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New Delhi: Famous DJ of India, Udyan Sagar aka DJ Nucleya has mastered the art of playing hits in the country where he restructured Bollywood cult songs like “Disco Dancer” and “Dum maro dum”, making Indians groove to his every beat.

Apart from fusing South Indian street and folk music with his signature bass-heavy sound, he even experimented with nursery rhymes.

He believes that the masses are aware of “good and bad music” and that the DJs don’t have to depend on Hindi film tracks for survival.

The artiste, who began his journey in the industry towards the end of the 1990s, when he co-founded the musical act Bandish Projekt, says since there is more awareness about electronic music in India as compared to 10 or five years back, DJs can explore more.

“There was a time when I thought that (doing Bollywood mixes) was the only option, that it was the basic way to survive. I didn’t know whether my music would work in India or not. Surprisingly, it’s working in my favor. In today’s age, I don’t think you need to play only Bollywood mixes to survive in the industry,” Nucleya told reporters.

“People are aware and they know good or bad music. It just needs to be interesting and fresh. People will understand it. So, as artistes, they should do what they want to, explore music and be true to themselves,” said the artiste, who describes his music as “a mix of everything” and says that it’s a “genre in itself ; that’s why I hate to call it EDM (electronic dance music)”.

Now a solo artiste, currently on his “Bass Rani” album tour, he is a regular at music fests held across the country. He has also performed at various international music festivals including Glastonbury and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

How important is it for him to be the main act of a festival?

“Headlining is not important. All bands have their own sound. It doesn’t make a difference whether I am headlining or not. I remember there was a gig, which had four acts in total. I was the second one on stage. But I had the maximum amount of people compared to other acts. I think it’s the energy that’s more important,” he said.

The former Delhi resident even spins the disc at various clubs. Ever asked to specifically play Bollywood or Punjabi music?

“That rarely happened in a gig or two. People know the sort of music I do. They come prepared for that. So, they don’t ask me to play Bollywood or Punjabi music in particular. They know I am going to play my own music,” he said.

In fact, contrary to what most people assume, the “Akkad bakkad” hitmaker thinks that Delhi’s music scene is a “balanced” one.

“I was in Delhi for about five years. We shifted to Goa six months back. Delhi’s pollution was bad. Me and my son kept falling ill. So, we shifted out. But professionally, that place is good for any artiste. It’s balanced and not dominated by film music,” said Nucleya.

He is yet to check out the music scene of Goa, which hosts some of the country’s biggest EDM fests including Sunburn and Supersonic.

“I haven’t explored Goa’s music scene so much. The intention was to stay in a calm place. In the next couple of years, I will understand their music scene,” he said.

For now, he is looking at “two big scale Bollywood films”.

“One of them is ‘Kapoor & Sons’. I also released an album a couple of months back and I am still on tour. I will take off from March for some time, then will work on a new material,” signed off the artiste, whose “Mumbai dance” has been used in the National Award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee-starer short film titled “Taandav”. (Natalia Ningthoujam, IANS)(Photo: www.justdial.com)

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‘Remixed songs are looked down upon’

During the press meet, they were also asked about their opinion on the trend of the remixed version of some of the cult songs that have been used in Bollywood films

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The trailer launch of the show is set to celebrate the recreated version of some of the cult songs of Bollywood.
The trailer launch of the show is set to celebrate the recreated version of some of the cult songs of Bollywood.

Singer Sunidhi Chauhan, music director Amit Trivedi and DJ Nucleya — judges of the upcoming digital music show ‘The Remix’, said remixed songs are never given its due respect.

They were present at the trailer launch of the show which is set to celebrate the recreated version of some of the cult songs of Bollywood, here on Wednesday night.

They said through ‘The Remix’ — the first ever OTT musical show on Amazon Prime Video India Original — they are going to give the remixed songs its due respect.

During the press meet, they were also asked about their opinion on the trend of the remixed version of some of the cult songs that have been used in Bollywood films.

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Amit told media: “As a creative person, we feel it is sad that in Bollywood, a lot of remixed songs are happening. As a composer, we really do not want to touch a composition and work on that because that cult song is a vision of the composer.

“In film format, we do not get enough freedom to recreate the song. And the remix songs are not well respected.”

Agreeing upon the point Nucleya said: “The process of remix a song has been looking down upon because mostly the process has not been given enough attention. Re-creating a song is a beautiful process and that is why in this show we have given a format to all the participants who are creating a new version of the song.”

According to Sunidhi, a remixed version of a song could be a beautiful one, if done tastefully.
According to Sunidhi, a remixed version of a song could be a beautiful one, if done tastefully. Wikimedia Commons

According to Sunidhi, a remixed version of a song could be a beautiful one, if done tastefully.

She said: “Even in the recent release of remix songs in Bollywood, I liked some of them, some, I did not. The problem is the term ‘remix’ is used very loosely.”

“Therefore, in our show, all the participants are given chance to make the song sound new and fresh by re-imagining it, changing the musical arrangement and re-create the song.”

Also Read: List Of Best Arijit Singh Songs

However, Amit added: “I think no composer and singer would be interested to do a remix song in Bollywood, that is mainly the demand of producers and music labels; if we are part of the project, we are just doing our job. So I think the question should be asked of the music companies and producers.”

‘The Remix’ will have 10-episodes and will start streaming on Amazon from March 9. (IANS)