Thursday, 19 July 2012

Hey Mr. D.J. , Thank You For Putting The Record On!

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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.

“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.!