Chinappa and Da club beat

LAST THURSDAY, during the Karma sutra event at Touch Nightclub, visiting MTV VJ Nikhil Chinappa was at his best. The crowd was kept on its feet for the better part of the night and generally enjoyed his mixes.

By Jyoti Easwaran (Contributor)

  • Follow us on
  • google-news
  • whatsapp
  • telegram

Published: Tue 6 Nov 2007, 11:22 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:32 AM

Nikhil’s early training in architecture and his innate love for music create a fusion which in many ways is a celebration of creativity.

City Times caught up with him, where he talked about the clubbing scene across the world, his life and experience in the music industry.

You actually studied to be an architect but became a VJ? How do you find the synergy in that?

Actually both fall into the realm of creativity. It’s a passion - which for me is symbolic with music. My early moorings into architecture resulted probably due to the fact that one has to be well educated.

But a point comes when one seriously needs to do what he enjoys, and music is pure bliss for me. I grew up on Abba and Boney M. Aerosmith and Pink Floyd are some of my inspirational bands.

As a VJ, DJ and also composing some tracks for Bollywood films how satisfying is your work to you?

I started out as a Radio Jockey and accidentally auditioned for MTV. My experience with MTV has been extremely satisfying and has seriously opened up newer thought process in the realm of music. Even though I have composed tracks for some Bollywood films I would love to leave the very serious part of music composing to others. I am also busy organising a music festival in Goa. My wife Pearl and I share the same madness for music and we look forward to being DJs on the same platform sometime in Dubai. The crowd here is very energetic and laps up all the Indian beats and prods us to do some great mixes.

There is competition in the club and the DJ scene. How do you manage to ride over that?

Let me say that often repeated statement ‘Competition is healthy’. But on a serious note you have everyday some new DJs hitting the town. Many come for the glamour, instant fame and the kick of being in the spot light. Being a DJ involves hard work just like other jobs except that we are more active in the night.

More news from