An Interview with the legends, Optimo

Delhi, India

We had a real good tour with you guys, probably one of our best ones -  What did you think of India and the scene here?

We truly did not know what to expect… we had not visited India before either as tourists or artists and aside from a few stories from friends who have played there in the last couple of years, relaying some news about the emerging scene, we knew almost nothing. As soon as we arrived in New Dehli Jai outlined his thoughts for the tour - he explained that maybe it would be very different to what we normally experienced in the rest of the world, he was very humble, almost preparing us for the worst it felt like. Then at the first party we were blown away, literally. The sound and lighting production was exceptional, the supporting artist were so talented and sensitive and the reception from the crowd was insane. It was a sea of positive energy in front of us. There was genuine freedom to be witnessed on the dance floor and I can only describe it as a inspirational and in fact quite moving.

Bombay, India

You had the chance to see 3 cities in 3 days - what did you'll think of the shows in each city and how different were they? 

Consistent with all cities was an overall feeling of warmth from the crowd, a feeling that anything is possible and if you feel it, now is the time do it! The events varied in scale and type of location for example, there was an intensity to the New Delhi party, perhaps consistent with the intensity of the city itself, Mumbai was maybe looser but still had this insane wild energy and Bangalore which was outdoors on a terrace was different again -it went really late and of course outdoor parties are always a little different in essence so that was great to add to the whole tour experience.

Favourite meal of the tour?

We ate fantastic food - strictly monitored by Jai so we didn’t get ill! I think he was worried we would get sick and as the schedule was so hectic and there was no room down time through illness. I must say the best meal I had was the homemade Lamb Byrinani at Jai’s friends house in the countryside. This was something. Simple and amazing. 

Favourite moment of the tour? 

Bombay, India

Too many high points to choose from but something that really resonated for such a long time afterwards was the sheer numbers of people who came from the crowd to simply say “Thankyou for coming to India”, “Thankyou for bring your music to India” - it was such an absolute pleasure for us to do and we truly want to thank YOU. 

What did you think about the crowds in India and the energy here?

As I mentioned earlier, it was extremely moving and inspirational in all sorts of ways. The energy we witnessed was in many respects comparable to the energy we witnessed when dance music first exploded in the UK in the late 80’s. A beautiful feeling of “one-ness” in the room and expression through our bodies. 

Finally, will you'll be back next year?

We WILL be back, in a heartbeat! It was such a special tour for us and we hope it’s the first of many to come. Thank you for bringing us!

Tour photos and video

- Jonnie Wilkes (Optimo)