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Dj Nic Thompson on his love for Electronic Music, Lokee Party Music & Goa

DJ Nic Thompson talks about the future of djing and electronic music in India.

Written by Rishabh Raj | New Delhi |
Updated: April 18, 2015 10:28:14 pm
DJ Nic Thompson playing music at B-bar in New Delhi. DJ Nic Thompson playing music at B-bar in New Delhi.

When he first came to India, he fell in love with the country’s musical diversity and the first place he visited was Goa. As the Dj Nic Thompson recalls, “I was just 18, when I first came to India and was ignited by the musical diversity I could see in Goa. I used to attend house parties, club parties and everywhere I could see a new genre of music. I was very much impressed by electronic music as I used to visit my friends place and see them partying with the music.”

Tracing back to his childhood days when he used to see people in London playing music and celebrating life, Thompson says, “I think, it was during my childhood days, this love for music happened, because I used to see musical instrument all around me, used to attend techno parties and people in London always had a reason to celebrate. So for me life as a celebration revolved around electronic music and since then I am involved in music in some or the other way.”

Ask him what he is going to play for the Delhi crowd and the pat comes the reply, “To be very frank with my experience in the field of djing and electronic music particularly I have realized that the moment you decide the rule book for what you are going to play, you are finished. It is all about understanding the mood of the crowd you are serving to, and you just need to flow with the emotion of the moment. He further adds, “Today also, as I could see that it’s not the weekend but still people are coming to b-bar to enjoy my music, so I feel it’s going to be celebration tonight and I am all set to make the crowd fall in love with my music sense.”

DJ-Nic-Thompson-1With a style that draws elements of house, techno, disco and acid, Thompson’s art of djing has the flavor of all. Best known for being one of the founders and driving forces behind Lokee parties in London the diligent Thompson says, “Well, yes I am humbled for the response I have received with the lokee music.” As he talks about the Lokee music, he explains, “It is nothing but a combination of various music forms that artists play with different instruments. We have combined it all together and have created a set of music pattern that we play at parties and have been received very well by the masses.”

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Talking about the future of djing and electronic music in India, he says, “I think the musical diversity of India will take the country at global level. To an extent Indian artists have made their way. The fact is, the Indian market needs to see the potential in the sector and give it a push and fund so that the artists can make best of it and take it globally. He also suggests that, “Today the commercial aspect of the art of djing and electronic music has grown with time, now the big hotels and resorts look up to it as an investment for entertainment of their guests and today here I am at b-bar to entertain the guests and I feel privileged the way Indian market has accepted the change with all positivity, it is my privilege to be here in Delhi and play some of my best music and I hope this night of celebration never ends in the music industry.”

For Nic, the musical journey and not the commercial aspect of electronic music seems to matter most, much more than money. “For me it has never been about money, when I came to India I was not sure where the place will take me, but soon Goa became close to me and every time I visit the place I get closer to it and music of the place gets closer too. So, for me, it’s always been about good music and making people enjoy with my work. Money is always secondary.”

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