'I love being involved with music'

Full-on Entertainer

He is one of the most famous VJs’ on Indian television, an actor and also a popular DJ. Nikhil Chinapa is a man who wears many hats. Known for his love for music, the multi-talented jockey has recently launched a new five-day electronica festival to will be held in North Goa this December.

Organised by Live Viacom18, the aim of the festival is to restore the spirit of community and passion for music that’s been missing from some electronic music festivals held in India recently. Nikhil as the festival director and curator, says, “EDM has become the most popular form music among the younger generation today and it has literally has captivated the minds and hearts of an entire generation.”

Juggling his time between VJing and DJing, Nikhil complains, “Actually, I don’t get to sleep much. I do VJing in the day and DJing at night.” And of the two which is your personal favourite? “DJing is preferred because I love working with music and I love being in an atmosphere where you can lose yourself for hours, playing music and sharing music that I love with other people. This is what drives me the most.

Interestingly, the VJ-DJ never wanted to be any of these. He wanted to be doctor but ended up doing architecture and would have been an architect had it not been for a VJ hunt he auditioned for, in 1997.

Being a DJ for whom music is life and blood, Nikhil also talks about the party scene in Delhi. “There are a lot of varieties in clubs where they play different genres of EDM music like techno, drum and base and drumstep. But, the only thing about Delhi is that it tends to only party on one night. The other days people work really hard here. Delhi is workaholic and people need to let their hair down a little more often.”

Talking about his future plans in Bollywood films, he says, “I am really not a good actor. I love being involved with music, and I love creative concepts and like to have like-minded partners to work with.”

Delhi has become one of the party destinations for many, including numerous international artists. “It is not just Delhi but all across the world, the musical scene is changing. More and more people are going out and listening to music, they are sharing their music on phone, listening to music on Youtube, in gyms and clubs. People are loving their music with their friends and want to have a fantastic time.”  

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