Imagine a place where Indian classical folk traditions collide into the fringes of electronic music. Where the laid back space of dub reggae meets the energy of bass rattling dancefloors. This is the contoured landscape San Francisco based DJ and Producer Janaka Selekta evokes.
Janaka’s upbringing is almost as diverse as his music, being born in Sri Lanka, raised in the United Kingdom and Kuwait, and now residing in the Bay Area. Pushing Air is a result of his blood, sweat, and tears through breakups, healings, and discovery throughout the past few years.
Janaka has been cutting his teeth in the music industry for quite some time as a co-founder of SF’s popular, but now defunct Dhamaal Sound System. The collective threw some of the largest South Asian-Electronic-Mashup events in the Bay Area and produced a very successful album to international acclaim even getting support from the legendary John Peel. Janaka’s stellar production work on the Dhamaal album also led him to producing music for the hit X-Box game “Project Gotham,” as well as countless remixes for such highly notable artists like Karsh Kale (Six Degrees), Cheb i Sabbah (Six Degrees), and the Asian Dub Foundation. Besides his music production, Janaka’s skillful DJing and dynamic sets have taken him around the world headlining festivals and club nights and earning him praise and “Best DJ” awards in his hometown.