Pooja B

Earlier this year we met Pooja B in Mumbai doing a panel on representation in music learning a great deal about the specific issues women face in India and United Arab Emirates when it comes to music. From India but based in Dubai, Pooja B doubles as a flight attendant and DJ representing a rather rare intersection which only enriches her storytelling as a dj and voice to be reckoned with proven by this arresting mix for us. She also co-runs her own platform dedicated to representing women-identifying djs/producers named The EQ Way with Nephra DJ.

Tell us about this mix:

Some fun stuff I'm digging by friends, samples I've wanted to fool around with and a great representation of female producers making brilliant music comprising more than half the tracks :D It starts groovy but I slip into my twisted techno groove pretty quickly...haha!

When did you start DJing?

I first started djing in mid 2009 in Chennai (India) playing hip hop and rnb. Then when I moved to Dubai I took a 2-year hiatus. And when I got back into it, I started playing house and techno.

First gig:

Was in a small dingy underground basement club in Chennai. A lot of friends came to watch me and it was a week after I started Djing so I was veryyy nervous.

Favorite party ever played:

Sisyphos for their May Day party this year.

Fave DJ:

1 is sooo hard to choose...but Jane Fitz played an incredible set at Analog Room in Dubai where I do a residency a few years back. That feeling sticks to this day.

Fave producer:

Rrose right now

Pet peeve when DJing:

people passing drinks over the heart almost comes in my mouth.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

I'm always chuffed when someone says that I inspire them because of how I juggle a flying job in Dubai, a family in India and Djing everywhere.

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