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By: Phil Cartwright and excerpted from myfavdj.in with permission of David Masilamani
is week we want to report back to you on the latest word from our good friend Blackjack! From a personal point of view, he has a heart-of-gold. Giving some “space” to up-and-comers is one of his major contributions to the business today, but his actions go beyond that. You know those days where you’re just a little off-center – maybe a disagreement with a colleague or you didn’t sleep last night? Blackjack always has words of wisdom and peace.
A Disc Jockey for over 20 years and a niche entertainer… Apart from making Blackjack! a brand that is associated with his chosen genre Classic Rock and the Blues, he also plays Smooth Jazz, Golden Oldies (Pre 60s), Classic Retro (60s-70s), retro 80s/90s) and his all time favourite chill-out genre – Reggae!
Blackjack is going back to his roots, which is performing as front man for a band that would do music that he plays…Classic Rock and the Blues. An acoustic jammer, flautist and percussionist this revival is eagerly awaited in his home city of Hyderabad.
Says Blackjack!…”I wish there were more people doing what I do but then it is unlikely because most entertainers are in it for the money… I am into this niche genre because I love music and enjoy what I do. I am proud to be a one of a kind Classic Rock & Blues DJ in the country, someone has to keep the good stuff rolling… that someone just happens to be me )”
Probably India’s most widely travelled Classic Rock and Blues DJ… Blackjack has hosted India’s longest running show Blackjack’s Thunderin’ Tuesdays at 10 Downing Street, Hyderabad for 288 weeks. As well as numerous long standing performances at the Taj properties in Hyderabad. Also Blackjack! is the only DJ in Hyderabad who at one time did week nights at 5 outlets simultaneously presenting a different genre at each place. He has also done repeat performances at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai launching PLAYBACK and being the only outstation DJ to perform for 10 months.
He has also played at Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru as well as a two month stint at Hard Rock Cafe Hyderabad. He has done shows at Pune, Chennai, Vizag, Panvel and Vikramgadh. Repeat shows at OPUS, Bangalore Kyra Bangalore and rocked Cafe Morrison on 9th of May 2010 at their 5th anniversary and now heads on to Bangalore and OPUS for a Hardcore Classic Rock Night at OPUS, Palace Cross Road, Bangalore..
A biker’s rocker he has performed for 4 Rider Manias where Royal Enfield enthusiasts from all over India congregate every year, entertaining 400-600 bikers in a must have session during two days of rock, bikes and beer!
Blackjack! also hosts a online radio channel BLACKJACK 24×7 on www.myopusradio.com. Apart from playing absolute Classic Rock, Blues, Covers. He also promotes artists from India and from all over the planet on his channel Listen in.