Music. Sound. Desi. Electronica. Bollywood.
AKS (meaning “reflection” in Urdu) is a Dubai based DJ, Music Producer, Performing Artist and Engineer and Songwriter. AKS He has emerged to be one of the finest producer DJs from Dubai. He has been awarded the WTD Most Creative Music Producer/DJ 2011 -2012. He has produced several hit tracks with artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, US and UK including hits in movies like Race, Kismat Konnection, Awarapan, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Prince and many more. He has performed at several Asian and International events in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
Early Life and Career
Abdul Karim Siraji, popularly known as AKS was born on 1st December 1983 in Bangladesh. His rendezvous with music started growing up in a multicultural city like Dubai. His odyssey began as soon as his fingers were able to touch the piano keys. He then further ventured into music arranging after being introduced to Digital music production by DJ KV (Dubai Trance Underground). Experimenting with new recording and mixing techniques at that time, he developed his own unique style to produce music with his distinct style. Eventually he took up music professionally and moved to Mumbai and joined two times MTV Immies winner DJ Suketu as music arranger and engineer. They shared a great working relationship. Together they produced path-breaking remixes in the history of Bollywood remixes. Despite being popular for Bollywood remixes he has always been interested in the process of creating electronic music and achieving international sound in all genres of music. His interest in music production and vocal arrangement made him realize that there was an opportunity for his unique ability to fuse and connect Desi and International music. After years of hard work and drive in the music production space, his production today has become his trademark sign. He believes that his music is a gift and it defines him as a person. He believes that being a non-trained musician allows him to dabble with all kinds of musical influences. He is exposed and aware of every school of music thus not feeling restricted in his productions.
Influences/ Music Genre:
Press Media and Awards/ Testimonials:
AKS has been featured several times in the DJ TOP 10 on the INFUSION MAG (Dubai’s leading nightlife magazine). He was award WTD Most Creative Music Producer/DJ 2011 -2012 at the World Top DJs festal held at the Dubai Festival City in December 2011. He has also been invited as Guest lecturer at the Pioneer DJ Workshop 2011.
Live Shows/ Podcasts/ Radio:
AKS plays an eclectic mix of RnB, Electro & Progressive House matching to the international standards. Also he doesn’t hesitate to play commercial top 40 hits alone with Bollywood and Bhangra Mixes. Firm believers in the element of surprise, he lets the music speak for itself. His goal is to play his own tracks at his events where he can experience the immediacy of the crowd’s response, because that is what he thrives on. His performances include:
Dubai : 2011 World Top DJs Festival , Chi Black – The Lodge , Movida Corona – XL Beach Lounge, Dr. Zeus @ Chi Garden -The Lodge, Million Stylez @ Club Elegante, [email protected] City Max Hotel, Guest DJ at the Middle East DJ Championship, Donaeo & Lisa Mafia @ Chi Garden – The Lodge
India: Vie Lounge, Zenzi Bar, Guest DJs with Suketu & Earl @ Yash Raj Film Studios – War Of the DJs, Goa Salsa Festival
Bangladesh: DJ Suketu @ Club 13, DJ Suketu @ Gulshan Club , Atif Aslam @ Club Thunder, Radisson
He has been in demand and scheduled for tours in the US, UK and Australia as well. His Mixes have been featured on several radio Shows/ Pod cast/ featured , City Fm Dubai, Cool Fm Dubai, Suno Fm Dubai, Radio Circle BD.
BBC Radio 1 : DJ Nihal on Bollywood Gurls Remix: “I like this mix man, you’ve really thought about it and it is real quality. Well produced and mixed. The arrangement shows me that this must drop so well in a club”
Production / Collaborations:
AKS released his first Beatport Release called “Conspiracy” in the album titled “One Wave” on Footmusic Records. In 2012 he composed a song dedicated to the World Cup 2011 called “Play for the Game” recorded in five different languages (English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Sinhalese) which got a massive 300,000 views on Youtube within a month of its release. In 2008 he co-produced the Desi remix version of Sean Kingston’s Bollywood Girls (Beautiful Girls) and was the most voted mix on desihits.ocm
He Collaborated with renowned Santoor player Rahul Sharma and Pianist Richard Clayderman in the track "The Chase (Reprise) featuring DJ Suketu. confluence II
Over the years, he has broadened his knowledge of music , songwriting and production working on official tracks by the artists from around the world.
He has worked on projects that have been released on Sony Music India, Tips Music India , EMI Virgin India, T-series, Eros Entertainment India, U-Tunes Entertainment India, Universal Music India, G-Series Bangladesh, Bengal Foundation.
India / Bollywood Remixes
In 2006 He joined forces with DJ Suketu and instantly shook the Bollywood Dance Music by remixing songs like Toh Phir Aao, Mahiya, Pehlinazar Mein, Junoon , Bandeya Ho, Bakhuda Tumhi Ho, Tere Liye etc
Other Official music production/ remixes for tracks featured by artists such as DJ Suketu , Atif Aslam, Anushka Manchanda, Anusha Dandekar, Ishq Bector, Rahul sharma, Adnan Sami, Salim-Suleiman, Apart from Remixes he has also composed original tracks/Jingles featuring artists such as Kunal Ganjawala, Javed ali, Shaan, Sukhbir and many more.
In 2008 he collaborated with Mehreen (Bangladeshi Pop Diva) on her album titled “Tumi Acho Boley”. The songs included “Mayabi Aye Raat”, “Ae ki alo rangale” and “Karchupi”. This was followed by a performance by them at the Channel I Performance Award 2008 held at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium
In 2009 he produced the cult-hit song “Dushto Chele” featuring Upol Islam, Skib Khan (Deshi MCs) and Sarah Ali in the album “The Miracle I”.
In 2009 he co-founded the “Bangla Youth Project” (BYP). The album was recorded at the In The Mix Studios, Dubai, UAE. The Bangla Youth Project was released worldwide with Tracks like “Luku Churi Premer Khela” and “Thamate Parbena” becoming instant hits amongst the Bengali youth worldwide.
BYP was launched at the Bangla Baisakhi Festival at the Ajman Fantasia Ground featuring Mila, Ayub Bachu (LRB) and Miles. BYP also performed at the Port City League (PCL) 2011 and Mumtaz Night at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium.
In 2012 He performed with Legendary Bangladeshi Band called “MILES” at the “Nokia Legends in concert” at the Army Stadium, Dhaka on Dec 2011 to a spectator of 20,000 people. The performance included LIVE remix versions of “Dhiki Dhiki” and “Priyotoma Megh Brishti”.
AKS composed and co-wrote the Official theme song “Feel Like a Gladiator” featuring Parvez for the “Dhaka Gladiators” , the winning team during the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League 2012).
2012 AKS remixed the first ever Bangla Mashup mix called “Bhalobasha Remix” with thousand of downloads worldwide.
RACE, Tips Music
Awarapan, Saregama HMV
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Tips Music
Teri Meri Kahani , Eros Music, India.
Kismat Konnection, Tips Music
Prince, Tips Music
Beedi , Eros Music
Ya Ali Remix Blast – HMV Saregama
DJ Suketu’s WILD 10 – Times Music
DJ Suketu’s ULTIMIX, Sony Music
Dhol Beat – Loins Of Punjab
“Maula (Divinity Mix)” by Ustad Sultan Khan – Gurus in Collaboration
High School Musical 2 (Hindi Version)
Award winning Pakistani movie called Khuda Ke Liye with the official remix of Khuda Ke Liye
Teri Meri Kahani – T-series
RD Burman Reinvented – DJ Suketu and Friends
Show reel Video: Youtube: youtube.com/djaksofficial
Facebook Page: Facebook.com/djaksofficial
Sound Cloud: soundcloud.com/djaks
For Bookings/ Live Shows/ Music Production / Remixes Contact: Mobile: +971501980158 [email protected] www.djaks.net
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