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Arjun Vagale

Widely celebrated as the pioneer of techno in India, Arjun Vagale continues to steer the course of the country’s underground electronic movement. Known for his intense, driven and raw sound, Arjun is one of the most prolific artists to come out of Asia, and his cutting-edge productions have seen massive global reach. Receiving numerous awards and named one of “Asia’s finest underground music exports,” Arjun is an artist, DJ, producer, live act, label owner, radio show host, and all-round music entrepreneur. Boldly moving away from a major mainstage career at a time when his erstwhile live act, Jalebee Cartel, was sharing headlining spots with The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Modeselektor, Arjun followed his love for the counterculture by travelling into darker, more experimental terrain. Always inspired by the sounds coming out of Berlin, he based many summer tours out of Germany before moving to New York and finally settling in Goa.

Arjun’s knowledge and use of technology on stage is unparalleled, and he innovatively wields drum machines and modular synthesizers to create an electrifying atmosphere. His ability to literally ‘move’ a dance floor, not just play to it, has brought him to legendary clubs like Tresor, Womb, Verboten, Baum, and Paradiso, and prominent festivals such as Awakenings, BPM, Sonar, ADE, Fusion, Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic, where he has played alongside artists such as Richie Hawtin, Dax J, Adam Beyer, Josh Wink and Drumcell, to name but a few.

His productions have truly put him, and India, on the electronic music map. Early tracks like “She Said” and “Terrakoz” were championed by Richie Hawtin and Dubfire, and subsequently licensed to compilations by Carl Cox and John Digweed. Remixes soon followed for Danny Tenaglia, Victor Calderone and Dave Seaman. Now signed to Planet Rhythm, Drumcode and Second State, his previous releases on SCI+TEC, Tronic, Quartz and Suara have received worldwide acclaim, and his signature sounds are regularly played at DC10 in Ibiza or Berghain in Berlin.

Arjun owns ODDX & UnMute Agency, which manages India’s finest electronic music talent, and spearheads India’s premier electronic music school, I Love Music Academy. Along with Ramiro Lopez, he is also the driving force behind ODD Recordings, a futuristic Indo-Spanish crosspollinized record label that’s creating a massive buzz with ravers and industry folk alike. More recently he has been performing under his experimental alias 'AsymetriK', pushing the boundaries of electronic music, and even has a dynamic Boiler Room performance under his belt.

Through his career of 20+ years, Arjun Vagale has risen to the forefront for the quality and depth of his productions and DJ / Live sets, while always staying true to his roots. Whether packing in the dance floor or producing yet another monster tune, Arjun’s total dedication to house and techno is evident in everything he does.