So, its that time of the week again & what a great time it is! Yes, its always a pleasure to have a lady in charge of our parties. And we hope to see many more talented women stepping up for this occasion in all our future editions. This time we have Bandra’s most ‘underground’ DJ/producer woman, Kini Rao, on deck duties. Trust me on this, she has been really underground for a longest time now, as I haven’t seen her for months at end. However, the word is that she has been cooking up some groundbreaking underground music album…. deep in her underground music studio :P However, for us lucky Mixtaped! punters, she is gonna break her spell of absence by turning up with a great party plan for the night. I just can’t resist pulling her leg (& she pulls mine) every time when we meet up. That has been our vibe with each other since day one. Besides the camaraderie & banter, I also do have great regard for the way how she has grown to be one of the special artists that we have in the contemporary Indian music scene. Born & brought up in Hyderabad, Zainub (Kini) Rao always loved music. After living & partying to the music she loved down south, she moved to Australia for some years to study business. Contrary to what anyone else would do after getting a business degree, Kini came back home, followed her heart & started to pursue for a career in music by DJing. I remember meeting her for the first time at one of Bhavishyavani's legendary sundowner parties at Aurus, around early 2010. She had moved into Mumbai back then to actually work as a resident DJ at Royalty (before its opening). However, Kini's destiny had overall different plans for her. She soon realized that there was much more sense (& scope) in freelancing & playing only the music that she would enjoy to play out. She started to play for various Bhavishyavani & Zenzi Mills parties, which set a good foundation & identity for her in the local scene. Bombay has been her base since then & over the years we have seen her play at quality house & techno gigs all over. Besides our city, she has played all over the country & in Europe too. Over the years she has shared the console with international & local luminaries like Dale Anderson, dOP, Anil Chawla, Dosem, Kris Correya, The Mole, Cyrus, Darren Emerson, Mmat, D'Julz & many more. And apart from gigging all over, Kini has also been frequently releasing dope tunes on labels like Bonzai, Maktub & Twisted Frequency. All in all, this girl has really stuck with her guns, through the years, without compromising on her sound. In a world where all we see is women aping each other & trying to look, dress, work, behave, talk & play (if a DJ) the same, watching Kini, her big mop of hair & genuine work is pure sight for sore eyes. FYI, the men are imitating each other too.. please stop with that people. Anyway, enough of my digressing. Here is what Kini said when I asked her our standard 5 questions….
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