Pathaan is one of the very few UK based DJ’s to have
truly crossed the dance/world divide. Whereas many other world
music DJ’s lean nearer to the roots market, Pathaan’s
history is steeped in dance culture - a stance that is reflected
in his popular ‘left-field’ reviews for DJ Magazine,
and his numerous appearances in London, Ibiza, Italy, Madrid,
Barcelona, Brazil, Istanbul, New York and many far away
Most interesting to lovers of the Asian Underground sound has
been his unique and highly absorbing Stoned Asia Music series of
compilations, which reflect a personal passion for global
chill-out with a sitar twist. Also a growing musical diversity
had led to the release of ‘Pathaan’s Small
World’; a moniker showcasing the open-minded attitude of
his club nights combined with an obsession for seeking out the
very latest global platters.
Pathaan’s obsession with music started when he was
studying Software Engineering at University in Leeds. At the time
it was house music that pressed his buttons, and most notably the
acclaimed house DJ Danny Rampling that gained his admiration.
After returning to London, Pathaan worked at Heathrow Airport for
United Airlines. The hours suited his extra curricular
activities, as a 5am – 1pm work shift gave him enough time
to go record hunting in the afternoons and plan his bid for DJ
stardom in the evenings.
After the obsession with house music ended a brief dalliance
with trance began before being replaced by more ambient forms of
electronica. “I became disillusioned with the whole club
scene because I felt that club-land was full of pretentious,
drugged up people,” he states.