The distinctive new sound of the South Asian diaspora
In the internet age, only one moment is needed to catapult an artist - or a group of artists - to global recognition. For the Daytimers collective, that moment came in the middle of summer 2021, when a Boiler Room crowd of British Asians went buckwild as Yung Singh dropped a mash-up of Bollywood anthem ‘Dola Re Dola’ (from 2002 film Devdas) and Dexplicit’s UK garage track ‘Forward Riddim’. Watching Singh strain to hold the crowd back from the decks, his face a mix of euphoria and panic as he stretched forward to rewind the track, felt like a moment not just for Daytimers, but for South Asians in music worldwide. The collective takes their name from the daytime parties organised by British Asians in the 80s and 90s, who were looking for an outlet from strict parents, whilst wary of the racism and hostility that was still widespread in the white-dominated rave scene. Now, Daytimers parties are the talk of London. Yung Singh and SUCHI are two of the collective’s founding members, bringing together a whole host of musical influences - from UK garage, grime and bass music to breaks, electro and hip-hop - and set it alongside Indian disco, Bollywood themes, Pakistani devotional music and other staples from South Asian households. They’re crafting a distinct sound all of their own, and their back-to-back promises to be one of the most vibrant and joyful sets of Sónar by Day.