Interview with Pragnya Wakhlu
YouTube Interview with Pragnya Wakhlu
Our conversation with the spunky Pragnya Wakhlu who is an award-winning Delhi based independent singer songwriter and activist. Her musical style is a mix of alternative, blues and folk-fusion and speaks about social themes she she feels passionate about.
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Answer -)I would like to be introduced as Augadh; that’s my stage name. My wife chose it for me. It’s one of the names for Lord Shiva – Augadh means “the one who revels all time.”Q.2 What brought you to Djing and how has it evolved?
Answer- Djing started as a Hobby back in 1999, and DJ Golz helped me learn the required skills. I assisted him in Peppers Gurugram. Eventually I got the opportunity to become the resident DJ at Delhi Devils in South Ex. I started with Hip Hop and ultimately explored Global Underground Vibe; from a learning stand point it has evolved for me – learning various Genres understanding what sets the mood of crowd etc. However, I’ve come to a stage in my life wherein I’ve realised my forte is more towards Psychedelic and Melodic house and Techno. I’ve also been a professional Dancer which has in a way been a leading path towards DJing. As a Dancer I used to go to Clubs like MKOP (My Kind of Place) Friday night Hip Hop nights. Thanks to Jazzy Joe who gave me insights on Djing however couldn’t learn technicality from him but finally got the opportunity to learn from DJ GOLZ. So, in short Dancing has played a pivotal role in taking steps towards DJing.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your journey as a musician/dancer? What kind of training as a dancer and musician you have schooled yourself in.
I would say my interest, zeal, enthusiasm and thirst to master/learn this art. Same goes for Dancing as well. From a learning standpoint credit to DJ GOLZ and for Dancing I would always give a huge shout out to Ronica Jacob (Group Name: Planets) for helping me learn the skills and technicalities. Did loads of dancing shows across India and Abroad.Q.4 Are you an artist or a musician/dancer first ?
I would say a perfect combination of both, wouldn’t say Artist or DJ/Dancer first; without the rhythm to move I wouldn’t have been a DJ or a Dancer.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life - One advice music/dance or non music/dance related that has shaped you today?
I firmly believe and practice “Stay positive”. Positives attract a lot of positives. Respect everyone at all levels. Don’t try to be a replica of anyone. Be your own best version and that’s what I thrive on daily basis. Help whenever you can, don’t be judgemental. Use your own brain to make relevant decisions in life. After all grey and white matter does have a significant role in our lives!Q.6 Is Djing/dancing, what you do on stage a business for you, How do you handle your business side of dancing and entertainment industry?
DJing initially started as Hobby and turned into profession; however due to certain set backs in life moved into something more progressive which can generate stable income. Likewise; left dancing purely because of stability. Now I dance when I feel like not when there’s an event. 2020 Djing and Dancing are back to Square one “Me”. Djing doesn’t pay well unless you are affiliated to a renowned group or firmly knitted. Delhi being my home ground gave a lot of set backs as a DJ versus any other city in India – for e.g. I get better opportunities and platform in Goa as opposed to Delhi NCR.Q.7 How did you deal with the changing entertainment industry genre specific scenario with the coming of social media?
As I mentioned earlier I’m a self-learner I’ve seen the evolution from Dialler Phones to Mobile phone from No Internet to booming internet scene nowadays. I keep myself updated pertaining to specific genre which I love to listen and play. You just have to be in this game always. Speak when it’s time to say check mate.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your Djing/dance and business?
I don’t use social media to leverage my business/hobby/Djing I use social media only to spread my vibe and to stay connected with Friends and different mind sets inclined towards one common goal i.e. Music Peace Love and Unity.Q.9 Who are the top artist in your genre who inspire you to create your Djing/dance performances?
My Top Artists in Psychedelic Genre would be: Starlab, Ajja, Astrix, Infected Mushroom, Space Tribe, Avalon to be mentioning a few but the list just goes on. In House Genre I follow Stan Kolev & Matan Caspi In dancing Contemporary Hip Hop, Jazz is my style.Q.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to perform on stage?
• favourite place or town – Cyprus and Goa • favourite music track – The Way I am – Eminem, Gangster’s Paradise, I believe I Can fly • favourite area in your city – Gurugram Golf Course Road Area • favourite club/cafe/restaurant to perform – Chronicles/UV Bar - GOAQ. 11 How important is the support of family and friends for you to pursue Djing/dancing as a career ?
An interest becomes a hobby and a hobby becomes passion when there is total family support. I wasn’t lucky enough however my own efforts have kept my skills alive. Off course support matters but I’ve eventually learned that it’s not all. One’s passion is kept alive by oneself. Not to forget a friend who has always been a moral support; Vishal Malik aka OMA. And goes without saying Sumit Lamba and Last but not the least Glow Entertainment (Aarti Ahuja) for always believing and supporting.Q.12 What would you tell the new musicians/dancers in this age of social media and instant gratification?
Actually Nothing – New Gen doesn’t need advice as they are sorted already. We all make mistakes and we all learn from the same, telling anyone or giving a suggestion goes in vain hence it’s better to make and mark your own journey.Q.13 Which other genre of music/dance has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that genre?
My current style has nothing to do with anyone influencing me it’s called being open to different genres and choose on your own. What makes your move versus being a Sheep and following others which has no relevance or context to your own self.Q.14 Where do you see yourself in post Covid era as a musician/dancer and in life in general ?
Successful, stronger than ever, learning new skill sets investing on my own self development versus waiting.
Augadh The man who danced his way to DJing from starting out as a professional dancer to one of the most uplifting sounds in the underground scene today. He reflects on his journey during the lockdown and shows his gratefulness to those who trained him as a DJ , DJ Golz and as a dancer Ronica Jacob of Planets fame. In extending the positive vibes and simple living with a high conscious thought he recongnises the support of Vishal & Sumit in his DJing career while developing his own style of music from psycedelic to melodic house. As a person constantly learning on the curve he has developed himself as a performer who engages with his audience to feel the vibe and express his inate creaivity. As a performer his style of music is inspired by a long list of artist in both psy and house genres while living life like his favourite track ” The Way I AM ” by Eminiem. The future for him is like his other go to track ” I believe I can fly ” because when the spirit is filled with recognition of love ,faith and belief the journey is a super sonic flight to success.
Answer -)Passionate musician (singer, music producer, multiinstrumentalist, DJ) and yogi who tries to bring Light and Love to people through her art 🙂Q.2 What brought you to music and how has it evolved?
Answer- Many of my family members are musicians so I was very much into music from early childhood. I performed at kindergarten and school events, I learned playing piano and wrote simple songs. In high school, I joined a vocal-guitar trio with which we performed on many local events. After that, I studied at Vocal and Ballet College and got interested in electronic music at the same time. So after graduating, I started collaborating with trance, chill and house music producers as singer/songwriter as well as I learned to mix and started DJing in clubs and on radio show. It was back in 2011 and since than I also learned to produce my own music, developed my vocal and instrumental skills wich I started to use in my DJ sets and live performancesQ.3 Who has been instrumental in your musical journey?
I got support and inspiration from many people - my family who inspired me with music passion, my teachers at school who supported me, friends with whom I performed or still perform, those who have been giving me advice, my voice teachers... There are so many wonderful people involved! I would never got to the place I am today without many, many beautiful souls I met on my way!Q.4 Are you an artist or a musician first?
I love the creative process - in the studio, with my guitar, mic and electronics, but also creating the magic with the people during performance!Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life - One advice music or non music related that has shaped you today ?
Passion is everything! If you love what you do, you want to keep going regardless of the circumstances. This can be related to music, art, but also relations with people. So I think that the key is to find something that we feel passionate about, that we truly love.Q.6 Is music what you do on stage a business for you , How do you handle your business side of music?
I want to spend as much time as possible on music, therefore it has to be also business for me. Therefore I take different projects - not only my own solo projects (including my original music production, singing, playing guitar, piano, percussion instruments, performing live and mixing DJ sets), but also studio work for other artists - writing and recording vocals for music producers or making instrumental tracks and mixing for singers?Q.7 How did you deal with the changing music industry genre specific scenario with the coming of social media ?
I keep myself busy with the things I can do at the moment and thanks to that I don't focus on what I cannot do - canceled gigs etc. So I spend much time in the studio and writing new music. I also started streaming my concerts and DJ sets to keep in touch with the people - it is a lot to learn as I had no experience with live streaming before, still it is worth it as sharing the music with people is one of the biggest joy for me!Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your music and business?
I use social media to keep in touch with my listeners - share my music, my projects, my performances, travels. I also appreciate feedback from my audience a lot!Q.9 Who are the top artist in your genre who inspire you to create music?
I'm definitely influenced by Monolink who is an amazing singer/songwriter and music producer, performing his original folk downtempo / deep house music using electronic and live vocals + guitar. I also admire vocals of Irina Mikhailova. And my ultimate psychill music production inpiration for years has been Cabeiri - therefore I am thrilled that they remixed my track lately and it will be released 30 April!Q.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to create music?
• favourite place or town - Gdańsk - beautiful old city on the Polish seaside, surrounded by the hills • favourite music track - if I need to pick one all time favorite, I'd go with Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen - it mixes classic rock music with operatic style and beautiful vocal harmonies. It also conveys a deep meaning • favourite area in your city - lake near my flat • favourite club/cafe/restaurant to perform - I love to visit new places but if I was to name my favorite, than I'd say it's Rebel Garden Cafe - small artistic cafe where I often perform and host music events together with my friends - I always feel at home there!Q. 11 How important is the support of family and friends for you to create music ?
I cherish my loved ones very much and aprreciate all their support! It is great to have people who support you, who don't judge you upon your life choices and comfort you when things go wrong. However, you can't rely on that only - not everyone can uderstand your lifestyle and you need to accept that as well, and keep doing your own thing.Q.12What would You tell the new artist/ musicians in this age of social media and instant gratification?
I think that communication with the audience through social media is the key. Share your music, meet people online, take advantage of online tutorials from which you can learn. Use the social media tools to show your passion with the world and stay open minded, learn from every experience.Q.13 Which other genre of music has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that genre ?
I was raised listening to rock music and it influenced me a lot: The Beatles, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Queen - to name just a few. Nowadays also indie rock, especially Florence and the Machine. All that bands had originality, they were authentic and creative which made them special and they paved the way for thousands of other musicians..Q.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
I hope to continue my way - to make more music, release another album or two, and to be back on tour, travel the world with my music and share it with people all over the world 😉
During the lockdown we got a chance to connect with Rita Raga, a passionate musician who identifies with the creative process of music as her musically inclined family encourages her to follow her heart in all that she does. Her musical education comes in handing as she works as an independent DJ using her vocal and instrumental skills as her niche in the electronic music space. Keeping her love for music as the driving force even during the lockdown she is creating new tunes and collaborating with people across the global. She identifies with Mikhailova and ultimate psychill music production inspiration for years has been Cabeiri with whom she will be releasing a track on 30 April! With a grounded and positive outlook to life she connects with con-temporizes and fans across social media. Her early years were influenced by rock music and she has retained the authencity and originality of that influence in her own music even today.
Answer -)I definitely introduce myself to my fans as DJ Paroma who believes in ensuring that her fans simply have a good time through her music and tries to build a strong spiritual and emotional bond with them while she am behind the console, as it is very imporatant to read hearts and mind while on the decks.Q.2 What brought you to music and how has it evolved?
Answer- The idea arose out of a need, to feel content with what I am doing, and giving an objective and a goal towards my passion and profession. I had the belief in me that I can be a good DJ, and with some training, I would definitely rock it. DJing as a profession has seen exponential growth in recent years. With platforms like the Sunburn festival, an increasing number of clubs and growing nightlife culture, now’s a good time to make a career in this field.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your musical journey?
I've been following (Dutch DJ, remixer) Armin van Buuren. He's been around for a really long time. I also like (Norwegian music producer) Kygo. In India, I have been blown by artistes like Nucleya. Though I'm not inclined to drum and bass or dubstep (genres of music), I really get inspired by Indira Kanawade aka Smokey. She's emerging big time now.Q.4 Are you an artist or a musician first?
I am an artist that made me a musician.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life - One advice music or non- music related that has shaped you today?
I would really want upcoming DJs to understand the seriousness of being behind the console. I see so many taking things so lightly, and not understanding that they have been chosen over so many to perform for that night at the venue. I rarely see the ones coming in now, respecting what they are doing. They also lack patience. The introduction of softwares certainly has made life easier to many and that is totally justified, but the same is being misused to a great extent. I am not at a stage to mentor anyone yet, as I myself am learning every single day, but there are few things that I wish can happen the right way.Q.6 Is music what you do on stage a business for you, how do you handle your business side of music?
Nope, it’s not. I think I was always inclined towards music, and I realized one fine day that I have it in me to rock an event through my music. It surely made me consider about taking up DJing as my career. I did a lot of extensive research on this, and weighed the pros and cons, as I wanted to be fully prepared as to what am I getting into. And its growing to become a huger family each day. We also have a choice of increasing our followers by various means, but what brings us happiness is what matters.. Need I say much?Q.7 How did you deal with the changing music industry genre specific scenario with the coming of social media?
The rise in the prevalence of the Internet has had a wide range of implications in nearly every industry. Within the music business, the turn of the millennium came with a unique, and difficult, set of challenges. While the majority of academic literature in the area focuses specifically on the aspect of file sharing within the Internet as it negatively impacts sales within the recording sector, this study aims to assess the Internet’s wider impacts on the broader music industry. In the same time that record sales have plummeted, the live music sector has thrived, potentially presenting alternative business models and opportunities.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your music and business?
In today’s world social media has become one of the most important marketing tool. Its almost like people check your social media instead of your profile. I am very very active on social media as it is significant to constatantly be viewed by you target audience. My content comprises infirmation about my upcoming events, my remixes, my day to day activities, travel, friends family, etc. I try to keep it as exciting as possible and I think that’s where it gives a very big boost to my music and indirectly my business.Q.9 Who are the top artist in your genre who inspire you to create music
In India, I have highly been inspired by Nucleya especially after knowing his journey. Internationally, I love Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers and HardwellQ.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to create music?
I don’t really make an effort to be inspired. It just comes naturally. When you love what you do, things happen and come to you very effortlessly. • favourite place or town – Goa/ Bengaluru • favourite music track - Calma by Pedro Capo and Farruko • favourite area in your city - Bandra • favourite club/cafe/restaurant to perform –Sinq Nightcub, Goa and Block 22, HyderabadQ. 11 How important is the support of family and friends for you to create music?
The support from my family and friends has been instrumental especially my mom. She has been there for me through every phase of my life. Music is a source of comfort and peace as well as connection between family and friends. Music can spark happy memories and is often an important part of treasured family traditions, especially around holidays. Singing while you decorate the tree, at a holiday party, or at a religious celebration can help form memories and bonds with extended family and friends that will be recalled for many years to come..Q.12 What would you tell the new artist/ musicians in this age of social media and instant gratification?
The competition is huge; but there is always scope for good talent if you are not in it for quick money or fame. You will have to work hard, find your niche, build your network. It is important not to get distracted by what others are doing and who or what is popular. You have to explore what you are good at, practise it and polish it. And if you are passionate about something that you know you are good at, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.Q.13 Which other genre of music has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that genre?
I was actually never genre specific from the very beginning. Bollywood happened because my remixes of bollywood music started receiving a lot of love in due course of time. I still do several non bollywood gigs. I strongly feel sometimes listening to gneres that you don’t play often make you creative and innovative towards wht you specialise in. I admire Smokey for her DnB style and DJ Skip for his Hip Hop.Q.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
As a DJ, I always keep myself abreast with latest skills and technology. I really wanted to learn the finer aspects of music and hence, piano! I had started learning it a few years back and had taken a break for a year and have now started off again. Playing piano gives me goose bumps and I know I can do a lot with it. Also, I want to introduce my Handsonic that can produce almost 100 different instruments and sounds LIT with tracks as an accompaniment. I have my heart set on my live gigs and tours and that is something that will go on for as long as I can. Studio recordings and album releases will go hand in hand, as there is nothing like playing your own tracks at your live gigs
DJ Paroma is a musician with a heart connecting to her audience comes naturally to her joyful nature. She is inspired by her contemporaries like Nucleya, Smokey The Chainsmokers and Hardwell learning something different from each. She has evolved as an artist that gives her audience an experience through the music. Constantly learning and growing her skills while adapting to the rapidly changing technology in the music industry. As her training as a pianist keeps her in-tune with the basics of music she refines her bollywood tracks to reach a more global audience. Paroma is enjoying her success as a bollywood DJ while looking forward to branching to Live set ups and bringing the Handsonic sounds to audiences commercially. With her vision for a global sound being from the heart she is aiming for her music to reach a musically inclined and aware audience.
Baba Au Rhum
Baba Au Rhum
Answer -) Baba au Rhum serves high-quality gourmet restaurant-grade classic European cuisine in a deceptively laid-back, chilled-out, Goa-style cafe setting.Q.2 What brought you to the food industry and how has it evolved for you? How did the opening of your restaurant? Café change things for you
Answer- We’ve always loved food and and just have an innate feel for what tastes good. We’re both French and with that comes ridiculously high standards of food quality and cleaniness. We even have our own bakery in the restaurant where we make all our now-famous croissants, patisseries and bread. Food is our life. When we first opened, our customers we’re mostly just existing friends with a few walk-ins. But once word spread and we started winning food awards (Times food, CN Traveller and many more), everything changed. Now we have more people coming to eat that we can seat, on a daily basis. This has meant more staff, longer opening hours. We opened for evening dining and now we’re packed from early morning to late evening. Add to that our baking crew arrive at 3am to prepare the croissants, cakes and bread and the restaurant is busy through the day.Q.3 Who has been instrumental in your journey?
Obviously my business partner, but also both our mothers, who raised us with the same love for food. These wonderful women passed on centuries-old secret French recipes, that had been handed down to them by their mothers. It’s really old-fashioned and cute.Q.4 What is your food philosophy?
Fresh, local, high-quality ingredients, Classic, Simple, unfussy recipes. No cutting corners. Absolute cleanliness.Q.5 What keeps you going in your everyday life and challenges of running your restaurant / café?
We take each day as it comes! Challenges are part of our everyday life and that what makes us stronger and pushes us to do better day after dayQ.6 How has your food business evolved and what have you learnt in the process?
The success of Baba au Rhum caught us all by surprise. We always wanted to create the cafe that we’d like to go to and now we’ve achieved that. This inspires us every day to grow, to evolve and create. We’re always adding to our menu and looking for ways to improve our existing offerings as well as sourcing new local ingredients. In the process we’ve learned that food must arrive as quickly as possible, but never at the expense of quality.Q.7 How did you deal with the coming of social media as an extension to the food industry?
We grew up in the age of the internet and for us social media flowed naturally into our lives and business. While we achieve high engagement levels across a range of platforms including of course Facebook and Instagram, we entrust this work to a dedicated team, so that we can focus on the job of delivering the best food possible.Q.8 How do you use social media to leverage your food business and leverage sales.
We don’t “leverage sales”, we just share our love of what we’re doing. For us food and good times come first. We have live music and international DJs performing at least once a week in the cafe. Images of moments can often find their way into our social media presence. How that affects people is up to them.Q.9 Who are the top chefs who inspire you, give us a glimpse into your upcoming menu.
N/AQ.10 Where do you find yourself again and gain more inspiration to create fabulous food experiences
favourite place or town - I travel a lot so i have many on my list ( Sardinia, South of France and many more) favourite music track - It keeps changing! favourite area in your city - Ashvem favourite club/cafe/restaurant other than your own - Gun powder, Sakana, Cream Choc!Q. 11 How important is the support of family and friends for you to create your vision into food ?
While both our mothers were instrumental in instilling the ancient French quality food culture, we have a broad definition of what family means and to us, we’re all a family at Baba au Rhum.Q.12 What is your of essence of food culturally and individually?
I was born and raised in India by French parents in Auroville. By the time I had moved to Goa I had developed a deep love of Goan and South-Indian cuisine, so you could say that this culture is also in my blood. While we focus on French food at Baba au Rhum, Goan and South Indian cooking are often our restaurants of choice.Q.13 Which other food destination or scene has had an influence of your current style and whom do you admire within that group?
N/AQ.14 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years as a chef/ restaurant/cafe?
There's great pressure on us to expand the Baba au Rhum experience, as at present we have more customers than we can seat on a daily basis. We've received many proposals to create more Baba au Rhum's in Goa and other parts of India and we’re currently in discussions with investors on how to make those plans a reality, to ensure that as we expand the Baba au Rhum experience isn’t compromised, and visitors to any of our restaurants can expect to enjoy the same Baba au Rhum quality that made the first restaurant such a success.
Baba Au Rhum – A Goan style European café run by Indo-French owners , who have a strong tradition of family recipes passed down by their mothers. Alongside the familial aspect of Baba Au Rhum the strength of the café is in quality food, quick service time and the seamless blending of local produce and genuine kindness of the family that makes the place what it is today. In the short time of being operational they looking forward to expanding in Goa and elsewhere while enjoying becoming a cultural mark on the Goan tourist scenes . Just like rum they have a story that is unfolding with blessings of the Babas make people come again and again.
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.