Being a DJ is a dream come true

DJ AKI started spinning behind the deck with amazing set of music with a different view for party people. His music presented a new vision for those people who live their life with style. 

DJ Aki spins House, Electro House & Trances. DJ AKI Spin music only for passion and make you rise above your dream's and forget all.

DJ AKI in conversation with Kashmir Observer’s Arusha Farooq.

Excerpts from an interview:

Arusha : How did you got into it?

DJ AKI: It all started as a dream as from my childhood I really wanted to do some¬thing which would give me chance to represent my people at international level. It is a God’s gift nothing else.

Q: How long have you been a DJ? 

I have been working as DJ since I was in 4th standard. I think it’s now more than 15years.

Q: Did you face any hardships? 

Oh many. I have even lost count. I had to face lot of hardships, criticism, and what not. When I was living in Kashmir, I didn’t get any respect, but strangely was treated with respect outside of my state. What motivates me to continue is purely for those people who really want a change. 

Q: How did your family react?

It was not acceptable by my parents in the beginning. It took me 15 years to motivate them. Today they support me because they know how hard I have worked for this.

Q: Any support from government?

Come on! I never found any support from government. “Leave your proposal here and we will get back to you” this was the reply I always used to get. I am really disappointed with the government.I bet if tomorrow there will be a big concert in the Kashmir Valley, author¬ities here will hire a DJ from outside. I won’t even be called up. If anyone really cared for youth development then I would have not struggled for so long. I however have lived with hope that came from event management sector and that helped me grow. I also owe my gratitude to media which helped me build my image at national level. 

Q: In an interview you were critical of Kashmiri people? 

It really hurts when your own peo¬ple raise fingers at you. In Kashmir, only two professions are recognized and they are medicine and engineer¬ing. When it comes to entrainment in¬dustry they only give one answer "Oh it’s not for our society, it’s just waste of time”. Artists like me need to be en¬couraged. 

Q: So what kept you ticking?

I will go Step By Step:

• My teachers, DJ Jazzy Jazz from Australia, DJ Harsh Butani from Mumbai 

• Sheikh Imran Bashir of AIP gave me first break in his fashion show which was first in the Val¬ley.

• Event Management Sector of Kashmir.

• Naseer Ahmed, Irfan & Bilal Of Soundkarft Studio.

• Ajaz Mir of Kashmir Movie Tone

• Dr. Amit Wanchoo of Space Communication.

• Ashraf Khan of Valley Youth Ex¬pressions

• Waseem Raja of Expression Group & Athwas Group. 

• Tanveer Of Sky Events 

• Fazian Zaroo of Smart Jeans.

• Last but not the least local media 

Q: What music do you play?

I normally play commercial but my favorite genre is Electronic Dance Mu¬sic (EDM).

Q: What makes one a DJ?

Just the passion.

Q: Have you played in clubs?

Yes I played in clubs in Delhi.

Q: Who are your competitors?

They are all outside of Jammu and Kashmir. And I am competing at na¬tional level. 

Q: How many places have you performed till now?

All over Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi too. 

Q: Your advice to youth?

If they have zeal of being a DJ, they should be in this profession. No matter what comes in their way, they need to be determined enough to face all hardships and achieve their goal. As it is rightly said by Paulo Coelho “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”  Also next season I will be launch¬ing two new faces, personally trained by me.


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