Getting progressive

Getting progressive
Everyone knows DJ Natalie — the hip discmaster who mixes up smashing numbers at pubs and concerts across the world. For one who's assisted the likes of David Guetta, Erick Morillo and several others, it was a natural shift from being a beauty therapist to being a much sought after DJ.

How it all started:
I grew up listening to my dad’s favourites like Duran Duran, Massive Attack, Seal and Kate. When I was young I would randomly play at the pubs. Eventually I took up a course at Manchester Midi School and then, there was no turning back.

Being a woman DJ:
If at all anyone had a problem with me entering this profession, it was my ex-boyfriend! My family has been very supportive. But this profession is male dominated. So every time I would get on stage I would get the ‘what’s she going to cook up’ look. I knew better than to give in to such pressure. Considering it’s a competitive world it was quite hard for me to find my ground in the beginning.

Performing live:
Be it an audience of 5,000 or 15,000, I always have an attack of nerves when I am on stage. Being nervous is good to an extent, they say. I always want to give my best shot when am performing.

Audiences across the world:
I am surprised to see Indian audiences being so responsive to electronic music. It’s the best thing for a DJ when the audience understands and enjoys what you’re dishing out. I now believe that it’s important to play the music you love!

Lessons from life:
It’s not a bed of roses, being in this profession. I’ve learnt to stay true to myself. It’s difficult to trust the people you meet from the same field. I’ve learnt this the hard way.

Advice to young aspiring DJs:
There are a lot of wannabe DJs out there and you have to work hard to achieve what you want in life. You have to make a statement of your own that will make you different from others.

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