Su Real is a New Delhi based DJ / producer whose name has become synonymous with Trap, Hip Hop and urban dance music in India. Popular culture in India is evolving rapidly, and Su Real is at the forefront of that movement. The old divisions – Bollywood, commercial, trance – no longer make sense. Su Real represents this new breed of Indian music producers who create and curate for the modern Indian dancefloor.
In 2016, Su Real released his most meticulously crafted output to date – Twerkistan. The full-length album boasts 16 explosive dance tracks fusing the latest styles of Western dance music with Eastern motifs and melodies. The Mumbai Mirror proclaimed, “While fellow producer/DJ Nucleya has spearheaded the genre of desi bass, it is Su Real who has added weight to the genre and converted it into a movement.” Twerkistan received critical praise from a wide range of media outlets – DNA, Indian Express, First Post, Elle India, GQ India, The Bangin’ Beats, Festival Sherpa, Wild City, Gizmodo, Maed In India (SAAVN) among others. The album was supported by music videos on heavy rotation at VH1 India, artist spotlight on iTunes, and four months of non-stop touring all over India, including key support slots on 4 dates of Nucleya’s Raja Baja launch tour.
Su Real is now an established brand on the vibrant landscape of independent Indian music, with a steady stream of singles, official remixes, and collaborations complimenting his full-length releases. A fixture on the domestic DJ circuit, he has shared the stage with a virtual who’s who of dance music today: Skrillex, Diplo, Major Lazer, Nucleya, Yellow Claw, NGHTMRE, Borgore, Hudson Mohawke, Noisia, Flux Pavillion, Pretty Lights, Alo Wala and many more. Su Real has also performed at major festivals like Sunburn (Goa 2014 & 2015), NH7 Weekender (Pune, Bangalore, Calcutta, Shillong and Delhi), MTV Bloc Party (Mumbai), VH1 Supersonic Arcade (Delhi), Worli Festival (Mumbai), and India Bike Week (Goa) amongst others.
However, it took many years of tirelessly pushing the limits of India’s underground dance music and nightlife scene to attain his current status as the desi Trap Lord. Suhrid Manchanda returned to India in 2008 after a decade as a P.R. specialist between New York and Montreal, where he worked with a varied roster of artists including Dizzee Rascal and El-P (Run The Jewels), among others. Adopting the moniker Su Real, he first gained notoriety in 2010 with his Disco 31 nights at T.L.R., the weekly dance party that lit up Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village long before it became the seminal nightlife destination it is now. By 2013, Rolling Stone India declared “Su Real is the legendary secret ingredient to some of Delhi’s recent favorite underground sets/parties/combinations thereof.”
Never slave to any genre, Su Real harnesses a wealth of experience to deliver DJ sets that are both physical and mental workouts. His original productions demonstrate an evolution in composition and technique that is sure to yield a number of exciting releases in the very near future. Su Real’s inclusive approach to music ensures his status as a champion of the underground who can also whip a main-stage crowd into absolute panty-dropping hysteria.
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