DJ Pulse has come a long way since his first high school gig, but insists that his success has not changed him. Alvin Thomas reports
Waiting for Prableen Singh, aka DJ Pulse, at a cafe in Oman Avenues Mall, I have to confess that I was a bit anxious.
You see, I am a huge fan of the DJ’s mixes, so this going to be quite a moment for me.
Nevertheless, I assure myself that I’m going to be professional, and sit down with a coffee to prepare questions for the interview. In less than 10 minutes, Prableen walks in and with the warmest of greetings, asks me: “Can I get you anything?”
That’s weird; I should be getting him coffee.
Slowly settling into our booths, it doesn’t take me long to realise that Prableen is not only generous but is also one of the most humble celebrities I have ever met.
So we start by talking about how he handles his fame and recognition. “I am still the same person I was in school, Alvin.”
That’s right, I think to myself. Prableen was four years’ my senior at Indian School Muscat (ISM).
Talking to him about his roots in music, it is evident that he holds his past close to his heart. “Music is my passion,” he says.
“I don’t know where it will take me but when I was young, I assured myself that I would not let the fame change me.
“The first time I played for a group of people was for our prom night in Grade 12.
“Back then it was just me, my laptop and Windows Media Player. All I did was fade in and cue music for the audience.
“But it was still a memorable night.” He remembers that it was during that night, one of his fellow students complimented him, saying: “Hey bro! Nice DJing.”
“I was shocked,” he laughs. “I did not even know what the term DJ meant.
“It took a bit of searching on the internet to understand what it meant. But never did I think I would become a DJ one day.”
News about Prableen’s successful prom at ISM spread quickly and he was booked to play gigs at the Sri Lankan School Muscat, The American International School Muscat and Indian School Al Ghubra in a span of just a few months.
“These gigs gave me a boost to undertake professional DJing, at least as a part-time job,” he says.
Soon, Prableen flew back to his hometown of Chandigarh in Punjab, India, to undertake classes with the city’s number one DJ, Varun.
“I quickly learned the art of mixing, scratching, looping and beat mashing from him,” he says. Flying back to Oman in 2007, he picked up his own mixers and CDJs. However, Prableen also enrolled in a Bachelor of Business Administration degree course at the Waljat College of Applied Sciences and it was during his time there that his DJ career took off.
“There was a lot of free time during my time in college,” he says with a smile.
Slowly transforming into DJ Pulse, Prableen started playing Hindi songs at Bollywood Nights, an event he still organises every month.
“Back then it was only in the ballroom of Grand Hyatt Muscat and Mumtaz Mahal restaurant,” he says.
“I have to be honest; when I started DJing, I never really fancied Bollywood songs. I was more into commercial house and electro pop music.
“But I noticed that there was a strong market for Bollywood music in Oman and nobody was catering to it. It was an absolute dead scene.”
By now, Prableen was almost exclusively operating as DJ Pulse. He further ventured into radio, where he enthralled his audiences with Bollywood-trance mixes.
However, while he was doing this, he also started working as a sales and marketing executive at a leading bank in Oman.
In his five years of juggling work and music, he says he never once felt that he had to slow down.
In 2012, DJ Pulse collaborated with two videographers and photographers to shoot an exclusive music video to help promote tourism in Oman. His video was well received, with more than 11,000 views.
“Being in Oman for almost 25 years, I cannot help but think of myself as an Omani,” he chuckles. “I love Oman and I will do everything I can to let the world know about our beautiful country,” he says.
An only child, Prableen’s father came to Oman in 1986 and runs his own construction company while his mother works at the Ministry of Health.
“I believe all my success comes thanks to the blessings from my parents. Without their support, I really couldn’t have achieved so much fame.”
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