Advancement in technology has come in with more responsibilities for disc jockeys. They are expected to be more creative shares DJ Clement Dsouza during an exclusive interview with City Express. “Technology has changed completely and made things way more easier. It is encouraging youngsters to get in to the industry. But when one side of the job is made easy, it only means you have to now be more innovative as you have more time in hand,” he adds.
The DJ, as part of MTV Bloc party, will be playing music for Hyderabadi audience today at a city pub. He has been part of Sunburn Festival in Goa since its inception in 2009 and has shared stage with renowned DJs such as Carl Cox, Above and Beyond, Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez, Armin Van Buuren, GMS and Nic Fanciulli.
Talking about his experience while performing with other DJs, he says, “DJs have to gel along to be able to perform well. I have mostly had a good time playing alongside every DJs so far. Vachan Chinnappa, Priyanjana, Mash, Braiwash aka Jay, LLoyd, Rishab Joshi are a few I enjoyed working with,” he beams. As far as international DJs is concerned, they are mostly friendly and easygoing he says.
Being a DJ is a responsible job as it is they who uplift the spirit on the disc. “The moment I get on to the console, my aim is to deliver music and make people dance. If every person in the audience dances, the view will be breathtaking,” says the Mumbai-based DJ, who is also the DJ for two IPL cricket teams – Royal Challengers of Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
Recalling his initial days in the industry he says, “We used to struggle to own even one record. I could not afford a CD burner of my own and used to depend on certain pirated releases. Most of us used to buy them and they would have about 14-18 tracks on them and we would try and play almost everything,” he laughs.
But at the same time he thanks his profession as it gave him the opportunity to travel to so many places and meet so many people and befriend them. He feels he is blessed to be an entertainer as people forget their sorrows dancing to his tunes.
Not following any particular genre religiously, Clement says that he loves every bit of music. “I even like the sound of silence,” he grins.
He loves Bollywood music and has also remixed a few tunes his way in the past informally, he is unsure of entering mainstream Bollywood though.
Clement plans to play songs that are known to people but will change the tracks according to the mood at the Bloc Party.