans through a deeper multi - pronged program entailing collective experiences, workshops, live events and installations. It aims to focus on the development and collaboration of artists within four vastly expanding sub-cultural sounds currently shaping India's music landscape - Techno / EDM, Bass, Hip-Hop and Undercurrent. However, the larger mission is to create a synergy within these genres of music and the brand, building a platform for artists to discover and curate communally.
BUDX 2019 will witness the unison of local tastemakers, emerging locals and the best of international talent, the likes of Boiler Room, DIVINE, Sub Focus, Foreign Beggars, Ox7gen, amongst others, with the sole purpose of nurturing and growing understated sounds. With the spotlight on local talent, all sessions are designed in a way to empower the upcoming artists by giving them an opportunity to work closely with some of the leading global names from the music industry. Fueling this further, select pairings will also unite for the first time ever and perform together on stage, providing for a truly conducive environment to encourage the local EDM artists and communities of the country.
Spanning over 2 days in March (23rd and 24th March, 2019) the second edition of BUDX will include various stimulating sessions such as masterclasses, seminars and real-time collaborations. Catering to the rapidly growing influential music scene and modern music lovers, the day sessions will transition into an evening filled with leading artists coming together to perform specially curated sets, an experience that will be open to the public. VICE India is the content and production partner for BUDX 2019 and the event is ticketed by BookMyShow.
Commenting on the IP, BUDX, Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing - South – Asia, AB InBev opined, “India’s music scene is evidently evolving, with an explosion of young talented producers across diverse subcultures. We were witness to this in our first edition of BUDX and are now really thrilled to take this program to the next level through the refreshed format. At Budweiser, we believe in energizing young and emerging talents to break free from the ordinary life and seize the extraordinary opportunity to “Be A King” and BUDX is reflective of the same principle. We are positive that BUDX will grow to be the ultimate music lab for artists to share knowledge / resources and collaborate on projects.”
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.