Mick Sondhi is a well known name when it comes to DJ’S. His style and taste for music are what set him apart. Here is a candid conversation with Mick Sondhi,The Ultimate DJ In Town.
When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I started DJ-ing in 2008,my early passion was to become an archaeologist but Bally Sagoo was an inspiration to me and that is when I got into this, I was in Jalandhar that time.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?
Well if we talk of moments, there have been many .But the one’s most special to me are the ones spent sharing the stage with international artist like like Bally Sagoo,Bohemia,Jazzy b,DJ nyk,DJ tejas.
What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJ-ing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
Well as a DJ,i faced many challenges. Back then, when I started our feild was not as competitive as it is now, talent determined everything.But now you can’t survive solely on the basis of your talent, social media presence is inevitable.
To me djing is a lifestyle..its a culture living up to it and owning the style you have is the greatest challenge. Not every DJ can work professionally as well as passionately. The best part which brings me to music production is the way people connect to my music. Your skill makes those people move on the dance floors and that is when you realize this is the power you have.
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
My mentor DJ Vishal Mehta(cardiff) taught me that every show is your break through moment and do it like you are doing it for the first ad the last time. I practice and prepare a lot. People are usually unaware of this part but whenever preparing for a set, I update my playlists, look for the best rated tracks and practice to get the best mixes.Like every other creative artists works on imagination, I trust my inventiveness while placing the songs as per the matching vibe.Its been 11 years since I have been working so my experience contributes as well.
How important is building a real relationship with the music you’re playing for your own approach?
Yes, this is question I love the most.An artist is the only person who can precisely value the relation people have with his art.Building a real relationship with the music I would say is the key element. Music is a language of feelings and emotions.If the artist lacks at connecting to his work , getting the audience to connect to your is something next to impossible.
There’s so much music out there, is it even possible to build meaningful long-term relationships with a particular track or album?
As I have told earlier that music is a language of feelings and emotions,every single track I work on has a meaning, there are unsaid words, hidden feelings mesmerizing stories behind it. So yes it is possible and very necessary to build a meaning full long term relationship with a particular track.
Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
There are many of them.While playing at a gig, the type of event determines the criteria I opt for. I am into multi genre styles so I have to ask the event promoters and managers about the music policies.Suppose its a weekend club event then I would love to play bollywood and Punjabi Music or if the event has a specific music genre like hip hop or trap and I have to play accordingly.
When there’s more music than one can possibly take in, it is becoming increasingly hard to know what constitutes an original and a remake anymore.What is your take on that?
Every DJ has a different style…when it come to keeping original or remix track in the set.It depends on the person and the vibes too.I prefer remixes but it that doesn’t mean I don’t keep originals handy I keep at least 3 to 4 remixes of different styles of a particular track just to create or play with the vibes of the event/show