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Arjun Sankalia: DJ Speak
Our pick for this month is Mumbai-based Arjun Sankalia who works in the music business by day and spins records by night with just one objective in mind ~ to fire up a room full of people on the sheer strength of a song. Here he is in conversation with The Record.

The Record: When did you start DJing?
Arjun: In 1990, when some friends and I started a DJ company called Ear Damage!

TR: Tell us about the kind of set you like to play.
Arjun: Well I essentially like to play all sorts ~ I can do a rock set, I can do a set for a wedding (complete with Daddy Cool and bhangra), and also house, chill, world etc. Overall I like to play music that isn’t over exposed ~ therefore in a rock set none of the usual suspects will ever get played- no Roadhouse Blues, I Want To Break Free, Cocaine, Dancing In The Dark, Smoke On The Water…you get the picture. The point being that there is so much great music out there that I think people will like but doesn’t ever get played ~ i.e. Run To You instead of [Summer Of] '69, Hush instead of Smoke On The Water, Born To Run or Glory Days instead of Dancing In The Dark.

TR: What is your most prized record?
Arjun: Ouch, that’s a toughie…from the younger days For Those About To Rock by AC/DC as it was my first ever record when I was nine, Motley Crue’s Shout At The Devil, Ozzy Osborne Tribute, Justice by Metallica and Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction. From the 90s, 10 by Pearl Jam, System of A Down’s Toxicity, Rage Against the Machine’s Evil Empire, and from the not so loud stuff Hello Nasty and Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys, Beck’s Odelay, U2 Achtung Baby, REM’s Monster, everything by John Mayer, Bob Dylan…the list could go on forever.

TR: Where do you usually source music from?
Arjun: Actually anywhere but never Limewire…the coolest places are actually second hand record exchanges in college towns in the US. I went to an awesome one in Princeton. Also Bleeker Bobs in Greenwich Village rules.

TR: What is one really memorable venue that you’ve played at?
Arjun: One Christmas in a deserted bungalow in Marve in the late 90s….the weather was great, the stars were shining and about three thousand people were having a blast until about 7 am.

TR: What is the longest set you’ve ever played?
Arjun: 10 pm to 6 am…standing, no sitting!!!

You can read the rest of our feature Arjun Sankalia: DJ Speak in the August 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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