Q & A with DJ Kathbombay

1. How did you get started DJing?  In the summer in 2004, while on a scholarship to study Farsi in Ohio, I decided to become a DJ at the local college radio station.  At the time I was just putting CD’s on, but what I really wanted to do was learn how to scratch!  After that I continued to DJ at various college radio stations, such as Georgetown Radio in D.C and Yale Radio in New Haven.  Eventually I moved to New York City and that’s where I discovered the Scratch Academy!  I walked in and immediately fell in love with the place!  There were turntables everywhere and everyone seemed to be just as passionate about music as I was!  I also met an amazing group of DJ friends and we started our own “DJ Crew”.   We DJed at various clubs and bars around the city and eventually I started to get my own gigs as well!  I also met some great mentors while living in New York, like:  DJ Noumenon, DJ Excess, J-Smoke and Tim Martell

2.  How did you get into Bhangra? 
Although I’d been studying Indian languages and culture, long before college, it wasn’t until college that a friend of mine introduced me to Bhangra music and dance.  I’ve always been a huge Hip-Hop fan and when I discovered Bhangra, I was amazed at how well the two genres blended together.  I’ve been a hooked ever since!

3. Have you ever been to India?
I've lived in multiple cities throughout North India, including: Delhi, Jaipur and Lucknow.  I’ve traveled to the Golden Temple in Punjab, I've done trekking in Himachal Pradesh, I've visited Gandhi's birthplace in Gujarat, I've partied like a Rockstar in Goa and I've cruised the backwaters of Kerela.  My best experience however was in Bombay (Mumbai)!  I got to hang out with Bollywood stars Amir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan on the set of Dil Chahta Hai.  I absolutely love India and can’t wait to go back!

4. Why the name “DJ Kathbombay”?
My sister used to call me “Kath Bomb” as a joke, because back then everything used to be “Da Bomb”!  Knowing how much I love the city of Bombay, my sister suggested the name “DJ Kathbombay” when I was looking for a DJ name! 

5.  What are your all time top 10 favorite Bhangra tracks?
Wow! This is a tough one!  Some songs are sure to get left out, but here’s what I came up with:

1. Punjabi MC- Mundiya To Bachke
2. Surjit Bhindrakia-Tera yaar bolda
3. Mithe Gaane- Malkit Singh
4. Dj Sanj- Das Ja
5. Jazzy B- Soorma
6. A.S. Kang- Khao Piyo Aish Karo
7. Tigerstyle- Taakre (The first CD anyone ever sent to my Radio Show!)
8. Dr Zeus ft. Lehmber Hussainpuri - Sachiyan Suniyan
9. Specialist N Tru Skool – Nach Ke
10. Amplifier- Imran Khan

6.  How did you get into Bollywood music?
When I was living in India, I watched a lot of Bollywood films.  It was actually really good for building my Hindi vocabulary!  We would go to a film at least once a week.  Because of this I gained an appreciation for Hindi songs.  Though I’d have to say that Bhangra and Hip-Hop are my two favorite genres, Bollywood music is definitely a close third!

7.  Are you available to DJ at my next event?
Yes!   I DJ for private parties, weddings, clubs, fashion shows and cooperate events all over California.  I’m open to traveling too! If you are interested please contact me with the details of your event at katherine@kathbombay.com.

8. What else do you do besides DJing?
I have many interests including:  travel, dance, art, music, cooking, blogging, photography, graphic design, learning new languages (I speak Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish & English).  As for “a real job”, in the past I was a professor of Hindi & Urdu at Yale University and UC Davis.  I was also a Marketing and A&R intern for a few years at Asylum Records, a Hip-Hop label under Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group.  These days I enjoy working full-time on a Cocktail & Fashion blog that I share with my sister called Fashionably Bombed

9. Did I see you in Scratch Magazine? 
Okay, so I know you've probably never even heard of Scratch Magazine, let alone, saw the volume I was featured in, but I mean how often does one get to say they were featured in a major DJ magazine along side T.I., Wyclef and DJ legend (inventor of scratching) Grand Wizzard Theodore??? Check it out HERE!