From being a wide-eyed 18 year old getting behind the console at My bar in 2002, to his six-year long residency at the cultish venue Speed, Vijay Chawla has come a long way. Chawla has worked with the handicap of being bunkered in Chennai most of the time, not considered one of the most exciting destinations on the electronic dance music map. Yet, he’s managed to find his way to gigs across the country with prime slots at the top clubs. Chawla has also played at the Sunburn Festival, Goa and Volvo Ocean Fest, Cochin. Perhaps one of his biggest highlights has been the Beatport Cocoon Remix competition, where he was voted runner-up with over 300 contenders competing for the honour.
Chawla said that this experience gave him the confidence to take his productions seriously. But he also learned that competitions are mostly all about voting. “I honestly felt that there were better remixes than mine,” he said. “It taught me a thing or two about recognising talent.” Since then, the producer has released a couple of EPs and has two more slated for release later this year.
Ahead of his gig with Hennessy Artistry in Chennai this weekend, he shared with us a short play list of tunes so you know what to expect this weekend.