There are those days when everything seems to go wrong, doesn't it? It happens in all sorts of situations not only at work, but also during night outs when all you really want is to relax, unwind, and have fun. Going clubbing with friends is no exception. All week long, you were looking forward and pumped-up with excitement to have a great weekend night out at the club, then at an unexpected whim, disaster strikes! What could have gone wrong?
I'm sure you've encountered even very petty situations that ruined the rest of the evening for you. You got lost on the way to club...You could not find a parking space...The line going inside the club was just horrendously long...You got into an argument with the bouncer...The music did not match your style and taste....and so on -- these horror stories are just endless! Now how can you nip clubbing disasters in the bud?
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Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Saturday, 1 June 2013
One of the perks and opportunities that I enjoy most as a DJ is the opportunity to travel. Yes, I’ve been in different parts of the globe, but there’s so much more to explore. For a DJ, there are multifarious benefits of being able to travel. Of course, the primary objective is work-play ---yes, my work is to play music, right? :-) But I’m not the plug-and-play kind of DJ. I try t absorb and immerse myself into the culture and audience of the country where I’m playing, and I make it a point to build a connection. This is what make my travel gigs truly meaningful.
Well, I’m raring to get out there anytime soon...So I’d like to share with you my travel wishlist.
Here are my Top 5 Dream Gig Destinations:
1. The Pacha:
Yes, I’d like to be able to bite and let my tongue roll with those ‘two-cherries’ (the logo of Pacha). I consider The Pacha a DJ’s playground and a party goer’s paradise. The Pacha clubs are located in different parts of the world where people live and breathe to party. Amazing is an understatement. The Pacha ranked 3rd among the 100 best nightclubs in the world, in a poll conducted by DJ Magazine. I love to feel the vibe, take my DJ skills to the next level, and network with people. The Pacha is indeed the place to be!
In my many different gigs in different countries, Indian nationals never fail to show up. I think they’re everywhere! I love their vibrance and energy for music and dancing. They’re very responsive, especially if Indian music is infused with electronic music, they go wild! I think there’s never a dull party in India, and I’d love to be part of that!
When you’re down, there’s no way to go but up! Australia’s music scene has always scaled new heights all over the globe.The Land Down under has got their own electronic music culture and happenings goin’ on down there, I wanna be a part of it too!
4. Tokyo, Japan:
With all the high-tech lights, effects, and of above all, their pulsating electronic music scene --- are the things that fascinate me about Tokyo. I am really intrigued at how they manage to marry the Japanese-Asian music flavor with their ultra-modern technology and lifestyle. I’m hearing and reading so much about one of their premiere party clubs -- the Muse. It would really be great to be able to play there one day.
I think my distinctive music style lies in my use of percussions; percussion defines my sound. Africa is known for their percussive beats and rhythms. Yes, this place would be a haven for my music. I’m fascinated and excited with the thought of having a nice exchange and fusion of electronic and percussion.
One of the biggest challenges of being a DJ and playing in a different country or a culture that’s different from my culture is being able to pick the sound and unleash the party energy out of the audience. How do I please them without compromising my own music style? I imagine myself cooking up and preparing a salad -- a big music salad. I pick-up different tastes, flavors, and textures, then add my own special dressing, and then I just mix, spin, and whip it up!
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
My sincere apologies to everyone that it took me quite a long while to finally sit down and write a new blog entry. Yes, I took that much needed break. I may have kept myself out of the limelight--i.e. from performing onstage, but that didn’t mean I stopped spinning and producing music. Of course, I’ve had my moments for some r&r, but nothing can keep me away from my music.
This was one of the very few and rare moments that I totally devoted myself and spent most of my time doing studio work, and dabbled on DJ-teaching in between. With the guidance of one of my mentors, Jampietri, who became my partner-collaborator in the studio, I can say, that I focused and immersed myself into the intricate yet fascinating world of music production.
Don’t get me wrong; of course I really missed the vibrance and the adrenaline of performing onstage, and resonating with the energy of the crowd. But I’m grateful that I have been given this time to experience and appreciate a whole new world that is away from the flashing lights.
So what did I learn from this experience? You need to start and look from within. Studio work has given me the atmosphere and the mood to create. Yet, at the end of the day, it’s still just sound. Great music happens once you take that sound and share it, for the world to hear....
Now with gratitude in my heart, I’d like to share my music. Check out my latest production “As Long As You Say - Miss Diamond DJ feat. Jampietri” , which you may be able to download for FREE from my Soundcloud account: https://soundcloud.com/miss-diamond. And feel free to browse and give my other mixes a spin!
As I mentioned earlier, I do hold DJ classes, yet for those of you who really want to take your skills to a higher level, I am also at the helm of presenting the International DJ Academy. For those interested, visit the website: http://www.dj-academy.ch , for more details.
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Monday, 14 January 2013
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Hey Mr. D.J. , Thank You For Putting The Record On!
(Musings About My Musical Influences)
Whenever an artist is interviewed, the interviewer never fails to ask –“Who / what were your musical influences?” Since my passion for music endures (and I think will go on for eternity), I dared to ask myself that question too.
Where and how did my love for music start? Ever since I could remember, I feel it has been with me ever since I was born! Just like any other toddler, my mom used to tell me that I would love to move and dance whenever I hear rhythm. As a kid, I would mimic singers and dancers on TV. I studied ballet and dabbled into playing different kinds of music instruments. I do play the guitar, actually.
My teenage years were actually the time of my blooming love affair with music. I was glued to the radio, constantly looking forward to what new song the radio DJ would play next. I knew every single hit song that was on the radio. I had a big LP collection. I was giddy about my music heroes like Information Society, Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Kylie Minogue, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, A-Ha… I also loved hanging out with friends at dance clubs where new wave and electronic music was so much in vogue. I think these were my early exposures to DJ-ing.
Then getting into college, and eventually getting into law school, then being a lawyer by profession and a model, were great career experiences for me. Yet, in the midst of it all, music was calling me. Sometime in 2005, my music preference evolved into dance and electronica, and I can say that my early DJ heroes were David Guetta and Fatboy Slim. I also happened to come across a DJane, Monica Kruse, who is said to be one of Germany’s most successful techno-DJ. Though I really do not know much about her work, but it gave me a thought bubble – ‘why not be a DJane?!’ Well, the hands of fate must’ve orchestrated it all… In 2008, I had a friend who had some DJ equipment where I had a chance to dabble and play around with. From then on, I got myself some equipment and started DJ-ing as a hobby. At friends’ parties, I would oblige to be their party DJ. Then I was invited to present in a corporate party, which I could say, was my first official gig as a DJ. And the rest, as they say, is history….
The next questions that artists usually get from the press –
“What/who is your dream collaboration?” : I’d say Martin Solveig. He is a
French DJ and his most recent production work is Madonna’s MDNA album.
French DJ and his most recent production work is Madonna’s MDNA album.
“What is the song that you wished you had written?” : “The World Is Mine” by David Guetta. I really wish I could do something like that; amazing beyond words…
“What is your dream concert / gig destination?”: Singapore. Never been or played there, but I hear it has one of the hottest club and dance scenes.
There are certain moments in my life as a DJ where I feel like I, myself, is like a record spinning round and round. I go from one gig to the next, I produce songs, I teach DJ-ing…I’m really swamped with work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all. I really feel blessed that this career path that I’ve chosen has been fruitful and fulfilling. Though, I must admit, it has not always been a bed of roses; but every victory, every pitfall is a product of my enduring passion for music. With this, I say…thank you for the music, thank you for spinning those records, Mr. D.J.!