Meet the DJ: Adil Amlani

At Hula Hoopla! core body fitness class we create our own original soundtracks to get you movin' and spinning!  Guiding you to your own inner groove is DJ Adil Amlani.  This local Comox Valley Businessman, community activist and family man has graced us with a pumping, seamless one hour mix that inspires us to hoop our way to happiness.

I asked him to share a little about himself:

Q: How long have you been a DJ?
12 Years (since 1997)
Q: What events have you played at?
My most memorable events were in Victoria at Hush Nightclub, VEMF, as well as many here in the Valley at House Ten85.
Q: What drives you to create music?
It's the freedom you get when you are immersed in the flow of a track. It is both exhilarating and humbling. Plus, its always great to envision many people rocking out to the music you are creating.
Q: How do you feel when you are in the 'zone' of DJing?
Connected, to the audience, and to the music. Somewhat like conducting electricity i would imagine.
Q: Has any place you have ever lived in or traveled to influenced your music?
Montreal was a huge influence to my music. It was there that i really knew that i identified most with jazzy influenced electronic music. I began collecting 'San Francisco' house, and lounge music, which has since expanded on a regular basis.
Q: Describe your evolution as a DJ!
Trance - Progressive - Techno - House - San Francisco House - Electro - West Coast House & Deep House
Q:  Share anything about your family life!
Family is everything to me, their support has always given me confidence to pursue anything i had my mind set on. I have an amazing wife Jessica, and 2 beautiful daughters, Maya and Naomi.
Q: What are your thoughts on hooping?
Hooping is great, it releases tension, and is great exercise.
Q: What are your thoughts on the music/movement relationship?
Hand in hand. Simple as that.
Q: What are your other passions and interests?
I am a graphic designer by trade. I always enjoy learning more about how to use my creative juices in a positive way.
Q: What are your goals for 2011 (musical or otherwise)?
I am looking forward to building on the successes of SURE Copy, which is a business i started here in the valley in 2005. We will be looking to open up new stores in Parksville, Nanaimo and eventually Victoria. www.surecourtenay.ca
Q:  In a past life you could have been: ..... /in a future life you hope to be:
A teacher .... not sure what i would be teaching though. / I would hope to be at least a grasshopper.
Q: Your wish for the world is....
To put our differences aside and embrace the positives we share.

Q:  Do you have any charities/ global or local issues you would like to raise awareness about?
Most of the work that i am doing in that regards, is vis a vis the Community Currency, 'Community Way', which was launched at The Big Time Out Music Festival in 2009. There are currently over 50 businesses that accept the local currency, and have managed to contribute over cw$130,000 for local community service organizations such as Dawn to Dawn, Project Watershed, Boys & Girls Club, and The Cumberland Forest Society to name a few. For a complete list of businesses and organizations, or information on how to get involved, please visit www.communityway.ca