Curated and created by the French Institute in India, in association with Alliance Francaise, Bonjour India festival is one of the biggest and the most ambitious initiatives between France and India. With an aim to strengthen the Indo-French ties, Bonjour India will serve as a platform for innovation and creativity. As a part of their rock tour, this year’s edition will see Colt Silvers and Last Train for the first time in India with a massive 10 city tour, spanning across the month of November and December.
Hailing from the city of Strasbourg, Colt Silvers comprises of vocalist Tristan, bass player Nicolas, guitarist Florian and drummer Julien. Termed as the French Alt J by the popular magazine Les Inrockuptibles, the band produces intense indie electro rock which is inspired by pop culture. Colt Silvers started gaining popularity beyond France within a year of their inception with the debut release ‘Night of the Living Robots’ in 2009. With their sophomore release Red Panda and EP – Gold Trees Gold in the following year, the band toured extensively performing countless shows across the world. Their latest album Swords, co-produced and mixed by the Grammy nominated Fab Dupont, filled with danceable and feel-good tracks received rave reviews from popular French Magazines and critics. Their debut tour in India will also see them perform at this year’s NH7 Weekender, Pune.
A true-blue rock band from the East of France, Last Train is a story of 4 childhood friends – vocalist Jean-Noel Scherrer, guitarist Julien Peultier, Drummer Antoine Baschung and bass player Timothee Gerard, who have been making music together for over a decade. Their first two EPs ‘The Holy Family’ and ‘Fragile’ received critical acclaim, launching their music career. The band has performed to sold-out audiences, opening for renowned musicians like Muse and Rival Sons. In 2016, Last Train won the biggest French festival for upcoming bands, Le Printemps de Bourges, and toured across Europe with a whopping 40 shows in two months. Earlier this year, the band recently released a full length album ‘Weathering’ on their own label, ‘Cold Fame Records’.
Naveen Deshpande, Founder, Mixtape states, “I had an opportunity to watch these 2 fun, high energy straight up rock n roll acts last year at IOMMA (Indian Ocean Music Market) and they blew my mind away. I instantly connected with their music and knew that their music is something the audience here will really appreciate. This is by far one of the biggest projects we have done where 2 international artists will be traveling the length and breadth of the country and I don’t think any other artist has ever achieved that before. Really excited about this tour”.
This tour is being presented by Mumbai based music management company, Mixtape. Mixtape has been actively working with international talent who want to develop a market for themselves in the country and has organized tours for notable artists includingTinariwen (Mali),Telefon Tel Aviv (LA), Clap! Clap! (IT), Micronaut (Germany), Bjorn Torske (Norway), Bill Brewster (UK), DubiozaKollektiv (Bosnia) to name a few.