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  • Vaishnavi Pandey

sixth ocean | interview


Let me tell you, Sundays are not for gigs. Sundays are for lazy lie ins, binge watching your favourite TV shows and aggressively napping every two hours.

Definitely not for gigs.


This Sunday was different though. I had the opportunity to see Ashish Lakhani akaSixth Ocean aka best friend of a friend aka cousin of a friend aka the loveliest DJ I had the pleasure of meeting quite spontaneously last summer in my hometown, Mumbai.


Who is Sixth Ocean?


Sixth Ocean’s purpose is to create timeless pieces of music that a listener can truly relate to on a deep soulful level. Something they can rely on when the times get tougher, something they can hold close to their heart and enjoy through the course of their life. 


What do you want people to know about you? 


Most people don’t know why it’s so important to me, I haven’t really been vocal about it but music has been my strongest support through the hardest times of my life. Once I realized the healing magic music carries within it, I knew I had to dedicate my life to spreading this feeling to as many people as possible.



Was there a moment where you thought you weren’t going to make it or a moment of weakness? 

I tend to doubt the music I make a lot, worrying that it’s not good enough. I think this is mainly because I put too much pressure on myself. Sometimes, halfway through making a song, I feel like I’m not going to be able to complete it because I’m out of ideas and then that makes me feel like I’m bad at making music.


How did you get past it?


I get past it by not stopping and trying a lot of different things. In the end, the song turns out great but this mental battle repeats itself when I start a new song. These moments that make me doubt myself are in the end helpful because it makes me work harder and pushes me to think differently than I normally would.


I never feel like I’m not going to make it though.


In the long run, I know I’m going to make it.


I never doubt that.



I'm not quite sure how I stumbled into attending one of his gigs as a stranger to the genre of tech-house but I can assure you that his music was more than welcoming. Surrounded by his loved ones, the beach and a couple of intoxicated souls, his vibe was unparalleled. 


Sixth Ocean's new single 'Meraki' is out. Watch out for beachier vibes and mellow tunes. Follow his music and upcoming shows on Instagram.

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