This Goan ‘Starchaser’ DJ is streaming his way to a million heights
Aneesh Gera ARTIST- Music Producer, DJ, song writer, audio engineer & record label owner is the 1st dance music producer to hit the coveted USA Billboard dance chart, and his latest record SOLACE currently sits at number 4 On Beatport’s world top 100; the first Indian (and of course a Goan) to achieve this. He is one of the most upfront progressive DJs who challenges by trying new styles with his music; Café has the details
“Wiz Khalifa had quoted- It is impossible to make a song without an audio engineer,” Aneesh Gera who is achieving success world over and champions the role of an audio engineer. Chasing an emotion, this unstoppable Goan in his journey in music has reached a whole new level in his release Solace. Solace is at number 4. On Beatport’s WORLD top 100 charts.
Aneesh is the 1st person from India to achieve this. ‘Solace’ means comfort and stress free has music styles constantly evolving. It gives a Melodic and emotional touch to the artistic piece. “They are always a part of my music. I’d like to think the record does justice to this and the title –Solace.” “Solace was ground breaking for me, pushing my boundaries and writing an underground progressive house record,” he adds. ‘Solace’ followed his huge success with his record ‘Starchaser’, an underground record which has over 1.13 MILLION streams to date on Spotify ! A feat not many from Asia have achieved. Starchaser is signed to one of the biggest record labels in the dance music space - Black Hole Recordings, founded by TIESTO in the Netherlands & also hit #41 on Beatports world top 100 chart. Beatport is oriented towards fans of electronic dance music, covering EDM news and culture. Starchaser also has 510.8k listeners on Spotify since 2017 across the globe, with the highest in United States, followed by the UK & Japan. Informatively, Spotify is a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service that gives one access to millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world. Gera wanted Starchaser to be remembered and valued as a means of people connecting to the blissful melody. “I wanted to write a piece of music with a journey and a story behind it; something you could listen several times, and that you could connect with,” he describes.
Stepping Stones So how did all this begin. Once a young teenager, Aneesh visited a nightclub in Goa and was impressed by one person (the DJ ) entertaining 100s of people giving them a collective experience. Though it was a non-trendy small mindset approach to DJ’s back in the day, none of it mattered to Aneesh. “All I knew was that I needed to work within music” he says. He played his very first show at Kala Academy, but his mind revolved more around the work he wanted to do. Till date this charming Goan DJ boy has had one focus in life and that’s music. Aneesh admits that it wasn’t easy because of the misconceptions the society had about DJ’s. Aneesh revealed that during his journey he met several people who wanted to be a DJ but for all several reasons, “A person should want to be a DJ because he or she loves doing it, nothing else”. Similarly, his task as an audio engineer that makes him happy is being in the shadows of everything and considers it essential in the music industry” Having great experience in all that he does, Aneesh is grateful to his Mum, Dad & family who constantly stood by him. “Having a supportive family and network of friends is not just a blessing but essential, it’s an extremely unforgiving industry, tough & at times overwhelming, but we need to keep our goals in check and work hard; talent will always rise and so will India, especially since Goa has it in abundance!” He understands the simple quota of life, “Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but we cannot be discouraged.”Soon enough Aneesh Gera will be on the verge of reaching number 1 on the World Chart for his genre of music and that is what the people of Goa hope for.
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