March marks the return of Delhi 2 Dublin to Non Stop Bhangra! We’re proud to have introduced this amazing Vancouver-based band to San Francisco, tadalafil viagra way back in 2008 (NSB 33, pharmacy if anyone’s keeping count). Since then, pharmacy their mix of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae, Rock and Electronica has become a world-wide sensation — one magazine even dubbed them “The United Nations of Rock and Roll.” They’ve performed at San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival, The Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival in British Columbia, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and The Bali Spirit Festival, just to name a very, very few of the places where they’ve appeared.
Dhol? Check. Tabla? Check. Fiddle? Check. A little Punjabi, a little English, and the best, danciest, craziest live band experience you could ever hope for. If you’ve never seen one of their shows — change that, now!
D2D’s Tarun Nayur took a little time out to chat about the band with us.
NSB: Delhi 2 Dublin originally started as a one-off performance for St. Patrick’s Day, then took off from there. Did you ever dream it would become the sensation that it is, still going strong seven (I think it’s seven) years later?
T: It’s almost 8 years (I think!). I don’t think any of us saw it going for this long. And even now, though we do it for a living, we’re really doing it for fun. When it stops being fun, we’ll probably stop doing it. At least I hope we will I think we’re inspired to keep going because people keep coming to the shows!
NSB: You’ve been coming to NSB since 2008; it’s not been every March since then, but it’s been most. Your visits are always one of our biggest nights of the year, and it’s been awesome for us to watch the band develop and evolve. I’m curious what the NSB experience is like for you, how the night and the audience (or your view of them) has evolved as you come back every year.
T: It’s crazy! Always. Sweaty, crowded, loud – exactly what you would expect a Bhangra club night to be. And I think we’ve evolved with the night. In the early years, it was hard to play non-bhangra songs. We noticed the crowd’s energy waning if we strayed too far from straight up Punjabi music. Now though, there’s a lot of appreciation for some of our non-bhangra material. And people have come to know us, know the songs, lots of people even sing along! That’s always really special for us. We feel really blessed to still be able to play at NSB after all these years – it’s like coming home. To a raging dance party. Actually that doesn’t happen much in my home, so it’s like going to someone else’s home. LOL.
NSB: It seems like you guys are on the road all the time. Do you have any special “comfort spots” that help you unwind when you come back home? Favorite restaurants or coffee shops, favorite parks, things like that?
T: We’ve developed ‘comfort spots’ in all the cities we visit often – stuff that makes us feel at home. In SF it tends to be restaurants – like the Crepe Cafe or Loving Hut in the Sunset, Shalimar on Polk. I’m a big fan of Ocean Beach and try to surf there the morning after the show! When we return to Vancouver, we usually go home and sleep! lol. We actually don’t see a whole lot of each other there – we all retreat into domesticity for a while, cooking at home, hanging out with friends, and catching up on studio work. Personally, my fav places in Van are Seymour Mountain (great trail running), Third Beach (great swimming in the summer), Wreck Beach (google it, it’s wild), The Taqueria for mexican food, Tatsu Sushi for Japanese, and Chutney Villa for South Indian.
NSB: What’s the music creation process like for you as a group? Do different members come up with stuff and bring it to the group, or do you mostly create collaboratively?
T: These days we’re writing a lot together. Getting together in a rehearsal space, and jamming stuff out. I find that helps us keep the energy of the live show in mind… It can be easy when you’re working late night in the studio by yourself to go off on some weird tangent. But when we’re all together, laughing, joking, it’s easier to come up with stuff that actually sounds like the energy we have on stage.
NSB: Are there any particular musical artists or styles that are strong influences on what you create? Or does that vary from album to album?
T: This last album the influences were people like Bomba Estereo, Asian Dub Foundation, Kid Cudi, Systema Solar, and basically everything Rick Rubin has touched. We worked with Dave Sharma on the album, and that was also a big influence for us.
NSB: I know you all don’t care for the term “world music”, or labels in general, but sometimes when you want to introduce a band to someone who’s never heard them before, it helps to have some sort of context for their music. What would be the perfect description of your music for a brand-new potential listener?
T: Celtic Punjabi Electronica
NSB: What are your next goals for the band going forward? Where do you see yourselves going, musically and artistically?
T: We love touring the West Coast, Australia and Western Europe… People get our music in those places. I think our next album will be a little more ‘Delhi 2 Dublin’ than the last couple of albums. at least in terms of the energy. We’re producing a live album for sale this summer as well – that’s really exciting. Basically, we want to keep on traveling, playing music, and making people happy.
It’s a safe bet that D2D still makes people happy, and we’re looking forward to upcoming albums (a live album! Yeah!). I think I speak for all the NSB crew and a lot of the regulars when I say that we also feel blessed that D2D considers Non Stop Bhangra their second home. Come out to NSB 101 on March 15th and welcome them back!