We had the good fortune of connecting with MWORLD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MWORLD, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised in a town called Southall which is in West London (UK) My background had a positive impact on me as being an Indian, music was a very influential part of my culture. My upbringing probably had the most impact on who I am today, losing my father at a young age left a void and had me a little lost, hanging out till late with no real motive. Not having much direction I could have slipped down the wrong path in life, but I was fortunate enough to have found my way in music, once I got behind a pair of decks I felt a connection and instantly knew it would keep me on the right path. I was lucky to be surrounded by people who looked out for me, I had a friend who would lend me a few records to try and get the hang of mixing and beat matching which I would practice on my older brother’s record players. With DJin I discovered an escape from reality at the time and for that time spent practising I was in another world. So from then I set my goals and channelled all my energy into them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is I don’t watch what other people do, I believe everyone has something different to offer. I listen to a wide range of genres and I love to incorporate this into my sets so listeners always have that element of surprise during my performance. I love seeing the crowd react to hearing something completely different from what they would expect. It’s my way of keeping the energy alive, it kills me seeing people dancing like they are on autopilot. I make it my mission for the night to grab everyone’s attention and keep them engaged, reactive and their energy levels high. After all, if they aren’t having fun then I’m not doing my job properly. I am most proud of how far I have come, I’ve enjoyed every step of the journey so far despite the low points, the highs will always stand out. I believe I got where I am today by committing my time, working hard and being a good person. I would sacrifice my social life to either be up early the next day or to sit at home and practice/prepare for my upcoming sets. From being a bedroom DJ I have gone on to perform in multiple countries around the world such as Australia, Cape Town, Italy, India and New York which was at Jay Z’s world famous 40/40 Club. During the first lockdown last year I decided to dedicate more time to learn more about music production as I had worked on ideas previously but never really had the time to complete them as things were so hectic. I was able to release my debut single independently in August titled Summertime featuring LA based singer Chelsea Keenan. I’m excited to see where this takes me as I have some more releases planned this year with my next single being a Reggaeton track titled Solito y sin ti (this is my first time announcing this) So be sure to check my socials for updates on the release! It wasn’t easy to get where I am today, I used to be the type of person who generally didn’t share the ins and outs of my struggles as I wanted to share the good times over the bad, I always felt it will keep the younger generation motivated to keep pushing themselves if they can see the rewards rather than the setbacks, but I’ve grown to realise it’s not only about the good times, as the bad times are what bring out our character and shape us. I’ve learned countless lessons and will be learning many more in the years to come, but one important lesson I would share is to trust your gut and instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it isn’t for you or the right moment. Trust the process and it will come. I want the world to know that you can come from humble beginnings and still do great things by working hard and focusing. I was a regular kid who had a vision and not a penny to invest in myself but still beat the odds to support my family and grow my brand. It wasn’t about being the popular guy or getting girls, I did this because it was an escape from where I was in life at the time and because of the passion I have for music. What’s funny is that I was the most reserved kid in school and still to this day, I’m not really outspoken or up in everyone’s face about my business, I believe DJin and my music do the talking for me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is my gig right here…. First and foremost don’t expect your regular spots, which can be found anywhere in the world. This is the real deal, so to start I would definitely take them to West London, mainly because you can experience so many great and authentic South Asian restaurants and the food is amazing! Some of my favourites around West London are: Pink Simba in Kenton, absolutely love their masala fries and Simba wings (They should come with a warning!) Shahi Naan Kebab in Southall, ask anyone from West London about this spot. The Prince of Wales Pub in Southall, Best Indian Mixed grill in town! (this will spark many debates locally) If it’s fast food we are straight to Rocky’s, a staple joint with the best chicken burger and most popular chilli sauce! In Central London, there’s a ton of bars which I love visiting, but one place you can always find me at is Baranis on Chancery Lane. This a French themed underground bar with some of the best cocktails I’ve ever tried. The bar manager Led always goes above and beyond to create any cocktail to please your tastebuds. To nurse the hangovers the following morning we have a great choice of cafés that serve up excellent full English breakfasts, or if it’s a brunch then it will be to one of the local pubs for a mixed grill and a cheeky pint, would be rude not to really! As you can tell I’m quite the foodie, so if I’m your tour guide expect to eat a ton of food!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I gotta start with my Mum for inspiring me to never give up and to stay true to myself. Priya, Nav, Kav, Gaj-e, Sahil, Kully and Arjun for the unconditional support and motivation. My friends who rode for me and my ambitions to be a DJ since day one! All my West London massive! If I called you all out I’d run out of space! Instead, I’ll simply say you know who you are! All my people around the world that streamed my music, mixtapes and partied with me. The clubs and promoters that have put trust in me to hold down the night. My team for believing in the vision and putting in that extra work, Twenty3Designs, Aman SP, Soi86, All the fam at LAS and last but not least my guys The VIP Groups, it’s dope to be a part of a family with great aspirations and values! I can do this all day, so to break it down, everyone has played a part in my journey and I can’t take sole credit for where I am today, it’s the fans and the people around me who make MWORLD.
Website: www.djmworld.com (currently being updated)
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/27jRYicAESOCvJ4xsgbwgF?si=XC1iojPoRKKLy8zKEP2meA Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/mworld/1527478211 Mixcloud: @djmworld Twitch:@djmworld TikTok: @djmworld
1) Photography by Soi86 2)40/40 Club 3)555 – Marrakech 4)Photography by Twenty3Designs 5)Limes Rooftop bar – Brisbane 6)Gurps (Road Manager) 7)VIP@Marrakech 8) 9) 10)