Sound Lab

Sound Lab

Vivanta by Taj presents the ‘Sound Lab’

Powered by The DJ Dispensary, UK at Distil, Vivanta by Taj – Connemara, January 23-25, 2014

A music education on the decks With The DJ Dispensary Founder and DJ, Matty Wainwright and DJ Tutor Paul T

Vivanta by Taj announces the addition of a brand new Vivanta avatar to its line-up of ‘unexpected’ standout experiences, with the ‘Sound Lab’ powered by The DJ Dispensary. Distil at Vivanta by Taj – Connemara will host this workshop from January 23-25, 2014. Veer Vijay Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Vivanta by Taj – Hotels & Resorts, said “With a new approach to alternative education, Vivanta by Taj is taking the ‘classroom culture’ and giving it a whole new touch of cool.

In keeping with its young, energetic vibe, Vivanta by Taj will debut, introduced the ‘Sound Lab’ series at its high energy bars from January, 2014 onwards. The #DJRetreatsIND will be held over a three-day weekend, across three cities and at three hip addresses – The Wink at Vivanta by Taj – President, Mumbai; Tease at Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon, NCR and Distil at Vivanta by Taj – Connemara, Chennai.”

Founder and DJ, Matty Wainwright and Tutor DJ Paul T from the UK, will be dishing out the 101 on ‘how to be a DJ’. The Vivanta by Taj ‘Sound Lab’ powered by The DJ Dispensary is open to both residents and guests. Priced at US $750 (INR 45,000) per person, the three-day workshop gives you an up close and personal one-on-one training with the tutors, The DJ Dispensary Survival Kit, a ‘live’ recording of your mix and images from your retreat.

For busy city slickers, a two-hour Express Workshop is also available at US$200. The DJ Dispensary Survival Kit includes

• A DJD Tote Bag

• A DJD T-Shirt

• A DJD Course Handbook

• A DJD Retreat Schedule

• Two complimentary drinks from a select bar

“I’ve been DJ’ing since the late 90s and since that time, for better or worse, the ‘DJ’ has never been more popular than it is now. The DJ Dispensary Retreats aim at giving participants a sneak preview into the art of DJ’ing. Our retreats include a brief history lesson in the form of the independent documentary film ‘Maestro’ (which explores the history, roots and spirit of New York’s House Music scene from disco to the present day), equipment familiarisation and beat matching.

At the end of the course, each participant will be given the opportunity to play a set for a crowd of party-ready peers and music lovers, under our guidance. We will also be photographing, recording and streaming your set ‘live’ on our UStream channel. From a personal point of view, it’s always nice to give our participants a better understanding of what it takes to stand up there and present a personal musical account of yourself (rather than just belt out the latest popular music).

We will also strongly emphasize on the less tangible aspects of DJ’ing, like reading the crowd, which will come in handy at the end of the retreat for their ‘live’ DJ set’,” says Matty Wainwright. Over the years, Vivanta by Taj has built a reputation for innovative, high energy bars within their properties, like Wink, Tease, Distil, Shimmer, Ivory and Reef Bar.

The bars ooze innovation in every aspect, like their in-house music, Fuse 2.0 cocktails in association with Diageo, location specific signature cocktails and Martinis, the fine Single Malt Vivanta Aberlour and many more. Vivanta by Taj has also played presented a peer leading cast of celebrity bartenders and mixologists like Tim Judge and Atilla in the past.

With this new initiative, Vivanta by Taj aims to keep up with its ‘bon vivant' ideology, signifying sophistication and appreciation for the good things in life and also highlight its attributes of vividness and vivacity. Exercising its core values of creativity, radiance and vibrancy, Vivanta by T