ABOUT - AKHTAR
Reaching the Top is Challenging, but Staying there consistently is Class! One of the most prominent names in club culture and the Indian dance music industry, DJ Akhtar needs no introduction. DJ Akhtar achieves the distinction of being amongst the top 3 DJ’s in India since over two decade now. He introduced the club scene and dance music culture into India way back in 1990 when there were merely less than 10 clubs in the country. He’s been entertaining and enthralling audiences which include the crème de la crème of the society and the likes of many socialites, film stars, international celebrities and icons with his most peculiar and inimitable style of spinning music.
NIGHT CLUBS WITH DJ AKHTAR INSIDE -
Nearly 80% of night clubs/bars in Mumbai including Trilogy (The Sea Princess Hotel), Engima (JW Marriott), Velvet Lounge (Renaissance Powai), Pollyesthers (Gordan House Hotel Colaba), Koh, Onyx, Dome (Intercontinental Marine Drive), Dusk (The Park), Rockbottom (Guestline Ramee Group), The Ultimate, Vie Lounge and Deck (Juhu), Ce la Vie (Bandra), Starboard (Taj Mahal hotel) to name a few, have DJ’s trained by him.
GLOBALLY POPULAR -
Voted as the number 2 DJ in India on the surveyed television show “Zee Top 10” -- One of the most popular Indian television show watched in UK and Europe. Also featured on Zee TV, Zee Café and Zee Trends. Voted as No. 1 DJ in the country for 2005-2006. Award presented at the Lions Club International Gold Awards (Sol) by the then Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil and Director General of Police Dr. Parischa.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY -
2009 Onwards: Freelancing across the globe in more than 23 countries for corporate events, weddings, private parties, club events, etc. 2005 – 2009: Resident DJ at Engima at the JW Mariott Mumbai 2005 – 06 : Adjudged Best DJ in the country for 2005-2006. Award presented at the Lions Club International Gold Awards (Sol) by the then Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil and Director General of Police Dr. Parischa. 1990 – 2005 : Promotions/entertainment director and head disc jockey of the swanky night club Insomnia (Then known as 1900’s) at the Taj Mahal Hotel “Disco Dynamite” -- his solo remix album released on the Times Music label feat the hit video track “Laila”. 1991 : Moved over to the exclusive nightclub of the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai – Insomnia (Then known as “1900’s”). Completing his graduation in commerce from University of Bombay and obtaining diplomas in business management, airline travel and tourism (IATA) and computer systems overview (CSO) - (NCC-UK) he made sure that his passion for music and dj’ing didn’t interfere with his educational background. During his tenure at the Taj was also responsible for all the co-ordination of entertainment & events at nearly most of the hotels of the Taj group and a few of their international properties too like St James Crown Plaza-London, Taj Admiral Plaza – Dubai and Taj Exotica-Maldives. On seeing this popularity and reliability other individual clubs and hotels started signing up with him. 1989 : Completed his I.C.S.E. exams and started off his dj’ing career at a popular south Bombay Club - “RG’s” now The Intercontinental – Marine Drive.
Most Genres/Remixes To Bollywood Music Well known for his production skills and often provides music/remixes to bollywood music directors and films. Provided music for most designers in the Indian fashion industry and has worked closely with the most prominent and successful event management company’s, choreographers and model’s etc. After Parties for Prestigious Events
- - Lakme India fashion week
- - Bacardi Blast/Megamix
- - Smirnoff zone
- - Gladrags party
- - Ford super models party
- - SIFA
- - IIFA awards
- - Played for the Mrs World Pageant party held at the Sahara Amby Valley in Feb’05 where the chief guests were Pierce Brosnan and tennis superstar Boris Becker who jammed in the console all night long alongside him.
ULTIMATE WEDDING AND SANGEET DJ -
Performed in various parts of the world including: US – Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Fransisco, Las Vegas Europe – Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Moscow, Spain – Las Palamas, Teneriffe Sur, France – Paris, Nice, Cannes, St Tropez, London South East Asia – Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Bintaan Islands – South China Sea, Jakarta, Malaysia, Manilla, Bali, Phuket islands, even exotic locations like Maldives and Hoisin Middle East - Dubai, Bahrain Africa - Tanzania Dar in East Africa
SPINNING ON LUXURY CRUISE LINERS -
Like the Superstar Virgo and Libra etc in Singapore, Malaysia, Phuket, Columbo etc and has delivered to a packed audience.
HOLLYWOOD AND BOLLYWOOD CLIENTS -
Hosted by or for Indian and International superstars including the likes of
- Mr. Amitabh Bachchan
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Hritik Roshan
- Shahrukh Khan
- Shekhar Kapoor
- Michael Jackson
- Goldie Hawn
- Steven Segal (Ford supermodels contest)
- Richard Gere (AIDS charity function)
- George Michael
- Cindy Crawford (Omega Launch)
- Bryan Adams
- Lou Bega
- Michael Douglas
- Pierce Brosnan
- Boris Becker (at Amby Valley) and a host of other stars.
INDUSTRIALIST AND CORPORATE CLIENTS -
Performed for countless wedding parites and other functions hosted by personalities such as: - Anil and Tina Ambani - Gautam Singhania (Annual parties and Be party at LIFW) - Parthiv Kilachand - Nirmal Zaveri - Pawan Munjal(Hero Honda) - Ajay Bijli(PVR) - Om Navani - Bharat Shah - Parmeshwar Godrej - Arvind Dubash - Ashish Raheja - Aditya Kilachand - Sanjay Narang - Rahul Narang - Ramona Narang - Sonia Garware - Aditya Birla - Yash Birla - Kumarmanglam Birla - Dr. Vijay Mallya - Mr. Subramanium Reddy - Kailash and Aarti Surendranath – the list could go on endlessly.
NOT JUST SPINNING MUSIC, SPINNING DJ’S TOO! -
He personally mentors over 35 professional dj’s trained and working under him at various clubs all across Mumbai and a couple of clubs in Dubai, Bahrain and Bangkok.
Announced as official judge for the 2013 DMC (DJ World Mixing Championship). Performed at the famous “Bombay Times Anniversary parties” since the very 1st year of its launch and has completed performing 18 years in a row now in 2012. Official DJ for all parties at the prestigious IIFA Awards held in Dubai in 2006. Voted as No. 1 DJ in the country for 2005-2006. Award presented at the Lions Club International Gold Awards (Sol) by the then Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil and Director General of Police Dr. Parischa. Only DJ to play along with the renowned bhangra artist DJ Bally Sagoo – Uk for his tour hosted in 12 different cities. He’s also played by the side of many international dj’s such as Talvin Singh, Robert Ayres – UK, Scott Morris from Fabric – London, James Winchester – Canada, Emmanuel Muratore – Australia, DJ Spencer from the Ministry of sound – London, Dave Pearce from Ibizza… etc. Right from spinning live bollywood remixes, UK bhangra to house, retro, hip hop and r n b, DJ Akhtar does it all in great style. But his main USP has always been his close interaction with the crowd and to rock private parties & wedding functions to the maximum with mainstream bollywood tunes.
UNVELING DJ AKHTAR -
Pioneer of mainstream commercial music in India Loves to party and turning any party into a phenomenal success is his livelihood. Very versatile DJ and can easily adapt to any crowd or audience’s taste. Not only known for his great music sense but he’s also known for his friendly down to earth attitude. Loves socializing and interacting with friends and guests as well as catering to their requests Uses the microphone a lot and is totally interactive with the crowd.