In our Male dominated world, Aminath Fazleen Abbas, more commonly known as Anjie, is one individual who possesses a different tune from everyone else.
The first female DJ ever to be introduced in the Maldives, she is one independent girl who has won the hearts of many, local and foreign.
Initially rejected due to the fact that she was a ‘GIRL’, Anjie has prevailed in her passion to become a popular and inspirational woman who had dared to step into the world of Music.
From having faced numerous challenges from the gender biased community to choosing a career a lot more different than what the typical Maldivian would pick, she is a young Trendsetter worth reading about.
What was your inspiration to become a DJ?
There are two main aspects which comes to the top of my head.
Firstly I believe that music has a beautiful power over me. The power to play with me on an emotional and physical level. To put it in simple words, music ran and is still running through me to the core of my bones. I am just a regular music lover who was interested in exploring the depth of it.
As a child in school I was in the music band and played the piano … I found myself deeply connected to it.
Secondly I believe in spreading love, laughter and pleasant memories in what I do. One of the privileges of being a DJ is that I get the opportunity to create an even better atmosphere for a group of people. I aspire to leave a smile on their faces. I take pleasure in doing that and I would gladly do it for the rest of my life.
How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is completely flexible for any given occasion. I aim to cater to what the audience prefers and demands. If I was fortunate enough to play whatever I wished I would go for minimal or techno.
I usually play for resorts and I carry out my style to blend and balance the environment. Often I go with Deep House, Chill Out or Lounge Music.
How did your journey begin? How old were you?
I was fascinated by being a DJ and at age 22 I decided to learn the ropes of it. The first step I took in my journey was to go and do a basic level course to understand the equipment. I was inspired to explore even deeper and I dared to pursue my dream and chose it as a profession.
What events are you most like to play at?
I like to perform at places where my preferred music is appreciated. Especially to a fun loving crowd who is there to enjoy my music
How would you describe your first gig?
My first gig was at Kuda Bandos for an event called L.E.D. It surely wasn’t easy. I was pretty scared and a bit nauseous before my performance. Though my heart was pumping as I first stepped on to the stage, after a few songs I felt overjoyed by the positive response.
Seeing an audience of 200 people dancing and cheering certainly motivated me to go on showing my best.
What's the coolest gig you’ve been involved with recently?
The coolest gig I had ever been involved in was at Mount Lavinia Srilanka. I was able to play for a crowd of 2500. Seeing everyone dance in unison and having a great time was amazing. I will never forget that experience.
How do you motivate a shy crowd to participate?
I believe that everyone has different ways of enjoying music. Some may prefer Down Tempo grooves to lounge by the pool, while others may choose to spend an evening with some Deep House music chilling with friends.
Then there are those who love to dance when they hear music. In my opinion just because a crowd doesn't dance, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t enjoying the music. It’s just how people are. I do approach people and ask if they are having a good time which usually results in them warming up to me.
Who is/are your biggest support?
My parents have always been my biggest support. They helped me start my journey and have been extremely supportive of me throughout.
What’s your favorite piece of music and why?
I don’t have a particular piece which is my favorite. What I listen to really depends on my mood. I listen to a wide variety of songs and it wouldn’t be fair to pick one.
What’s your career goal?
I would love to produce and release my own music someday. Becoming an international DJ is my target.
What's your favorite quote?
"I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect." Alex Grey
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I don’t recall one that I can mention.
Did you ever get any weird comment about the fact that you’re a ‘Female’ DJ? If so what was it?
I get asked a lot “Why are you a DJ?, You are a girl!”. People do ask me why I don’t have a proper job. A lot of people think that I do this as a hobby. I have had clients who have requested for a male DJ.
What did you learn from the worst Teacher you ever had?
I don’t think I have learnt anything from the worst teacher I have ever had. I only remember the good ones.
What is one subgenre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?
I think everybody listens to what they prefer and there isn’t a particular sub-genre that needs more attention.
There is a lot of music out there and more than enough for each individual’s preference.
What is one track that got popular that you can't stand?
Gangnam Style by Psy, I can’t stand it.
What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
Expand your music library as much as you can to cater to a wide array of people.
Practice, Practice and Practice!
You might not always be able to perform at your ideal venue with your preferred setup, but always be ready to deliver the best. My advice is to be prepared for long hours of travel and work.
What's the one question you wished someone would ask you?
“I have a million dollars for you, should I issue a cheque or cash?”