Delhi 2 Dublin was a happy accident born out of Vancouver’s Celtic Fest in 2006. Their sound started as an electronic fusion between bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle and has since grown into anything from dub reggae to breaks to just straight up happy dance music. File under… best.
Founded by Tarun Nayar (of Beats Without Borders cred), Sanjay Seran (at the time hailing from live bhangra act Signia), and Ravi Binning (a professionally trained bhangra dancer and dhol player), the band started kicking ass on stages across North America, with violinist extremist Kytami and sitar/guitar hero Andrew Kim.
Releasing their first full-length album out within a year of their inception, it was obvious D2D had something people wanted. Word spread about their ridiculously energetic live show, and tours grew from regular jaunts across the country and down through the States, to include festival performances in Europe, Asia and Australia. The band kept up with the pace, producing a new album bi-annually and a remix album alternating years.
Last year saw the release of their very first, and much anticipated, LIVE album recorded at the iconic Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. Early 2015 saw the band tour Australia for the first time, with 5 days of shows at Woodford Folk Festival. Now, the band is settling into their usual balance of studio and tour life – they’re working hard on their 4th studio album in partnership with PledgeMusic.
Tarun describes the album to come “We’ve been writing songs for this album for a little over 2 years, and we’ve landed in this beautiful world of 70s funk, old-school bollywood, and banging bass. Unlike our first 3 studio albums, all of the songs on this record originate from live jams. We sat around in a room, got loose, and just played. As a result, we think we’re producing the most ‘Delhi 2 Dublin’ album we’ve ever made – it’s truly a result of all 5 of our personalities. And it really reflects our live energy while staying true to our love for writing fun and catchy songs.”
Described by one magazine as the “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”, Delhi 2 Dublin has become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands, and this was not just a happy accident.