triad dj profile
DJ handle: DJ Rang
Why I use it: Just for simplicity.
Real name: Ranganathan Rajaram
What I play: A little bit of everything — Bollywood, bhangra, hip hop, house/ electronic, Top 40, international.
Catch em at: East End Martini Bar (Chapel Hill), Solas (Raleigh), the Ugly Monkey (Raleigh), Still Life (Raleigh), Draft (Raleigh).
Ipcoming shows: March 29 at Draft, March 30 at Artistika for Electrofunk Friday, April 3 at East End.
Got in the game: A little more than seven years ago.
Why I do it: I sort of stumbled into it actually. I got my start running live sound for cultural events in the Indian community. Through that I had the necessary equipment, so I slowly branched out into DJing small parties. After doing a few private events, I decided I wanted to learn more about the craft so I upgraded my equipment and increased my practice time. I’m originally a classical musician (violin), so many of the concepts of DJing made a lot of sense to me. I’d say it wasn’t so much a conscious decision as it was a gradual process to become a full-time DJ.
I just try to have a good time, learn as much as possible and do my best.
Influences: Way more than I can list, but here are a few: A-Trak, QBert, Jay Dabhi, theRealCodyTime, and the countless DJs on YouTube that I watched and learned from. Every DJ I’ve ever seen has made some kind of impression on me and the way I play. I also get a lot of inspiration by hanging out and practicing with DJs that I work with on a regular basis.
First pro gig: A surprise birthday party combined with a family reunion in Baltimore.
Favorite technique: The transform.
Signature mix: It’s quite old, but a mashup I made of a Rishi Rich and Rihanna track. That mix actually got featured on a BBC Asian Network radio show, which was very exciting for me.
Personal playlist: NPR. They broadcast the BBC between 2-6 a.m., so that’s my post-gig soundtrack. Other than that I currently listen to a good amount of EDM, hip hop and a bit of world music.
Favorite albums: There are a lot! These are my (not so) recent favorites though: Kaskad — Fire & Ice, Childish Gambino — Camp, J. Cole — Cole World.
My gear: Rane TTM57 mixer, Technics SL1210 turntables and Serato Scratch Live.