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DJ Aqeel, aka Aqeel Ali, has been rocking the dance floors across the globe for more than a decade. Being in this highly competitive music industry, he has truly been meteoric throughout his journey. His passion for music gave him the motivation to defy convention and pursue music more than just a passing hobby.
Known as the ‘DON’ or the ‘DADDY’ of remixes, DJ Aqeel is among the first few to pioneer Bollywood remixes and dance music in India. He significantly changed the way Bollywood music and dance music saw each other. His works have won him fans and admirers all over the world.
Aqeel says, "The concept of a branded DJ was far out of sight at that point in time, but it was always something that fascinated me. It’s actually then that I took to DJ’ing."
He began his musical ride in 2000 and since then there was no turning back. He is the only Indian DJ to fill up concert size venues internationally. Besides playing for every renowned celebrity, he has also been the only DJ to play twice at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Swiss) representing India and entertaining the likes of Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan amongst others.
In the same year, Aqeel set his first milestone in music production by releasing the album "Shake it Daddy Mix" which turned out to be a massive hit. One after another, he has got 9 blockbuster albums and sold over 7 million copies worldwide that redefined the landscape of Bollywood music. His master collection includes Forever-2 (2012) that comprises of songs like "Kya Dekhte Ho"- remake of famous song from the movie Qurbani, 1980 that gained a huge popularity amongst the listeners.
Aqeel's little box of official remixes includes Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga and songs from Bollywood Movies like Bunty aur Babli (Kajra Re), Om Shanti Om (Dard-E-Disco, Deewangi), Dus Kahaniyaan (Title Track), Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (Lazy Lamhe), Saawariya to name a few. In addition to his albums, he has also introduced the first ever DJ owned record label in the country under the brand Power Play Records and has released compilations albums featuring some of India's finest talents.
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Along with making groovy hits, DJ Aqeel has spun at the sangeet of the famous Bollywood couple- Abhishek Bachhan and Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in the year 2007. He also performed at the wedding reception of Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, which was held at Hotel Taj in October 2012.
In the same year, DJ Aqeel had set the temperature soaring high at a party hosted by Parmeshwar and Adi Godrej for the famous talkshow queen- Oprah Winfrey. The party was attended by the Bollywood Celebrities, Industry Tycoons and top Fashion Designers.
Not only in Bollywood but DJ Aqeel has made the corporate tycoons groove to his tunes. One such example is when he performed at sangeet night of Laxmi Mittal's daughter in 2004, considered to be one of the most expensive weddings in the world.
DJ Aqeel along with Richard Marx and Gypsy King performed at the wedding of Ravi Ruia’s daughter Smiti, which was one of the biggest in Mumbai. Among the guests were family friend Sir Richard Branson and iconic figures like the Ambani’s, Mr. L. K. Advani, the Birla’s and Vinod Khanna to name a few.
In 2007, Dj Aqeel took over the house and made everyone dance to his tunes at the famous wedding affair of Arun Nair and Elizabeth Hurley. Disco and a bit of Bollywood was the flavour of the night. In the same year, he performed live at the T20 world cup winning parade held in Mumbai to celebrate the historic win of the Indian Cricket Team.
Adding to the list is the wedding of Anjori Alagh and Rohit Goyal , where he kept the night soaked and groovy to his upbeat tunes.
DJ Aqeel has performed live on many popular events such as CHAOS- the annual cultural festival of IIM Ahmedabad in 2013 and at the Navi Mumbai's biggest festival- Pillai Algeria in 2016 etc.
In 2016, he got featured in the Disc Jockey Magazine (august- spetember edition), where he talked about his journey and his enthusiasm towards choosing DJ'ing as a career.
AQEEL ALI JUST WON DJ OF THE YEAR AWARD
Talking about his ventures, this inspiring DJ owns few state of the art clubs like RSVP (Delhi), One Beach (Goa). He was also the owner of eminent nightclub chain Hype (Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Ludhiana) and Poison in Mumbai. Another recent addition to DJ Aqeel's venture is the "SIRKUS" at the Sahara Star Hotel, Mumbai. DJ Aqeel has certainly given a new dimension to the luxurious night clubs across the country.
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