Can and Will

The journey from being a “bathroom DJ” to the “king of mash-ups” has been a long one for DJ Kan-I.

Written by SHIKHA SALARIA | Published: May 1, 2013 12:13:46 am

The journey from being a “bathroom DJ” to the “king of mash-ups” has been a long one for DJ Kan-I. Born as Kannabhiram Bellumkonda in Hyderabad,Kan-I (which means “can I”) was in Chandigarh for a gig at Blue Blazer,Sector 26,as part of the lounge’s anniversary celebrations. With no family member or godfather in the music industry,Kan-I reflects on how difficult it was for his family to accept his passion for DJing. “They thought I would spoil the family’s reputation,” he said. He had given up studies to follow his dreams and took on DJing at the age of 16.

“In the beginning of my career,I started as a bathroom DJ,you know,the one who plays when the main DJ needs to take a break in the washroom. My initial salary was a mere Rs 500,” he said. Kan-I has opened for a host of international DJ artistes including Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean,Kardinal Offishall and Apache Indian.

The profession in India,feels Kan-I,has evolved since the time he started. “Though we are still learning,India has seen a tremendous change in the field,thanks to social media. Indian DJs are now getting recognised for their work at the international level as well,” said Kan-I,who is a fan of international DJs such as Jazzy Jeff and AM.

While most DJs are open to song requests,DJ Kan-I isn’t. “People should come to listen to a DJ’s music. These days people come with requests merely to hear the DJ mention their name on the mike,which I do not like,” he said.

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