KSHMR provides deep insight into his act in DJ Mag feature
The reputed status of KSHMR is now renowned, respected and undeinable. Persistent in giving back to the scene, his provision of opportunities, advice and resources is parallel to the likes of Maarten Vorwerk. Consistently present at the likes Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festivals, he is also willing to travel to the further-away corners of the dance music scene, such as India.
Sitting down with DJ Mag for their latest feature article, Niles Hollowell-Dhar, as he is formally known, has come a very long way in a short space of time since he days as a producer for the genre’s of Pop and Rap.
One of the scene’s most humble acts, KSHMR had penned tracks for the likes of Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, Snoog Dogg and Enrique Iglesias before taking the spotlight himself. Now a frequent collaborator with some of the industry’s biggest names, he also gives limelight for emerging talents and lesser known artists.
Evidently an artist than just a musician, his emphasis on a more cinematic approach to dance music has led a large and loyal global following. Creating sample packs, books and stunning visual stories for his performances, his material diversity reflects a rich career portfolio.
Talking about his driving influences to alter his career path several years ago, his personal enlightenment and development has played a big part in how KSHMR identifies:
“When I was young, it never struck me as particularly interesting that I was Indian— I just wanted to fit in, being normal is really paramount in the playground. It wasn’t until I started more of an inward journey into who I really was, which happened at my departure from pop music, that I thought, ‘If I’m going to have one legacy in music, what is it going to be?’ The simplest thing was to think about my heritage. I began to appreciate — as most people do when they become adults — what makes me different. The stable pop train I was on needed to break down to start that conversation with myself.”
Carrying a motto of kindness and humility, KSHMR’s utility of music as a medium to bring people together also brought about a more sustainable approach. Chasing a cinematic theme, the long-term approach has already out-lasted a number of trends within the genre’s rapid growth over recent years:
“At the time, dance music was uplifting and euphoric…Everybody was on the same page about it. It was almost like there was a DJ outfit to wear and a DJ hand gesture when you’re playing your song. It was like a gold rush that’s so new, if you just follow these steps, you could be a big DJ. Anybody who has seen anything cyclical in music knows that only lasts so long, and most people get left in the eyes of history looking like imitators. The people that stand out do so because they approached it from a very genuine way and in most cases, popularised it and set the template for others. I saw an opportunity to create this world around KSHMR that was darker and had more drama, more edge, with aspects of cinematic scoring, to present people with something contrary to how everything was.”
Going on to delve into his opinions and development of storytelling and personal engagement through his work, KSHMR’s multi-dimensional material, mediums and messages are the core to what resonates with his fans and peers. To check out the article in full and learn more about the fascinating insight, you can check out the full Feature on DJ Mag.
H/T: DJ Mag