Garmiani – With his roots deeply engrained in hip-hop and dancehall, Garmiani is a rare breed of electronic dance champion. Producer, former MC and all-round Swedish heavyweight, the Dim Mak favourite turned globetrotting contender comes with a highly evolved sound and support scaling every corner of the continent. When he isn’t rocking the globe’s biggest stages himself, you can be sure that one of his tunes is. It’s a sure fire indicator of how far he’s come since the childhood memories of blowing his family’s speakers scratching records, but 2016 is all for the taking where Sweden’s hottest dance export is concerned.
Citing influences as broad as 2Pac, The Prodigy and Armand Van Helden, the versatility of his stance on the digital market is hardly surprising. Channelling the attitude of hip-hop and elegance of house music into a highly evolved swing at the modern sound, that proven ability to drop killer hooks and unrelenting bass in all the right places is a straight up calling card for Garmiani. Kick-started by the Rumble EP, this three-track Dim Mak debut set the precedent considerably high for his label work, gaining top 10 Beatport chart success and support from some of the industry’s biggest names. By the time ‘Nomad’ and ‘Zaza’ had subsequently shown their faces, it was clear that Garmiani’s ability to bring fresh life to dance music was here to stay. Topping Billboard’s ‘Next Big Sound’ chart in 2014 and racking considerable chart success on Beatport along the way, subsequent remixes for Steve Aoki, Sean Paul, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and Deorro have seen a Midas like touch held both behind the decks and in the studio.
June 17: Turquoise Cottage, New Delhi
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