IVAN BERKO: I'm currently relaxing in an undisclosed location in southern India which I can only describe to you as actual paradise. Time out from Manhattan life is pretty crucial, and this 2-week break is doing wonders.
What was your first music moment after landing there?
The most striking thing thus far about India has been the lack of music in public spaces. As a New Yorker, I'm so used to being pushed music 24/7, whether it be Top 40 in a cab or Top 40 in the drug store. There seems to be a respect for silence here. I can dig. I heard some amazing '70s Bollywood jams in Bangalore last week. Stuff from the '70s with insane drumming and percussion. Everyone in the bar was dancing and getting dramatic just like in the movies. So refreshing to see and hear.
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While in Bangalore, I stopped by the Radel Electronic musical instrument shop. They specialize in digital tampuras, tablas, etc. I'm with a few friends and we all bought a unique instrument and have been jamming down here in paradise. Expect a triple gatefold LP coming 2019 by The Spicy Bangalore Boys! [Laughs.]
There is not much info about you online, which is a luxury. You have a music collaboration with NYC DJ Jex Opolis (as Moon Tan), have released records on Beats In Space (as Hidden Fees), and David Mancuso "changed your life." Did I miss something?
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Back to the future. What about your 2020s?
You’re based in Manhattan's Chinatown and you once said you do not want to move back to Brooklyn.
On Saturday, May 5th, Le Bain presents Ivan Berko
The Standard, High Line | 10pm