Chose Wisely What You Want to Become in the Future - Shalima Kachhap

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I've hailed from Jharkhand but was raised and got educated from three different states. I was raised in a middle-class family which taught me well about the importance of having a goal and how to really pursue it and achieves it, because nothing is really easy and nothing is really tough but what matters, is your true virtue towards the goal. 

My journey had never been easy, it was always a twisted road with thorns, but enjoyed the journey in between.

2. Is DJ'ing a mainstream and financially stable career in India yet? 

I won't admit that DJ'ing is mainstream in India "yet", people here still think that being a DJ is a waste of a career, have experienced it personally.

As for the stability in a career as a DJ, yes ! it is stable but only for the Producers/ Label Artists, who regularly release their tracks for the labels and records and also you have to be popular among the crowd.

3. Is DJ'ing a mainstream and financially stable career in India yet?

I don't have just one favorite artist but a lot of them whom I follow. If you could have asked me who do I mostly follow then it would be " BLOT!", "Kohra", "Arjun Vagale", "Dotdat", because their music is what draws my attention, these are the few Indian Artists. From abroad I follow "Victor Ruiz", "Rodriguez Jr.", "Sudo", Rauschauss" etc, I like their style of music.

4. What are some of the common myths about your profession? 

The myth is really funny and stupid what I have heard so far. I have been asked by many of the non-listeners of Techno/ underground music that do we consume or are high on drugs while on the decks, which I really find very irrelevant and annoying. 

I just want to clear the facts that, NO we don't do or consume drugs on or before going on the decks. However, it's a matter of choice if someone wants to. But I haven't seen it in my profession yet.

5. How and from where can one gain formal training for being a DJ? 

To get formal training for DJ'ing, there are many coachings across India. I got the training from East Delhi named "Electronyk Academy" its DJ NYK's. One can also Google up the coaching centers, it's not difficult to find.

6. What are the kind of opportunities you get after being a DJ? 

After being a DJ you get opportunities in various clubs, depending on what genre of music you play. Me on the other hand, being a Techno/ Underground DJ it ain't easy to get gigs, as the promoters or the Labels Organizers ask for your mix set first, to give you a gig. These people don't want to take risks obviously.

7. What are the kind of opportunities you get after being a DJ? 

My message to people who want to make their passion, their profession would be that chose wisely what you want to become in the future, because your future depends on it.

One has to be happy about it, enjoy it, make sure parents are satisfied with your dreams, as, in the end, they are the only ones who will support you.

8. Which is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is Dan Brown's - "The Symbols" and Sydney Sheldon's - "The Dooms Day Conspiracy" because I like the way they mold a story-line into suspense and thriller which is totally mind captivating experience.

Shalima Kachhap

- Interview by - Chamanth Krishna

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