For decades Goa has been known as the party capital of India. From packed club nights to festivals and concerts, we’ve experienced it all. However, this wouldn’t be possible without good music. Disc Jockey’s from Goa have been instrumental to grow the nightlife community and put Goa on the global map. If you are one of those who love the high you get from music, we at Goan Insider present the Top DJ’s of Goa whose tunes will force you to tap your feet along. These DJ’s have gained recognition not only in Goa but worldwide. Below is the list in alphabetical order and in their element:
Pawan Naik, popularly known as 6 Beats is a Goa Based Turntablist. Known for his extraordinary turntable skills on vinyl, his breakbeats, scratching, juggling and vinyl without losing a beat appeals to his many fans and spectators. Rap, trap, pop, and funk, 6 Beats blends whatever floats his boat. He is also the founder and curator of ‘Hip-Hop Hizzle’, a Thursday night property which is all about Hip-Hop music and is widely followed in the country. He recently launched the Bangalore edition of Hip-Hop Hizzle in 2022.
DJ brother duo, Aaron Figueiredo and Dwayne Figueiredo, popularly known by their stage name A.N.D., started playing together in Goa and Bangalore. Currently, Dwayne is based in India while Aaron is based in Australia thus helping them put A.N.D. on a global map. They have played for some of the biggest music festivals across Asia such as Sunburn, Vh1 Supersonic and Timeout 72. They have opened for some of the biggest names in the world dance music industry such as Wiz Khalifa, Martin Garrix, Don Diablo etc. in India and Carl Cox, Green Velvet, Deborah de Luca etc in Australia.
Hailing from the party capital of India, Afroz Sayed defines pure talent. He’s not just a DJ, but a performer. Being in the nightlife industry since the young age of 17, Afroz Sayed has showcased sincere dedication and hardwork which has made him one of Goa’s leading DJs. With tunes & top notch mixes you can be assured that Afroz Sayed will turn your event into a memorable one. Afroz has performed not only in top venues in Goa, but also in venues in other metropolitans such as Kitty Su, Delhi, Club Miami, Pune and many more. Other than playing internationally in Italy, Hong Kong, London, France, Afroz has also shared the stage with renowned Bollywood artists such as Suketu, DJ Chetas, Aqeel, Neha Kakkar, Atif Aslam and many more. Afroz has also shared the stage with international artists such as Project 46, Yves V, Marcel Woods, Bassjackers, Bass Kleph, Gregori Klosman and many more.
A revolutionary figure, in the dance scene of Goa for over 2 decades, Ajit Pai paved the way as a professional music mixer unheard of in the earlier days in Goa.Transforming club land Goa, Ajit has been instrumental in building the musical foundation it enjoys in these contemporary times. He is currently associated with Tito’s Goa and has played at Asia’s biggest dance music festival Sunburn Goa for six years in a row, an unbeatable feat. He is a House music specialist to boot, sharing console space with many international Djs like David Guetta, Dimitri Veigas & Like Mike, Marco V, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Danny Rampling to Richard Durand, Yves V, Albin Myers, Funkagenda to name a few. Ajit also secured high profile guest DJ gigs for renowned singing sensations such as Nadia Ali, Shaggy, Alexandra Stan, Diana King and Apache Indian. He has also been featured in numerous other reputed EDM festivals in India, like Sound Awake, Submerge Supernova, Oktoberfest Goa, Mud Rush Pune to name a few.
DJ Duo Kiran Mokati and Abdul Khan, popularly known as AK 47 are a professional duo DJ and Music Producer from Goa known for their versatility with their genres. A promising DJ duo famous for their unique mixes, enchanting their listeners for quite some time now. Their unique and bold style knows no patterns and boundaries. Their love for rhythm and beats has seen them regularly play at renowned venues in Goa such as Mambos, Titos, Soro, Cape Town, SinQ, Showbar Exchange and many more. AK47 have played alongside some heavy weights from the music industry setting trends with their fresh sounds.
Akshit Shetty has powered the dance music scene for over 7 years. He performs across top clubs and events and is known for his musical versatility. Akshit has shared the stage with global powerhouses from the music industry such as Guy J, Patrice Baumel, Babeta, Kora, Adam Beyer, Joseph Ashworth and many more. He curates events at Miraki where he provides a platform to new artists and also hosts established artists to showcase their music. He is also the founder at’ Boshed’, one of Goa’s leading techno music properties. Boshed is known for it’s successful Tuesday Nights at Soro in Assagao.
Aneesh Gera is a DJ, Music Producer and Record Label owner at UltraViolet which holds an impressive roster of artists. Aneesh Gera’s latest single ‘Aurora’ signed to Aly & Fil’s Future Sound of Egypt record label, released in 2020, hit the number 11 spot on Beatport’s wolrd top 100 charts. His last single ‘Solace’ with the same label peaked at the number 4 spot right behind 2018 Grammy winners Camelphat. He is an artist regularly supported by BBC Radio 1, VH1, Ministry of Sound, Capital FM, Sunburn on Air, Beatport and many more. Aneesh has shared the stage with superstar DJ’s such as The Swedish House Mafia, Above & Beyond, Disclosure, Zedd, Nervo, Paul Van Dyk and many more. Aneesh is India’s first Dance Music Producer to hit the coveted USA Billboard Dance Chart with an impressive number 24 spot with his single ‘Flashback Rewind’ along with Lisa Williams. Aneesh Gera is a regular with Global Gathering Festival, Pacha Ibiza, UltraViolet, Sunburn Festival, FTV, Amsterdam Dance Event, MTV, VH1’s SuperSonic Festival and many more. You can catch his Radio show ‘Musicology’ with IndigoMusic.com.
Anish Sood is an award winning DJ, producer and songwriter. He is one of the first few breakthrough dance music acts in India and has gone on to play main stages at global music festivals such at Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland Unite and Sunburn Festival as well as touring alongside a wide array of acts including Kygo, David Guetta and Martin Garrix. As a producer and writer, his tracks have consistently hit the iTunes India Top 5 and his single ‘Castles’ has over two million Spotify streams. Anish co-wrote the track ‘Be Nice’ which won on NBC’s TV show Songland and was subsequently released by the Black Eyed Peas. He also won an Independent Music Award in New York City for his single Starry Night. Anish runs a hybrid music/fashion label Class Action and he’s working on releases and events with some of the most exciting new talent from India. He is also a co-founder of the India Nightlife Collective, a NGO that is dedicated to assisting at-risk nightlife industry workers.
Taking Melodic Techno by a storm, Armando is closely associated with Nikhil Chinapa & Submerge Music and plays around the country and even on foreign lands. Armando is a classical Violinist & Pianist from the Associated Board of Royal School of Music, London (U.K.) and has also done his Music Business and Sound Engineering Degree from Point Blank Music School (U.K.). He appeared at Submerge’s Satellite Beachside 2018 with his debut solo set for Anjunadeep (U.K.) day. His most recent festival appearance was Satellite Limited in 2020 playing alongside some heavyweights such as Nikhil Chinapa, Browncoat, Ash Roy, Tuhin Mehta & many more. Armando has a couple of releases on some prominent labels in the pipeline for 2021.
Ayesha Pramanik is known for her tremendous stage presence and an intriguing energizing personality. She began her journey of Music in Goa. Her music ranges from Disco to various shades of House and Techno. Ayesha hosts monthly show on Pioneer DJ Radio called ‘Suave’ sessions. Ayesha has not only played at exotic locations across the globe from South Africa to Europe, London, Greece, Doha, Dubai, but also played at festivals like UV Hybrid Festival – Greece, Temptation Island Festival – Maldives, Krank – Goa, Final Wave – Goa, Supersonic – Goa, Go Madras Festival – Chennai, Satellite Beachside – Goa. Her original tracks have been released by labels like Baroque Records – UK, Deep Dash records – Spain, Midi Mood – Italy, Back recordings – Barcelona, Indented. Records – Australia, Groove9 Records – Goa. She has also featured on several occasions by well-known publications like Space Ibiza Magazine – Ibiza, Elle – India, Time Out – India, Financial Times – London.
Benson Coutinho a.k.a. DJ Benz is a versatile DJ and Music Producer from Goa who has gained international acclaim in the last couple of years. He is currently managed by Shark & Ink, one of India’s top Artist Management companies. Benz has performed at most of the metropolitan cities and top music festivals such as Sunburn Goa playing alongside with internationally renowned DJ’s such as Henry Fong, Danny Avila, Tujamo, Matisse & Sadko, Ankytrixx, Arjun Vagle, Kohra, Lost Stories and many more. Known for his high energy performances, he has also played at various Sunburn Festival campus gigs around India. His ‘Mission EP’ released with Pl4yfields reached the number 12 spot on Beatport’s Big Room top 100. In 2020, he had joined hands with the organizers of the virtual concert ‘Sunburn for Goa’ which aimed at promoting Goa and raising funds for COVID relief work, which was later donated to Goa CM’s COVID Relief Fund.
Brainwash is the resident Dj of Goa’s most renowned and established clubbing venues, Café Mambo, Tito’s Cape Town Cafe. He loves spinning RnB, Hip Hop, Trap, Old School, Retro, Deep House, Nu Disco, Indie Dance, Commercial, Electro, Progressive, Bigroom & Dubstep, thereby not restricting himself to any one genre. Over the years, Brainwash has shared the console with some of the prominent Dj’s like Sultan Ned Shepard, Yves V, Marco V, GMS, Sick Indivisuals, Bassjackers, Moto Blanco, Felix Cartel, Henrik B, Michael Woods, Alvaro, Spel<tre, Jewelz & Sparks, Futuristic Polarbears, Sander Van Doorn, Bass Kleph, Jerome Isma-ae, Gold Fish Blink, Zomboy, Albin Myers, Sesa, Project 46, Marcel Woods, Norman Doray, Arno Cost, D-formation, DBN, Weekend Heroes, Kryder, Ma Faiza, Ash Roy, Arjun Vagle, Ivan, Pearl, Nil<hil Chinapa, Ankytrixx, Tuhin Mehta, Nawed Khan, Rohit Barker, Ajit Pail Sanjay Dutta, Whosane, Nasha aka. Breed, Clement, Nucleya. He also has music festivals to his name like VHI Supersonic, Oktoberfest Goa and Satellite Fesival. He is also the co-founder of the event company called “Middle Finger” which has recently gained alot of recognition in the nightlife industry for their super successful friday nights at Cape Town Cafe, Baga.
Claudio is one of the cornerstones of the DJ music culture of Goa. He is also one of the top Retro DJs in India & MyFavAwards Best Retro/Rock DJ for 2014-2015. He grew up to vintage classics, so that would lay the foundation for his speciality – One Mad Retro Party. Be it his penchant for dropping the right song at the right time, or the effervescent smile constantly plastered on his face, Claudio charms everyone he ever plays for. He is also considered as one of Goa’s Best Wedding DJs.
David Phimister has always been drawn to music since I was a child, which now helps him play all genres of music. Besides being his passion and career, music has also given him an opportunity to travel the world. Playing for different international music festivals has connected him to people from all walks of life and experience their diverse cultures. Uniquely gifted and supremely talented, it’s not difficult to see that he manages to keep dance floors crowded even after the night is over. Getting the crowd going absolutely wild has always been his forte. David has produced music for Click Records which is an international label and has more releases coming out in 2021.
DJ Flaz is known for his upbeat commercial and well-crafted hip-hop sets. He was part of the Goa Sunsplash festival in 2020 sharing the stage with international as well as Indian well renowned DJ’s and music producers. Having played at some of Goa’s top venues such as Sinq, Showbar Exchange, W Goa and many, he is not a strange face in the Goa nightlife industry. He is also known for his power packed sets at College events having played for Plexus by Goa Medical College alongside Ritviz. Flaz is currently experimenting with his new alter ego ‘Kid Next Door’ with a well curated set available for streaming on Burnout Room on Soundcloud and Mixcloud.
The dynamic DJ and Producer, duo Melwyn Rodrigues and Mukesh Halarnkar, a.k.a Floh-Tek are known for their funky and groovy tunes. They are the entire example of what is said: multi-genred, always unpredictable with their own signature style embracing the best of deep house, EDM, and techno sounds. Starting their DJ career at an early age, they managed to come a long way playing at the top venues in in Goa and sharing the stage with various renowned DJs like Varun Fernandes, Akshit Shetty and many more. Floh Tek has performed at venues like Club Nyex, DTR, Soro, Brise, Sequaa Beach Lounge, Firefly and many more. Floh-Tek is always experimenting with new sounds, which will not let you stand apart of their music, rather listening and dancing to it.
Joel has been in the industry for 20 years, starting his career in 1998 when he joined Goa’s first DJ company, ‘DAT’ and trained under Ajit Pai and Troy. In 2000 Joel gained popularity when he achieved the first place at ‘DJ VIBES 2000’, Goa’s First professional DJ Competition. With multiple residencies at top clubs in Dubai and Goa, Joel is a multi genre DJ who is popular face in the music industry of Goa. Joel has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the EDM industry such as Robert Morales, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Star Killers, Robbie Rivera, Goa Gil, D-Nox, Richard Durand, Tristan Garner, Nikhil Chinnapa, Ma Faiza and many more. Joel was the first Dj selected to open the Supersonic festival for 2 years in a row and also was the only Goan DJ to perform for the Bacardi Blast in December 2009 sharing the stage with superstars such as Chicane, Sister Bliss (Faithless All Stars), Shaair+Func, Order of The Essence and many more.
Jonas Monteiro is a well renowned DJ, Producer, Musician, Singer- Songwriter and Entrepreneur. Never afraid to go too deep, his emotive musical selections are his own therapy. Growing up listening to hip-hop, 80s music, country, classic rock and R&B, all this became infused in his mixed spectrum of musical influence. Having opened up for the likes of Dyro, Jay Sean, Romeo Blanco, Sonu Nigam, ATLiens, Jorge Leon, Ducka Shan, Uneven, VikiLove, Andrew Matters, Zaeden, Ritviz and many more, he translates into sets where he picks apart and infuses together all pieces of music that he loves best: ethereal backdrops, brooding basslines, vocal hooks, and foot- shuffling hip-hop beats. Jonas has played at some of the top clubs, music festivals and college festivals in India as well as internationally and also has been a part of Vh1 Supersonic club nights and is a regular with the brand SteppinOut. He has been associated with leading 5 star hotels such as Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Taj, Leela, Marriott, Sheraton, Le Meridien and many more. He started his career in the entertainment industry in 2018 and has covered 1000+ gigs in India and internationally in a span of 2 years. He is the founder of Artiste Domain, a leading event and artist management company having worked with well known DJ’s such as Deniz Bul, Highlight Tribe, Hozho, Romeo Blanco, Killatk, Blot, Calm Chor etc. and bands such as F16’s, Siddhant Sharma, When Chai Met Toast and many more. He also runs his own record label, Domain Records which promotes undiscovered artists from different parts of the world.
Joshi is one of India’s finest Music Producer and DJ. Having made his DJ debut at Sunburn Goa 2013, Joshi has continued to impress audiences around the country, playing in every major Indian city as well as at some of the country’s finest festivals, including Enchanted Valley Carnival, Sunburn Campus, Sunburn Reload and many more. Joshi has shared stages with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Hardwell, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Kygo, Sander Van Doorn and many more. His music has been supported on the web by Above & Beyond on Group Therapy Radio, Ferry Corsten on Corstens Countdown, Michael Woods on Diffused Radio, Markus Schulz on Global DJ Broadcast, Future Sound of Egypt, Nocturnal Radio, Jaytech Podcast and Ministry of Sound Radio. Joshi is the founder of Fighting Fame which is one of India’s hottest millennial high street fashion brands.
“Shifting the uptown funky beat right to your feet.” That’s how Ketan a.k.a The Soulshifter expounded himself as a DeeJay, who always had an instinct of deep intensity of happy sounds and funky nature. Ketan was awarded the INCA award as the DJ of the year (Goa) for 2019-2020. He has been specialising in House Music, Hip-Hop and Retro for the last 15 years. Having played at most nightclubs and pubs in Goa, Ketan is a very active member of his local community and is no stranger to the music scene in Goa. As a Deejay, Turntablist and recently turned promoter along with DJ Claudio for The Back 2 The Basics Saturdays at Soho, he has profound ways to express himself musically and visually with his Video sets.
Makenzie Eudes Pereira aka MacAttack is a an emerging entrepreneur, event manager, Compere and of course, a professional DJ based out of Goa. A popular face who spent most of his early days organizing and promoting gigs, throwing some of the coolest parties, and hosting festivals like Sunburn, Krank, Supersonic. His interest in music and want to make people dance kept growing when about half a decade ago he finally started a brand new era for himself and started DJing. Ever since, he has traveled across the country and internationally playing gigs at various nightclubs and festivals. Apart from making a name in nightlife, he also co-owns Goa’s highly reputed event management company and a tech rental company namely EMC and LUMASONIC. During the week, he spends most of his time in the office working on various events.
With an experience of over 17 years DJ Navin has easily become one of the most recognisable faces in the party circle in and around Goa. Starting at an early age he has risen to become one of Goa’s most sought after DJs. Playing his signature sound of House | Hip Hop & retro has seen Navin play all over including U.K., Dubai, Muscat, Qatar and all over India. Being one of the most renowned DJs in Goa it has allowed him to share the console with the biggest names in the nightlife industry from all over the world.
Up and active from the country’s party capital, DJ Nrush is putting the party where it belongs. Known for his dexterous ability to play back to back hits in EDM and main stream music, Nrush has made a mark with his impeccable playlist. Starting at an early age of 19 years, he is inspired by popular artists like Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Axwell, Tujamo and Fedde le Grand, he is determined to create quality music for his quality audiences. His sets have him playing back to back hits, right from every party animal’s beloved – EDM to every music lover’s favorite hip-hop, pop and R&B music. He is determined to take the Deep House trend in Goa to the next level. His enduring artistry has him pushing to achieve excellence and spends every waking minute of his life striving to create beats that will inspire the masses. When he isn’t busy mixing music at his favorite clubs, you will find him entertaining crowds at private parties with his sick beats.
Rinton has been Djing since 2002 with almost 28 years of experience in the music industry. He has held multiple residencies at top clubs in Goa such as SinQ BEACH Club and held a couple of residences in Dubai clubs for 3 years. He is now a freelancer having travelled to play not just in other parts of India, but even the world. He started his own Dj Academy in 2015. He has played at major music festivals such as Sunburn, Vh1 Supersonic, Oktoberfest Goa and many more. Ringtone has shared the stage with top industry names such as Axwell, Zedd, DJs From Mars, Bass Kleph, Henry Fong, Disclosure and many more.
The excitement and thrill RossD has for Dance Music is something that his aura radiates. Over the years he has garnered a reputation to belt out music that can be described as an explosion to the senses, taking you well on a journey between urban and nostalgia. Just out of college, Ross took a liking to dance music, teaching himself how to edit tracks and making mashups and uploaded them over social media as a hobby. His work was soon noticed by the renowned Goan DJ, Joel who offered him the chance to work on a few tracks alongside him which were featured on major international publications as well as making it to the 2nd spot of the top 20 bootlegs of the year in 2013. He has been very successful in creating an euphoria with his own bootlegs, mashups and edits which have been played all over the world including by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike in New Mexico.
Ryan Nogar has spent over 19 incredible years as a DJ. Never afraid to explore, he is now eminent for his versatility in music regardless of style, tempo, genre or release date. With a keen ear to new sounds and an open-mind to satisfying diverse audiences, this is his effortless forte. Commercial, Hip Hop, RnB, varied versions of House, Progressive, EDM, Retro and Bollywood. Ryan has performed in every nightclub within the state, as well as at major national events like VH1’s Supersonic, Oktoberfest, Goa Fest and the Sound Therapy Afterparty. He has shared the stage with well known international artists such as Norman Doray, Firebeatz, Arston, Bass Kelph, Justin Oh, Spectre, Micheal Woods and many more. He is currently the resident at Goa’s famous nightclub, Hammerzz. Ryan Nogar co-owns and manages Lumasonic, an audio and lighting company. With a broad and diverse event and audience base, he continues to gig at nightclubs alongside weddings, corporate and public events.
DJ Saj Akhtar’s passion for music started growing when he was in school and since then there was no looking back. He has been a prominent name in the Music Scene in Dubai, playing for numerous shows before finally landing in Goa with residencies at one of the leading clubs in Goa – Club Tito’s. His passion and energy keeps the crowd grooving to his tunes. DJ Akhtar won the hearts of people in Dubai and all over India with his most downloaded remix album ‘Sensation Miami’. He is fondly called as ‘Your Very Own Desi Boy’ and has his remixes released and listed on AIDC.
Shania turned her passion for music into a career when she was 15 by playing at some local venues and deeply steeped into the nightlife industry by capturing crowds at some of India’s finest clubs. Through her versatility and ability to get any space to move, she has carved a niche in the nightlife sector in India having played at festivals such as Time-out festival, Submerge and also working with Vh1. A part of Shania’s heart lies in underground music and from deep passion and a desire to start something of her own, she started a brand called ‘Liquid Melody’ in 2019. Through the brand, she hopes to create a magical journey for the movers and ravers of the dance music community by conceptualising some wacky and raging parties around booming yet not mainstream music.
Hailing from Goa, Shaun crafts his unique style of raw and pulsating techno, with signature driving subs and relentless grooves. His DJ sets showcase an explosive snapshot of his capabilities with atmospheric synth hazes, rolling percussive hits and deep basslines. With a strong list of labels under his roster, a few notable names being Octopus Recordings, Tronic Music, OFF Recordings, Alleanza Records and Hydrozoa Records, he has worked some of the best dancefloors across India and around the globe. With regular tours across Europe and Russia, he continues to expand his reach with each passing year. 2019 saw him bring about his alternative alias, Moses, which showcases a more industrial and leftfield sound that he’s been developing over time. His first release on Shlomi Aber’s – Be As One Imprint, managed to turn heads of some of the most prominent names in the industry while featuring on the playlists of Charlotte De Witte, Paul Ritch, Enrico Sangiuliano and Amotik.
Skeletron, the one man standing behind many unique Originals, Remixes & Mashup tracks with millions of views. Skeletron is one name you will find in every DJs playlist across the country of India. The constant delivery of quality music has made Skeletron’s name widely recognizable and it has caught the attention of a number of top listed DJs and producers such as KSHMR, Quintino, Ummet Ozcan, Mike Williams, Fedde Le Grand and many more. Skeletron has shared the stage with artists like Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Flume, Jonas Blue, Fedde Le Grand. He has played for the Asia’s top music festivals “Sunburn”, “Vh1 Supersonic Club Nights” and over 100+ shows across India. Skeletron is signed with an Australian lable ‘Teamwrk Records’ owned by Will Sparks. Since then he has kept the element of surprise with his audience and innovative ideas of sounds which can be heard in tracks like “La Vida”, “Kabira” or “Basanti”. Skeletron’s most recent mashup ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani x The Box’ has crossed over 2 million views on YouTube.
Starling’s induction to DJing came through trance, a full on twilight at the age of just 14 and later progressed into different genres of music. His style varies from full-on to aggressive twilight packed with rolling, powerful bass lines and twisted sounds. On his flip side of entertaining any crowd, Starling has a flair with mixing Commercial, Progessive, Tech, Minimal House and Hip-Hop. For nearly 10 years he has played for some renowned clubs and party places in India and around the globe. Together with his father, he owns one of the oldest places for moonlight parties in Goa, “Hilltop”. Needless to say, that he is the in-house DJ for the weekly parties held at Hilltop. Recently, Starling has come out with Hilltop’s first VA compilation – “The Hilltop Chronicals Vol. 1” with international artists such as Orca, Phatmatix, Psymetrix, Ajja, Arjuna, Rev, Entropy and many more. The focus has been to create a sonic journey. In this journey as a DJ, Starling has also played alongside international artists such as Protoculture, GMS, Psychotic micro, Panayota, Freaked frequency, Z-Machine, Atomic pulse, Alien project, at various venues in India as well as internationally.
Usman is a renowned DJ from Goa, known for his enchanting tunes and his hip, cool and funk personality. With many years of experience and building up a versatile music sense, he has quickly risen to become a pro in the DJ game. Having the ability to blow the roof of the joint, he is become a popular face in Goa’s nightlife industry. Having played at all the top venues and events in India and Dubai, he is known for his super stylish Hip-Hop sets and fist-pumping Commercial sets proving to be massively popular with clubgoers. Usman’s sound seeps deep inside the heart of his listeners, with music which needs to be known and good to have in the collection. In Goa he is known by many as one of the most innovative and consistent DJ’s in the industry, and continues to deliver some of the most sought after breakbeat tracks available.
Varun Fernandes was introduced to the art of DJing in 2010 and has a constant desire to learn and further himself musically. His talent made way for a slow and steady growth thereby leading him to become integral part of the local scene in Goa. Within two years, he was invited by Nikhil Chinapa to support the “Together at Tito’s” project to promote and play underground music perfect for a Sunday afternoon by the beach. It was here he shared the decks with his idols John Digweed and Simon Dunmore. This led to subsequent bookings for Sunburn 2012 and Supersonic 2013. He was also invited to the Go:Madras festival in Chennai and championed his knowledge in programming/bookings with Krank Music Festival which takes place annually in December in Goa.
With the evolvement of his music preferences, Varun decided to get into production. His ambition and drive to share his own unique sounds with the rest of the world propelled him towards getting his first release in less than 2 years of being in the production game.His first release on The Purr Music; ‘Chronicle’ was inspired by his winter residency at the amazing club of the same name in Goa. This was shortly followed by the release of his own EP on Balkan Connection , His recent releases in 2016 on labels such as Soupherb Records; ‘Spectrum’ and European Electric Tree Records; ‘Mirror’ , ‘ Thinking Over ‘ on Qilla Records has garnered plenty of local as well as international support from some of the world’s best artists like Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Nicole Moudaber, Lonya, TRIKK, John Halden, Mphaty , Darin Epsilon, Sequel, SHFT, Praveen Achary, Kohra, Luciano, Paco Osuna, Jelly for the Babies, Nicolas Van Orthan Jerome Ismae, Artbat, Adana Twins, Stereo Express to name a few.
Zeeqar was influenced by underground music at a very young age and took up the decks at an early age of 16. He got his early influences from bands like Pink Floyd, The Doors, Led Zeppelin which got him to learn the guitar and enter the realm of music. Later he was influenced by electronic music by artist like Bonobo, Amon Tobin, Deadmau5 and BT. With the growth in the electronic scene, he started to compose and make his own productions which started as progressive house and in today’s time developed to melodic house and techno. He has worked with renowned brands such as Sunburn, Submerge, Krank, Satellite Beach Side, Sula Fest etc. and shared the stage with artists such as Stephan Bodzin, Doctor Dru, Jonas Rathsman, Kadosh, Budakid, Browncoat, Ankytrixx, Calm Chor and many more.
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