DJ Lathish is a Dubai based Indian musician, best known for his versatility. for over 5 years, he has held residency at one of U.A.E’s most famous clubs. His recent Bigroom single held Beatport Top 100 charts for several days. His house EP was featured in various labels like Clubsession, Reflective, RH2 & Re:Vibe. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule and doing this interview for MelodyInisder.
What would you be doing today if not for this interview?
Well, I would be either cooking one of my favorite dishes or trying out some new recipes. Trust me I am a good cook!
What music are you producing or DJ'ing? And what got you into this genre?
Well that's a tricky question! Since I am a versatile artist, I believe each genre has its own flavor and has its own set of audience. I’m an artist. I would never cage myself, the industry is full of a wide variety of talents. Some stick to one genre or one style, whether that is their forte or because they've been pigeonholed by the industry. Still others have found much success by being versatile and I prefer that. I can say my favorite genre is progressive any day.
What are the various equipment and gear you have in your studio to facilitate production?
I wish to have a fancy studio like deadmau5 but I just own a Keystation 61 MK3, M-Track Interface, Ableton Push 2, Audio Technica Mx - 50 and my latest addition is BX8 D3 monitor - it’s a bomb.
Tell us Lathish, what does a typical day in the studio mean to you? What inspires your productions?
LA: The truth is that there is no typical day. I tell myself to start working on a track but sometimes I’ll find that my brain just isn’t ready. Some days are for creative output and some aren’t, I think what inspired me the most was my family and friends. Well, I know it’s a cheesy answer but the people in my life were there when I really needed them.
How has the struggle been so far to your current stand?
Being an engineering graduate from a city like Chennai and to be in the music industry is a big deal for me. The beginning was challenging with obvious obstacles but I just never gave up, I turned those into opportunities. With a bit of luck and loads of hard work, I believe I’m driving on the right roads now.
Is the path ahead more struggling or does it get better from here?
It's always been a slow & steady journey until now but I'm looking to step up my game. So I strongly believe the path ahead is going to be challenging ‘cause I’m now focused on collaborating with several labels and artists in the near future. I’m working on putting my name on the international charts with the big boys.
Not necessarily monetary, how have the rewards been so far in this career?
You get paid to do what you love. You make an impact on the culture and share your love of music. It’s nice when you see your audience grooving to your music. You have the power to help struggling artists as well. It is a good feeling when you help someone get further in their music career. What’s more, is you will get to meet a lot of like-minded people who love music just as much as you do.
Why did you choose this career? Do you think there are other reasons to choose too?
I started to learn music from the age of 8. It’s purely my passion towards music but choosing this as a career happened a decade before when you move from practicing in your bedroom to a paid gig, you will feel a natural high. All of a sudden, you’re getting paid for your favorite hobby. There isn’t a better feeling in the world. Apart from that, there is travelling, lifestyle, fame and it goes on.
And how is the support from industry peer's?
It's not just about me. To be honest, I’m not so happy about the support from the industry for our local artist. It could have been a lot better but there are many in this industry who have supported me with gigs and my promotions. They have put me on the Top 100 Charts on Beatport and I’m truly grateful for that.
How easy/difficult it is to release music in your genre?
Easy is never an option, if you are selling out venues, doing successful tours and having million followers, you will have no trouble getting your music released. If not, you need support from a label. It's always a hard task to let our music reach the right label but there is an unwritten rule in the industry that when you make a good track, it apparently reaches the spot it deserves.
Who according to you are top 5 labels in your genre?
My pick would be Universal, Spinnin, Ultra, Armada & Protocol
What is one attribute of this industry that is a boon?
The best part of being a DJ is traveling to places and meeting people around the world who are all connected through this music. it’s cliché but it’s so true. I think most of us would agree on this point.
What is the one attribute of this industry that is a bane?
It can be detrimental to your health. Lack of sleep is something very common, you can spend countless hours in that high db sounds, breathing in smoke, damaging your eyesight by staring at your laptop screen until you are bloodshot and bleary eyed. It's hard.
Who is your inspiration?
“Lewis Hamilton” – Not only i’m a fan of Formula 1 but also I admire his persistence. Hamilton was once called as a black race car driver until his first season but he broke several records and became a champion. Now he is being labelled as a Superstar.
What is your methodology behind a set you play when you open for artists at clubs? What is the creative process behind your sets?
Warm up sets are very important. It sets the whole mood for the night and the headliner. I have been a resident DJ in several clubs for years and opened for many artists in different genres. I usually do my study on the audience and prepare my set according to the headliner of what and what not to be played. Never letting the crowd get bored and at the same time, never get carried away, that’s the key.
As an upcoming artist with tough competition, what struggles and challenges do you face?
Regardless of the career stage, there are various roadblocks that can occur for all artists. The struggle with money, doing things for exposure, people-pleasing, time and rejections do exist.
Which is your dream label?
Universal Music, Hey! I’m on my way
What’s coming up for You down the road?
I’m currently working on two defining projects and my next dance single is coming soon. Also, some big room and downtempo tracks are on the line.
Well, thank you once again for spending time with us, giving us valuable insight into your career. We wish you all the very best of luck in your endeavours. See you soon at a club.