"I'll use Indian-style percussion"

Slip into your party wear and head to the biggest, most rocking New Year's Eve extravaganza in Mumbai, at Illuminate NYE, where some of the world's biggest DJs will spin their sets as you groove into the wee hours of the morning. One of the DJs to be playing his set at this spectacular, high-end production event will be Cato K. Excerpts from an interview.

How did you get into DJing?
I got into DJing in college about 15 years ago. I built up a huge music collection while living in Europe before coming back to the US, next thing you know I was asked to play at parties, local bars and clubs. Since I started playing for a few, I knew it was something I wanted to turn into a career.

How much does music choices vary among crowds across the globe?
Things have changed over the years. Electronic music doesn’t vary much, internationally. Whereas, Pop music will always vary across countries, based on culture and language. Overall, crowds want a great show with music that transcends boundaries.

What has been your most memorable live act to date?
I had an opportunity to play on the main stage at Ultra Music Festival in Miami for their 10th anniversary. At the start of my set there were some people, then a few hundred, and by the end of the set, about 10,000. After Tiesto, who was the last artiste to play, there were about 40,000 people. It was an amazing sight to see the crowd turn from a few faces to a sea of people within such a short time span.

Have you heard of Indian music or musicians?
I have a few friends from India who are drummers — one who happens to be on the line-up for Illuminate NYE, Mr Bam Bam Buddha. I have another friend who plays a drum; I believe it is called a Tavil. The music I have heard is percussion-based and rhythmic, which I love. I can’t wait to hear and be exposed to the different artistes and styles of Indian music leading up to the show.

What will you play for Mumbai's Dance fans?
I am excited for this event and am working on several edits of some of the biggest tracks from 2012. I will also on incorporate some Indian-style percussion into a few tracks!

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