A lot of great individuals mentioned for recent times.
As a spectator of the bhangra scene for too many years to count, I would have to say:
Vic Sehdev - founder & coach of SGPD. Probably the most dominant all-male team in the circuit at their peak. Kiran Mander & Mandeep Patrola - cofounders & coaches of UBC Girlz. The first all-female team in all of NA to have dominated the circuit for years. Sheel Mehta, Marshal Singh, Benny Sujlana - laid the foundation for VCU Bhangra to form a top tier collegiate, co-ed team.
I have only had the pleasure to speak to these a few of these individuals briefly, but I would have loved to have been passed down knowledge from any/all of them!
I would try to add a bit of padding/silence to the mix if you want to emphasize certain effects, lyrics, or parts of your mix. That "pause," in itself, adds a bit dynamic to a mix from a lister's standpoint.
Lastly, I would try to work creating memorable outro's.. with the amount of bhangra mixes being released, one thing that is so many DJ's using very standard effects such as "bruahhh" & the gunshot to conclude a mix. It's almost like an easy way to end something; shows lack of effort to someone like me (others might not mind).
Anyway, just wanted to give you my two cents. Keep posting your content here. Lastly, to go along with GSingh's "READ" comment, it's often helpful to read feedback given on other mixes so you can avoid making similarly "mistakes" or adjust your mix to please the intended audience better. So the point is you don't always have to get feedback on your specific mix to learn!
Welcome to BTF. I am not really understanding the purpose of your poll.
Also, why don't you just post a video your dhol problem in this topic rather than asking people to privately message you? Practically no one is going to go through that trouble. Furthermore, I hope you don't expect someone to come check it out in person because that's never going to happen. You didn't even specify which city in the UK that you're from.
My advice is for you to upload a video of your problem to YouTube & share the link here. You'll get a lot more responses and help that way.
Welcome to BTF Thank you for joining our forum and sharing your videos.
I hope that you stay active because we have a quite a few dhol players from all over the world and there are questions that come up from them.. on various topics such as playing dhol beats, repairing dhols, adding a mic to a dhol, buying new dhols, etc etc. Would be great to have you give your insight.
I enjoyed the faster pace of this song; it definitely sounds more "danceable" now. I'm also glad you didn't overpower the vocals, which are essential to the song & actually highly pronounced in the original track. If anything, on your mix, I would have reduced sound of the consistent the high hats in the background a bit to give more emphasis to the original track.
If this was a longer mix, I would have commented about changing things up so it provides the end user with some variety, but so far it's not bad. Seems like your clipped a little late as you can hear the starting of next set of vocals at 0:57.
Dang, I still remember this like it was yesterday! NJ killed it here and I loved their performance in 2004 as Bhangra Nation in Ontario even more. Song selection was sick. Still ones of my favorite sets by them until this day.
***To the mods - has there every been a thread or category of threads specifically designated to new dancers, not just to introduce themselves but to talk to one another, critique videos from a new dancer's perspective, etc. I think it would be very beneficial! ALL of my dancers on UNC read BTF, but none ever post because they either consider what they have to say not significant relative to the old 'legends' that still troll BTF day to day, or just a scared they will get shit on.
Hi Yesh - I am sorry that your dancers feel this way.
Why don't you get one of your dancers to start a topic specifically for new dancers.. and request only newer dancers post in it.. they can even throw up a few videos in the topic & critique them as a group.
Honestly, there really is no way for us to identify new dancers vs dancers with a little bit of experience vs dancers with a lot of experience.. heck, some people that register on BTF don't even dance on any team! I mean we have the "Team" section that you can fill out in your profile, which people can put whatever they want in there.. but other than that, it's next to impossible.
Anyway, let me know if I can help out in any other way to make your dancers or all newer dancers feel at ease.. nobody is out to get you on here.. it's just a place to ask questions, discuss, and share knowledge. I've mentioned it before, but nobody is born with bhangra dancing knowledge/the ability.. it's an acquired skill through lots of dedication/practice/research/etc. So feel free to post anything & everything.. we sure could use the fresh topics & opinions!
Nachde Nashville is a 2nd year comp this year, and while it's great to see it getting so big so quickly, it feels like the standard of collegiate comps is settling out to either "Blowout level" or "First year level" with very little in between for up-and-coming teams. This is another manifestation of what was said in Howie's post about losing the fire among younger teams who aren't already at that top level.
It is unfortunate that you guys didn't make it into the lineup. But if something like this discourages you, then that's a problem. I remember the days when my teams would get rejected from literally every competition except for 1 per year. That made us work more than anything else. Rejection should fuel the fire.
For whatever reason NN committee didn't think you guys were the best fit for their lineup. You guys are/were missing something. Find out what that is and work on it. Fix it. And become a team that no one can turn away.
Good post that should be read over by newer teams as well. In the past, I've known about very well established teams getting rejected from comps & while it's extremely frustrating - remember that it's a two way road. The committee organizing the competition is looking for certain things that will suit their audience & help sell their tickets. This why often times you see regional comps accepting mainly teams from the general area when they are hosted over teams from across the country.
Rejection should definitely fuel the fire as my friend Sid stated. Also, you want to double check if the video & material you're submitting to committees truly shows off your best work. In my eyes, the competition really starts from the point of applying. Possibly ask for feedback later on from the committee on what your team can improve on with the material you've submitted... not every committee may be willing to help in this regard, but if they do, it can go a long way for your team.
Remember, it's just business; don't take things personally.
Haha well if i can manage that in a 7 days vacation then i deserve to be site admin.
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Miss Guardians! Kush, stop being worthless with that doctor life and revive Guardians already! I used to know to a few members of an independent co-ed team called Phulorida Bhangra based in that area.. they rocked the scene in the mid 2000's, but they are long gone too! #TooOld
There is also Gator Bhangra, but their collegiate based too, so no help there.
They appear to be the younger side though, so maybe a high school team? Anyway, sorry that I can't be of much further. Regardless, I hope you have a good time visiting the U.S. (Florida at least) during your trip.