What’s your earliest ‘musical’ memory?
Definitely sifting through my parent’s albums as a kid. There was a huge eclectic mix ranging from Deep Purple to Abba, from The Bee Gees to Rod Stewart. I also used to bounce around to ‘Rock Your Baby’ by George McCrae when I was a little kid apparently.
What was it that drove you to get into the music industry?
It was being exposed to so much great music while growing up, coupled with club culture and the rise of the DJ as an artist.
Who have been the most influential people in your musical development?
That’s a tricky one as no one has sat down with me to try and teach or influence me in a very long time. Having said that, maybe my guitar teacher way back when, simply because I learnt the basics of music construction which I feel is important. YouTube also, (haha) so many great videos on music and how to improve whatever genre you are into.
Who inspires you outside of music?
So many people but in general people who are not afraid to fight injustice in the world, people who expose the realities of life and what is really going on. Don't believe all you read in the papers or hear on the news! !!
What are the biggest three challenges facing you at this moment in time?
Staying organised, disciplined and positive.
What is the best event you’ve appeared at and why?
Probably last summer DJing at a huge pool party at the W Hotel in Barcelona. The whole event was broadcasted live on Ibiza Sonica Radio which apart from being online can be heard on 95.2Fm if you are in Ibiza.
If you could collaborate with ANYONE in the world (past or present) who would it be and why?
Probably Jimi Hendrix. He was a self-taught magician of a guitar player and I’m sure he could adapt to any genre of music and make it sound great.
If you weren’t in the music game, what game would you be playing?
Property. Not sure why but I love the property game.
Who gives you the most support in your life and work?
Family first and foremost and some peers in the music game. Its very competitive and cutthroat so it’s refreshing to hear from other DJs and producers helping and supporting me.
If you only had 3 months to live, what would you want to do with them?
I’d make up a bucket list and try and complete as many challenges as possible before I kick the bucket so to speak. The list would generally comprise of things that scare the crap out of me and I’d try and overcome my fears. I hate flying so going shotgun in a F16 fighter plane would be one on the list.
Any messages for our readers?
Well I believe that we only get one shot at this thing called LIFE (hope I’m wrong) so its important to follow your passions and dreams however unreachable they seem. They are possible because someone just like you achieved them so you can. Thomas A Edison wrote, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
So keep going until your last breath and never abandon your goals because if you do in a way you’re giving up on yourself. Oh and emit positive energy and joy whenever you can. People feed off that stuff.
Neil Daruwala’s release ‘The Creator’ on 69 Street Records comes out on 30th March