London, Britain (UK)
DJ Swami is an Ivor Novello and Mercury Music Prize nominated DJ, producer and musician He is winner of Best Producer 2005 and 2008 at the UK Asian Music Awards, Best Mixing at the South Africa Music Awards 2010 at and is also the leader of UK pop/ electronic/ bhangra band Swami.
An internationally accomplished British Asian music producer, having produced a variety of platinum-selling recording artists, including Shania Twain, Pras, Apache Indian, Maxi Priest, Stereo Nation and China Black as well as remixing Erasure, The Beat and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He has also performed and toured as a guitarist with Robbie Williams, Boyzone and Blue.
His most successful solo album to date was 2004’s DesiRock, from which the title track has been used in a variety of movies, TV shows and video games.
DJ Swami is a highly respected British-Asian music producer, songwriter, musician and DJ whose originality and skills from the studio to the club have labeled him a true international pioneer and musical innovator. An influential figure in creating the hip-hop-ragga-bhangra sound of the 90’s, Diamond played a major role in the songwriting and production of his cousin Apache Indian’s multi-million selling classic album “No Reservations” with the hits ‘Chok There,’ ‘Arranged Marriage,’ and with Maxi Priest on ‘Fe Real.’ From early Ivor Novello, Mercury Music Prize and Brit Award nominations to winning Best Producer at the UKAMA’s in 2005 and 2008, his musical vision is a flawless combination of the hottest electronic and alternative sounds of today with the futuristic desi bhangra eastern influences of the Indian sub-continent. Born Diamond Jyoti Duggal, grew up in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, England in a melting pot of second-generation Indian and Jamaican multi-culturalism. By the age of 12, this musical prodigy was already playing guitar in local reggae and rock bands. While learning the craft of music through listening to records by Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Kraftwerk, Laxmikant Pyarelal and local Birmingham artists Steel Pulse and UB40, he witnessed his first glance of a new musical hybrid and what was ultimately to become his life’s passion.
In 1997, Diamond started the group Swami with drummer and brother Simon ‘Subs’ Duggal, vocalist Taz Singh and Indian percussionist Kam Bura. The band performed a number of local and European shows before releasing their debut cult album ‘Desi Nu Skool Beatz’ on their SubDub Records label in 1999. The album brought together a new open-mindedness of influences from the Indian sub-continent and the alternative, electronic club mayhem of the west unlike any predecessor. The album was given an international release in 2000 on Nation Records (Beggars Banquet) and the new hybrid sound of “Desi Beats’ was born. The guitar surfing electronic title track ‘Mehbooba’ went on to feature in the Olsen Twins Warner Brothers movie ‘New York Minute’ (2003).
He took to the studio in 2002 to work with Shania Twain on her follow-up album to “Come On Over’ entitled ‘Up!’. A totally international production of the album co-ordinated between legendary producer Mutt Lange, Diamond and Simon Duggal resulted in an unprecedented journey of music from Nashville to Mumbai via London. Shania Twain’s ‘Up!’ topped the American Billboard for six weeks in late 2002 with multi-platinum sales exceeding 15 million.
Testament to a constant need to push the boundaries of international music, the Swami platinum selling follow-up album ‘So Who AM I?’ on SonyBMG in 2005 scaled new heights of mind-altering musical richness. The title track ‘DesiRock’ embraced clubs the world over with DJ Swami’s unique leftfield electronic beats and anthemic bhangra melodies and reached even wider audiences in the EA Games FIFA World Cup 2006 video game as well as the UK movie ‘Mischief Night’ (2006).
He has recently been touring with his band Swami promoting the new Swami album ‘Equalize‘ released in late 2007. The album features mainstream collaborations from the USA, South Africa, France, England and India.
In June 2007, DJ Swami was listed in the official Guardian Glastonbury Festival Guide as one of the Top 5 acts to see at Glastonbury 2007 alongside Amy Whinehouse and the Arctic Monkeys.
In January 2008, Swami’s album ‘Equalize’ was voted album of the year by DesiHits.com
In March 2008, DJ Swami won Best Producer at the UK Asian Music Awards for a second time, held at the Royal Festival Hall, London. He is the only music producer to win this award twice.
In January 2010, Swami won Best Mix Engineer at the South Africa Music Awards.
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Cigale Entertainment Ltd.
PO Box 38115
+44 (0)208 932 2860
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