Delhi DJs You Ought To Know

Editors posted on 02 September

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From intense sonic experiences to groovy dance melodies, the art of Dj-ing is being taken to a new level of excellence, with a whole fleet of talent coming up in our city. These are our picks.

Progressive Brothers aka Sunny and Karan

After being termed India’s ‘Best Trance DJs’ for the year 2012 – 2013 by VH1 Myfavdj Awards, this duo has only soared to newer and better heights. Sunny and Karan have performed at the sickest festivals, comprising big shots like Sunburn, Vh1 Supersonic, Holiguns Music Festival, EDMonk Festival, Burnout Festival, Sun & Moon Festival etc. Known as the “Mashup Masters”, their sounds have a mingling of Progressive/Electro House sounds, often accompanied by Trap and Hard Style. With their innovative take on music, they have shared the stage with heavyweights from the global music scene, including Steve Aoki. Stay tuned for their upcoming releases for the year 2015.

What they’re up to now: The DJs just released a set of 50 free bootlegs/remixes, on amassing 50k Facebook fans. In other news, a track dedicated to India was released amid phenomenal reviews; it’s going to be back with a video soon!

Best Moment: When Hardwell played the duo’s remix of David Guetta and Showtek featuring Vassy’s single ‘Bad’ in Brazil.

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Hoax aka Akshay Bhalla

Introduced to club music as a kid, Akshay Bhalla’s street cred has been on the high since he moved from Journalism to Stage Management, to being a promoter. In 2012, ‘Bhallanator’ launched India’s first ever electronic music magazine, Euphoric Magazine. When he isn’t at work as editor of the magazine, you can find him marauding as Hoax {as coined in April 2015} and opening for artists like Joseph Capriati, tyDi, Anna, Tenishia, Jerome Is Mae, Arctic Moon, The Viceroy, Indecent Noise, etc. Emerging from his fascination for deceit, he is the trickster of the deck. Look out for this trailblazer who has lots of unreleased material.

What he’s up to now: With a stable job as the Editor of Euphoric Magazine, he moonlights as a promoter and artist as and when he feels like.

Best Moment: Opened a set for Terry Francis in 2009

Worst Moment: When he accidentally pressed the cue button on an in-playing record while the floor was full.

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Sartek aka Sarthack Sardana

Who would have ever thought that a chartered accountancy finalist would get such a different kind of desk job? One of the foremost dance music producers, Sartek takes away the cake with only his accomplishments at first glance. He has graced the Beatport Top 100 (Electro House) charts and it was his debut track ‘Apocalypse’ that created the tremors of his fame in the industry. Opening for stalwarts like Martin Garrix, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Nicky Romero and Steve Aoki, it was in 2014 that his work in Dopamine received a nod from David Guetta with three plays on his radioshow.

What he’s up to now: 2015 seems promising for Sartek who just became the first Indian to be signed on by Cloud9 Music, home to record labels Revealed and Armada Cloud, representing Armin Van Buuren and Hardwell. He has also released a free download called ‘Backed Up’ that warrants checking out.

Best Moment: Opening for the world number one DJ Armin Van Buuren and Hardwell playing his track ‘Backed Up’ live in Miami to more than a lakh of his fans.

Worst Moment: While performing in Mumbai, Sartek attempted to use a CO2 jet gun for the first time ever. He did not anticipate the recoil and went flying in the opposite direction. Lolz.

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Su Real aka Suhrid Manchanda

He’s known as the secret ingredient to some of Delhi’s best underground sets and has been a pioneer in stretching the limits of our city’s dance music scene. With over 17 years of experience under his belt in a variety of cities, you never know what to expect with Su Real. He could take you down memory lane with old classics {in his own style, of course} or he could bring to you the best of the new. Keep an open mind and get ready for a physical and mental experience- double whammy.

What he’s up to now: Having just released his EP which is titled “Brown Folks”, he’s touring all over India- 8 cities which he tells is his biggest tour yet. You can also expect new music videos and fresh tunes- the music never stops!

Best moment: Playing in support of the Major Lazer tour of India, earlier this year. He also takes pride in being the first DJ to push Diplo and Mad Decent sounds from just a niche audience to a more mainstream audience.

Worst moment: Having to put an end to underground Trap and Grindhouse parties due to noise and authority regulations.

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