DJ Paroma recently returned from her US tour, her maiden trip representing India as leading female DJ. She has conducted over 600 gigs across India since 2012. She spoke to HFT on the tricks of the DJing trade and how she followed her passion to make her own dream.
DJ Paroma always wanted to make it on her own. She was driven to become someone self-made, with no help of a Godfather. Having spent some years in the aviation industry, she knew that she would have to follow her passion to break the saturation. She says, “It did not matter what I did. It could have been any industry. But I wanted a space where I could do something with innate passion, and not under the wings of a boss. I wanted to challenge myself. When the moment came to decide what I would risk myself to, Music seemed a good choice as I had an inclination towards it since childhood.”
She knew she could not accomplish anything overnight. Even Music requires years of training. She spent a few months researching about her choices. And then she joined Bob Omulo from Bombay Bassment for her training as a DJ. She says, “It was through him that I realised that I have genuine talent in this field. He told me I was good, and that soon I would be on my own with no help or support. It is a competitive field, and you have to be able to make it on your own. You have to network the right way, and it does take some time to establish oneself. After one year or so, now I am finally in a happy space right now professionally.”
DJ Paroma says that anyone who aspires to be a DJ should have the right skills. Firstly, you need the required technical skills. Without this, you cannot control a crowd. Whether it 15 people or a thousand, you should know what you are doing when in front of the console.
She adds, “You have to know how to be a performer. Apart from focussing on the music, you have to be able to showcase your personality and connect with the crowd. You also have to maintain visibility in the market, either through releasing remixes and managing your social media.”
DJ Paroma always had her goals right. She was never carried away by other factors. She says, “You have to be patient and have clarity of thought. I work with blinkers on my eyes. I know where I want to be, and I just concentrate on achieving that goal. In this field, it is easy to be distracted. But it is also fatal for your career.”
Disc Jockeying has been a male-dominated industry. But DJ Paroma thanks her stars that she entered the field at the right time. She says, “The glass ceiling is cracking in many industries. Even in DJing, now your skills matter, nothing else. In fact, females carry a glamour quotient, and now they are equally welcomed without any bias.”
In India, the partying culture is picking up. People of all ages have begun letting their hair down. There are more restobars and lounges, instead of nightclubs. And this is good news for the industry. But there is a lot of competition. She says, “In India, it is difficult to become memorable. But it is also genre based. For instance, if you are called to the US for the Bollywood genre, you will remain on their minds. Because it is rare for them to get this music. But in India, there is too much competition. You have to be really good to establish yourself. Now, crowds and venues dictate the trends, and ultimately you have to play for the crowds.”
DJ Paroma asserts that patience and technical skills are essential to become a good DJ.