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Mixed bag of music

education Updated: Jul 27, 2011 11:08 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times
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I started learning the keyboard and guitar as a child and often downloaded music from the Internet. The mixing that was being done by DJs at events caught my attention and interest in the field grew. After completing school, I decided to learn more about mixing music and audio. I did a course from Studio Bakers in Delhi while pursuing my graduation from Delhi University. Back then, DJing was not popular as a profession and that’s why I had problems convincing my parents that I want to take it up as a career. I started practising and joined my first job as an assistant at Float, Park Royal, New Delhi. That experience was very enriching. I never thought of making it big and taking it up professionally at that time but gradually it became my passion.

First accomplishment
My first big break was when I toured with the Miss Universe Organisation in 2005 where I was the official DJ. I played live at the event and was appreciated by everyone. I have also played at events hosted by the likes of LN Mittal, Burmans (Dabur family), and Jaipurias (Pepsi), among many other names. So far, I’ve worked on films such as Tum Mile, Main Aur Mrs Khanna, Kaminey, De Dana Dan, and Always Kabhi Kabhi. Getting a break in Bollywood was a personal high.

People I look up to
Having seen successful names such as DJ Suketu and DJ Aqeel, I thought of doing something different. I started meeting music directors to show them my work. It was a big struggle to make a name for myself in Bollywood but I didn’t give up. I wanted to create remixes for film music and never gave up on trying my luck. I look up to Shah Rukh Khan and like the way he conducts himself and has the knack of looking at things from a different perspective. He has a vision for everything he plans to do and that inspires me. I have also learnt a lot from interactions with DJ Sasha and Bob Sinclair.

Practice makes you perfect
In this profession, the more time you devote to practice, the better it is. I sometimes practise for 10-12 hours in a day to polish my skills and also devote time to planning my future projects. I have a mini-studio at home where I practise and play music. Remixing retro, hip hop, lounge, and Bollywood music is my forte.

Coping with setbacks
Highs and lows are part of every career. Being strong and developing the ability to overcome setbacks is what matters most. I listen to music when I feel low because music has the power the change the mood of any person. I like music of the ‘70s and lounge.

Tips for Gen Y
Do your work sincerely and define your goals. It’s important to take your work seriously and have fun while you do it. Once can spread the love for music through sheer hard work and talent.

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