Perceived as India’s leading female DJ duo, Nina Shah and Malika Haydon are famous for their electronic music and versatility.
Nina Shah and Malika Haydon, are not only best friends but music partners with a purpose! They recently performed in the Capital at Playground, JW Marriott and plan to perform at other places as well. When asked how it all started and what inspired them to become DJs, they replied, “We actually just wanted to learn how to DJ for fun. It was like an exciting dream for us. At first it was nothing serious but eventually it just snowballed into a career. We both were into dancing in a big way as kids, so we always loved music.”
“Apart from electronic music, the other genres that interest us are old school rock and roll, hip hop and progressive trance. Malika came up with the idea of performing together after she met the world famous DJ, Tiesto. He convinced her that it was the best job in the world,” says Nina.
“We have been into this for the past 8 years now, as we started towards the end of 2010,” they add. When asked how she feels with Malika by her side, Nina goes on to say, “Honestly I couldn’t imagine it any other way. It is so much fun to have your best friend by your side. It doesn’t even feel like work, just short holidays!”
“It has been a dream and we have been so blessed. We are really looking forward to releasing some new music,” says Malika about the journey till now and future plans. “The first time we performed was at Blue Frog, Mumbai with GMS. We were so nervous and excited!” they say. GMS (also known as the Growling Mad Scientists) were a Dutch psychedelic trance duo and have attracted a large international fan base.
Talking about their favourite music artiste Nina says that there are too many but her most favourite one is Elvis Presley who sang, Can’t help falling in love, Coldplay for Paradise, Daft Punk for Instant Crush and many more. “We used to play a lot of techno, still do, from time to time. But we are not sure about what the future holds in terms of releasing that kind of music maybe, let’s see! This other genre apart from electronic music is something we might want to foray into soon,” they continue.
The tips they give for the youngsters of today are, “Love is the most important thing. We have got only one life and we want everyone to live it to the fullest. Love God and treat others the way you would like to be treated. That is why we don’t have any target audience. We just want our music to touch everyone’s hearts,” they sign off.