She claims to be the first female DJ in India, adding that her specialisation is Bollywood. “DJ Pearl was the first female DJ in the country in the area of House music, while I spin Bollywood numbers,” claims Snehal Shah, 30, more popular as DJ Rink. In the city recently, the Gujarat-born, Mumbai-brought up DJ talked about making a mark in the eight short years since she has been a part of the profession.
“As a marketing executive, I used to party hard. I loved collecting music from every DJ that I met, and soon had a huge collection of Bollywood songs. That’s when I decided to turn a DJ,” Snehal smiles. At 22, prodded by friends and her ‘good’ sense of music, she was behind the console in her new profession. But, Snehal doesn’t think her experience in the marketing world has gone waste, saying she used it to “market herself as a DJ better.”
The DJ cut a Bollywood music remix album in 2008, called Lady Architect, and another in 2011, called Desi Diva DJ Rink. Now, DJ Rink is set to turn a music composer for Bollywood. “I would soon be launching myself as a music producer with my first single, The Way You Like Me, that releases on March 7. This will be followed by an album comprising seven original tracks with pure Indian flavour,” she informs. Saying “Indian music is rich”, Snehal adds that she wants the world to have a taste of it.
Trained under DJ Joe Azeredo and DJ Suketu, Snehal boasts of an enviable knowledge of Electronic music. “But now, I consider almost all genres of music — from House and Bhangra to Bollywood — to be my USP,” she says, adding, “I am ranked in the top 22 DJs from across India and as the No. 1 female DJ churning Bollywood music according to www.myfav.in,” Snehal claims.
We ask her if the world of DJing is male-dominated. “In 2005, when I joined the world of Djing, male DJs used to stare at me for hours, only to find a fault. But, times have changed and in every metro, you find almost 15 girl DJs,” she says. However, she does make a strong point about the need for women to mark their boundaries. “My music is my drug and I get high on this and nothing else. This industry is safe for women, but they need to learn how to project themselves and watch out for the signals they give out,” she adds.
Snehal signs off with advice for aspiring DJs: “Always remember that it is not a glamour industry; it requires a lot of homework and research to be able to make the crowds groove.”