Behind the Scenes with Turhan James | The First Solis Festival | Feb 9 2019
Written By: Adam M. Haidermota
Islamabad was treated to one of Pakistan’s first electronic music festivals this weekend. Foreign and local DJs alike came together to create an incredible experience for the city’s residents. The Solis Music and Arts Festival brought together DJs that included established names like Danny Avila and Kris Kaiden as well as emerging stars Turhan James and Maleo.
Turhan James has been producing music for two and a half years – he started out DJing at his high-school’s dances and sharing his songs with friends through Soundcloud. Since then, he’s been performing at festivals and events in Canada, and in 2018 hit 1 million streams on Spotify. Solis was the first time that this native Karachiite has performed at a major music event in Pakistan.
Ticket Wala recently had a chance to chat with him and get the inside scoop on his experience at Solis:
Q: Congratulations on getting your first chance to perform in Pakistan Turhan! How was the overall experience on stage at Solis – what did it feel like dropping your first set in Islamabad?
Q: What was the crowds response like?
Q: How would you describe your music and the set you played at Solis?
Q: Did you get the chance to interact with any foreign artists backstage?
Q: How would you say Solis compares with the other festivals you’ve been to, locally and abroad?
Q: The perceptions of how events go down in Pakistan are generally mixed. In retrospect, would you say the event was a safe, inclusive space for all attendees?
Solis was ultimately a great success and an important festival to help kickstart “the culture” Turhan referred to. Electronic music fans in Pakistan should be excited because Solis seems to have given EDM events the push it needs in order to feature more regularly. Ticket Wala will be watching closely for the next EDM concert, the next Solis festival, and the next song by Turhan James. Like us on Facebook and we’ll help you do the same!