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What it takes to be: A DJ (with dj BPM)

For many people, being a DJ can be a very appealing job prospect. If a job was one endless party after another, anyone might consider switching jobs.

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A nerd, fascinated by science and technology with a love for music, Bipin Nakarmi tapped into his alter ego to become one of the most popular DJs in the capital: DJ BPM. We caught up with him to get his perspective on what it takes to be a DJ in Nepal.

What is DJ-ing all about?

Djing is all about making sounds better by using whatever means pos- sible. We use different effects and loops with the help of various soft- ware and hardware to make better sounds. This is why I love doing what I do. This is why I am into Dj ing

In your opinion what does it take to be a DJ?
You need to have good taste in music. Whatever you do, whatever equip- ment you use, you have to come up with good sounds that people can relate to.

Is it something you’re born with, or can you learn to be a DJ?
You can take lessons to play or use instruments and equipment but no one can teach you how to be an art- ist. You can be influenced or inspired but they cannot teach you. Djing is a form of art. It’s all up to you.

Did you take any formal lessons?

I took a basic djing class back in 2008.

How much of your investment did it take to get started? And how long would you say it takes to get your returns?

To be honest DJ equipments are expensive. Living in Nepal, there

is always the issue of availability of those equipments. But if you are really into it, then you will figure out a way to get it. The number of hours and dedication you put into your craft is what makes you better. That is the first step to begin your income generating spree. You cannot expect people to follow you or hire you if your sounds are exactly like the other DJ.

What are the working hours like?

We have crazy working hours. When the entire world is done with their work and out to have fun, that’s when our working hours start. New Years, Christmas when everyone is out with his or her friends celebrat- ing, we are on stage working. But it’s the best job in the world. You make people happy with your work, what else can you ask for?

What kind of issues does a DJ have to face in Nepal?

First thing first, it’s very hard for us to buy our equipment. We do have some stores selling it but we don’t have many options. In order to perform properly we need prop- er equipment. Also, we don’t have a proper management company or promoters for artists. Being a DJ in Nepal, we have to do everything from organizing an event to inviting everyone.

Is it as glamorous as it appears? Is your life one big party after an- other?

Everything has its pros and cons. It is glamorous. You are always on stage, people know you, and they want to be friends with you, invite you to after parties. Honestly, my life is like one party after another. But for me, a party is a place where I perform. That is where I show off what I have been practicing at home.

What three qualities do you think are essential in a good DJ?

A good taste in music, good ears and the ability to read the crowd.

Is there any advice you’d like to give to young DJs?
Don’t restrict yourself with top chart songs only, just focus on pleasing the crowd. Explore more music. Follow your heart. If you really like some piece of music, it’s possible that oth- ers will like it too.

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