HISHAM AKIRA BHAROOCHA, AKA SOFT CIRCLE, TRAVERSES SCENES, GENRES AND CONTINENTS LIKE HE'S CHANGING TRACKS. HERE, HE GIVES US AN EXCLUSIVE LISTEN TO THIS SEA-CHANGE-INSPIRED MINDSET WITH THE LATEST VMIX
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What track first made you want to DJ?
Hisham Akira Bharoocha aka Soft Circle: I started to understand DJing as a real performance medium after hearing Yamataka Eye make a DJ mix under the name DJ Pika Pika Pika. It blew my mind. I loved seeing good DJs play out, and my friend Butchy Fuego (aka San Gabriel) started to DJ together when we'd go on tour in Japan with Boredoms, a band that I've been playing in for about five years.
I'm so into the culture surrounding DJing; it's so new to me, coming from more of a ‘playing in bands' background. I really got into what Nguzunguzu and all the Fade To Mind crew were doing. At the same time, GHE20 G0THIK was happening, and that really brought life back to the music scene in New York for me. The band scene that I came from was repeating itself, all the kids seemed to be copying bands from the past and I was getting bored from it, so the younger DJ scene felt new and exciting to me.
Hats off to Venus X and $hayne for getting me excited about the NYC music scene again. J-Cush helped bring the Teklife scene like DJ Rashad and Spinn out here, connecting Chicago with NYC. Lit City parties are the best in town right now. Brian Degraw is super fun—I love people who go all over the place. Total Freedom, Traxman, the list goes on and on and on. I like the classic styles of Omar S as well.
Best music video of all time?
H: Dang that is the hardest thing to answer EVER.. I'll say Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
Ideal runway show to DJ?
HAB: I love Balenciaga, so I'd love to do one of their shows, or Comme De Garçons.
If you had to pick a dance track from the 00s, 90s, 80s, 70s…
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HAB: Ogyatanaa Show Band - Disco Africa
HAB: Royal House (Todd Terry) - Yeah Buddy
HAB: TLC - I Ain't Too Proud To Beg
HAB: Bok Bok - Silo Pass
Where did you grow up?
HAB: Born in Japan, lived in Toronto Canada from two to six years old, moved to LA for a bit, then to San Diego for a while, then back to Tokyo for Junior High and High School. I came back to the States for art school (RISD) then stayed in the States. I've lived in NYC for 15 years now, oof.
Where do you live now?
HAB: Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Where is the best place to play music?
HAB: I love playing in Europe; the crowds seem less jaded than in New York, no offense NY… But in NYC, I love 285 Kent and Death By Audio. I love DJing in Japan because they like all kinds of stuff, they aren't looking for a four on the floor/the same BPM the whole time.
1. Padre Miguel - Mulata Faceira
2. DJ Spoko feat. Magaula & Puzuzu - Azange
3. Master D feat. DULCE V - Vai No Chao
4. Munchi feat. Mr. Lexx - Shottas (Shaun D feat. Master D Remix)
5. LIL JON feat. Mulher File & Mr Catra - MACHUKA INTRO MUSIC EDIT-DIRTY
6. KW Griff - Bring in the Katz (feat. Pork Chop)
7. Kingdom - Goodies Remix
8. Siete Catorce - Padre de Familia
9. Blawan - Bohla
10. Modeselektor - Evil Twin (feat. Otto von Schirach)
11. DJ Ghost Pepper - #4LIFE
12. Sticky - Look Pon Me feat. Natalie Storm
13. Master D feat. Kelis - Beat of the Drum
14. Dahlia Black - Fuck a Rap Song (Blue Daisy Presents Dahlia Black)
15. Philthy Rich - Mi Amigo (feat. Cartel & Alley Boy)
16. Bangladesh Feat. Gucci Mane - Terrific
17. Sasha Go Hard feat. Le1f - To the Girls
18. Diamond Bass - Your Love Mix
19. Usher - Climax (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
20. Ciara - Body Party (Sonora Remix)