'Hobbies should not be used to fetch livelihood'

DJ Chetas

DJ Chetas aka Chetas Shah was recently in Delhi electrifying the audience and enlivening Christmas

Eve with his music at A State of Music (ASOM) Dwarka. Metrolife caught up with him for a tete-a-tete about his booming year and his journey to realise his dream of becoming a popular DJ.

DJ Chetas’ musical journey dates back to when he was a mere eight-year-old. By 14 he was practising on his keyboard even as he felt the irrestible urge to pursue his passion for music.

Little did he know that his passion would transcend into an art form, the envy of many an artiste. He uploaded his Bollywood ‘mash-ups’ online and after 11 years of hard work, his talent was recognised by myfavdj.in wherein voters and music lovers across the nation voted him as their Favourite Bollywood DJ, propelling him to the No.1 spot in India!

He studied under DJ Farooq in Glamour India, Mumbai and is now taking his passion “somewhat professionally”.

“I am known as DJ Chetas and but many of my fans don’t know that DJ-ing is only my hobby and its not my full-time career. I am in road construction business with my father and as the elder son, I have to take care of the business.”

DJ Chetas has hit his peak this year with his hugely popular Break Up Mashup and The Life Is A Mashup, Pre-Indepence Day Bash, Glow In The Dark, Chandni Bar, Duplicate, Sensation White and The Salman Khan Night, which are a few of his concepts.

“I went to T-series with my concept in which I proposed that people love Bollywood. In a mash-up they can hear all their favourite songs at once. Its energising and can accommodate different types of moods,” he tells Metrolife.

The idea drew a positive response and has served Shah rather well. But when asked if he is planning to be a full-time DJ soon, he says, “Never. I wouldn’t let that happen. It’s my passion and hobby, it should not become my job. Hobbies should not be used to fetch livelihood. I deejay because I love it and I love making people happy, that’s all.”

Shah joined Bollywood and has played with some of the popular figures too like Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mika Singh, Shalmali Kholgade, Aakriti Kakkar, DJ Aqeel, etc. “If one has to become a household name they have to join Bollywood. In India, musicians have a very bleak future without its assistance. I wanted to take my music to my fans and more people, so Bollywood was one and only option.”

Shah has also performed his Bollywood mash-ups in International venues like Dubai and Bahrain and says, “I must say, people there love Bollywood more than people here.”
Shah is inspired by DJs like DJ Armondo and DJ Aqeel and says, “If I continue as a DJ it will always be Bollywood. People can never be bored of it and in fact, everybody loves Bollywood.”

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) lovers experience Bollywood better when he mixes it in his software and enthrals people on the dance floor.

He holds his own show at 9Xm, a national music channel, where his songs play back-to-back for two hours.

Collaborating with DJ Nasha, Shah is very soon going to open his own DJ school where people from all age groups can learn the art. “Keep following my music and supporting me always,” he urges his fans.

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