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The DJ known for Koocha Monster promises to make fans in the city ‘dance’ to his music

A pioneer of the Indian dubstep scene and co-founder of Bandish Projekt, Udyan Sagar – better known to the music lovers as DJ Nucleya – neither wants to go click a selfie at the Charminar or relish the biryani, but to ‘meet his fans and make them dance’. He has an unusual name and his fans are keen to know why he chose that. Says the DJ, “It was my laptop password when I was in school and I just thought it was a cool name to keep.”
The console king who specialises in fusion of western and Indian sounds says he has been doing what he loves – fusion – for the last 15 years. “My music focuses on sounds that are Indian in nature and mixed with some slick beats,” says the DJ who will perform at Rendezvous on April 30 and is a frequent flier to the city.
He started his musical journey towards the end of ’90s when he co-founded Bandish Projekt. Since then, he has released over 14 singles, studio albums and numerous collaborations. He has performed at numerous music festivals around the world including Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lille 3000 and the Electron Festival, where he performed alongside artists like Diplo and Modeselektor.
Simple, fun and fancy. Three words that best describe his music and is what fetches him his fans. As he performs in Bengaluru today, his work will take him to Delhi on April 29. What gives Nucleya the edge over the others in the already crowded world of DJs? “I make sure that my sets are interesting and fresh. My song selection and timing also really plays an important role in giving me an edge,” he says.
In the next few months, the 36-year-old music junkie says he is taking time off from shows to work on new music and a new album. Every DJ has a favourite playlist and for Nucleya, it has got to be from Bass Rani and Koocha Monster. That is what Hyderabad will be treated too. Details: bookmyshow.com

— Nishad Neelambaran

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