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In Mumbai ishtyle

brunch Updated: Jul 21, 2013 09:49 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
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He makes music in ‘Tapori style’ and one of his six albums is called Akhilicious. No prizes for guessing where the DJ is from. Mumbai, of course.


DJ Akhil Talreja started DJing at the age of 17. Now, with an experience of about 10 years in the field, he has given music for Bollywood films such as Hum Tum Shabana, Sahi Dhande Galat Bande, A Flat, Apartment, De Dana Dan, Acid Factory, Jai Veeru and C KKompany.

At Buzz Lounge, Sector 17, on Saturday, Talreja says he can ‘Indian-ise’ just about any song, as adding ‘Taporiness’ to songs is his USP. “Say I am remixing the song Kolaveri Di — I’d commence the song with a cheesy line and take it to the Dhinka Chika beat, since that’s the beat people love in Mumbai. But, when in Punjab, I’d try my hand at remixing songs with dhol beats,” says Akhil, who has won 15 War of the DJs championships in Mumbai and Goa and is also two-time War of the DJs winner at IIT Mood Indigo.

Talking about his academy in Mumbai, Partymap, Talreja says, “DJing is an art that requires a lot of skill. I have plans to open more academies in different cities soon. What surprises me, however, is the fact that a majority of housewives don’t know what exactly a DJ is. DJing should be taught on television, to spread awareness about the profession.”

The DJ adds, “I have done a few advertisements and have been a part of TV serial Fear Files on Zee TV and Channel V’s Exhausted.”

The DJ has come up with his latest remix, The Anna Hazare Mix, which he promises to play for his audience on Saturday night.