Indian Women Who Are Redefining The Electronic Music Scene

Posted at March 8th, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in

The more popular names in female Indian musicians are usually in the indie scene but there are some artists dabbling in electronic music who are also making quite a name for themselves. Here are some the top DJ’s and electronic musicians in India.

Nina & Mallika

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Formerly known as Elektrovertz, they are the first female DJ’s turned Music Producers. The duo comprising of British – Indian; Nina Celeste Shah & Australian – Indian; Malika Skye Haydon, has been taking the EDM scene in India by storm. They’ve teamed up to form this gorgeous and electrifying duo for their shared interest in producing electronic music. These girls usually play pretty commercial house tunes but sometimes they can surprise you by digging deep and delving into underground techno & tech-house music. They even opened for Coldplay when the band performed in India at the Global Citizen Festival in 2016.

DJ Pearl

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In a country where the electronic music scene was completely dominated by male artists, the vibrant DJ Pearl has always lets the vinyl speak for itself. Pearl’s interest in dance music began almost a decade ago always in search of new sounds and a perfect clubbing experience. She has the honour of playing before Eric Prydz when the legend came down to India to perform at Vh1 Supersonic 2017.

Sandunes

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Mumbai based Sanaya Ardeshir is a producer, composer, and synth player. From London underground sounds to early influences in jazz and blues, her music blends organic and electronic elements. She has a lot of projects apart from Sandunes with upcoming artists in the indie electronic industry and has become a household name in the scene. Having performed all across the country at major events and festivals, she’s the leading woman in electronica.

Anushka + Agent

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Anushka & Agent came together at the beginning of 2015 to combine their sounds and skills. Their DJ sets are a mash-up of progressive house, electronic, hiphop, trap, and more. Anushka Menon is a photographer with a penchant for music. She’s even played at the Burning Man Festival last year. Agent is Smita Singh, a designer who is the co-founder of Magnetic Fields Festival. She loves mixing old school dance music with newer tunes.

Shivani Ahlowalia

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Shivani Ahlowalia is the front-woman and lead singer of Alo Wala. She found her sound in Puducherry, and her collaborators in Copenhagen with the help of which she formed Alo Wala in 2013. Their transnational project features Indian producers in the global bass scene, like Nucleya and Brooklyn Shanti.

Saba Azad

Saba Azad is the Mink half of electro-funk duo Madboy/Mink. Based out of Mumbai, they like mashing up Dirty Electro and Funk with old school Harlem swing by using live guitar + synthesizers + soulfully destroyed vocals. They’ve got a unique sound and have been taking their outfit on shows across the country!

Monica Dogra

Monica Sharma Dogra is a Maryland raised musician, daughter of Kashmiri immigrants, who grew up listening to Hindu devotional songs, ghazals, and the Bollywood hits of Lata Mangeshkar. Part of the band Shaa’ir + Func (S+F for short) with Randolph Correia, they’ve performed at some of the biggest festival sin the world. In 2016 she released her debut solo album titled ‘Spit’ that featured collaborations with artists from around the world such as Robot Koch (Germany/LA), Prash ‘Engine-Earz’ Mistry (UK), and Gaurav Raina (India) to name a few.

Ma Faiza

Ma Faiza, is one of the most notable and iconic names in electronic dance music in India today. From her modest beginnings on the beaches of Goa, this African born British artist has played at the biggest stages and parties the world over. In a love affair with music that has spanned over two decades, Ma Faiza came to India to rediscover her roots.

Avantika Bakshi

Avantika‘s sets are expressive expeditions, incorporating a variety of melodic flavours that create lasting emotional experiences for the listener. While she believes in genre bending, she enjoys playing house, deep house, progressive house, & deep techno. Taking divine inspiration from the Bhagwad Gita, her sound blends the east and west and makes the soul & feet dance alike.

Begum X

Born and raised in New Delhi, Begum X grew up listening to and being influenced by Jazz from an early age. Her sensual vocals rip the air with a subtle concoction of jazz, blues and rocksteady rhythms, which, coupled with her massive confidence is of course a treat to watch. She works with Ska Vengers and Delhi Sultanate on a lot of brilliant music.

Shivani Goel

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