DJ Suketu (born Suketu Radia) is a Mumbai, India based DJ.
At a time when music was losing its luster and remixes were infamous, came a man who changed it all.
A Times Music discovery way back in 2001, he has churned out some of the most successful and loved remixes of all time. His skills were honed by 4 times UK Champion and 2 times World Champion DJ Cut Master Swift at the DMC headquarters in Burnham. He went on to win the DMC in 1999.
He released his debut album ‘440 Volts’ in 2003. The single ‘Pyaar Zindagi Hai’ entered the charts at No.1 and parked itself there for 8 weeks.
He followed it up with ‘Bin Tere Sanam’ in 2004 from a widely successful party compilation ‘War Of The DJs’. ‘Bin Tere Sanam’ was an overnight sensation. It debuted at No.1 on the Indi-Pop charts and stayed there for 20 weeks! It was one of the most frequently played tracks in nightclubs all over India and can be rightfully called of the greatest remixes in the Indian music industry.
Later that, the track was recognized as the highest selling remix in the history in Indian music.
He collaborated with composer and singer Atif Aslam in 2005 to recreate ‘Who Lamhe’ a song from the movie Zeher. The recreation became a sensation; an anthem of sorts. ‘Who Lamhe’ wasn’t just the biggest remix of the year, it remains timeless and an eternal favorite of millions.
2005 was a double whammy year for Suketu with the release of his sophomore album ‘The Bed Lounge Remixes’, which included the single ‘Kya Khoob Lagti Ho’ – another chartbuster. Along with fame and fan following came the respect and adulation of the music industry. He was awarded by HMV Saregama and Vishesh Films for making the highest selling Bollywood Film Remix and the MTV IMMIES 2005 and 2006 in the Best Remix/Pop Music Category.
After the success of Woh Lamhe, DJ Suketu has worked with Vishesh Films on almost all of their films, assuring them of a stellar soundtrack. His recreations of songs in Kalyug and Awarapan became a rage. ‘Adat’ from Kalyug was once again the highest selling remix of 2005. With his 3 remixed tracks from the film Awarapan, namely ‘Toh Phir Aao’, ‘Tera Mera Rishta’ and ‘Mahiya’, Suketu set a new standard of excellence. All tracks became super hits and were well received by the industry.
In 2006, Suketu released his 3rd album on Times Music titled ‘Wild 10’, which continued his success and proved he is the no.1 DJ in India.
2007 saw the release of the ‘Bandya Ho’ remix remixed from the international award winning film Khuda Ke Liye (In The Name Of God), which became one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.
In the same year he also remixed a song for the classical maestros, Rahul Sharma and Richard Clayderman of the track ‘The Chase’ from the album ‘Confluence 2’.
DJ Suketu had the honor of remixing a track by world renowned sarangi player and composer Ustad Sultan Khan. The song was called ‘Maula’ from the album ‘Gurus In Collaboration’.
He also won the Desi Hits competition to remix Sean Kingston’s ‘Beautiful Girl’ desi version, ‘Bollywood Girls’.
Suketu brought in 2009 with style with remixes from the film ‘Raaz-2’. With ‘Oh Janaa’ and ‘Maahi’ he introduced a new, contemporary sound.
He was felicitated along with Madhur Bhandarkar, Priyanka Chopra and Akshay Kumar by the Lions Club of India for his excellence in the field of DJ’ing.
He was also awarded by Zee Network.
His fourth album was released in the same year by Sony Music. The 2 disc album titled ‘Ultimix’ was another smash hit.
Later that year he was out with a bonus remix on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Aa Dekhe Zara’ featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh, another big hit of 2009!
In 2010 Suketu was chosen to perform side by side with Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sivamani and Raghav Sachar for the closing ceremony of the Common Wealth Games held in Delhi, India. The track used in the ceremony was produced by DJ Suketu.
He then went on to win “myfavdj.in” award for Best DJ in Bollywood for the year 2011. If that was not enough, he added another feather to his cap by bagging “Middle East’s Favourite Indi Music DJ” for the year 2011 awarded by Worldtopdjs.com.
When the song “Kolaveri Di” become a rage world over, Suketu created hysteria with his remix of it which was declared the official remix of the song released by Sony Music.
During Tom Cruise’s visit to India to promote his film, “Mission Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol”, Suketu was invited to perform at a private do hosted by Anil Kapoor for Tom Cruise.
2012 too stared with a bang with his remixes featuring on the original soundtrack of Bollywood movies “Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya” and “Teri Meri Kahaani”.
The same year also saw the release of his fifth album titled ‘Dj Suketu and Friends Present R.D. Burman Reinvented’. The album saw collaborations with popular names in music like, Javed Ali, Sukhbir, Anushka Manchanda, Manasi Sott, Anusha Dandekar, Mustafa Zahid and Sophie to name a few.
In the same year, he also featured on the popular national television show Jo Jita Wo Hi Superstar on Star Plus as special guest.
The year 2013 saw DJ Suketu racing forward with smashing remixes of the sequel movie Race 2. The music is soul thumping and gets your pulse going.
He was also featured on an exclusive episode of Jhalak Dikhla Ja on Colors TV, one of the highest watched music based shows on Indian television back then.
In 2014, Suketu appeared on a special episode of Yo Yo Honey Singh’s show on Star Plus called Raw Star with Bollywood superstar Mika Singh. Suketu created exclusive remixes for the show which the contestants performed on! The association with Mika Singh and Yo Yo Honey Singh proved Suketu is the most recognized and popular Indian DJ globally.
He became the first DJ to endorse and be the brand ambassador for Casio’s range of DJ headphones and G-Shock watches.
Over the years Suketu has worked with many composers & musicians on numerous projects. Amongst them are Pritam, Adnan Sami, Himesh Reshamiya and Shankar-Ehsaan-Roy, Salim Merchant including international artists like Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and Iyaz!
DJ Suketu is the only Indian DJ who provides DJ tutorials and music production courses on his YouTube page, which has over 300000+ views so far.
With music to play with, the process is just as intoxicating as the outcome. DJ Suketu is constantly exploring every facet of it every day. He makes sure we live, love, dance and truly appreciate every kind of sound…….
………making music timeless!