Top Female DJs in the region exploring Destination Weddings
Wedding Celebrations are synonymous with music and dance extravaganzas, fun sessions on the dancefloor and high energy performances. It is seldom seen that the talent facilitating and making all of this happen is recognized at all. Some behind the scenes, some on the forefront, this community of talent is one aspect of the wedding we cannot function without. Yes, these are our beloved DJs!
Staying up endless hours, constantly belting out chart hits, attending to guest requests and keeping the momentum going is all a part of their daily lives ensuring that their audience have an ecstatic time.
Another breed of talent slowly and gradually making their way into the mainstream foray is a bunch of talented Female DJs who can definitely give their counterparts a run for their money. Not just pretty faces, these ladies are the total package of confidence, attitude and immense talent.
Leading wedding planners in Dubai, Vivaah Celebrations spoke to some of the finest Female DJs in the region to get their two cents on the evolution of the music scene in the events and wedding industry and what the future holds for them.
DJ Panache (IG: @djpanachedubai) is a sensation amongst her fans, mesmerizing audiences with innovative mixes at the clubs and with her creative music production skills. Having conceptualized and featured in several music videos, she is unstoppable. We asked her what made her opt for DJing as a career.
“I have always been passionate about music. Keeping in mind the latest trend of music, I learnt to DJ. It just began as a hobby when I was at university. But when I started performing and the crowd would ask for more, I knew I could never quit DJing. I like being different, so I started performing audio visual acts that would fascinate the crowd. I also release my mixes very often and play them as a part of my set. All I want to do right now is wait for clubs to allow dancing on the floors…so I can hit the decks and make the crowd groove to my beats. A career that lets you travel, meet new people and play some banger music- I’d be crazy not to choose it!” – DJ Panache
Another super talent creating ripples in the music scene is DJ Tripti (IG: @djtripty). Hailing from India, she is currently one of the most popular Bollywood DJ based in Dubai. She experiments with her vibrant style of blending Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Arabic and Afrobeat keeping the music scenario fresh, exciting and energetic. Vivaah Celebrations asked her how she managed to make a mark for herself in a predominantly male dominated industry and the challenges she has faced along the way.
‘’Similar to all other industries, music and entertainment industry also happens to be predominantly male dominated and women have to go that extra mile with their display of talent to prove their worth to win the attention and respect of their audience.
Without a doubt, it is easier to get an entry being a female DJ, but it is much harder to sustain from there on. High expectations, rolling eyeballs and heavy criticism comes from the closest people who would like to see you quit. But, you also find a lot of music lovers in your journey who will believe in you and inspire you to grow big despite of the gender roles. Over the years I’ve come to understand that it is important to have fun while playing and entertaining the crowd which has definitely helped me the most to evolve.
Music is dynamic and ever-changing. I enjoy my career playfully which helps me grow and groom along the way. It brings me great happiness to see people groove at my fingertips. As a DJ, that is my motto.” – DJ Tripty
In a candid conversation, we asked one of the most renowned DJs in India, Akanksha Popli (IG: @djakankshapopli) whether she prefers playing for an audience at the clubs or mesmerising guests at a destination wedding.
“For me, playing in the clubs has always been my first love because that’s where I started my career. After appreciating my music internationally, families and couples started hiring my services for their weddings. While I enjoy entertaining audiences of all kinds, the only difference is that in clubs we don’t get to connect with the crowd emotionally and directly. We can most definitely play their favours tracks and keep them engaged. But when you are playing in a wedding you feel like a part of the family; you get to meet them, you can talk to them and shake a leg with them, specially in a destination wedding. In my opinion, a DJ’s career should parallelly exist at clubs as well as weddings. I personally cannot favour one over the other.” – DJ Akanksha Popli
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