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On a Capital spin

 Jhinuk Sen |  2013-07-19 20:43:20.0  |  New Delhi

On a Capital spin

Here's what DJ NYK has to say:

When did you start with this career? And how did it all start off?
I started Djing back in 2004. I had a passion for music since childhood and I always wanted to share my music with people, which according to me is the essence of Djing and that’s what made me decide I wanted to become a Dj .

How has the journey been? Tell us about the best and the worst times so far...

The journey has been wonderful. I have evolved over the last nine years as a DJ and a music producer. Winning the prestigious  India’s #1 Bollywood DJ title  twoyears in a row (2011 and 2012) at VH1 MyFav Awards has been the highlight of my career .


How did the interest in Bollywood music come about and when did you decide to remix it?

I’ve grown up listening to Bollywood music. Infact it was in 1994, I started listening to English music. It was Michael Jackson’s album BAD. In 2001, while I was in school my computer teacher wanted me to take part in an Inter School Computer Meet and gave me a software to fiddle with. Next thing I know is that i was the second runners up in the Electronic Music Production Competition  which I was least expecting given the fact that i was given the software just a day before the competetion .
So this was really encouraging and that’s when I started making remixes with the software that my teacher gave me when I was in school .
I took professional lessons in Djing when I finished my school and continued to produce my remixes . After years of hard work , in 2009  I made my debut in Bollywood as a remixer by scoring an Official Remix for SRK starrer Billu. Since then I have scored Official remixes for movies like Golmaal 3 , RA.One , Paathshaala , De Dana Dan , Nautanki Saala and I Love NY to name a few .

What songs top your own playlist right now ?
There are so many . But to name a few  I would say - Swedish House Mafia’s - Don’t You Worry Child , Yo Yo Honey Singh and all the songs from Yeh Jawani hai Deewani are superhit on the dance floors all over.

How has the party music scene changed from the time you started?

It has grown with regard to people getting musically more educated . People are exposed to variety of genres because of the access to the internet.
Kudos to channels like VH1 who are playlisting and promoting International music on the television unlike MTV and Channel V who have stopped playing music and are all about reality shows now.
FM stations have been instrumental in promoting different genres of music as well .
Not to mention the music festivals taking place in India now . Musically, India is definitely heading in the right direction .
At the same time its really disappointing to see the Government not supporting the club life and wanting to shut things down as early as possible, which kind of totally defeats the purpose. The cops are shutting down clubs as early as 11pm There’s no nightlighlife here.

How has Delhi treated you?
Delhi is home! This is where I was born and brought up. It’s the city which has given me
everything .

Here's what DJ Barkha has to say:

When did you start with this career? And how did it all start off?
I started my career in the year 2008; it has been five years now. I was a big party animal and have always been with deejays, so just decided to be the other side of the club. God was very kind and I was fortunate to gain popularity in just 5 years of my deejaying career.

How has the journey been? Tell us about the best and the worst times so far...
Journey has been challenging, and interesting, and way different from modeling. Though I enjoy every evening play, but the best evening was when I played for Shahrukh khan and Preity Zinta’s IPL team.
The worst time of my deejaying career was when a guy came to the music console where I was playing with a drink in his hand requesting for a song and spilled his drink on my console. That was one obnoxious incident.

How do you like the music scene in India?
Its varies from city to city, India’s audience is getting really experimental.

How did the interest in Bollywood music come about and when did you decide to remix it?

After good two and half years, I decided to produce as well as remix the tracks. For two years, I was just deejaying the tracks at clubs, but then for my own growth I started remixing the songs to give my name on that remixed version.

What songs top your own playlist right now?
Songs from Yeh Jawani hai Deewani are quite a hit these days. Songs like Balam Pichkari , Dilliwali girlfriend are being loved by the audiences, also Don’t you worry child, High Heels are quite a hit these days, and The remixed version of Ashiqui 2 songs are also hit these days.

How has the party music scene changed from the time you started?
Earlier clubs used to open till late, but the sad part is that with these unfortunate incidents happening in the city, the clubs are affected and rules and regulations made to protect that has really affected the party scene. People are choosing house parties as safe options.

How is Bollywood music changing?
I would say bollywood produces all kinds of tracks and they are going experimental from rowdy to international we have it all on platter.
This year some great movies from bollywood has given greatest hit songs specially songs from the movies like Student of the Year , Cocktail , Ashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawani hai Deewani.

Is it getting tougher for DJ’s since most Bollywood movies release their own remixes in the soundtracks?

No, not really, every deejay has a different style of remixing, A remix song makes the task of DJ much easy so that we can more groove and experiment with the music tones.
Yes it does become difficult at times when a remix from the movie is perfectly remixed. Then in that case don’t even touch that song, I play the original remix. Like Balma from Khiladi 786 was perfectly remixed. 

How has Delhi treated you?

Delhi has been my favourite as always, people are very warm and friendly here. Delhi city has given me everything.
My journey from a model to a DJ is much appreciated by Delhi people and I thank Delhi for that.

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