DJ Ziggy Bstarted drumming when he was 8, break dancing at 14 and produced and performed rap music by the time he was 17. Music was definitely his calling. A few years later, India had its first break-dancing DJ, introducing audiences to old school music, re-mixed with the newest tracks by talented not-so-mainstream artists.
What made you take the plunge into becoming a DJ?
I’ve always been connected to music for as long as I can remember, so good bass lines and rhythms have always been a part of my life. I think, all the experience I gained when I was working with different DJs, helped me slide into this career effortlessly.
Who gave you your first big break?
After playing at a lot of expat nights and private parties, I got my first big break with a gig at Zook in Saket. The response was just insanely positive. We had people climbing up the walls and onto tables. It was definitely a high point.
What are some of the places you love playing at?
I think my three favourite venues are Zook, Out Of the Box and The Living Room Café. The people at Zook know how to appreciate a good fat bass. Out of the Box has a sweet set up, and is just the right size, while the owner of TLR has always supported local talent, which is a huge plus.
What do you love and hate about being a DJ?
The best thing has to be that I get to jam to the music I love and see all sorts of people enjoying it as much as me. It is a heady feeling to have a room full of people moving to your music.
The worst thing, however, is the business aspect; trying to make money while doing what you love is not always easy.
What can one see you doing when not playing music?
I used to break dance in clubs and sometimes teach local kids. Some of those kids went on to create a huge break-dance movement in Delhi. Besides, I also rap and am part of rap duo, Park Rollerz, with the other half being Austrian/Honduran rapper Phases.
On occasion, I also film videos for artists like Soom T, Million Styles, Michal Menert and Steve Aoki.
You can catch DJ Ziggy B at TLR Café on 12th January. For more info, log onto ziggybeats.net or www.facebook.com/ZiggyBlunt