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Fusing sound and light

Known for his `anti-gravity concept,' DJ Cold Fusion transported revellers in the city to a different world with his heady mix of music.



DESERT ROSE: DJ Cold Fusion on console.

SHAKING A leg at a discotheque is, perhaps, an ideal way to wrap a weekend after long and hectic working days. But equally important is the person behind the console who knows music and understands his audiences' tastes, and teleports you into a world where you can lose your soul forever... Recently, revellers in the twin cities got to experience an hour of absolutely great music from Chrispean Tully better known as DJ Cold Fusion in international music circuit. Born in Hyderabad and currently based in Dubai, Tully is one of the most sought-after artistes today. A graphic designer by profession, he combines his love for music and his profession to churn out some breathtaking sets for concerts (like the Sukhbir Concert in Dubai), corporate presentations (for Sony and Coca Cola) and meets (such as for Kodak, Eagle Star and Hilton).

He is known for his `anti-gravity concept' for discotheques — enhancing the musical trip with graphic visual effects. The 20X20 feet screens surrounding the revellers, placed at different angles in a zero illumination atmosphere, churn out 3D mazes and tunnels, and towards the end of the gig comes the floating feeling, thus antigravity — the ultimate high for those who trip on music.

"I try to make the show as visual as possible so that there is always something interesting for people to watch. In Dubai, if you want to get noticed you have to be off the wall. People come to a gig to get lost in the music. And, deejaying is not what you want to play but how you plan to play it. It is not taking two tracks and mixing them. It is about understanding the crowd, interaction and attitude when you are on the console. Also you need to know the concept of music — study the beats and the rhythm, and develop your own style. Everyone can download or buy music. But, it is essential to be different in a place like Dubai. I get my music from Canada and the U.K. for all my gigs," says Tully.

He chooses to play Uplifting Tribal House interspersed with a lot of Indian percussion and Indian vibes — sound bites from the Bollywood blockbusters.



PLAYING TO WIN: Chrispean Tully.

"The foreign audience is unpredictable — an Australian, for instance, will go for house music while German would love techno. But, they all take amazingly well to the Indian vibes. In fact, Indians are the pioneers of club music," he says. His personal preferences are Electro Jazz, Buddha Bar, Trilok Gurtu, James Asher and Karunesh — his idea of lounge music.

"Copyright is a major issue, thus we need to make original compositions for the shows. We sit with the brand managers and check out how we can incorporate music — jazz, pop and classical — that stands for the brand, that gels with the graphic or flash presentation and strikes a chord with the target audience. When it comes to fashion shows, we work with the designer and make music for each sequence to go with the lines — ethnic, sci-fi and others. Music is a background thing; we keep the designer at the forefront. The whole show is designer-oriented," he says.

Music is what his world really comprises. Having organised Groove zone, Progressive II, Moon parties on the beach in Dubai, Iranian New Year 2003 and more, his all-time favourite remains the dusk to dawn gig at Goa. "It's a great feeling to see the sun rise on the sea in front of you, when at the console, and revellers dancing on the long stretch of sand in the front," he says.

In fact, Chrispean Tully was elementary in organising gigs in the twin cities for friends while studying, with over 800 people turning up in hours to be there for pure heady music. "I am thankful for my friends who have had the confidence in me and gave me opportunities. It doesn't mean that once you get to a certain level, you don't have to look where you started off. This visit has been a sentimental trip for me. I do miss the city a lot, little things you probably wouldn't notice if you lived here. I miss the food. But I feel it is essential to step out and look beyond so that your horizons widen," he muses as he prepares to go back to Dubai.

"I have a show lined up there this week," he says. Here's wishing him loads of luck till his next visit to the country.

S.F

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