DJ Swami, through his electronic music production, has always explored the hybrid diaspora identity of the British-Punjabi community.
With PunjabTronix, he brings this to life on stage adding a group of handpicked Punjabi folk musicians alongside his beats. He has been nominated for a Mercury Music Award, Ivor Novello and has won Best Producer category twice at the UK Asian Music Awards. Swami is part of the new generation of Punjabi music and is trying to push his Punjabi heritage in the right direction.
He is joined in this film by multi-instrumentalist Vijay Yamla who explains the collaboration from the side of the Punjabi instrumentalists. The visuals in the film (as well as the tour) are supplied by Bristol-based filmmaker, John Minton. John accompanies PunjabTronix when they play live and uses analogue and digital techniques to create live bespoke visuals. John has provided live tour visuals for the likes of Portishead and Noel Gallagher.
The premiere UK tour of PunjabTronix took place in July 2017, with performances at Horniman Museum & Gardens (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Norwich Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction, Rich Mix (London), Mac Birmingham and New Art Exchange (Nottingham). There are plans to tour PunjabTronix internationally in 2018.