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Official Nanubhai Gala Images courtesy of 1000 Words Studios

Shout out to everyone who came out to the Nanubhai Gala last night! Crowd was rocking and it was awesome to meet all the celebrities in attendance! I’m looking forward to next year’s gala!

Special thanks to

Check out the footage next week on AVS – Asian Variety Show! (www.avstv.com)

Check out additional photos courtesy of Nanubhai’s official photographer, 1000 Words Studios:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.399630050070228.97028.361399827226584&type=1

And of course, keep it locked to http://www.djinsomnia.com for my upcoming events!

-DJ Insomnia


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After almost 3 years and a delay of 2 days, the CD that myself and many others have been anticipating is finally here! I teamed up with DJ Ambition on this one and my oh my, IT’S INSANE! I’m very proud of this cd for two reasons.
 
1 – Tracklisting, in my opinion, is ON POINT!
2 – We recorded TWO sets LIVE! Yes, LIVE! Minimal editing was done and you can actually hear a few minor errors which is fine by us. We’re all about purity as DJs and we kept it as real as possible. 
 
We hope you enjoy the CD. It’s got two exclusive sets broken down into 45minute sections. 1st track is to help you warm up your night while you’re getting ready or hitting the gym up. 2nd track is to rock out in your car on the way to the club, getting you into the mood to dance your ass off all night long!
 
So without further-adieu, I present to you my latest creation alongside my man, DJ Ambition
 
THE NEW YORK CITY AFTERHOURS 2: RETURN TO THE AFTERHOURS
 
Let us know how you feel about the CD. Head over to our facebook pages and drop a line!
DJ Insomnia – Facebook
DJ Ambition – Facebook
 

For the first time ever in New York City, a garba event is being hosted on October 15th 2011!

I’ve struck a promotion deal with Garba in the City and for every ticket sold, a portion of the ticket will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/) to help raise awareness for breast cancer in honor for of course, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH (YES, October is breast cancer awareness month if you haven’t noticed!)

A donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation helps provide free mammograms for women in need to promote early breast cancer detection. The donations received from individuals, corporate sponsorships, and breast cancer fundraising activities help fund educational programs that provide answers to breast cancer patients, survivors, and any family member whose life is touched by breast disease.

Here’s how to get involved:
1: Visit http://www.garbainthecity.com/purchase-tickets/
2: Prior to checkout, You will find a box entitled “ORGANIZATION”
3: Type in the word “INSOMNIA” into the field, click “ADD TO CART”
4: Put in your billing information and check out. Keep in mind, groups of 20 or more receive special discount rates!

-DJ Insomnia

If you’re in the D.C. area on September 23rd, come join me as I rock out with DJ Intense & DJ Catalyst as we perform a special routine and speak on the history of South Asian DJs: their origin, present status, and what we believe to be the future of South Asian DJs.

Here is the official Press release from Subcontinental Drift’s event page:

Hip Hop and the South Asian Diaspora have lead a very intriguing life together. From east to west, desis have taken solace in the underground creative outlets of hip hop culture. Now, here in DC, a growing arts collective has set it’s sights on showcasing these immense skillz for one amazing night.

This September, Subcontinental Drift hopes to put up an event highlighting South Asians in all 4 elements of hip hop. There will be true DJs (that, yes, scratch!) in the form of DJ Insomnia out of NYC and his crew. We have emcees that will rock your brain like Navi, Raja Wilco, and Ko the Timeless. There is going to be a graffiti artist that will be creating live art as the night moves on. And of course, there will be some ill breakdancers, battling for the crowd’s respect.

Subcontinental Drift is an organization that started a few years back in Washington, DC. It was started with the hope of creating an open, inclusive community for creative South Asians and the broader Washington community. There are monthly open mics held at various locations through out the city and every year we try to do one big event. There is no profit generated from any of the events, so we need all the help we can get to put on this amazing event 🙂 The money generated from this Kickstarter will help pay for the many artists performing, and the venue. Extra money generated will be added to the budget for next year’s big event.

Help donate for the event and please do join us as we celebrate South Asians in Hip-Hop!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1421044550/subcontinental-drift-elemental-south-asian-hip-hop

-DJ Insomnia


(Left to right: Darshan Kapadia, Deep Katdare, Reshma Shetty, DJ Insomnia, MC Guru)

Last night was a monumental moment for myself and the rest of my Premier Entertainment crew! I DJeyd my first celebrity wedding alongside my MC, MC Guru. Held in the heart of NYC, we had a blast playing for an intimate crowd that was NOT shy at all on the dancefloor. It was a high energy crowd which I could feed off of so well, being able to play a wide variety of music (Hip-Hop, Top 40, 80s, Disco, Rock, and of course BOLLYWOOD!)

Reshma Shetty is well known for her part as Divya Katdare (Yes, the last name was derived from her hubby!) on the USA Network big hit, Royal Pains. She was also the female lead in a touring company of the musical Bombay Dreams in 2006. Yours truly had the honor earlier this year in taking part in a special interview with the lovely bride as she asked me all kinds of questions about Wedding DJs and how to go about selecting yours. I believe she made the right choice! 😉
Click here to view the interview!

Deep Katdare is best known for his 2001 iconic role as Krishna Gopal Reddy in the generation defining film, American Desi. He was also in the musical Bombay Dreams where he played the part of Vikram, a lawyer who represented Bombay’s underprivileged.

The two met on the set of Bombay Dreams and they soon were engaged to each other and my oh my, what a beautiful wedding it turned out to be.

Special thanks to Premier Entertainment’s own Darshan Kapadia as well as our good friend Vishesh Sharma for making this all happen. It was an honor to be a part of this Wedding and we appreciate all the love we received from the crowd.

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Katdare!

Til next time,
DJ Insomnia