After a lot of remixes, we are exhausted,” says Girish, the ‘G’ part of DJs K ‘n’ G, also known as Kilogram, who now plan to come up with an original private album with Javed Ali in December. “If it brings us success, maybe we can come up with more.”
Composing original music for the private album is another major turning point in the journeys of Girish and Kiran, from DJing individually in nightclubs to remixing together for films. “It was Mahesh Bhatt who gave us our big break with Jannat’s ‘Lambi judaai’,” says Girish.
“And after composing for movies like Billu, Golmaal Returns, Hello, Kambakkht Ishq in the last couple of years, we have now come full circle by remixing the latest Bhatts’ production, Tum Mile.”
But the two DJs who came together in 2007 weren’t always the best of friends.
“I used to hate Kiran” laughs Girish, “because he was my competitor — and extremely talented at that.”
DJ Girish was the resident DJ of Enigma at that time, while DJ Kiran played at Athena, and the two would often visit each other’s clubs to keep a tab on the kind of music the other played. “Over a period of time, we realised that we both give out the same vibes with our music, so we thought, ‘Why not vibe together?’” smiles Girish.
Both DJs had individually started remixing in the age of ‘Kaanta laga’ and ‘Chadhti jawaani’, when remixes would top the charts everywhere. “But that was a fad — no one likes a ‘Kaanta laga’ anymore,” claims Girish, who describes his remixes as having ethnic and larger-than-life sounds. “The taste of people has changed now and listeners want remixes to have
emotions. They prefer the sufi vibes of songs like ‘Judaai’ and ‘Dard-e-tanhai (Jashn).
“But ultimately, I think it’s the quality of the remix that makes it last,” he adds, “The basic concept of a remix is that its music should sound better than the original song. A 12-year-old kid today knows the difference between a good and a bad remix because a good remix will touch the heart. And that’s what we try to do.”
The duo, who has been touring around the country, is now looking to move one step further from the remix space. “We want to explore the space that Jay Sean has created in the US as an artiste,” Girish says.
The first step that the duo will take in exploring the international market is by setting up a studio in Bangkok in January 2010, and work with Thai singers and composers. “And if Kilogram rocks Thailand, we will target Korea and Malaysia next!”