They have fans singing along to their song, stomping their feet and singing along to their music. “Electronic dance music, or EDM, is one of those popular music genres that I’ve seen new artists slay with the right composition and mastering. It’s one of those popular genres that like to relax and lean into melody, rhythm, and composition. move.” says DJ Rohit Rao. , also known as Rohit Bhalerao, is a prolific Bollywood musician/DJ. Known for their talent and sound engineering skills, DJs and VJs are at the forefront of EDM events at every nightclub, college, music festival and private party. House, techno, trap and trance are some of the popular genres included in EDM.
DJ Rohit Rao has an undying love for music that started at the age of 14, listening to Hindi film songs and watching many local DJs make people crazy with their works. Soon he was fascinated by the great variety of electronic sounds and began to experiment more. One of his fellow DJs remembers playing in front of over 500 people at one of these nightclubs and how they rocked and exploded so hard they wanted more. He has been active in the music scene for the last 12 years and has performed from college music festivals to the most popular nightclubs like The Warehouse Lounge, Indulge, MH 04 and others in and around Mumbai. His specialty is mixing memorable and popular Bollywood songs about love, heartbreak and friendship with melancholic synth tunes and energetic rhythmic parts.
Music became his refuge.
“It’s where I get away from it all,” he says. “It became my meditation and a place where I could get away from it all; don’t think about politics because everyday is politics.
Abdulhadi traveled around the region in his youth. While living in Beirut, he immersed himself in the established Lebanese techno scene; Studied sound engineering in Jordan; Later, he tried himself as a sound engineer for television and cinema in Egypt.
After developing his skills as a DJ and producer, he eventually returned to Ramallah, not to become a musician, but to share his love of music with the community.
“I never thought about being a DJ,” he says. “I didn’t think it was a real thing that people could do as a business.”
Less than an hour north of Jerusalem is the small city of Ramallah, home to many Middle Eastern and Western style restaurants, Arabic coffee cafes and Taibe Brewery bars.
Although under Israeli control since 1967, Ramallah is one of Palestine’s largest cultural centers and is home to a thriving hip-hop scene, film festivals, CrossFit gyms and museums.
Along with Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nablus, Jaffa, Nazareth, and Haifa, they form creative and artistic centers that influence Palestinian identity locally and globally.
What Abdulhadi called “tomorrow’s collective suffering and despair” first found its place in temporary spaces in bars, restaurants or other underground spaces all over the city.
“It’s so wet,” she said. “This is what happens when you go too low. Life is too beautiful to waste on small details. You see in Egypt. The poor have nothing to give, so it is possible.
Abdulhadi’s Cauldron set, the now-legendary 58-minute aerial flight, is arguably the perfect example of Ramallah’s electronic scene. Surrounded by a beautiful, diverse audience of friends and family, Abdulhadi’s enchanting set takes the audience through a series of emotions, moments of concentration and moments of overwhelming joy.
Unlike European cities like Berlin or Amsterdam, ravers in Ramallah never know when the next party will be.
“We didn’t participate (on the Boiler Room set) for months and then nothing happened for a long time,” he said. “When people go to an event here, we dance until someone comes and shuts it down.
“This is how we survive,” he said.
Despite the controversy over last year’s demonstration in Maqam Nabi Musa, Abdulhadi believes that the situation in Palestine will continue to improve.
“Everything takes time,” he says. “What gives me hope is that playing techno in the UK in the 80s was not very good. So everything is fine. We are moving in the right direction. With the first intifada, Palestinian rock bands appeared and it took a long time. People have had time to accept them, but now it’s a different genre. It takes time.”
Early in his career, Abdulhadi was reluctant to speak openly about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I just want to be a DJ,” he told DJ Mag.
But over time, he came to terms with his role as a defender of Palestinian independence. On Instagram, he and his 172,000 followers often post criticism of Israel’s involvement in Gaza and the West Bank. He has been outspoken on social media, and during his broadcasts his supporters have waved giant Palestinian flags, symbols of nationalism under attack from Israeli authorities.
“If someone says, ‘You’re an artist, stop talking about politics,’ I usually say, ‘Yes, but I’m human.’ This is my home and this is my family world, I come first.”
“Forget music and everything else in the world. We’re human after all… and I always feel like I’m doing very little, but for now, it’s all I can do. And I try my best. »
While Abdulhadi sees techno music with its grand, massive rhythms and vast soundscapes, he also sees it as a tool to create a space of freedom and solidarity.