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2014? Bring it On!

But first… A look back on a year that changed music and fashion

When it comes to setting off trends in music and fashion across the globe, 2013 was a banner year. Ethel Da Costa speaks to some select artists to get their take on the hits and trends of the year that’s about to bid its last adieu.

For my buddy and mate in music, Bangalore-based DJ Arjun Nair of The Answer, 2013 was a pretty big year from the Goa perspective. He headlined Fashion Fridays Club Nite Series two editions in a row to packed clubs, giving him a taste of how hard Goans do party. DJ Arjun spends most of his waking hours in a club.I’m picking these songs over the rest as they never failed to smash the dance-floor each time we dropped these tunes. Tunes Like Mammoth, Reload, Animals, Lose Myself were some of the biggest tunes for this year! “ He can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for him.


10 Most Definitive Club Mixes of 2013, according to DJ Arjun:

•   Bingo Players – Out of my mind (ANSWER Edit) and Original mix

•   Dimitri Vegas, Moguai & Like Mike – Mammoth (Original Mix)

•   Carnage & Borgore – Incredible (Original Mix)

•   Zedd feat. Foxes – Clarity (Swanky Tunes Remix)

•   Troll Sparks (Qulienz Vs. Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, Matthew Koma)

•   Alesso vs. One Republic – If I Lose Myself (Alesso vs. One Republic Extended Remix)

•   Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – Reload (Vocal Mix)

•   Martin Garrix – Animals (Original Mix)

•   Tritonal feat. Underdown – Bullet That Saved Me (Festival Mix)

•   Arty feat. Chris James – Together We Are (Audien Remix)

Next let’s hear from DJ Amit Makwana, Head Resident DJ at China House, Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, nominee of the Myfav DJ awards 2013 in-house music category, and spinner for Oktoberfest 2013, Baga. “2013 has been a great year for India in terms of music. Exposure to big live acts by various big international artists and massive events has set a solid platform for DJs and musicians from India and other parts of the world to come together. You don’t need to travel out of India now to see the world’s most favourite and famous DJs perform. It’s all happening here, providing a lot of ground for fresh talent to emerge in various new styles,” states DJ Amit.


DJ’Amit’s 10 Most Appreciated Hits of 2013:

•   Animals – Martin Garrix

•   Wake Me Up – Avicci

•   Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat – Fatboy Slim

•   Clarity – Zedd

•   Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

•   Get Lucky – Daft Punk

•   Blurred Lines – Robin Thick feat Pharell Williams

•   Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

•   Gangnum Style – Psy

•   Scream & Shout – William feat Britney Spears


Launched with fanfare at Cape Town Cafe, Baga, this September, Goa’s youngest music talent (and my wonderful daughter!), DJ Le@h on her 10 Make My Day Songs of 2013’ Playlist:

•   Happy – Daft Punk

•   Counting Stars – One Republic

•   Carried Away – Passion Pit

•   Royals – Lorde

•   Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke featuring Pharell

•   Get Lucky – Daft Punk

•   Thrift Shop – Macklemore

•   Safe and Sound – Capital Cities

•   Love Me Again – John Newman

•   Burn – Ellie Goulding

If music brought the world together on your cell-phone, fashion has not been far behind to trail blaze new trends across the globe. Fashion designer Asmita Marwa, who recently made Goa her new home, lists her 10 Significant Fashion Trends of 2013:

1. Fedoras

2. Brogues

3. Sequins

4. Statement Accessories

5. Mismatched Separates

6. Androgyny

7. Metallics

8. Monochromatic colours

9. Prints

10. Structured Silhouettes

2014 is the Year of the Horse, so it’s off to the races and we are so ready for you. Bring it on!


Ethel Da Costa is a Goa-based acknowledged fashion, lifestyle, music writer, radio head, creative entrepreneur, commenter and columnist of all things politically and socially incorrect. A published poet-author of Eve’s Revenge: Stories of Nemesis (2008) with a second sequel in the making Eve’s Light: Stories of Passion (2014), she be reached at