For the young and restless
If you are the funky Bangalorean forever on the lookout for a place to party late into the night, head for the newly-opened Amoeba Sports Bar, at The Leela Palace.
DJ Ivan: new collection for the new party destination
JUST BACK from a hectic tour of various night clubs in the UK, DJ Ivan previewed his latest turn-table collections at the party held recently to mark the launch of Amoeba Sports Bar, at The Leela Palace, an all-new party destination for young Bangaloreans. "The place is spanking new and the music is played for the first time in India. What more could one ask for?" one of Ivan's fans was heard screaming. HM group's second venture in Bangalore after the Amoeba Entertainment and Leisure Zone at Church Street, the Amoeba Sports Bar boasts of a four-lane bowling alley, an array of video games, air-hockey, pool tables, and a dance floor, complete with a music console.
The mix master's music cast a spell on the people as Ivan cleverly drifted from one song to another, slowly increasing the tempo as the night glided into the wee hours of the morning. Speaking from across the DJ console, Ivan said: "The best thing about the Bangalore party crowd is the fact that they are open to new ideas. As a DJ, I feel more free to try out new sounds and experiment with my mixing. It is really sad, but a DJ in London does not enjoy this freedom."
When asked which were his current favourite club tracks, Ivan replied: "Some of the ones I'm premiering today are a new club mix of U2s `With Or Without You', a couple of pure `white label' tracks and a brand new DJ mix of an Eminem track featuring Punjabi MC, and each one of these is my favourite."
He said, on the remix scene in India: "The biggest problem here is the lack of production standards and infrastructure. Mixing needs hi-fi equipments and instruments, and a DJ just cannot create the sounds he desires unless he plays around with these equipments. But then Indian music is doing good, in fact Bhangra is big in certain UK clubs too."
"Latin and house music is in this season. Latin music has this romantic, mysterious feel which works wonders if blended with a club track," said Ivan. When asked about the biggest difference between the UK and Indian club scenes, he said: "In the UK, you have specialised clubs catering to each genre of club music, like Latin, electronica, trance etc. But I was startled to find a race and colour segregation in people's taste of music. If you look at it that way, Indian people are unified when they party. They forget all differences, big or small. They party as a group, and have a good time. There is nothing more a DJ can ask for."
Well, one could see exactly what he meant as more and more people thronged the Amoeba dance floor even as he was talking. Amoeba Sports Bar can be contacted on 51255467/8/9.
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