They have been rocking Hyderabad for over a decade. Music runs in their veins and rhythm is a way of life. Right from energising the room with sheer musical grit, to playing pied piper to scores of party animals on the party circuit, three DJ's from the twin cities bagged awards in a recently held national DJ contest.

DJ Sunny Sunshine, DJ Kanna and DJ Blackjack were declared winners of the recent polls conducted for best DJs across the country by ‘'.

“The recognition was long due for us and the city itself. People have now started noticing Hyderabad as a happening place among other cities and we have come a long way,” says DJ Sunny Sunshine, who won the best DJ award in the ‘Chill out' category. However, a few years ago, DJs from Hyderabad were an unwanted lot. “People from other cities looked down on us just because we were from Hyderabad. But the support from the home crowd has been phenomenal and winning in a nationwide contest in the Hip-hop category has proved that Hyderabad has got talent,” chips in DJ Kanna, who has performed along with noted international artistes such as Akon, Chamillionare and Wyclef Jean to name a few.

With a lot of DJ's playing electronic, club, house, trance, techno and Bollywood, the organisers of the contest didn't forget the rock and retro category, which was bagged by one of the oldest DJ's in the country, DJ Blackjack. “It's a long way to the top and my long way has been 20 years with rock and retro. It is wonderful that the organisers, Vishal Shetty and Eddie Cruzet had included Rock as a genre in the contest as it gives an ‘endangered species' a life among commercial genres of music,” adds DJ Blackjack.