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Kunal Batra (Neon Black Prodcutions) interview

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The response to the interview with Bantering Ram was great so I’ve decided to feature more gig organizers here. The next one to be featured is Kunal Batra of Neon Black Productions. I first got to know Kunal when I met him a few years ago at the Bangalore Open Air. In the past couple of years he has organised metal shows in Delhi like Domination the Deathfest and also Jeff Loomis’s tour across India.

I spoke to Kunal about the recent Domination the Deathfest show, what’s he currently listening to and also their upcoming shows.

Hi Kunal, organised the 9th edition of Domination – The Deathfest in Delhi earlier this month. How did the show go?

Hey Peter! The show went really good. This was the second DDF in Delhi and the response was as phenomenal as the first one. We had a killer lineup and people loved it. Hoping to continue this tradition yearly now.

How did you start organizing shows and Neon Black Productions ?

Neon Black Productions is a collaborative effort by me and Mayur Jalan from Hyderabad. We both were independently organizing shows from past few years and we thought of joining forces as the bands and artists we were thinking of bringing down were quite similar. So I quit my day job of being an engineer and got into this full time. And we successfully launched this effort in shape of Jeff Loomis India tour that we did last year in December.

How do you select the bands that will perform at shows?

A lot of it depends on a number of factors, really. Starting from the financial aspect and which bands would people like to see performing here to what bands are free to come down here and if we are not coinciding with any other shows that’ll be happening in the same time frame in the country. A lot of planning and effort goes behind each and every show/gig we do.

What has been the most memorable show you have organized so far?

Although each and every show I’ve done till now has given me some good memories to cherish, I’d say it was the Jeff Loomis tour in Dec ’16 that we did. It was a dream come true for us as both Mayur and I are legit fanboys of Jeff and Nevermore in particular. So seeing him play day after day on tour was just surreal.

What are 5 bands that the readers should check out?

Oh it’s a tough one haha. Well for me, currently I’m listening to a lot of Gojira, Sulphur Aeon, Converge, Immolation, Savatage etc. So yeah, definitely those.

Do you have any more shows planned for this year?

Yes! We are planning to bring down a few more international acts this year and something big is in plans for early next year. So keep an eye out!

Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have anything else to add?

Thank you for the interview man. Really appreciate it. Just want to add for the readers that keep supporting your local shows and local promoters. That’s how we all grow.

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August 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Domination – The Deathfest

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Around 10 years when I lived in Canada I bought the second issue of the Metalindia Magazine and got to know about Domination through a extensive report about the 2003 edition of the festival. I was quite surprised that there were extreme metal gigs in India. The music scene in India and Bombay was a lot different then.

“Bombay mainly had rock show not metal shows.” Says Nitin Rajan, organiser of Domination – The Deathfest “ Thursday nights at Razz and college competitions were the only avenues open to extreme metal bands. We started Domination – the Deathfest with The idea to get a band from another cities, a couple of bands from Mumbai and an upcoming band together.”

Audience at Domination - The Deathfest 2000.

Audience at Domination – The Deathfest 2000.

The first edition of the festival took place on the 24th of June 2000. The bands that performed were Morticide, Kryptos, Threnody, Yama, Blasphemy and Nemesis and the venue was Razz Lawns. There was a tremendous response from bands and audience alike.

Demonic Resurrection performing at Domination - The Deathfest in 200.

Demonic Resurrection performing at Domination – The Deathfest in 200.

“It was an awesome experience.” “It was the first open air gig that DR had played and it was at the pituresque razz lawms. We were a new band and got to open the show, it was a huge honor for us. It was a great scene” – Sahil “The Demonstealer” Makhija (Demonic Resurrection)

“I remember it being one of my first shows – I couldn’t care less about the others. This being the mighty ‘Deathfest’ was a war call for someone like me. I don’t remember seeing a much better line-up in years.” – says Kunal Choksi of metal webzine/record label Transcending Obscurity.

“Back in 2000 Domination was one of those gigs that we were totally excited about and it was great to be part of something that helped shape the scene in one way or the other. Those were great times, exciting times, because we were just kids stepping out into the great unknown and Domination broke a lot of barriers for us back then and now 13 years later it comes full circle.” – Nolan Lewis (Kryptos)

Kryptos in the early 2000's

Kryptos in the early 2000’s

“The first few editions of Deathfest featured Kryptos, and for us, back then, it was a totally crazy fucking idea! We’re were totally blown by the organising, the reception we got, Razz and the scene that was being built in and around it. We’d travel by train (or bus) from Bangalore, general compartment, and upon arrival we’d be usherd into a 3 (4)-star hotel in Ville Parle. We had the fucking spa, steam room, pool and all else at our disposal. And, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was on the house and taken care of. Nitin I, Nitin II, Nishant, Scrotum, Chirag, the rest of the Fate/Morticide gang and the support crew were not only good lads, but they pretty much set-up a support platform for all that there is today. Kudos! Feels great to be back at the original underground extreme fest. Only wish it was at RAZZ.” – Ganesh Krishnaswamy (Bevar Sea)

In the years to come, Domination also took place in Pune and Bangalore. However in 2003, the members of Intune Entertainment (the company Nitin co-founded) had to split up due to personal reasons. Check out the old Domination website for the line-ups and more information.

DV After almost a decade, the 5th edition of Domination – The Deathfest will take place and it stays true to its initial vision. The bands performing are Orion, Atmosfear, Insane Prophecy, Witchgoat, Gutslit and Exhumation. The line-up is quite diverse and should please all extreme metal fans. I will be seeing almost all of the bands for the first time hence really looking forward to the gig.

“I’m Excited and thrilled” says Nitin “Also extremely lucky to have people like Riju & Yash around who are putting in tremendous amount of effort for the gig. Of course the bands who are extending total support for it the fest to make a decent comeback!

“I’ve always been part proud, and part envious of Bangalore’s DIY metal scene, where the underground is very much alive with regular club gigs.” says Riju “When Nitin proposed bringing back Domination – The Deathfest for its 5th edition, it just seemed like the ideal avenue for bringing that experience to Mumbai. Every aspect of the fest will be an experience- from heritage to the music, and finally the awesome merch. We’ve been through a lot of shit to make this particular event happen, but its extremely rewarding to see such a great response for an exclusively underground lineup. Support the underground, and keep it alive!”

For interviews with the bands and review of Deathfest V, check out my friend Kunal website Transcending Obscurity.

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March 9, 2013 at 12:48 am