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Kunaal Gurbaxani aka GURBAX is one of the freshest DJ/producers to watch out for in the Indian bass music scene. From metal-head to bass-head, his journey started in the city of Bengaluru where he played guitar in punk rock and thrash metal bands. Moving to Atlanta for college was like a blessing for him since it was there that he discovered his love for bass-music. “It really was an easy transition. They both encompassed my love for heavy music. However, I never really related to metal culture of angst and destruction. With the bass scene, on the other hand, it was more than just the music – there was a sense of family in the underground culture of pure energy, love and happiness that really resonated with me and drew me in”. Now, a self-taught DJ and Ableton-certified producer from Dubspot School of Music Production in New York City, he has played shows in and around Atlanta and NYC including at a recent performance at ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) & Havana Club in Atlanta (rated the #1 nightclub in ATL) and is now looking to catalyze the bass music movement in India. In a short span of 2 years since moving back, he has managed to play all across the Indian sub-continent, including venues in places like Pune, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Assam, Orissa, Goa, Coorg, etc. As well as share the stage with a range of well-reputed artists such as Steve Aoki, Marshmello, NGHTMRE, Slander, Sick Individuals, David Satori (Beats Antique), Hang Massive, Christina Novelli, GANZ and GAUDI to name a few.
He also successfully curated a fully crowd-funded music video + music & art festival called the ‘Boom Shankar Festival’ in Bengaluru on August 16th, 2015 which drew the attention of people across the country and globe. One of the incentives for contributing towards the the crowd-funding campaign was an invite to the festival (where the live music video shoot was taking place) and get a chance to feature in the video. The festival had tie ups with some major brands such as Kingfisher, Red Bull, Festival Sherpa, Bangin’ Beats, Grapevine online, etc.