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DJ Chetas
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Position: 
59

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 11:25

Style: 
“Big room with Indian vocals.”
Best known for: 
“Bollywood mash-ups.”
Tune of the year: 
“'Lean On'.”
From: 
Mumbai, India
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“KSHMR.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Any DJ has to know how to read his/her audience.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“The country where I come from, EDM is still on the rise. With pop stars and film stars willing to lend their brand to EDM, it definitely looks like EDM still has a LONG way to go!”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Mentally possibly not, but it definitely does take a toll on the health.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“I've come across a lot of fans who due to their financial status can't pursue their love for music. To counter this, I’ve set up a music school in Mumbai where we give out a lot of scholarships to passionate students who find it difficult to pay their fees.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“None currently, I'm absolutely in love with all the venues I've played at in India and internationally.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“I'm sure that a lot of artists from India — male and female — will participate now that we've managed to break the stereotype. I've come across some really talented women DJs out there.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“Everyone has their own personal choices, I'm not one to comment on them.”

It’s not only America that’s currently experiencing a dance music epiphany. India — and its population of 1.25 billion people — is beginning to demand the world’s biggest DJs, and Mumbai’s DJ Chetas has been riding this cultural explosion since 2012. 

What makes Indian dance music — and DJ Chetas’ music in particular — an interesting proposition is that it’s a cross-pollination of traditional Indian music with western club culture. And that’s where DJ Chetas has built his huge following — by incorporating the best of Bollywood vocals into big-room mash-ups that have been a huge hit in his native India. 

While it might not be to everybody’s taste, there’s no denying the popularity of DJ Chetas, and dance music in general in India. In addition, DJ Chetas is using his considerable influence, time and money to create a network of music schools in India to give studio time to those who might not be able to afford it.

With the likes of Diplo and Steve Aoki now regularly touring in India, and a growing middle class hungry for big-name DJs (and dance music in general), India represents a huge new market, ripe with potential for its own artists and touring DJs from around the world. DJ Chetas is merely a product of this explosion, and we fully expect to see more and more DJs from South Asia breaking into the Top 100 DJs poll in the coming years. “With a DJ Mag Top 100 tag, this opens up a whole new international market to bring Indian sounds too!” the man himself enthuses.

 ANDREW RAFTER

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