When it comes to making movies, Hollywood must be ahead of India, but in terms of music, Bollywood definitely takes the lead. At least that’s what Israeli trance maestro, DJ Skazi believes.
“Bollywood has now started using electronic elements in their music, which is making it better,” said the Israeli artist, who is playing in town tonight.
The DJ is down for an award function, to felicitate the winner of a War of the DJs competition in the city, where people voted for their favourite DJ, held by
, a portal to promote upcoming talent in the country, as well as a directory for DJs in India.
“I am happy to be here because I absolutely love India.,” Skazi says. “For me, being here is a special occasion. With my hectic schedule, it becomes difficult for me but I try to come here as often as possible.”
Trance music has come a long way, since its birth in the 1990s. He says, “I started my electronic project in 1998. Before that, I used to play in a punk band. At that time, people made music only in one direction but today, it’s more open. It’s a fusion of many styles and that’s why people can connect with it.”
Apart from being fond of music, the DJ/Producer also has a soft corner for India. “One million Israelis come to India every year. My entire family has been here many times. There is something magical about this country and its spirit”, he said.
The DJ, who released his first album, Animal, in 2000, started playing psychedelic trance, and moved to trance metal. He says, “India has the biggest electronic music in the world. Goa trance is now big in the world. I have great respect for this country”.
Today, Skazi’s style cannot be fit into a genre, since it’s a fusion of many styles. Talking about what makes DJs stand out in the crowd, he says, “DJs must produce their own albums, and create their own style eventually. Otherwise, it is very difficult to survive in this industry”.
The DJ, who has been in the industry for more than 12 years, will also be presenting a lifetime award to an Indian DJ.