Picture this: A girl on the DJ console sets the dance floor on fire as she spins music and makes the crowd go wild with her crazy mixes. Who said boys have all the fun? Meet Barkha Kaul, 26, a model-cum-DJ from Delhi
Having been a model for seven years now, I always thought that was the toughest profession. But when I became a DJ, I discovered a whole new side to myself. You're treated differently, people expect so much from you. I love the excitement of doing something new. It was in the middle of my course that I informed my dad I was learning DJ-ing. It was funny as I had to really explain to him in detail what it meant and how it worked. But my parents had no issues with me taking it up as a profession since they trust me.
Passion for the profession:
I feel anyone with an interest for music can take up this profession, it doesn't matter whether you're male or female. Spinning and mixing music, making people dance to my tunes, gives me a different high altogether. I love interacting with my crowd and those little conversations over the mike make it more interesting.
At clubs and parties, people are thrilled to know they have a female DJ playing for them. Aunties especially, often write their requests on tissue paper and send it to me, they probably feel proud that a girl can rock the dance floor! It's just in some people's minds that only a guy can be a DJ... the respect is definitely there.
The ultimate learning:
Being an artist, when you perform with hundreds dancing before your eyes, you realise it's not an easy job. It has taught me so much about how to entertain others. I feel proud of myself because I never knew I could be so brilliant with music and do so much with it.
It's traditional thinking that only a boy can be a DJ, but things are changing. People are more receptive to women in this profession. Most of them think there's a glamour factor attached to it, but honestly, you have to be good with your job - good looks are of no use otherwise!
The darker side:
It's a fact that you have to do your job at odd timings. And at places where you perform, people are usually drunk and prone to misbehaving. But proper security measures are taken and there are always bouncers present to ensure such incidents. Also, it's more fear than reality.
I am a very girly-girly person, so while stepping into a DJ's shoes, I make sure that I look like a rock star, though not a complete guy, of course! But otherwise, I am a pure woman from the way I talk, walk and to my dressing, and so on.
Capitol Club (Hotel Ashoka, Delhi)
Mirage (Hotel Surya Crowne Plaza, Delhi)
IVY Pub & Lounge
TRIBE (Kandy Club, Dubai)
Club Elevate (Noida)
Tivoli Garden NYE (Delhi)
F-bar (Hotel Ashoka, Delhi)
Qash Qai (Delhi)
Agni (Park Hotel, Delhi)
Island Bar (Hotel Shangri La)
Ice Cube (Noida)
Bacardi Event (Bennigan, Delhi)
Lava, Hotel Taj, Chandigarh
Hotel Taj, Lucknow
APREE (Sun City Resort, Goa)
Bacardi Event (Terrace Garden, Delhi) (Rain Dance)
Club Capitol (Kingfisher Event)
Bacardi Event (HQ2, New Delhi)
Bacardi MegaMixx (Raipur, Chhattisgarh)
Bacardi MegaMixx (Indore)
Club Score (Chandigarh)
Suburbia Bar & Lounge (Gurgaon)
New Year Eve. Dublin (ITC Maurya, Delhi)
Chix Mix Night, IMC (Capitol Club)
Crystal Lounge (Vasant Vihar, New Delhi)
Valentines (Capitol & Three Stories)
The Beach Club Praia, IMC (Goa)
International Women???s Day (F-bar, Delhi)
Jaipur Club (May Queen Ball)
Club Reverb (Noida)
Bacardi Megamixx (Ludhiana)
Bacardi Megamixx (Lucknow & Kanpur)
Bacardi Megamixx (Chandigarh)
Hype (New Delhi)
Club Quantum (Noida)
Club Felix (Kanpur)
IMC ? Indian Music Conference Tour (India)
Pre-Independence Bash at F-Bar (New Delhi)
Club Zazen (Chandigarh)
Club Jynxx (New Delhi)
Club TAB O1 (Gurgaon)
Club Vapour (Gurgaon)
Toast (New Delhi)
Kuki Lounge (New Delhi)
Blue Blazer (Chandigarh)
The HUB (Ludhiana)
Black Magic (Chandigarh)
Urban Pind (New Delhi)
Club Zygo (Gurgaon)
Club Mumbai se (Malaysia)
Club Indus (Bangkok)
Besides club events mentioned above she has also performed at corporate events with well established
organizations, to name a few; Microsoft India, HP India, Samsung India, Trident Group, Vodafone,
Siemens, Aircel, Cisco India, Cairn India, Volkswagen, Mankind Group.
And above all she has performed at big fat Indian wedding's in India and abroad, shared the stage with
artist's like, Vishal Shekhar, Daler Mehndi, Mika, Malaika Arora Khan, Jacqueline fernandez,
Hrishita Bhatt, Zarine Khan, Anoushka Dandekar and many more. She also performed for
Shah Rukh Khan for his IPL (2012) post- match party at Club Dublin, New Delhi.
She has opened for India's Top Dj's like Suketu, Akbar Sami, Akhtar, Sunny Sarid to name a few.
Recently she has also started her own production with bootlegs and mash-ups and soon she will make
her mark in the Bollywood music industry.