A serious SPIN doctress

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SEONA SHAJI
Published Dec 5, 2018, 12:10 am IST
Updated Dec 5, 2018, 12:10 am IST
A DJ who is turning tables across the country, Ishani Majumdar hopes to create a wave of change in the way India perceives female DJs.
DJ Ishani Majumdar
 DJ Ishani Majumdar

For most of us music is therapy. It is the same for DJ Ishani Majumdar, an artist who has performed in Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Bangalore, among other cities. The young artist speaks about her life as a musician and more...

Known for her leaning towards hip-hop, Ishani begins by saying, “I play mostly hip-hop and I blend it with R&B and dancehall. I fell in love with hip-hop years ago when I realised the versatility of the genre. It tells stories, but it also entertains and has got songs for all situations. From conscious and politically-charged, to just going crazy in the club.”

 

One aspect that cannot be ignored in our country is the struggles a female artist (in any field) faces. When asked how her experience of being a female DJ in a male dominated industry, she is honest and fully aware of her skills. “Patriarchy is real and till today I still bump into the 

odd chauvinist that tries to downplay my skills or compliments me only for my looks.. However, you can’t survive long in any industry if you’re a gimmick, male or female, so I take the duration of my career as an endorsement from the industry,” explains the DJ.

 Ishani has played at Mag Fields last year, and will be at Sunburn this year. She has played along with Justin Timberlake’s DJ, Mark Da Spot.

Recalling what inspired her to be a DJ, Ishani says, “I’ve always loved music since I was a child, my granny was a respected classical musician, and so is my mother. I’m unfortunately not trained in classical, but I guess the love of music is still in the DNA.”

On future plans, Ishani sees herself as a musician for many years to come. “I’m still aiming higher as far as my career is concerned. I’ve also started developing an interest in music as a subject, so music production is naturally the next phase. In fact, I’m already working on some original works and plan to collaborate with some local musicians too.” 

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