DJ Sunny at Bakstage, Kolkata mixes music from his heart
WITH OVER 15 YEARS of experience in the DJ world, Sunny Singh, who is currently the resident DJ of Bakstage and music consultant at Motorworks and Breweing Company, believes music is part of his soul. Having started his career as an assistant DJ with Ego in 2006, a former night club at Peerless Inn, Sunny who has over 23,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, talks about his passion for creating music, his dream of working with DJ Armin van Buuren of Netherlands and more.
The 34-year old DJ who leans toward commercial music says he plays Bollywood and hip-hop from his heart. “I feel I have a special connection with commercial music. I love playing with hip-op beats, R&B and Bollywood,” says Sunny pointing out that even while playing Bollywood numbers, he taps on the remixed versions and not original ones. His remake of Daru Badnam Kardi originally by Kamal Kahlon and Param Singh reached 4.5 million hits.
At Motorworks, Sunny has curated Asian Underground music blending elements of Western Underground
Dance Music with traditional Asian music from countries in South Asia. Sunny has performed across India and has played on International con- soles as well. Apart from performing at weddings in Dubai, Thailand, Abu Dhabi and Malaysia he has also played at popular clubs. He informs us that he will be playing at the opening of Bhuvaneshwar Underground.
Talking about his process of lining up a weekly playlist he says, “It involves a lot of research. As a DJ, I can’t play just any trending music. New hits definitely form a big part of the playlist but I also need to add a part of me into it and make it groove worthy. We have DJ groups where we exchange ideas plus I follow particular websites to update myself.”
The city’s musicscape has changed a lot reflects Sunny who has worked with Underground, Hotel Hindustan International’s night club for four years and joined Bakstage in 2013. He says, “I blend a lot more of new genres now than a decade ago. Sample trap, rock, Brazilian base, Moombahton, and new versions of hip-hop and RnB.” His discography also includes opening for a host of big DJs, from Aqeel to Akbar Sami and Girish to Nucleya.
A fan of DJ Aqeel, Sunny takes inspiration from him in Bollywood music. The other
artistes on his lists are Snoop Dog for hip-hop, Sean Paul for dance- hall and DJ Snake for R&B. He also wishes to collaborate with DJ Armin van Buuren of Netherlands of A State of Trance fame.