When I first started DJing, I was experimenting with Instrumental beats from hip hop to dance tracks and mixing with transitions! Coming from a production background, it definitely helped understanding the concept of beatcounting (Geeky I know!)
– I started DJing at the age of 15 and professionally from the age of 17. At 15, I would save up my lunch money to buy records after school! Then I would head down to my friends house, who had a pair of turntables and we would practise mixing different records and sounds together. Soon I became interested in performing and entertaining through music selection. This naturally developed into DJing for private events and I have never looked back since!
My journey into DJing was by absolute fluke! I actually started of producing beats on fruity loops with a fascination for fusion sounds. By chance, I visited a shop in Cricklewood with a friend of mine to purchase his first set of turntables. As he was testing out different setups, I became fascinated with playing on the vestax decks and mixer! Imagine entering an arcade with no time restrictions; I never wanted to leave! This fascination soon became a career and lifestyle.
– My favourite part of DJing has to be when you reach that euphoric vibe. This is when you mobilise a large crowd to feel one through each and every track you are playing. They are totally engrossed in being present and forget about all their worries! You are controlling this and experiencing the journey with them (deep right!) For me, nothing beats this feeling. The feeling of escape and mental destress, being lost in music.
– Favourite Moment:- Has to be DJing in Zoo bar and randomly seeing the England football team partying hard to my tracks! From watching their match on telly a few days back it was very surreal!
– It is difficult to pick a particular industry as they all have their unique perks. But I definitely prefer Weddings and Radio. I love interaction and being closer to an audience or crowd. You are more closer to a crowd through these mediums than in nightclubs.
– Like every person from my era, I really enjoy spinning noughties hip hop and RnB. Vocal garage, 90s dance classics and 80s music has to be close second best! These genres can create a real feel good nostalgic vibe!
– For personal listening, my Ipod (yes I still use an ipod!!) is full of really random genres depending on my mood. I tend to sway between the slow jams playlist for relaxation, jazz and Bollywood covers. I basically try and listen to all the genres I play less of whilst I’m DJing. I love also educating myself on fusion music so I have music from all over the world – from Bengali slow jams to Latin soul.
– I am influenced by pretty much all DJ’s and many producers I listen to! Grandmaster flash, Bally Sagoo, Jazzy Jeff, Grand Wizzard Theodore to name a few. Each DJ and producer has an artistic way to manipulate the sounds of a track to create maximum impact on the dance floor. This is the key to making people dance! I admire all their techniques and vibes.
– Best Party in 2019 has to be in Goa. Over 200 people flew in to rave for 3 days straight! This is every DJ’s dream – We love people who rave hard and retaliate to every track you drop! What a magical few days with precious memories created.
– Preferred equipment to DJ on:- has to be 2 Turntables and a Pioneer s9 mixer! Although practically, it is safer to have a pair of CDJ’s – less likely to have an issues! With Turntables, I just love the feel of mixing on them – Plus its a solid arm workout!