Answer -) I will always meet my fans as the Real me. I’m a very friendly person, I love to make friends. Beyond DJ Sway I am a person who loves to spend time with family, friends and animals, I always take out some time to visit my farm and spend some quality time with my beautiful Horses, Dogs, Ducks and Peacocks, their love for me is unconditional and so is mine for them. I enjoy activities like gardening and planting in my spare time. I am a very simple person when it comes to my off stage life.Q.2 What brought you to music and how has it evolved?
Answer- Music has always been my soul searcher, I get close to me when I listen Music, so I knew already that music is my passion and I believe one should always follow what they’re passionate about, and the rest is history.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your musical journey?
To be very honest, nobody influenced me. It was my passion for music which brought me to this industry. It was my choice and I wanted to continue my journey in the music industry only. When I started in 2013, the Female DJs in India were really going places. Hence I made my passion into my profession, and here I am today.Q.4 Are you an artist or a musician first -
Well I would say I am an artist first 😊Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life - One advice music or non music related that has shaped you today ?
I have a passion to learn, everyday holds the potential for a new experience, a new learning lesson. I live to learn and then share to change, to inspire and influence. The advice that has changed my life was - that don't be afraid to take risk when faced with uncertain life - the possibilities are endless, and a secondly one should not be phased by rejection, I think the sooner people understand this it will be a big part of our career which is a good thing, we must understand that some people will love our work and what we do ... and others won’t, both of these are okay 😊.Q.6 Is music what you do on stage a business for you , How do you handle your business side of music?
My job is indeed my bread and butter, and money is important at the end of the day. I select and schedule my gigs according to the requirements and priorities. I attend meetings and seek opportunities that are of benefit to me. I have a marketing and communications team as well who work time of my activities. I keep track on the latest trends and tastes in music, to be in sync with the pulse of my crowd always and ensure they have a great night at my gigs. I focus a lot on building relationships as well, as this is what I feel will sustain my music business in the long run.Q.7 How did you deal with the changing music industry genre specific scenario with the coming of social media ?
When I began in the industry, the importance of social media existence was completely non-existent. However, as years passed by, and keeping current trends and times in mind, you realize that your social media existence has now become everything. So this was a very drastic change to adapt to, and I had to change my approach entirely to maintain my digital presence. I also realize though that it has made work a lot easier and fun, and I love the ability to be able to reach out to so many people at a time. People are now getting influenced by the international music culture such as K-Pop, as there is a lot of exposure gained through the internet. People can immediately catch as well where have you stolen any music track from. Our audience today is smart, and one must not underestimate them. We must learn to adapt to their thinking and preferences, and improve our skills and deliver the best we can from our end.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your music and business
I use social media as my mirror, I want to reflect and connect with my fans and followers for just the way I am. I try to keep an open approach where people can get to know me, and the fan following and boosting counts increase gradually in an organic form. So there, when I have connected with the people with a bit of human touch through virtual mediums, my work and business increases too in the process. I truly believe in the phrase – Your network is your net worth.Q.9 Who are the top artist in your genre who inspire you to create music
I have been inspired by countless Artist, if we talk about female DJ then there’s a female DJNakadia from Thailand, her story is really inspiring.Q.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to create music
• Favorite place - Thailand | Maldives • Favorite track –There are many depending on my mood. If i am feeling low I prefer to listen Sean Paul songs, it literally boosts me up &directly takes me to a dancing zone. • Favorite clubs /Cafe/ Restaurant - There are many but to name a few, Playboy, privee (Delhi) ,soho house , (mumbai)Q. 11 How important is the support of family and friends for you to create music ?
Not just music, but I believe it is impossible to succeed in any field of life without the support of your family and friends. True happiness lies when we work and celebrate our successes together with our family and friends, both on a professional and personal front. Appreciation, criticism, and encouragement is all part of the process to become better at what you do. There is nobody better than your family and friends to advice you on this.Q.12 What would You tell the new artist/ musicians in this age of social media and instant gratification?
It takes years of hard work and determination to achieve and it is not as easy as gaining a million followers in a short span of time like the digital world showcases. All that glitters is not always gold. You might not receive immediate results but hard work and determination has never failed anyone. Do remember this while you are struggling to make it big in this fast pace race track of life.Q.13 Which other genre of music has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that genre ?
I really like EDM and Underground music, artists like Carlcox, Umek, Guy J, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and the list goes on.Q.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
In five years, I see myself as a successful Shepreneur – making a living out of the music I am making, and working with big labels and marking my foothold in Bollywood and Hollywood. That's the plan, meanwhile, I am happy to wait and see as well where life takes me.
DJ Sway is a Shepreneur working her way up the music ladder since 2013 , her road to fame has been her determination to achieve against the odds. As a musician she is an artist first and her inspiration comes from Thailand based DJ Nakadia. Sway is a soul searching passionate individual living both sides of music creation and business as a way of answering her search. Within her short time span as a female DJ she has evolved from understanding the dynamics of social media and people while having a charming personal side that is encouraged by family and friends to blossom into a strong woman at the helm of the music scene.
Answer -I am Tarun. Someone who truly enjoys art and aesthetics, always have. Cinema being my first love, I am the one with all the obscure knowledge of weird movies and music from all over, in the group. I am the guy who secretly likes to nerd out over SCI FI and psychological thrillers. Behind my ‘cool’ appearance I am like anyone else. Spirituality has become a part of me as I’ve gained sense and maturity. I find myself to be a deeply spiritual being who loves his time on this planet and wants to spend this life making things around me happier and beautiful and what better way to do it than music?Q.2 What brought you to music and how has it evolved?
Answer- Music was always in me and I believe it to be true for each and every human being if not all sentient beings. It surfaced first at a very young age, of about 12. I enjoyed the real classic back then tracks from the 80s film AMAR PREM were some of the first to strike a chord in me. Unusual but then, that’s just me ^^. Sound was always around but great ones came by ever so often, as I grew older, around my 2 elder sisters, I was introduced to cassettes and the best ones in my memory were of Rangeela and Taal to name a few, so basically A.R.Rahman entered my life whose music every being on this planet must appreciate. The flow continued and was quite a cliche as Linkin Park was back then, every 90s kid has a rock phase and so did I, glad though that I don’t still dwell there hehe. Real turning point was when I first travelled to Goa and figured out the Psy scene, Psychedelic music was so new for me, it was around 2010 when I first discovered the scene. The world of electronic music was now in my radar. My interest grew in discovering all sorts of new electronic music. Started off with deep house, I was greatly into retro swing, electro swing for a bit. Dug deeper and deeper and gradually i found what I today call my sound and have genred it too ‘Spiritual deeptech’ a genre coined by me. It was in 2016 when I visited Van tribe festival a small festival around Pune Bombay where I heard some tribal electronic tunes and I knew at the get go, that this was something that deeply interested me. Some ancient part inside of me woke up by these tunes and I decided that world should listen to what good too ;). My first release was in the same year of ‘16 and I was quickly recognised by some greats on Soundcloud ( I have much gratitude and regard for this platform ). As recognition grew I was invited to play at the 7 Chakras festival in Italy in 2018 Since then I have been playing at festivals locally and internationally, the recent highlight being the headliner set at Afrikaburn, South Africa, the biggest regional burn and 2nd right after the burning man itself with an attendance of 14,000+ people.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your musical journey?
The artists and people that inspire me to do and be more, not necessarily musicians, some figures I respect include STEVE JOBS, RAVI SHANKAR, ALEX GREY. These beings have left such a strong impression on my being that they have been easily the most instrumental in this journey of mine.Q.4 Are you an artist or a musician first -
Artist first, this is infact one of the most intriguing questions I have come across and this did consume quite a bit of my thought process in a pleasant fashion of course. An artists loves to discover and isn’t defined by rules and boundaries whereas, as a musician one would feel they are boxed by the theory of music and other sets of rules that make the difference between good and great music. Being both is as important but the freedom, the liberation, the feeling of just being that comes with the word ARTIST is just incomparable. So, an artist first. ALWAYS.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life - One advice music or non music related that has shaped you today ?
Working out has literally shaped me and my life, has made me a better man in every aspect of being one. Discipline as they say is the truest form of self love and I couldn't agree more, it truly is so. To be able to go in day in and day out, no matter what in itself is such a great feeling. Days where nothing goes right, there is this one thing that did and it keeps you going, which is why I absolutely love to shed my share of sweat on a daily basis.Q.6 Is music what you do on stage a business for you , How do you handle your business side of music?
No, its exactly the opposite of business for me, for me its creative release. All this energy that builds up inside each one of us needs to be released and my way of doing it is on the stage in front of all the beautiful smiles that find bliss and solace in/during my sets. To share what I love with the people I love, is my favorite thing to do. The business side of it just evolved as I did. I didn’t do anything special to be honest to handle it maybe only one thing NO COMPROMISE. I play what I feel is good and what I truly want to share. I would never not play something I don’t believe in. This approach helps in being genuine and saves one from being a sell out. SOMETHING that’s GENUINE and is driven by the HEART is always appreciated. Music first Business of it later. ALWAYS.Q.7 How did you deal with the changing music industry genre specific scenario with the coming of social media ?
I don’t have to worry about this! In my opinion great music is timeless and eras don’t define it, good music defines eras. So I don’t worry about things that are out of my control. I focus all my energy in doing what I believe in.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your music and business
Soundcloud as I have mentioned earlier is one social media platform that has been instrumental in my journey. To be able to connect with other musicians and listeners in the way SC does is just unbeatable and IMO has changed the face of how this industry works. My music today has the highest number of audiences from GERMANY, RUSSIA and U.S of A. To find the right connections of SC, Facebook has helped in many ways… I used to share my work with the artists and labels I admired, some of them appreciated me , supported me and some went up to publishing my work. So like in any business social media can be leveraged here as well, you just need to know who and what you care about.Q.9 Who are the top artist in your genre who inspire you to create music
ACID PAULI SAHALE OCEANVIS ORIENTALIS LEE BURRIDGE KORA JOSE SOLANO (to name a few)Q.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to create music
• favourite place or town - Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan, Goa • favourite music track - wow I don’t think I can answer that but o sanam - lucky ali will always be special • favourite area in your city - My room • favourite club/cafe/restaurant to perform - Afrikaburn after you’ve played at a burn no restaurant, cafe or club come close to it ^^Q. 11How important is the support of family and friends for you to create music ?
To be honest its not that important for me, when I first started out there only me believing in myself and no one else and that’s how it always will be in life. You support and push yourself and nothing/no one else can.Q.12 What would You tell the new artist/ musicians in this age of social media and instant gratification?
Nothing comes easy, best things often are the hardest. To give up is to never realise the potential you carry in your heart and soul and to live with that is the worst feeling ever. SO the best thing you can do for yourself is to go out there fearless and do what you love and expect nothing in return. Well is ofcourse easier said than done but then that’s how it is.Q.13 Which other genre of music has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that genre ?
Psychedelic music and Deep House has been a great influence Artists from the house of Anjundeep Jody Wisternoff, YOTTO, Ben Bohmer, David August, Classic - Beatles, MASSIVE ATTACK, MUSE. Psy - Guisseppe, kindzadza, Kabayun, kamenanda Kishore Kumar, Luck Ali, A.R.rahman And many many many countless artistsQ.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
Re arrange the first three letter of Tarun and we find the word art , which defines his exceptional fire to create music. Kosa is a spiritual deep tech musician , the founder of this particular genre , he lives his life like an artist. His musical journey has been painting new strokes on the music canvas and building his inner strength with a discipline towards his health and wellbeing as the source of his focus. This inspiring trend of simple living high thinking is explored in his music by having performed in 7 Chakras Festival Italy & Afrikaburn South Africa. He is musically inspired by Acid Pauli , Sahale , Kora , Jose Solano also personalities like Steve Jobs. This joy of creation in him makes him an artist first exploring music as a form of expression and then sharing it with his fan base that keeps growing. In his success he is humble to recognize the forces of the universe at work and yet be fearless in his approach to living as a musical artist.
Answer - Mr. Limitless. MBA, Ex Googler, TV actor, Broadway lead, Singer, Composer, Tareefan lyricist, Producer. I was on The Stage S1, today I'm a Universal Music artist writing and working with people like Rishi Rich, Lisa Mishra, Sukriti Prakriti. Anything is possible. Mr. Jack of all tradesQ.2 What brought you to music and how has it evolved?
Answer- I just like humming along the radio. Next thing, I'm singing solo in the school choir to one of the most successful indie rock bands to Karaoke Championship winner to The Stage season 1 finalist to Tareefan to Soneya. It's where I find peace or it finds me when I'm not at ease. It's like meditation. It centers me. Calms me down. I'm addicted.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your musical journey?
John Mayer. I picked up the guitar wanting to be a singer songwriter like him. Then when I realized how I could turn horrible life experiences into beautiful songs I was hooked.Q.4 Are you an artist or a musician first -
I'm an artist definitely. I'm trying to talk to my audiences in a way no one's talked to them before. I wanna share my experiences, life stories, my truth through my songs. Music is just the best vehicle to take me there.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life - One advice music or non music related that has shaped you today ?
Every voice, every person, their experiences, their story is so unique. If you persevere and have patience there is an audience already waiting for you. What keeps me going? There is so much to learn, to explore, so much growth, so much to feel, to express. The journey is more/equally important than the destination. I am growing everyday. Getting better everyday. Advice - not one. I am always learning. A constant work in progress. I'm limitless. Genres, languages can't hinder my growth n development.Q.6 Is music what you do on stage a business for you , How do you handle your business side of music?
It's the most honest form of communication. I earn my livelihood through music, yes. But I left the best job in the world at Google to pursue music. It's a higher calling. I'm making people happy which in turn makes me happy. It's the best business in the world if you wanna think if it like that.Q.7 How did you deal with the changing music industry genre specific scenario with the coming of social media ?
Survival of fittest. I am not great at social media but you can't ignore it's limitless possibilities. You can talk to the world at large, share your story however true or fabricated, share your music, interact, learn, etc. You either embrace the change or be a relic of the past - be it pop music, rock music electronic music or YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or now Tik tok. Early adopters are reaping the benefits. You've gotta stay with the Times. Play the game.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your music and business
I don't think of followers as fans but more like friends. So I know that they like my music - so i put covers, then songs I like listening to. I give them glimpses of what my day looks like, share inspirational stuff. But mostly, I joke around with them, make sure they have a smile on their face. Motto - provide happiness to the people who believe in me. I want to enrich their lives with the things I say, do.Q.9 Who are the top artist in your genre who inspire you to create music
John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Frank Ocean Indian - Mr AR Rahman, Vishal Mishra (a contemporary who I have immense respect for), Rishi Rich, Arijit SinghQ.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to create music
● favourite place or town - back home in Delhi - started from the bottom more we're here ● favourite music track - John Mayer discography, a permanent in my car. ● favourite area in your city - Mumbai - Marine Drive, Sea link, ● favourite club/cafe/restaurant to perform - Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore was memorable. Every cafe/restaurant has its own quirks. Bora Bora, TAP in Bombay have been memorable too.Q. 11How important is the support of family and friends for you to create music ?
It's the one variable that keeps you going even when the times are tough and those occasional moments of self doubt. When you see they've got so much faith in you, you pick yourself up, dust off and start grinding again. When you see them cheering for you, supporting you, sharing your content, you know you're on the right track.Q.12 What would You tell the new artist/ musicians in this age of social media and instant gratification?
To be honest, the worst kind of content gets the most attention and chasing instant gratification if you have the means can get you fame. But for the actual musicians, 1) Be open to experiments beyond your genre, your artistry but never sabotage your core values 2) Always be humble. There is so much music and so much to learn. Be kind to other musicians and human beings 3) There are sharks in the music industry who've been endowed with a lot of power they don't necessarily deserve. Stay humble, grounded but instinctively aware. Trust is a good thing but it's a fickle business. Don't blindly believe anything you hear - good or bad. Do your thing. Protect your vibe. Protect your energy.Q.13 Which other genre of music has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that genre ?
Not one. I listen to a plethora of music. My subconscious can pick and choose what I gravitate easily towards. You hate those veggies but guess what you wanna eat a balanced diet then you gotta get all them food groups covered. Having said that, R&B, Soul, Bluesy pop is my jam, I feel. John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Frank Ocean Indian - Mr AR Rahman, Vishal Mishra (a contemporary artist who I have immense respect for), Rishi Rich, Arijit SinghQ.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
● I have no idea. I just wanna make good music that resonates with people. Collaborate and learn from as many people as I can. Keep growing. I've got a lot of music in me.
Rupin Pahwa of Tareefan and Soneya fame along with being a finalist at The Stage Season One believes anything is possible . He has been living his life as a work in progress while spreading happiness amongst people who believe in him. Music is his truth and he is inspired by John Mayer to a large extend enriching his own art with influences from AR Rahman , Vishal Mishra a respected contemporary for him and Rishi Rich , Arijit Singh amongst others.Having a wide range of music genres to indulge in he keeps growing his music sensibilities and hopes to keep resonating with his fans globally.
Dimitri AKA Dark Elf
Dimitri AKA Dark Elf
Answer - Hi, my name is Dimitri (DarkElf) and i come from Athens, Hellas, or Greece as most of you know it!Q.2 What brought you to music and how has it evolved?
Answer- I had originally a hip hop music background when younger, i got bored of the lyrics and oriented myself to Electronic Dance Music. Back in the 90’s/2000’s in Greece it Goa-Trance and Psy-Trance was widely popular, so here I am!Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your musical journey?
Many friends who were also producing back then, i guess the one who was the most helpful was called InVitro, but now he produces deep house under another alias.Q.4 Are you an artist or a musician first -
A bit of both i guess!Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life - One advice music or non music related that has shaped you today ?
Inspiration isn’t always easy to achieve. Lately i have found that the balance between the body & the soul is important to me. So, i’m playing basketball and that’s what is helping me right now in this everyday process.Q.6 Is music what you do on stage a business for you , How do you handle your business side of music?
I handle it myself. It isn’t my main business, i also do/did other jobs. It’s a passion & hobby more than a business.Q.7 How did you deal with the changing music industry genre specific scenario with the coming of social media ?
I try to be present on social media, but not too much, because it could alter many things and also it takes a lot of time to manage.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your music and business
Just a bit of posting on Facebook and Instagram, i don’t even know if it has helped me in music actually, but it’s a way to keep a certain contact with fans & relatives in the scene.Q.9 Who are the top artist in your genre who inspire you to create music
They are gone, it was mostly Zolod from Russia and Polyphonia from Greece.Q.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to create music
favourite place or town - • favourite music track - • favourite area in your city - • favourite club/cafe/restaurant to perform - I don’t have specific answers in these categories, i like my hometown Athens, but also the country in general which has wonderful nature, moutains and beaches. The sea is helping a lot in relaxing, about music, it can vary from genres or hits. Another gain is of course socializing, in my country we have plenty of bars and restaurants of a high quality, and it is perfect to hang out outside with friends and chat. Mostly i would say downtown Athens for this, as i live here right now!Q. 11How important is the support of family and friends for you to create music ?
It is giving a kind of stability when they understand you and give you that space or time you need to produce.Q.12 What would You tell the new artist/ musicians in this age of social media and instant gratification?
Be true to yourself and others!Q.13 Which other genre of music has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that genre ?
I have a good experience with electronic dub, being a player in a very nice project handled by Vlastur another musician. This gave me touring & on stage experience that you cannot have as a solo DJ or producer. Very interesting to jam with other musicians.Q.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
Nobody knows the future! On this planet, somewhere, i guess? Take all care.
Dimitri Dark Elf is a proud Greecian living his music Psytrance music passion to the fullest . His success as a musician is attributed to inspiration from INVitro to Vlastur in the recent times. Dimitri is a wonderful and kindhearted person engaging with people at a heart to heart level. He encourages connections that have flourished into supportive and collaborative friendship in the Psytrance genre along with interacting warmly with his fan on social media. The balance between body and soul is valued by him to keep up with the challenges he jams with other musicians evolving his music and adding his personal truth to shine as an artist expressing through his music!
Mr Uday Sonthalia
Mr Uday Sonthalia
Answer - I’m a diligent and dedicated young entrepreneur who has a strong appreciation for creativity and innovation. I aim for recognizing potential in little ideas that can eventually become big accomplishments. I believe in strong leadership and the enthusiasm for working for the benefit of the society. After a lot of hard work I got to learn many essential management skills, oratory and writing qualities, expertise of design soft ware. I respect the innovation in the field of ideas, logic and application. My not for profit initiatives including association with several social causes and NGOs reflect my desire to support the idea of being a responsible citizen.Q.2 What brought you to your present industry and how has it evolved for you? How did your educational and professional background change your understanding of life?
Answer- As a teenager I had an ardent desire to start a company of my own when I would grow up. My experiences so far have evolved me a lot and when I look back, I see a completely different individual today from then. Coming from a Marwari family, I’m 's background has contributed to his entrepreneurial strengths. My family belongs to a prosperous region of Shekhawat in Rajasthan which is known for producing some of the leading entrepreneurs of today. My family is also into the business sector and my father's company is one of the leading manufacturers of polyester buttons in India. I was born in Mumbai and then stayed in the state of Gujarat for eight years. I came to Delhi after that and continues to stay there. An alumnus of Bluebells School International, I graduated from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce (Hons.). Further I completed my Masters in Business Administration specializing in entrepreneurship from Amity Business School, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh. My educational and professional background have extensively contributed to where I’m today.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your journey?
Every person with whom I have come in contact .Q.4 What is your life’s philosophy?
I’m a man of morals. For me, my values, my true beliefs and ethics are of the highest priority. According to me, "Values define the boundaries for an individual within which he or she must live and function. Moral values are a path...a guide to become a better human being." The values inculcated in me, drive a strong sense of responsibility for the society and respect for all human beings in me. I feel that one should not defy one's own true self by breaking the boundaries they had once set themselves. I believe in honesty, ethical conduct and truthfulness which set apart an individual as a sophisticated being with unquestionable moral standards. Behavior and mannerisms coupled with thought processes make a person powerful personality but the fact that makes him really popular is more of his beautiful ideologies that automatically commands respect. I try to motivate and inspire others around me to incorporate moral values in their lives and follow them throughout their lifetime which has often influenced the mindset of people in the most positive ways.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life and how do you face challenges?
To hold on to the values of ethics, honesty and responsibility and creating new opportunities through various conglomeration business ideas. I think I’m very lucky in this case because whenever challenge come to my face I, somehow, unknowingly, get some inner strength which helps in beating off all of them.Q.6 Who all have been supporting you in your life as guides or mentor from your professional family.
My teachers, mentors, clients and even the workers at my professional domain, each of them have contributed in their own way and have improved my knowledge and experience, which has been very significant to my evolution as an entrepreneur.Q.7 How did you deal with the coming of social media as an extension to your evolving personality?
I don’t use social media for personal leisure.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your lifestyle and add value to your daily life?
I’m engrossed in work and I hardly find any time to operate Social media for personal use. However, it does add value to my work.Q.9 Who are the public figures or your professional industry figures that inspire you?
When it comes to my role model I look up to every successful person.Q.10 Let us about your favorite spots -
• favourite place or town – • favourite music track – • favourite area in your city –“South Delhi – • favourite club/cafe/restaurant other than your own –Q. 11 How important is the support of family and friends for you to create your life as you have thus far ?
My family and friends have played a pivotal role in my life. They are my backbone. I have always found mental and moral support in the times of need. Essentially, a great source of strength.Q.12 What is your essence of individuality do you define yourself as spiritual or religious?
I am a spiritual person. However, I believe that luck and hard work go hand in hand. Handwork brings luck and luck accompanied with handwork can do wonders. Whenever I get time, I do meditation which helps in my rejuvenation and gears up me for the day.Q.13 Which alternate career would you have chosen if you got an option to start all over again and why
Even if given choice I will again and again choose to be an ‘Entrepreneur’ but yes I can definitely opt for a different business like I would love to try my hands on in goods sector as presently I’m dealing in services sector. For me, choosing a career came very naturally. I think, entrepreneurship is an inherited trait of mine and I always endeavor to become better than the best entrepreneur of all times.Q.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years on personal and professional level ?
Taking Uni Square Concepts to newer heights.
Mr Uday Sonthalia is an ardent Entrepreneur heading a successful and scaling company UniSquare Concepts. While putting on many hats his latest accomplishments is soon to be launched book ( The Unparalleled Road Map – A Handbook To Get Your Dream Job ). A very private person taking strength and inner wisdom from meditative practices while being supported by a connected family and friends support network. He encourages professional communication and displays a dedicated commitment to learn from colleagues and other contemporaries. Uday has a compassionate and primarily rooted individuality which gives him a single minded focus to achieve as a team player and earn success in all his professional undertakings.
Answer - Well to start with, I am an outgoing person who loves exploring new places and not to forget the adventure that tags along. Being a high achiever, I strive to make every day fruitful and make sure optimism is the center of being happy. When I am not working, you can find me in the gym working out as I love fitness.Q.2 What brought you to your present industry and how has it evolved for you? How did your educational and professional background change your understanding of life?
Answer- Starting from scratch, I have built myself overcoming all the obstacles on the way. I still feel that I haven’t reached my objective as yet as there’s plenty of room to reach my potential. I entered the advertising industry 9 years ago when I made a huge jump from the public relations sector. What really intrigued me was the scope of work and the creativity that was involved for delivering results. Completing my master’s degree in commerce specializing in marketing from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, I have learned the various rubrics of the industry that I am currently associated with. The technology has helped me gain ample knowledge about certain methodologies that are crucial for delivering results. Brand management is something that excites me and I have not stopped my pursuit to excel in the field ever since I completed my post-graduation from Sydney, Australia.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your journey?
There have been many people who have the instruments in my journey, starting from my school teach to my university faculty followed by my seniors at work.Q.4 What is your life’s philosophy?
I have one goal ever since I gained conscience and that was to help others who are part of my journey. As a priority, I make sure every single individual who are like minded, gain my support in some or the other way. I believe in giving more than taking.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life and how do you face challenges?
That’s a good question. I keep myself motivated by working out in the gym. It helps me gain control over myself physically and mentally. Wherein the challenges are concerned, I make sure I put them to rest one day at a time and avoid last minute congestion. I guess this is what really helps me keep going.Q.6 Who all have been supporting you in your life as guides or mentor from your professional family.
Oh yes! I have been waiting for this question. My journey features individuals who have guided me to the path of success. My late grandfather Mr. Kishore Monga was my guiding light along with my grandmother Mrs. Raj Monga. Not to forget my father who has been there always supporting me with my ideas and shaping them to become reality. My Dear friend AkarshikaBindra who has been there in the thick and thin and backing me emotionally. “Who said an entrepreneur doesn’t get emotional?”.Q.7 How did you deal with the coming of social media as an extension to your evolving personality?
Social media is helpful to create a public identity however, to keep up with the evolving personality one has, one should keep up with the trend. That’s something I do and I believe being with the trend is healthy and a lucrative outlook.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your lifestyle and add value to your daily life?
Sharing your life on social media helps you gain conscience as you are creating a world around it. Making sure the information shared is limited to the public, I feel it’s a healthy habit one can develop. Social media helps me stay active publicly and reach out to more people making a routine.Q.9 Who are the public figures or your professional industry figures that inspire you?
The one person who inspires me the most is Mr. Shiv Khera, a renowned philanthropist who believes in success. His book “You can Win” really helped me grow while I was in school. His style of communicating with the people is astounding.Q.10 Let us about your favorite spots -
• favourite place or town – "Goa" • favourite music track –“Rita Ora – New Look” • favourite area in your city –“South Delhi – Defence Colony Market • favourite club/cafe/restaurant other than your own –“Social – caféQ. 11 10) How important is the support of family and friends for you to create your life as you have thus far ?
Family and friends revive your inner self. Thus,its important for me to engage and bring back fond memories also build new ones along the journey.Q.12 What is your essence of individuality do you define yourself as spiritual or religious?
Being spiritual is something that I relate to as I have engaged myself in research gaining practical knowledge. I believe everybody is on a journey and we should respect their individuality. “To Each his own”Q.13 Which alternate career would you have chosen if you got an option to start all over again and why
I would have chosen to be an event manager as I have enjoyed my past experience managing events. It is altogether a different job where one needs filed knowledge while conducting operations.Q.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years on personal and professional level ?
I see myself as a CEO and founder of a well-recognized company specializing in advertising. My goal ever since I entered the industry was to start my own company with like minded professionals who have the caliber to produce successful results. The pursuit is on and I am positive that like always, the mission will be accomplished.
Madhav Monga a young advertising maverick , having changed his field from PR in search of higher creative pursuits for the last 10 years is exploring the thrills of modern branding and advertising world. The new age advertising mojo inspires him to bring like minded people and giving back to the community and industry.As a health and fitness freak he adopts a lucrative outlook keeping up with trends on social media and gaining positivity from his resillent and strong inner self . Aiming to frutify his vision and gained expertise in a new avatar in the coming future.
Answer - Apart from being a Hotelier by profession and having rich experience of 19 years in the industry at highest level, I would like to introduce myself as a Dynamic, Practical and Outgoing personality who believe in utilizing creativity, leadership & team work to design and execute solutions that create customer value.Q.2 What brought you to your present industry and how has it evolved for you? How did your educational and professional background change your understanding of life
Answer- My inclination towards the hospitality industry came from the fact that this industry allows you to develop yourself – professionally and as a person. After being associated with the industry, not only do I have improved on the professional skills I had already possessed, but with time and commitment I have learnt others due to the variety of colleagues, clients and situations that have put me to the test. In conclusion, the hotel industry is a pretty interesting and pleasant domain to get involved in. As for my understanding of life, my educational & professional background has definitely inspired me to understand the complexity of the outer world as there are lot of things we don’t know about and don’t understand and there are always new things to find out if you go looking for them.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your journey?
My Mother and my Wife have been greatly instrumental in my journey this far as they taught me to question the world around me which going forwardhelped me immensely to understand the world and people around me and enable me to take decisions which not only helped me rise at professional front but also at personal front too.Q.4 What is your life’s philosophy?
My life’s philosophy is never fear failure but rather fear not trying. You must always welcome challenges as they make you realize of your true strength and makes you a better decision maker.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life and how do you face challenges?
The focus on my goals & targets which I have set for myself keeps me going in my everyday life and inspires me to work hard to achieve them.Q.6 Who all have been supporting you in your life as guides or mentor from your professional family.
I would like to name Ms. Manju Sharma (Managing Director – Jaypee Hotels & Resorts), who has always guided in my thick and thin the best owner I have ever worked with and whom I really admire for her managing skills and professional approach towards her work and would also like to name late Mr. Vinay Jairaj, who was my Ex-boss at Hotel JW Mariott, Mumbai and was the one, who helped me developand enhance my professional skills and knowledge to a very high level.Q.7 How did you deal with the coming of social media as an extension to your evolving personality?
Social media is an effortless way to connect with the outer world.It has helped me connect with business and like minded people and have made it easier for me to reach out to people of authority who have and couldhave helped me in my career.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your lifestyle and add value to your daily life?
I use Social Media as the primary means of getting connected with my friends, family and colleagues even when I’m not physically with them, which not only help me create balance between my personal & professional life but also keeps me socially active, which due to my hectic professional schedule is difficult to be. It has also greatly helped me in boosting my knowledge & skills through its various means, without paying for them.Q.9 Who are the public figures or your professional industry figures that inspire you?
I would like to name Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin for his strong diplomatic and leadership skills.Q.10 Let us about your favorite spots -
• favourite place or town – Mumbai • favourite music track –ek din mit jayanga mati ka mol (dharma karam movie ) • favourite area in your city – my home • favourite club/cafe/restaurant other than your own – • Gazali sea food restaurant MumbaiQ.11 How important is the support of family and friends for you to create your life as you have thus far?
Support of my family & friends have always been my source of strength during difficult times of my life. Their opinions, advices & companionship have helped me immensely in taking right decisions during complicated situations and I am grateful to them for everything I have been able to achieve as it would have not been possible without their support and loveQ.12 What is your essence of individuality do you define yourself as spiritual or religious?
would like to define myself as both spiritual & religious as I do practice religion, meditate and pray like all religious people do and since my thoughts are kind rather than judgemental towards others that make me a spiritual soul also.Q.13 Which alternate career would you have chosen if you got an option to start all over again and why
Teaching and NGO or (become a monk 😊)Q.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years on personal and professional level ?
In next five years, professionally, I see myself holding a designation which is at least couple of rank higher than the designationI’m holding right now and expect my pay grade to go up at least two folds from the current one. Personally, I see myself indulged more in to charity and social services while being remain active professionally, personally and sociallyDilawar Singh
Dilawar Singh Nindra is a hotelier by profession for the last 19years he has worked across different chains. As the GM of Jaypee Vasant Continental , New Delhi he is bringing a fresh outlook and leadership to the traditional work environment. His dynamic and practical approach to adapting to new challenges while never fearing failure has kept him focused on achieveing his goals consitently. While he takes inspiration from the Late Mr Vinay Jairaj ( Ex boss , JW Marriot Mumbai ) and his present boss Ms Manju Sharma ( managing Director Jaypee Hotels & Resorts ). In life his inspiration comes from his wife and mother who have given him the support and constant encouragement to achieve professionally and set up new philantrophic goals.
Answer-I’d call myself a mirror, quietly observing and reflecting back all that life shows, sometimes guilty of distorting realities And exaggerating features that I take a fancy to. My stage name, Joelene Dove, was a brainchild of me and my hubby, who has been my closest companion in my musical journey. I wanted my stage name to be as close sounding to my birth name as possible. So....Joelene came in. The last name was chosen ‘coz of the peace and positivity the sound of ‘Dove’ brings in.Q.2 What brought you to music and how has it evolved?
Answer-I had been singing and humming all my life, right from my childhood, for the sheer joy of it. But never ever planned to make it a profession. Then the first thought of a stage performance happened with a band called ‘Nine Lives’, which a mutual friend introduced me to. The first ever professional stage performance actualized with another Delhi based rock band on 31st December 1999...And honestly, I felt absolutely shitty after the show, although the band was great! All 'coz I sang stuff there that I didn’t like to sing. I felt I had abused myself.😅 After that it was a long break from the stage. I continued writing lyrics for some of the bands that had already made their mark in the music industry. Composing started much later in 2007, first for others and gradually for myself....Maazi, coming out as the first song that I ever recorded. By the way, Maazi was originally written, composed and recorded as ‘Broken', an English song. The melody was so compelling that I wanted to redo it for the Indian market. That was the birth of Maazi. Over a period of time, my music has become more honest, and less ‘I’m here to prove a point’ music...just like my transition over the last few years. I’m glad being me, no fancy tags required.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your musical journey?
My musical journey started with my birth. It was always in the genes. That, along with a very poetic father and musically inclined parents, and a family that always appreciated arts, the first spark was ignited. But the one who gave direction to the ‘ever lost’ me was Riff, my husband, my friend, my mom, my brother, my big daddy...all rolled into one! He believed in me when I didn't and propelled me into making music. In all these years, he has been my worst critic and best teacher, just as I have been to him. Yes, he has been more than just an instrument in my journey....he’s an integral part of it. He’s lived half of my life himself.Q.4 Are you an artist or a musician first ?
I’m an artist first. My ways of expressing might change from time to time. There are days when I want to say it all in words, days when I want music to do all the talking, yet other days when I go completely silent....then I might pick up a brush and start to paint. Or just enjoy absolute silence. I love being with me.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life - One advice music or non music related that has shaped you today ?
‘Practice like you are the worst and perform like you are the best'...the advice that was given to me once, which I now pass on to the next generation of learners, has kept me going. A million sacrifices of small pleasures also helped me to discipline myself better.Q.6 Is music what you do on stage a business for you , How do you handle your business side of music?
Music on stage...if I have to do covers, certainly is business. Making music needs money, and u gotta earn it from somewhere. What better way to do it than getting paid to do what you enjoy doing...sing! However, performing my own songs on stage is more the just business! It's reliving my own words, connecting with the audience and saying thanks to them....all at the same time! I’m still learning to handle the business side of it though. I have recently launched my own brand, ‘The Music Monk’ for music training to support the business aspect of music.Q.7 How did you deal with the changing music industry genre specific scenario with the coming of social media ?
I believe there's nothing to deal with. I feel there are always takers for every genre of music. There might be phases when certain genres remain popular, and it'll automatically affect my music too if I have similar tastes. But if the popular genre is not to my taste, I don’t see any reason why my music should get affected, don’t see any reason to deal with it. I’ll serve what I have, with all love, humility and honesty. It’s for the audience to deal with that then...to like it or reject it. ☺Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your music and business ?
Social media has been my biggest tool in reaching out to people. In fact, the only reason a very private person like me is on social media is staying in touch with my audience. I have a tough time trying to post anything on the social handles, if its not related to work. But for an introvert person like me, social media is a blessing. I can promote myself without being embarrassed!Q.9 Who are the top artist in your genre who inspire you to create music?
I don’t have any 1 favourite. Yet, I’m inspired by so many of them. Someone inspires me to sing, another to write, another to make beautiful music. I love Adele, Sam Smith, Arijit Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj, Vishal Bhardwaj, Imtiaz Ali (Yes, I see sheer poetry in some of his work), Gulzar Sahab and so many more. Life itself is the most beautiful inspiration...the people around, the experiences...everything.Q.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to create music ?
favourite place or town – anywhere by the riverside • favourite music track – the sound of a river/ any song of Adele • favourite area in your city – I don’t like to go out much...So my home☺ • favourite club/cafe/restaurant to perform –None. Coz it’s not the place...it’s the audience that makes a place special.Q.11 How important is the support of family and friends for you to create music ?
Well, it’s not for creating that I need support, it’s for the journey thereafter. And I’m fortunate to have plenty of it.Q.12 What would You tell the new artist/ musicians in this age of social media and instant gratification?
First and foremost, make sure you're in it for the love of it, and not just for instant gratification, or fame and money. That's like marrying someone for their money...fake, shortlived. Once you serve your music to people, hold steady, and be prepared for heartbreaks. Don’t get dismayed if you don’t see instant results. There’s always a right time for everything.Q.13 Which other genre of music has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that genre ?
Ghazals, pop, Pop rock, Jazz rock...I’ve loved artists like Jagjit Singh, SD Burman, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Amy Lee and the ballads queen Adele, Rekha Bhardwaj....and I’m sure they’ve all had an influence on my music style, even if subconsciously.Q.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
In the next 5 years, I see myself a lot better....skilled and talented...at doing music. I’d want to be good enough to be an inspiration to many, and hopefully a name that’s taken with respect in the field of music!Joelene Dove Love. Peace. Music.
Joelene Dove is an entrepreneurial musician with a strong music background . Her strong essence of positivity and peace makes her an artist first exploring expressing herself through different ways. Dove connects with her audience through actively engaging on social media while giving mesmerizing performances on stage that makes her an inspiration. She has many feather under cap ,with her music training brand “The Music Monk” and new release.
Firefly AKA Yamini
Firefly aka Yamini is a Fire and LED performance artist having picked up the passion for fire dancing from her various Goa party experiences .As an artist she believes in juggling challenges and goals while keeping herself centred with meditation. She believes to keep moving with the changing time. Engaging actively on social media sharing her skills and improved version of herself. She is inspired by her home and its warm surroundings. The support of family and friends adds to her ability to keep practicing her art and aims to one day perform at major music festivals across Europe.