BLOT! are India’s best-known home-grown audiovisual act.
Comprised of Gaurav Malaker and Avinash Kumar, this duo’s club act is a vibey affair, where four-to-the-floor techno and live video sampling create a synchronized AV performance. Forward-thinking self-produced tracks and dark, funk-influenced techno predominate in their sets, but there’s also room forstrident tech-house and chunky deep disco.
In 2013 BLOT! released their debut album, “Snafu”, on Universal / Contrabass Records as well as a new 3D live show. With both the album and the accompanying live act, the duo has their tongues firmly in cheek: 3D video and audio-visual experimentation meets sounds that traverse multiple genres, tempos and styles. Performances with guest musicians touch on glitch-techno, skittering lo-fi and driving bass, to build to a techno dancefloor crescendo.
A busy 2013 will include more from New Culture Mash-up, a live AV mash-up project with Nucleya, with a reputation for keeping clubs moving. Big mutating basslines, jacking percussive kicks and saturated bass sounds from moombahton to dubstep drive these shows, and a steady stream of audiovisual interaction, strobing lights and video sampling are all cut up and mixed live, into a full-blown sound-and-screen sensory overload.
BLOT! also co-own Qilla Records, one of India’s leading underground dance labels and curate India's biggest design Festival, UnBox. Avi and Gaurav have performed at legendary venues like Tresor and Bar25 (Berlin), as well as at festivals like Austin’s SXSW (Texas), C/O Pop (Cologne), Reeperbahn (Germany), Electron Festival (Geneva), Berlin Music Week, London’s South Bank Centre and Nuits Sonores in Lyon. They’ve shared the stage with Richie Hawtin, Matador, Kaiserdisco, Oliver Huntemann, Apparat among others.
BLOT have collaborated with and been endorsed by international brands like Cobra Beer, Nokia, Allen & Heath and Puma, and been featured in international press (such as the UK’s The Guardian, German publication De:bug, Rolling Stone and Time Out, among others).
"Snafu is a highly accomplished debut, flowing from crisp and minimal to melodic and bouncy, and always with an intelligently danceable ethos. " Societe Perrier Sept 12
"This full-length artist album is BLOT! going bananas, revelling in sounds and breaking boundaries in a manner that’s at once exciting and inspiring."
Rolling stone mag July 2012
"Interestingly, BLOT’s films could belong anywhere from a nightclub to a museum of modern art."
Deccan Herald Jan 2013