Don’t see the beauty of what DJing will give you, but do it for music: DJ Willy

A neighborhood full of musicians got DJ Willy into DJing over 25 years ago. People in the club scene arena especially the Mumbaikars, know him as the lethal maestro. The popular DJ who has played for many club events and private parties had no plans to pursue DJing as a career. Having started with assisting Ryan Beck, he later went on to work with popular Indian DJ Aqeel and since then, he has never looked back. In an exclusive interview with Music Beat, he shares his technical knowledge, dos and don't's of DJing and his experience as a DJ, his guru DJ Ryan Beck, DJ Aqeel, and more!

What made you choose DJing as a career? Any inspiration?

Initially, it didn’t look like a career. It was the live music influences and the fact that my neighbourhood was full of musicians that drew me closer to DJing but making it a career took time. I lasted around mainly because I love music. Let’s see how far it goes and that’s the reason I chose to stay.

Inspiration, not really as I haven’t had any major role of DJs who inspired me initially. But, later there were some House DJs which I felt good, I looked up to like Tiesto, Carl Cox, etc.

Did you learn the technicalities of DJing from the internet or took professional training to become a DJ?

Technicalities were about pro observation with all the sound professionals, I had associated with back then. I learnt wiring and stuff like that. It didn’t really need any professional training. Contrary to what people do today, we did it first hand, we were obviously guided while making our collections in those days and we were told, ‘This is your input and this – output.’ It was more of observing and watching other DJs playing and how they go about mixing etc.

Do you create your own beats or prefer remixing?

Of course, remixing is something you make yours, we call it bootlegs. Any kind of Bollywood song that releases is not thumpy enough for a club event sound-wise. I do have my arranger, we sit together and recreate the entire song, its beats and try and give it our own touch rather than taking music from the internet.

You are known for your versatility. Can you tell us more about how you blend the beats?

There is a standard principle for mixing beats of four in a bar and as you play the song, you will notice the progression. We need to have a count of when the vocal comes in for a vocal-based track. So, this is how we calculate when we release a mix. We have to understand that this song is going to begin her and before that, we need to get out of the mix. If you are switching from A to B and B to A, you need to understand when to fade in and when to fade out. This is the most basic yet complex thing to understand about mixing.

A DJ is responsible for setting the mood of any occasion. Are you pre-prepared or choose the beats depending on the audience present?