DJ Suketu show preview (Seattle Weekly)

For those naive hippies who arrive in Mumbai expecting a world of gurus, cows, and a quaintly impoverished populace that seeks refuge in the technicolor glamour of Bollywood, the reality on the ground is always somewhat shocking. From the southern tip of Colaba to the northern suburbs of Bandra, the city pulses with a vibrant club culture that’s hedonistic and trend-driven. The scene is only one aspect of Mumbai’s pop culture, but it’s a defining one. Most DJs in the scene make their names by remixing Bollywood hits, usually with a tough-guy, street-hop approach or, more likely, a trance-pop vibe that’s upbeat and club-pleasing. DJ Suketu falls firmly into the latter camp, with a remix style that tends to strip everything but the giddy choruses out of the movie’s item number, transforming them into propulsive, four-on-the-floor bangers. His style’s not subtle, but it’s definitely appealing.

First appeared March 17, 2010 in Seattle Weekly.

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