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Where’s Your Head At?

Our #7DaysToNH7 countdown has reached its end, with excitement for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender at its absolute peak. With just a few hours left for Day Zero, we realise the countdown in itself has been quite a journey.

Kicking it off with an exclusive interview with festival founder Vijay Nair, we got some valuable insight into the organisation of a huge festival like the Weekender. Then came a glimpse into Tattoo Republic, a mega-scale tattoo convention with the promise of two-day workshops, followed by a look at each of the three main stages (Eristoff Wolves Den, the Dewarists Stage, and the Bacardi Black Rock Arena), including interviews and audio samples of artists performing at the respective stages. Day Six saw us sit up and pay attention to the festival-goers. The audience is as much a part of each performance as the artists, after all—besides, it takes a pretty big crowd to constitute India’s Happiest Music Festival. Day Seven sees us rounding off the countdown with the highlight of the event—the headlining acts. Here’s a brief look at what you can expect from them—

Basement Jaxx

Helter Skelter: Felix Buxton
Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton will perform a special DJ set at the Eristoff Wolves Den on November 18 (Friday).

Felix Buxton, one half of Grammy Award-winning duo Basement Jaxx, is one of the headlining acts for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender this year. For the past decade, the house music giants from Brixton, U.K., have been among the biggest names in dance music worldwide. Their first two albums Remedy (1999) and Rooty (2001) are largely responsible for their massive fan following, and included chart-toppers such as ‘Red Alert’ (featured in Bend It Like Beckham), ‘Bingo Bango’, ‘Where’s Your Head At?’, and ‘Romeo’, which had a popular Bollywood-inspired music video featuring actress Divya Dutta. Kish Kash, released in 2005, won the duo the award for Best Electronica/Dance Album at the 47th Grammy Awards that same year.

Their fourth studio album Crazy Itch Radio (2006) saw Basement Jaxx collaborating with the likes of Robyn and Lily Allen, and the follow-up Scars (2009) saw even more high profile collaborations, featuring big names such as Santigold, Amp Fiddler, and Yoko Ono. “One thing I wanted to do was go talk to Yoko Ono,” said Felix Buxton in an interview with Pop Matters. “I was interested in her wisdom on life, the universe, and everything, probably because she came up in the peace and love generation and with me it would be the English acid-house generation. I was a part of that with a belief that love can save the day, and whether that’s just hippie naivety or whether there’s any depth to it.” Felix Buxton also revealed in a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone the painful story behind the album name. “I got mugged by eight hoodies for my pushbike on the way home one night. I wasn’t badly hurt but it fuckin’ scared me. It’s probably one of the scariest moments of my life. Scars are the things that stay with you and that incident definitely gave me one.”

Helter Skelter: 7 Days to NH7 / Day Seven

Zephyr (2009) is Basement Jaxx’s sixth and latest studio album. The duo is currently working on their first film soundtrack for English director Joe Cornish’s film Attack the Block.

Felix Buxton will perform a special DJ set at the Eristoff Wolves Den on November 18 (Friday).

While you wait impatiently to catch Felix live tomorrow, you might want to check out the rather entertaining video for ‘Romeo’ below—

Imogen Heap

Indisputably one of the most eagerly anticipated acts at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Imogen Heap has created quite a stir in India amongst musicians and fans alike. One of the headlining acts this year, her music is an intriguing web of angst-filled lyrics and emotional electronica. The electronic layers fall apart, though, to reveal original compositions which she usually composes on the piano, and the versatility of Imogen Heap lies in how she can play the same song acoustically as well as with all her equipment and give listeners goosebumps regardless.

Helter Skelter: Imogen Heap
Imogen Heap will perform at the Dewarists Stage on November 19 (Saturday). Photograph by Jeremy Cowart.

After the release of her first album iMegaphone (an anagram of ‘Imogen Heap’) in 1998, she collaborated with Guy Sigsworth to form Frou Frou and release Details (2002). The album’s most popular track ‘Let Go’ was featured in Garden State and brought forth resurgence in their popularity two years later.

“It was very organic and spontaneous,” shares Imogen Heap in an interview about Frou Frou. “Just one of those wonderful things that happens. We’re just both kind of free spirits. I love to work with a lot of different people, but I was also just gagging to see what I could do on my own.”

Imogen Heap then went on to release her second solo album Speak for Yourself in 2005 which she wrote and produced herself. She decided to start her own record company in the U.K. titled Megaphonic Records, and released the album on her own to great acclaim from fans and critics. This album features infectious tracks like ‘Goodnight and Go’, ‘Headlock’, and ‘Hide and Seek’, which keep coming back to haunt fans and play and replay in your head ages after first listening to them.

At the release of her third solo album Ellipse, the British songwriter/musician and two–time Grammy nominee took the electronica scene by storm by pioneering the D.I.Y. movement and being called “the first download diva”. Furthermore, she has left no stone unturned in involving her fans in each and every step in the making of the album, with the use of over 40 videoblogs.

Just prior to the Weekender, she collaborated with Vishal-Shekhar to come up with ‘Minds Without Fear’, a single based around the famous Rabindranath Tagore poem, which was composed as part of the Dewarists T.V. series.

She is now working on her latest album Heapsongs, a creative collaboration between her and her fans which is to incorporate sound ‘seeds’ sent by them. The first song ‘Lifeline’ is out and the entire process is to take three years until the completion of the album.

Word has it Imogen has just brought her first sari here in India, and has enthusiastically urged fans to carry a camera to the Weekender to take a few pictures!

Imogen Heap will perform at the Dewarists Stage on November 19 (Saturday). Watch the video for the Frou Frou hit ‘Must Be Dreaming’ here—

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