“Purveyor of profound and soulful music, seeker of infectious dance grooves and high-spirited atmosphere.” This is how DJ Gagan Deep a.k.a The Str/\nger, a peppy and happy soul on stage describes himself. He is a favourite amongst all EDM Fanatics of the city.
Gagan is an Indian DJ and music producer… many of us have heard his music talking, but this time KOTA CITY BLOG has brought him to do some talking.
We got him to spill some beans about who is the man under the huge LED panels, psychedelic lasers and thundering speaker.
“For me, it’s all about mood and a deep, hypnotic groove… playing those tracks that get you tapping your feet and nodding your head without you realizing it, regardless of genre, tempo, style, or release date.”, Gagan says.
Gagan Deep has always been a risk taker, and his decision to chase his new found love for DJing was also a precarious one.
He says, “In a world, where every step and of yours is questioned by the society, it makes a budding artist also questions himself. Whenever it got unclear for me, Music was there as my saviour.”
When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I was a CS student, I was compelled by my love for music and it turned me into a DJ and music producer. It has been 6 years since I first took up this dream. I happen to like this beautiful art which is capable of bringing people together. I indulged into it to make it a profession and journey has been an amazing one. I have been played in clubs of Kota, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Pune and with one of the leading music festival in India that is Dunes music festival where he shared the stage with Teri Miko. Apek and Courtland.
He became his own support system when nobody supported him.
“In the beginning, nobody supported me, neither my friends nor my parents. Cause they adhered to the mentality that I AM FROM KOTA, and it is irrelevant for me to dream of making a big name. They suggested me to leave for Mumbai or Delhi if I am sure about it. So that strikes a chord, that why can’t a person from Kota can do wonders in the world of DJing.
How do you describe your music?
“Musical Enlightenment” came swiftly to me. My music is all about finding oneself. It’s about searching the hidden and unleashing the oasis. The music that I create is based on my beliefs and reflects the person I am.
We can definitely feel the connection that you have with Kota.
When I came back to Kota, after graduating in Music from Spin Gurus Academy. I started earning and creating a name. I understood that this can’t be a part-time thing for me, I have to take it as a full-time profession or rather not do it at all.
I started partying over here. Now Kota is also tilting towards partying culture. The lounges and clubs are organising parties every Sunday. Many festivals are also coming to Kota. organising gigs with us.
I wished to create my own rhythm on which the entire city dances. So, that people do not have to leave town on weekends, they can experience quality evenings and festivals here in Kota.
He smirks when asked about Tomorrowland, “Every DJ has a dream to be at TOMORROW LAND, I would love to be there. But I prefer playing for the crowd, that sinks in with my tracks. I want to create an everlasting connection with the each and every person attending my concert.
If I have taken the entire audience in my aura, that would be the tomorrow land for me.
So in terms of your fan base, what has been your most memorable crowd?
Poornima University, Jaipur. DUNES music festival’s campus night. That was my best night as a DJ.
And he teaches too, at the Music Club. Isn’t it cherry on the cake
“There are many DJs whom I have taught djing at the Music Club. They are also doing great now. ( music production and djing). I don’t speak too much, I let my music speak. sometimes I take time to open up to people, but as I do, I gradually fall in sync with them, just like my music.
There are some names that tend to become synonymous with the genre themselves. For all the EDM lovers in the city, the only name that comes to light is “The Str/\nger”. He has a unique and innovative style of creating peppy mash-ups and mindblowing EDM mixes. Now that’s what we call Rocking the World and making them dance to your tunes.
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Kota City Blog wishes Gagan a very good luck, for a mindblowing career ahead.