London-based DJ and music composer Baljit Singh Sagoo, popularly known as Bally Sagoo, resurrected the golden-era music with his melodious remixed numbers, such as Chura Liya in his album Bollywood Flashback in 1994, and gave desi (South Asian) club scene a hip twist with Botlan Sharab Diyan and Gur Naal Ishk Mitha. And now the Big B of desi clubs — as known in the West — is all set to groove the city with his performance here today. "Delhi is typically a party place. People here like to dance, drink and enjoy life, so I enjoy playing here," says Sagoo, who previously performed in Delhi on the New Year’s Eve.
So what’s he going to offer to party-goers this time? "I like to feel the vibes of the crowd and play accordingly. The Punjabi culture is big in Delhi, so I like to give them a mix of Punjabi and Bollywood tadka in my own spontaneous style," says the 47-year-old. Although Sagoo, who was born in Ranjit Nagar, Delhi, was brought up in Birmingham, London, he still feels connected to the city and loves to shop and eat here. "I love shopping at M Block market in Greater Kailash I, and going to a cosy cafe in Khan Market with friends and relatives," he says.
Sagoo feels that the music scene in India has grown manifold. "People are more clued in on international trends and want to listen to English songs. Even Bollywood has started using electronic beats," he says referring to the latest item numbers like Chammak Challo and Chikni Chameli. This trend seems to be in favour of the DJ as he is currently flooded with offers to create such tracks, and has taken up an apartment in Mumbai to set base for work. However, Sagoo remains discreet about the details.
Having been privy to some of the best parties around the world, when asked his opinion on incidents of misbehaviour by people after a party, Sagoo says, "It is only a minority of people who misbehave and bring a bad name to the entire community or place. We should not give it too much importance as it could happen anywhere. My motto is to party hard, enjoy and be safe," says Sagoo.
Catch him here
What: Live performance by Bally Sagoo
When: January 28
Timing: 9.30 pm onwards
Entry: Rs 2,000 per person; Rs 2,500 per couple
Where: Zygo the club and dine, Second Floor, MGF Metropolitan Mall, MG Road