Music from the heart

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Music from the heart

World-renowned electronic house music DJ Neil Quigley was down in the City as a part of the Kingfisher Soul Flyp Soul Tour. On a hectic tri-city whirl of  Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore, he talks about this signature style of deejaying and the way the profession has evolved since he was a schoolboy in England making tapes for his friends from vinyl records.

“India has exciting fresh talent. Audiences here are very receptive to new sounds. I create music called ‘Electronic House with Soul’,” he explains.

Today a DJ must produce fresh original music in addition to spinning and mixing tracks. Neil was hooked to electronica from a very early age moving onto ‘acid house’ music in his later school years. Although deejaying was a passion it remained just a hobby for a while morphing into a full blown profession almost overnight when he was offered a gig in ‘Cross’, a major London club. “Since then there has been no looking back! I am very fortunate to be able to do what I really love for a living,” he laughs.

So how does he keep his music fresh and unique?

“My sound aspires to project a simple, stripped down but tough vibe that  retains its soulful edge. I incorporate skein of new talent from the likes of Tigerskin, Henry Saiz and Abyss besides drawing on recognised names like John Digweed and Nic Fanciulli. Diversity and constant infusions of fresh talent keeps the vibe and energy alive.”

Neil is engaged to Vanessa, a Canadian involved in television production and is busy planning his wedding when not on tour. “We met in Toronto while I was on a gig there. She has already relocated to London and is pursuing her career there. We both plan to travel to Asia together and will definitely return to India, as tourists,” he says.

What advice does he have for aspiring deejays? “Every party goer at some stage looks up at the DJ console and dreams of being the focal point of dance floor – the one who decides what people will dance to. But to become a good deejay remember to keep it musical – whatever works for you and your style. Never play something you don’t like, if you’re doing a good job people will notice you.”

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