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Taking the remix route

At a time when remixes aren’t driving forces for Bollywood albums anymore, DJ A-Myth and DJs K ‘n’ G stand out for their work

music Updated: Nov 04, 2009 20:49 IST
Samya Dinware

A record label recommended me to Jermaine Jackson for his album with Adnan Sami,” beams DJ A-Myth, who has just finished remixing a song for the duo in their upcoming album. “It was unbelievable working with him,” he says.

34-year-old DJ A-Myth has worked on some of the biggest films of the last five years, from Dhoom 2 and Om Shanti Om to Jab We Met and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. He was heard on more than 10 albums this year, including the recent All The Best and London Dreams, and has Raju Hirani’s 3 Idiots and Priyadarshan’s De Dhana Dan yet to come. With a packed resume like his, it’s a surprise that music buffs aren’t too familiar with him.

Piracy problems
“Yes, not many are aware about me — not even the music lovers,” A-Myth says, blaming the growing piracy in the world of music today. “Who buys original music CDs today or even turns them over to see who has worked on it?”

Yet, the DJ who has been on the scene since ’94, spinning for top-rung clubs like Wild Orchid, Avalon, Razzbery Rhinoceros (in the ’90s), is now completely committed to Bollywood round the year. He cites the workload as a prime reason why he hasn’t been able to publicise himself. “Who doesn’t want publicity and fame?” sighs the DJ who was approached by Pritam for his first Bollywood movie, Popcorn Khao Mast Ho Jao, immediately after his debut remix, ‘Rang barse’. “But sometimes, you just do your work well, hoping someone would notice.”

Even though he has big projects in hand today, DJing was actually something A-Myth had never dreamt of, while growing up. “I was a dancer initially and wanted to make a mark in that, but things didn’t work out,” he reminisces.

Disco nights
“Since I had a keen sense of music, somebody recommended me to DJ Whosane. I worked under him for a week and by the next week I was performing live in a discotheque myself!”

Today, even after working with well-known music directors including A R Rahman (on his private album, Connections), A-Myth would rather DJ for a Bollywood album than compose for one.

“There’s a huge difference between a music director and a DJ. Music directors compose all types of songs based on various situations, whereas DJs are generally into uptempo, heavy and fast-paced music, which works well for clubs and
discothèques.

“I suppose that’s why most of the music directors in the industry don’t like us,” he says bluntly. “They believe that we remove the actual essence of the songs made by them.”

Probably to prove a point, DJ A-Myth now says that he will concentrate more on his original private album that he’s coming up with soon, even as there are three major movies featuring his remixes lined up within this year. “I am really excited about my orginal album,” he says. “Believe it or not, it has no remixes.”