July 30, 2008

Go With the Flow at The Big Chill



The Big Chill - a multi-media festival - is held in the Eastnor Castle Deer Park in the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire. The eclectic line-up this year includes Martha Wainwright, Lykke Li, Beth Orton, Portico Quartet, Don Letts, The Orb, Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Witt and Norman Jay, as well as spoken word performances from Apples and Snakes, moonlight cinema screenings of Dracula and Oliver Twist, and comedy from Bill Bailey, The Mighty Boosh and James Campbell.

Nitin Sawhney returns to The Big Chill festival for a DJ set at the Shaanti session in the Club Tent. With a new album in the pipeline, London Undersound, to be released in October, he will play some club remixes of tracks from the album and spin some dub step, Brazilian music and Asian drum beat. "I prefer to DJ old-style and will take along a lot of records and CDs," he says.

Sawhney is a musician, producer and composer. He is currently scoring the music for a new video game and for a film, One Day On Earth, about climate change. "It is all different ways of exploring musical narrative or ideas. I like writing for orchestras as much as performing as a DJ. I am always trying to create a good flow to whatever I'm doing," he says.

His new album features collaborations with musicians including Paul McCartney and Imogen Heap, while the artist Antony Gormley has created an image for each track. "I collaborated with Paul McCartney on the track 'My Soul'. He came to my house for a few days last summer. It was at the time when the paparazzi were invading his life over his relationship with Heather Mills. I wanted to get something that was very revealing about his way of looking at the world and how he felt about London. So we wrote a song about feeling invaded.

"He is a very chilled bloke, actually, but he was right in the thick of it then and he had a real intensity about it. It worked out very well because the album is quite dark and all the collaborators talk about their experiences of London."

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