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There can be no walls

Celebrity DJ Warren Powers goes on a high when people trip on his music



Photo: K. Gajendran

A FEW pubs in Manchester and London read, `Indians are not allowed'. UK-based DJ, Warner Powers does not play in those. "Music cannot have walls," maintains the celebrity DJ from the Ministry of Sound with his 24 years of existential wisdom.

Powers is interesting in parts. One look, and Eminem comes to mind naturally. The look-alike is as maverick, and wears his attitude inside out. A Dolce & Gabbana plastered across his chest, and a jump-pant that has as many pockets as his age adds funk to his fashion, which is not just skin-deep. Rings and earrings appear in all curious places.

"I was not the same always," he confesses. At 13, Powers played the shy guy who went to college to be a Chinese chef. Tables turned and he found himself soon by the turntable, books were abandoned. His father, - an oil engineer in New Zealand, - had then brought home a deck on which he began spinning his dreams plus a few discs. DJ Warner Powers was a subsequent evolution with a High Gate-overdose.

Largely self-taught, his fame in house music back home is huge. So much that he eclipses Ibiza and it is said, none like Powers can rock the white isle with that raw power and pulse.

Headlined several times in top music magazines as the `loudest', the quixotic DJ believes in blasting till speakers go silent. In Hyderabad too, Powers was as hypnotic and rubbed off his magic to revellers at 10D, Wherelse and Dublin, - who thoroughly basked in the dangerous decibel levels of Bass Trouble, Tribal Workout and a few Gospel house numbers that nearly brought everyone to knees begging for more (forgiveness!).

The money he makes is big time, anything between 5,000 pounds to 50,000 pounds per night.

"Too much, too soon you may say. But I burnt myself hard for that," he beams. Ten years of DJing around the planet deserves all that, and more for Powers. "I have hitchhiked all over the world playing music. There is usually niceness all around. But for a handful that spread hate, and make the air acidic."

Music is sans fences, and those who think otherwise are `uncool'.

"Uncool are also those who perceive they need mind-altering substances to take pleasure in music. The high I get when I see people tripping along with me on my music is just out of the world," says the self-styled DJ who's recently cut a record Bass Trouble. One huge tune.

He would have loved to become a laundry man, if not a DJ. What's left more to say of DJ Warner Powers?

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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