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'I'm like a horse in a race'

He is one of India's most popular DJs, but a far cry from the showy ones. Here is DJ Suketu in a chat with Divashri Sinha.
Hindustan Times | By Divashri Sinha, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2007 01:44 PM IST

He is one of the most popular DJs in the country, but a far cry from the showy, bejewelled DJs with an attitude. DJ Suketu looks like an unassuming business management geek rather than the winner of the national World DJ Mixing Championship.

Across borders
His recent remixed hits like Kya khoob lagti ho and the super-hit Woh lamhe have rocked clubs and polyphonic ring tones. He is currently in Dubai, playing for dandiya enthusiasts in a two-day disco dandiya fest.

The Mumbai-based master of the vinyl mix and turntable has been around the industry for five years now and has set a precedent for youngsters who've wanted to make a career out of deejaying.

"I started performing in college, with house parties and college fests. My parents and relatives were convinced I was throwing away a well-settled career after studying commerce, but the hard work paid off," he beams.

Passion play
He is unfazed by the recent surge of DJs and remixes. "I'm like a horse in a race, with blinkers on. I love making music and that's all that matters," he says.

His passion for remixes stems from the excitement of reviving a song that's been a rage in its day, and reintroducing it with a bass and groove to appeal to youngsters.

He claims, the trick is to keep it simple. "It's easy to go overboard and kill the song. I like bringing out a smooth enjoyable song".

"Remixing is about giving an old song a global feel," he says. His passion is in making his own music. "I don't want to be the next Himesh Reshammiya and make mainstream music. I like Salim Sulaiman's music".

"I aspire to do something in the same league. I want to compose and create background scores for movies," he concludes.

At the studios of Fever 104, here is DJ Suketu, all set to rock the airwaves tonight.. in conversation with RJ Abhinavh.

You don't fit in with the usual flashy image of a DJ.

Well, DJs are known to flash tattoos and multiple earrings , but if you are in it for the music, that's what needs to be funky. Just looks take you no where.

How important is formal training in deejaying?
When I started, in 1999, I trained at a disco mixing club in London and later at DJ Kingdom in Birmingham where I learnt to play six turntables simultaneously.

But personally, I don't think formal training is very essential. As long as the skills are in place, all you need is practice. What made Bin tere sanam a superhit?
I was out with my cousin one evening and he happend to be humming the song.

I immediately felt like experimenting with it and we made the remix within a day. I never expected it to become such a massive hit. You have made a lot of music for Bollywood. Is that where you are headed?
I got good offers and the opportunity to work with the best in the industry. But that is not quite what I plan to do.

So what are you working on now?
My most recent track is Dhol beat from the film Loins Of Punjab. It's not a commercial Hindi track, it's out of the outbox.

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