Saturday, 1 June 2013

My Dream Gig Travel Destinations

One of the perks and opportunities that I enjoy most as a DJ is the opportunity to travel.  Yes, I’ve been in different parts of the globe, but there’s so much more to explore. For a DJ, there are multifarious benefits of being able to travel.  Of course, the primary objective is work-play ---yes, my work is to play music, right? :-)  But I’m not the plug-and-play kind of DJ.  I try t absorb and immerse myself into the culture and audience of the country where I’m playing, and I make it a point to build a connection.  This is what make my travel gigs truly meaningful.  

Well,  I’m raring to get out there anytime soon...So I’d like to share with you my travel wishlist.

Here are my Top 5 Dream Gig Destinations:

1.  The Pacha:  
Yes, I’d like to be able to bite and let my tongue roll with those ‘two-cherries’ (the logo of Pacha).  I consider The Pacha a DJ’s playground and a party goer’s paradise.  The Pacha clubs are located in different parts of the world where people live and breathe to party.  Amazing is an understatement.  The Pacha ranked 3rd among the 100 best nightclubs in the world, in a poll conducted by DJ Magazine.  I love to feel the vibe, take my DJ skills to the next level, and network with people.  The Pacha is indeed the place to be!

2.  India:  

In my many different gigs in different countries, Indian nationals never fail to show up.  I think they’re everywhere!  I love their vibrance and energy for music and dancing.  They’re very responsive, especially if Indian music is infused with electronic music, they go wild!  I think there’s never a dull party in India, and I’d love to be part of that!

3.  Australia:  

When you’re down, there’s no way to go but up!  Australia’s music scene has always scaled new heights all over the globe.The Land Down under has got their own electronic music culture and happenings goin’ on down there, I wanna be a part of it too!

4.  Tokyo, Japan:  

With all the high-tech lights, effects, and of above all, their pulsating electronic music scene --- are the things that fascinate me about Tokyo.  I am really intrigued at how they manage to marry the Japanese-Asian music flavor with their ultra-modern technology and lifestyle.  I’m hearing and reading so much about one of their premiere party clubs -- the Muse.  It would really be great to be able to play there one day.

5.  Africa: 

I think my distinctive music style lies in my use of percussions; percussion defines my sound.  Africa is known for their percussive beats and rhythms.  Yes, this place would be a haven for my music.  I’m fascinated and excited with the thought of having a nice exchange and fusion of electronic and percussion.

One of the biggest challenges of being a DJ and playing in a different country or a culture that’s different from my culture is being able to pick the sound and unleash the party energy out of the audience.  How do I please them without compromising my own music style?  I imagine myself cooking up and preparing a salad  -- a big music salad.  I pick-up different tastes, flavors, and textures, then add my own special dressing, and then I just mix, spin, and whip it up!  

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