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May 12 2013:-

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The country\'s newest electronic music production company, Oji, makes its debut this weekend with a Skream and Benga gig in Mumbai.

After a video featuring some of the prominent international names of today in the electronic music circuit was released in April, it went viral on social media. The perpetrators of the video, Oji, were still unknown to the Indian audiences, so their promise of bringing one of these electronica giants to the country in the near future stirred even more interest.

Oji has kept its promises and, this weekend, English dubstep pioneers Skream and Benga will play at Sitara Studio in Dadar. On meeting the founder of this up-and-coming company, it becomes less surprising. At 22, Mumbai-born Mikhail Mehra shuttles between Mumbai and Los Angeles, owns companies in both cities and films gigs for a living.

Mehra has worked with some of the most influential musicians around — from Rusko and Steve Aoki, to 12th Planet, Skrillex, and Skream and Benga. Starting off small and shooting for free, he eventually worked his way up to charging for videos, which were produced under his three-year-old LA-based company, Motion Eccentrica.

Last year, a desire to start something in his hometown, coupled with the observation that people in the city wanted more live shows, led to the formation of Oji and consequently, the upcoming Skream and Benga show. Apart from being one of the country\'s first big dubstep gig, the venue for the show is possibly what stands out the most. \"I didn\'t want to do a gig at a club because I didn\'t think it would preserve the vibe I was going for. I wanted it to be smaller, more underground, like an old school rave,\" says Mehra, on his choice of Sitara Studio.

Formerly a film studio, the venue has been restored but maintains the charm of film studios of its kind in the city. The high ceilings and wooden panelling, coupled with incredible acoustics, have, in the past, seen the shooting of films, television shows and, more recently, music events. With a maximum audience count of about 500, the venue is likely to resemble those in the UK where dubstep began many years ago.

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