KSHMR talks about his upcoming India tour, Dharma Worldwide, and his recent collaboration with Hardwell [Interview]

Few EDM acts are as renowned or globally influential as KSHMR, the brainchild of Indo-American producer and former member of The Cataracs Niles Hollowell-Dhar. Despite commencing his solo act in 2014, he’s already notched several accomplishments in his belt. In 2015, he earned the title of DJ Mag’s “Highest New Entry” on their annual Top 100 ranking at a lofty 23rd place. He’s also released a multitude of hit singles within his short tenure in dance music alongside eminent producers such as Tiesto, R3hab, and most recently with Hardwell —  helping him cement his place as a global EDM superstar in the process.

One of the major contributing factors to his unprecedented success is a refreshing emphasis on sampling live instruments, particularly Indian, in his music, which he credits “in large part to [his] Kashmiri heritage.” This affinity for more global instruments can be heard on a majority of his later releases.

However, it took Niles a long time to come to terms with and to acknowledge the “uniqueness of [his] background.”

“I grew up not caring much about my heritage. I wanted to fit in.”

Much of KSHMR’s early career was fraught with uncertainty; he had “reservations about going to college, and was very passionate about pursuing music.” His Kashmiri grandfather, on the other hand, was orthodox in his thoughts and strongly against young Niles swapping his books for a DAW while trying to forge a career that bleeds with uncertainty. “He did his best to beat it into my head that music was meant to be a hobby in my life, and just a hobby,” he recalled of his younger days.

After a tough period of persisting against all the odds, KSHMR finally decided to take up music production as a full-time profession, much to the delight of his millions ...

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