Mumbai-based DJ Notorious believes the crowd in Punjab is very receptive to EDM, contrary to popular belief
“We are a Bollywood country, but there’s no denying the explosion of EDM (electronic dance music) on the Indian club scene,” says Mumbai-based DJ Notorious (AKA Hardick).
“I have attended practically every show of his (DJ Paul Van Dyk’s); it is a testament to his greatness that even after 20 years, he’s one of the most sought after artistes”
Having performed in Chandigarh a few times, Notorious says it is a misconception that Punjabi music reigns supreme amongst the people here. The crowd’s open to experimentation, according to him. Having done his sound recording from Sheffield University, UK, he believes being an Indian in England 10 years ago wasn’t very easy, but the crowd there was accepting of his initial sets. “People accepted my music and that was all I needed,” says the DJ, in Chandigarh on Saturday, to perform at 10 Downing Street.
Having performed at award shows such as Miss India and Filmfare, he’s of the view that a celeb-studded crowd is hard to please. “They have their own hang-ups and everyone wants something different. So, keeping them all happy isn’t a cakewalk,” says Hardick.
While he has performed at venues all across the world, his favourite — as seems to be the case amongst many DJs — is Dubai. “It’s a mix of cultures, both old and new. The crowd is very cosmopolitan, and having performed at Las Vegas, I have to say the glitz and glamour in Dubai is just as big,” he affirms.
Considering the fast-paced life in his chosen profession, he’s not worried about burning out: “I love what I do and no day is like a ‘work’ day — it’s as simple as that.”
He counts German Trance DJ Paul Van Dyk as his biggest influence. “I have attended practically every show of his and it is a testament to his greatness that even after 20 years, he’s still one of the most sought after artistes, considering the short shelf life of this profession,” says Hardick.
The official DJ for musician Shaan, Hardick’s recent work includes a collaboration with Canada based bhangra stars Bilz and Kashif on their tracks Against All Odds and On The Dancefloor, besides two upcoming tracks in Bollywood, further details of which he refuses to divulge.