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DJ Aqeel to go international

music Updated: Aug 05, 2010 13:33 IST
Nikhil Taneja
Nikhil Taneja
Hindustan Times
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For the last two-three years, one of India’s best-known DJs, Aqeel Ali, has been busy playing at clubs across the country and concentrating on his own club and DJ school. But in 2010, he has plans to change all that and get back to doing what he knows best – creating new mixes and producing new tracks.

Not just Bollywood
The DJ, who launched his sixth studio album, Forever, last month, is now working on making original English house and progressive music for an international audience. Says Aqeel, “I have been ready to go international for quite some time but was busy with my club.

AqeelI’m not just a Bollywood DJ, I’ve always been a western DJ, and I have it in me to be hired in clubs across the world like a Tiesto or a Paul Van Dyk."

The DJ, known for chartbuster remixes like Shake it daddy and Tu hai wohi, plans to release the album on his own label, Power Play Records, and give it an underground release.

“I’ll give the album an underground release and then, hopefully, people will start playing it and it will become a hit. When that happens, big labels would want to pick it up themselves.”

Aqeel is yet to find singers for the album but says that the album should be ready by November. He then plans on touring with it in early 2011. Incidentally, Aqeel’s just back from touring Forever in USA, South East Asia and Australia, and says the response has been fantastic.

Ask him why he came out with an album of Bollywood remixes when his own club, Hype, hardly plays them, and he laughs, “People’s tastes have changed. In clubs, they like to hear hip hop and house, so we limit Bollywood to the weekends.”

Remember me
He goes on to add, “I came out with this album because you need to do work to get work. With this album, people who had forgotten me, are remembering me again. Bollywood works at wedding sangeets, and that’s what I’ve targeted, though the songs are night club friendly too.”

Aqeel also adds that the album, was necessary because he doesn’t like working for Bollywood movies. “Producers ask me to do 10 remixes in two days and I don’t like working that way. I create what I like, and that’s why this album contains remixes of all-time hits like Chura liya hai.”