Arjun Vagale is one of India’s most coveted DJs, part of, an exclusive new breed of cutting edge producers, making a massive globe impact. As one of the country’s, leading electronic music exports, he plays over 100 gigs, a year back home and tours regularly through Europe, and Asia. A man with a true passion for the, underground, a sound he relentlessly plays, produces, and promotes, it’s no surprise Arjun was awarded, 2012’s Best Techno DJ / DJ Of the Year, and currently, reigns at the top of the first-ever DJ Mag India Poll 2012.
Known for his “intense, driven and atmospheric” techno, sound, Arjun has played alongside such heavyweights, as Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Apparat, Sasha, Christian, Smith, Fat Boy Slim, Nic Fanciulli and Cari Lekebusch, while his live act, Jalebee Cartel, has shared headlining spots with the likes of The Chemical, Brothers, The Prodigy and Modeselektor. His knowledge and use of technology in the booth is, second to none, innovatively wielding drum machines and samplers to create a raw, electrifying, and radically twisted set.
Taking a calculated risk a few years ago to move away from what was already a major mainstage, career, Arjun followed his love for the counterculture by traveling into darker, more experimental, musical terrain. Always inspired by the prodigal sounds coming out of Berlin, he started basing, his summer tours out of the techno Mecca, and his productions reflected this evolution into ever, more intense and groovy basslines. The game changer was in 2010 with the release of “Kill the, String” on Tom Budden’s ALiVE Recordings. The track was quickly picked up by Fergie, who, played it on John Digweed’s Transitions to rave reviews. He immediately commissioned Arjun for, an EP on his Tribal Rage imprint, followed by two vinyl releases on Excentric Muzik that were, strongly supported by Carl Cox, Karotte, Kaserdisco and Sebastien Leger. These were followed, by a series of remixes for Fergie, Denis Horvat, Solead, Dale Anderson and a chart-topper for Montero.
A tipping point in his career was the prodigious collaboration “She Said” with Tim Richards on, Kaiserdisco’s KD Music, which stayed hot on the Beatport and vinyl charts for over 2 months., Richie Hawtin gave it multiple plays around the globe, while Carl Cox licensed it for his 2012, Space Ibiza CD. Soon after, Arjun’s EPs on Cologne’s Trapez Ltd, including the gigantic Ibiza hit, “Terrakoz”, were acclaimed by DJs and clubbers alike. Arjun’s fluid and hypnotic “sensationfocused dance beats” have brought his production skills to the limelight and won him a wide fan, following. He recently signed on to Stephan Bodzin’s Herzblut, Mihalis Safras’s Material Series, Octopus Recording and Suara, and was personally requested to remix Victor Calerone and Wally, Lopez. His productions are now regularly featured on the hallowed playlists of Cox, Hawtin, Dubfire, Stacey Pullen, Paco Osuna and Steve Lawler, to name but a few.
In his spare time, Arjun runs a truly global record label, MakTub Music, with Uruguayan partner, Logistic Soundz, where he can indulge in his other passion: discovering and promoting fresh, talent. Over the last 3 years, the imprint has become home to an impressive roster of artists, including Pawas, Jay Haze, Jimmy Van M and Dave Ellesmere. He also runs India’s premier, electronic music school, The ILM Academy, and is a partner at UnMute Agency, which manages, the finest underground talent in India.
Over the last 16 years, Arjun Vagale has come to the forefront for the quality and depth of his, productions and DJ sets, even while 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 apparent in
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