DJ Willy is a Mumbai based DJ, with a keen knowledge of technical and interactive skills both in his music and performances, making him one sought out lethal maestro. Willy makes it his personal mission to lure the crowds on to the dance floor every evening and keep them there all night with his loveable attitude and home grown DJ abilities!
DJ Willy’s strength lies in his versatility; his ability to kill it with any genre thrown at him. With over 20 years of DJ’ing under his belt, he’s played at every conceivable venue in the nation. From College fests and Afternoon Socials to Clubs across the country, Sunburn, VH1 Supersonic Goa, parties at the Khan’s (“Salman is a Retro freak!”), you name it, he’s been there.
Willy grew up on a staple diet of the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, and Bill Haley & His Comets, Inspiration drew from his neighbourhood full of musicians creating an urge to embark on his own career, at the budding age of 16. Fresh out of school, Willy made it his goal to pursue his musical passion, breaking free of the social normalities and stigmas. “I was never much of a book guy,” He said while reminiscing upon his childhood memories with a grin.
Dj Willy has a plethora of amazing memories of the early scene. “The 90’s was the decade people really knew how to party. They didn’t come out to be seen, they were thirsty for the music.”
The nascent years of struggle and playing R&B sets at small Bandra clubs (remember Illusions?) gave way to a break that changed his life. “DJ Ryan Beck introduced me to DJ Akeel, the king of Bollywood mixes. From then on, things just went higher and higher for me.”
What followed were stints at Enigma at The Marriot and a residency at Poison, one of the most famous clubs in the city at that time, Club Royalty, where he wowed crowds and performed with international acts frequently. Now he is on his next game, and it will be bigger and larger than ever before. Keep your eyes peeled in the near future for what Willy has up his sleeve.
He infuses his sets with live acts like singers, percussionists, saxophonists, always experimenting to bring something new to the turntable.
Now with his legacy moving forward to a new endeavour, where does Willy see the scene headed? “Music is always cyclical. But I think perhaps EDM has run aground,” he says. Trap (a genre of music that uses multi-layered synthesizers, grimy and rhythmic snares; and heavy sub-bass lines) is the new thing, he feels.
But he staunchly believes that although we enjoy flirtations with other genres, every Mumbaikar will always be drawn back to his roots.
“At the end of the day, it will always be Bollywood”.