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Two to tango

One is a house DJ and the other a trance aficionado and together they rock the floors. Meet the two popular DJs in the country who were in the town recently.

MAKING MUSIC: DJs Kay and Damir. Photo: Satish H.

SHE IS one of the rare female DJs on the console in the country who rocks 180 Proof in Bangalore with her `happy music' comprising House and Progressive house genres and goes by the name of DJ Kay. He happens to be a Croatian-born music and spirituality aficionado settled in India and sways trance parties in Pune with psychedelic music -- the Progressive trance and goes by the name of DJ Damir. And they both believe in `going with the flow' at the gigs, the maxim that got them together for a jugalbandi in the twin cities recently. The happy rhythms got a whopping crowd to the floor, once hypnotic on the music and the next moment jiving on the rhythmic beats. As for the DJs on the console, they exchanged complementary notes about each other's music.

"Dude you are good," observed Kay on the nine-minute trance tracks of Damir who in turn philosophically added, "The lady DJs add the female energy to the party." A thorough pro knowing her music and the crowd, Kay says, "It is extremely frustrating for a DJ to find the audience not dancing to the beats." And she intends to travel abroad and pick up some unique collection. "Everyone plays the same music. There has to be a collection that can be the USP of the DJ," she adds.

An IT professional, Kay quit the software career to follow her heart. "I had friends who are DJs and I learnt the console basics from them and people liked my music. I am lucky to be here at the right time since there are very few female DJs but we will have a lot of them in the future, once they see others behind the consoles," she adds.

As for Damir, "I have a family which is into music. My mother in fact had a grand piano for her wedding gift and plays very well. And I have been with the rock, hard rock and jazz-rock through the 60s and 70s to the contemporary trance genre since the 1990s," he says. Having played with the London Ministry of Sound earlier and presently rocking Pune, inspired by the Eastern spirituality, he has made the country his home (loves his Indian name Samar Panth as well) and he looks forward to more trance dos. "The next party is a major full moon party back in Pune," he says. "As a DJ it is essential to get the experience of playing for vivid party crowds in different cities and feel the pulse," adds Kay, who intends to come back to the city again with her music. The revellers would not mind more of the happy music for sure, from a team that spells two to tango.


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