Who DJ

Cosmopolitan (India) - - MEN & YOU -

North and South Karanvir Singh, 22

Genre: “Pro­gres­sive and Elec­tro house.” The DJing scene in In­dia

has... “...come a long way. Peo­ple are look­ing to pro­mote tal­ent in the right di­rec­tion. It’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore we be­come a ma­jor part of the global EDM [Elec­tronic Dance Mu­sic] com­mu­nity.”

Mu­si­cal in­flu­ences: “I’ve been a mu­si­cian for most part of my life. Drums were my weapon of choice. I wanted to learn how to record and track live in­stru­ments, so I joined a mu­sic academy in New Delhi. That’s where I

heard One by Swedish House Mafia and it was my ini­ti­a­tion into EDM. Favourite fe­male

DJs: “Dinka and Nervo.”

Play­ing at: “I’ve cov­ered the ma­jor club cir­cuit in Delhi and have trav­elled to Ban­ga­lore to play as well.”

What’s next: “I’m work­ing on orig­i­nal tracks and spend­ing a lot of time plan­ning shows that are more dy­namic in terms of pro­duc­tion and vi­su­als.” Check out North and South’s mu­sic on: “Sound­cloud.com/ of­fi­cial­northand­south.”

Nu­cleya Udyan Sa­gar, 34 Genre: “Global Bass.” Started DJing in: “1999, when I was about 20 years old.”

Favourite fe­male DJ: “San­dunes—she’s an amaz­ing pro­ducer, too.”

Played at: “Glas­ton­bury, Elec­tron, Bac­ardi NH7 Week­ender and now the Sak­ifo mu­sic fes­ti­val.”

Mu­si­cal in­flu­ences: “My dad used to play a lot of In­dian mu­sic at home when I was a kid. And then I started lis­ten­ing to The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers and Prodigy. I was a huge fan of the Asian un­der­ground mu­sic move­ment, too.”

How I prep for a set: “I usu­ally ask my friends to record a voice sam­ple in the style of a Bol­ly­wood di­a­logue, and I start my sets with those.”

What’s next: “Just re­leased my lat­est EP, Koocha Mon­ster Remix. Also a project with Benny Dayal for Sony Mu­sic which should be on TV soon.” Check out Nu­cleya’s

mu­sic on: “Nu­cleya.com; all the mu­sic is free!”

Du­al­ist In­quiry

Sa­hej Bak­shi, 27

Genre: “In­die Elec­tron­ica.” Started mak­ing

mu­sic: “I started play­ing the guitar at age 9, and pro­duc­ing my own elec­tronic mu­sic when I was 19.”

Mu­si­cal in­flu­ences: “Ev­ery­thing from Daft Punk and Rage Against The Ma­chine to Phoenix and Jus­tice, and more.” The DJ-ing scene in In­dia...

“...is boom­ing right now and is a lot of fun to be a part of. I was ex­cited when I got to open for Dead­mau5 and Fat­boy Slim.” What peo­ple iden­tify with and re­mem­ber when I’m play­ing... “I play the guitar live! Also, there’s a lot of hy­per-ac­tive head bang­ing.”

What’s next: “I’m spend­ing the summer in LA, re­leas­ing a new EP this year, and loads and loads of more live gigs.” Check out Du­al­ist In­quiry’s mu­sic on: “Sound­cloud.com/ du­al­istin­quiry.”


Anant Ahuja, 24, and Neal Sekhri, 25

Genre: “Ev­ery­thing from hip-hop and RnB to house, dub, reg­gae, bass, and fu­ture.” Started pro­duc­ing

mu­sic: “In high school! And we picked up some turntable skills in col­lege in the US. We’ve been more ac­tive on the live cir­cuit in the last two years.”

Mu­si­cal in­flu­ences:

Anant: “Dr. Dre was prob­a­bly one of my ear­li­est in­flu­ences, in terms of pro­duc­tion.” Neal: “Artists like Dr. Dre, Eminem and Snoop Dogg. I am al­ways in­spired by mu­sic that has amaz­ing beats and melodies.”

What’s next: “We’re set­ting up cool, new con­cept shows, work­ing on new tracks with our crew, and pro­duc­ing a hip-hop al­bum with rap­per RiSK.” Check out MadS­tarBase’s mu­sic on:


On Nu­cleya: net vest and sneak­ers, all Adi­das Orig­i­nals; trousers, Zara; watch, Fos­sil. On Mil­ica: cro­chet vest, Ken­neth Cole; bikini top, Roxy at Quick­sil­ver; bag and ban­gles, all Ac­ces­sorize; shorts, Vero Moda; shoes, Zara; beaded...

On Karanvir: polo shirt, Tommy HIl­figer; sweat­shirt and jog­gers, Zara; shoes, Vans. On Nas­tia: leather vest, Ken­neth Cole; pen­cil skirt, ONLY; crop top and shoes, both Zara; hair­band and neck­laces, all Ac­ces­sorize; bracelets and cuffs, all Bling by...

On Neal: printed T-shirt, flan­nel shirt, and high tops, all Quick­sil­ver; jog­gers, Zara On Anant: polo shirt, La­coste, chino shorts, Bhane.; watch, Diesel

On Sa­hej: Aztec-print jacket, Zara; printed T-shirt and skinny jeans, both koovs.com; shoes, Vans

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