They say that in order to succeed, you need to have a vision. Mass
Ramli, 25, had a vision at the age of twelve to become a professional
DJ. Today he holds the title of PALME DJ of the Year 2004 - the
most prestigious and sought after title in the entertainment scene
in the Middle East.
Professional Audio Lighting in the Middle East, holds competitions
on an annual basis to find and crown the best DJ in the region.
This year the competition that took place over three days from 17-19
February 2004 brought hundreds to the Dubai International Exhibition
Centre to support many local and international DJs as they battled
it out for the title of PALME DJ of the Year 2004.
the third day, the panel of judges chose 6 grand finalists. At the
end of the day only two were left standing with identical scores;
DJ Greg Steiner from England and DJ Mass Ramli from Sri Lanka. The
judges decided it was only fair that the two DJs had a ‘play-off’
in order to determine who the title should go to, and from this
Mass Ramli emerged a clear winner.
19 February 2004, when he raised the trophy high above his head
to the sound of his cheering fans, Mass had not only fulfilled one
of his dreams, he had also became the first Sri Lankan to hold a
title in the international entertainment arena.
Mass, who was the resident DJ at the Quality Inn Dubai at the time
of the competition, finding time to prepare himself for the event
was not easy. “I work from 9pm to 3am, come home around 5
am and then practise until 8, sleep at 9, wake up at 12 noon and
go for the exhibition ‘cause I needed to see the other DJ’s
who were participating. I come back home at seven, hit the shower
and get dressed, only to go back to work again.” This was
his routine for the three days leading up to the final round.
is no stranger to the local scene. He also won the Sun FM DJ of
the Year Competition in July 2000. “I knew that after this
competition I had to take it to the next level and represent Sri
Lanka in an international competition and bring home the title.
I wanted to show the world that Sri Lanka produces good DJs.”
winning the competition in Colombo Ramli joined Sun FM as a DJ/radio
presenter and hosted the weekend mix shows. He was also one of the
first DJs to be a part of the “Bathiya and Santhush”
fame, whose hit single “Siri Sangabodhi” was re-mixed
recounts that his biggest breakthrough came when he was selected
to sign a 2 year contract as a resident DJ in an exclusive club
in Doha. After the 2 years in Doha, Mass moved to Dubai where, he
says, “the grass is greener” in terms of entertainment.
“I had the honour and privilege of working with some of the
top Sri Lankan bands who came to Dubai-Aquarius, Revelation and
Wildfire to name a few. We jammed together and put on an excellent
show. I think that’s something I don’t see in Sri Lanka,
where most DJs intend to work against bands when they should be
working with the bands.”
started out at Curzon DJs lead by Udayanga Wijesekera, who taught
me my ABCs on the professional DJ gear and guided my initial steps.
Afterwards I received tremendous support from Kamesh Malwana, who
helped me to pursue my career while I was working at Cool Tempo.
“Inspired by many local DJs such as Bonnie, Sam, Tarique,
and Naushad, Ramli knew that he had to do whatever it takes to stand
alongiside the best. Watching and learning from DJs who had already
made their mark locally and internationally, countless hours practising
his skills, stamina, perseverance and of course talent have all
paid off as this young DJ now plays alongside some of the top artistes
in the world such as Snoop Dogg, Punjabi MC, Tiesto and Paul Oakendfold.
most recently began producing my own music and I’m concentrating
more on Turntablism which is totally a different ball game in DJing.
I want to take this to the next level, that is the world championship.
With God’s grace and luck on my side I intend to make it someday”.
is the universal language, people from various communities forget
their differences, and racial, religious, and cultural barriers
are broken on the dance floor. Through music DJs make the world
bond together in peace, love, unity, and respect for one another.”
is also thankful to the members of his family, his mum in particular,
and his numerous friends and fans, both locally and in Dubai for
giving him the moral support and strength to pursue his dream.