Sandhya Ramachandran catches up with DJ Joba Khan to talk about Chennai nightlife, electronic music and more.

“Chennai loves its film and electronic music. In fact electronic music is probably the most happening music in the country right now,” says DJ Joba Khan. For over 12 years Joba has witnessed Chennai’s changing nightlife, while belting out music from behind the decks.

Being a hardcore electronic music devotee, Joba has always been partial to tech house and techno. He began playing at Grammy, Quality Inn sabari, and moved to Flame Le Club as a resident. Now a regular at the Pondicherry’s famous Asian House, Joba’s spins are at almost every club across the city.

“I’ve always had a soft corner for Chennai, and the crowd I play to, knows that I play a certain kind of music. They always encourage me to be creative,” he says. While he might prefer to spin electronic music, he listens to just about all kinds of music including Bollywood and Kollywood when he chills out. “It helps give me a fresh perspective to my music,” he adds.

Thinking back to the opening of ‘Thank God for Techno’ Festival in October 2010, he describes it as one of the best moments in his career. A big fan of Dan Duncan (of Pig & Dan fame)’s, he was thrilled to open for Dan’s performance at the festival. To Joba’s delight, after his performance, Dan personally congratulated him and complimented him on “his mind and talent for electronic music,” he says excitedly.

With the New Year around the bend, Joba has a number of things to be excited about. Other than playing music, Joba is gearing up to play dad for the first time and release his third EP (EP=extended play) on Beatport - an online music store specialising in electronic dance music.

In the keeping with the spirit of the season, we ask Joba to pick five songs for a mix-tape for New Year 2013.

  • Sands of Goa by Vinayak

  • IshqWala Love from Student of the Year

  • Mentos by Kiko and Mihalis Safras

  • Fevicol from Dabangg 2

  • Bling Bang - Track by DJ Joba inspired by a dialogue from the film Blood Diamond.