Shahril Adnan or formerly known as DJ Zaskar, a name giving audiences a hard time imagining how he’ll sound or let alone what he’ll look like – has been hitting the decks for a few years now. Being young and new in the industry certainly has its charm, but he’s definitely not a stranger in the dance music scene in Malaysia. Having witnessed most of the rave events in and around Kuala Lumpur, his passion to the scene and music grew ever since. Citing the names of famous producers from the days and age of DJ fandom, he professes his professional admiration towards DJs such as Ritchie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Sasha and John Digweed – and has since been on an endeavor to educate the masses especially Malaysian – that there are more music genre than House or Trance – is one of the changes in the scene he wishes to make one day.
Bringing his music along with him wherever he goes and having to spin at small events here and there for years earned him and his crew from Flava Events – a night at Loft, Zouk years ago. He used to spin regularly at Muse Bar, in Kuala Lumpur and often been invited to spin at parties as well. With loyal followers who dig his wide selection of Minimal to House and Techno sounds he tends to bring his nights down with infectious tunes and vibe. He incorporates his originality with some tunes, which often regarded by listeners to the likes of Gabriel Ananda to Sebastian Ingrosso. When asked what would be his ultimate dream for now at least, he mentioned spinning side by side with Carl Cox, Josh Wink, Chris Liebing and Dave Clarke.
Forward thinking, groundbreaking, precedent setting: not just the true essence of techno as his forte, but an apt way to position himself as the renowned DJ Shahril Adnan. He is much more than a dance music DJ. A child of the acid house generation, he’s been busy tinkling with the beats long before genres were but a twinkle in clubland’s eye.
Shahril Adnan was once featured in the Malay Mail newspaper in 2007 as one of the talented DJs emerging from the complexity of genre-picking among clubbers. His wide range of music comprises of house, minimal and right up to techno. He is also an excellent event organizer, having successfully organized and held Techno Night, which was titled Katapult at the Atrium Club. To make it in this scene, Shahril was also involved and had gigs all year round by being the opening act for several superb DJs and events such as Graham Gold, Cevin Fisher, ATFC, Indepen-dance 2007, New Year Eve @ Solaris with DJ Gabriel, Turn It Up Roadshow Parties 2008 and many more.
Currently, Shahril Adnan is the Resident DJ for Quack Quack Pool Party 2008-2009 and also the Resident DJ of Sultan Lounge for 2010.
Shahril indulged his passion for music from a young age, blowing all the money from his paper round on records. He progressed from making the usual tapes for his friends, put together on a cheap set of decks that he wore out learning to mix, after discovering a friend of his experimenting with different sequences on his computer. According to Shahril, “I was so amazed at what he was doing, since that moment I’ve been addicted to dance music!”
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