Janaka Selekta

Janaka Selekta


Janaka Selekta is a Musician/Producer/DJ, who performs globally and has a wide range of listeners and a rapidly growing fan base. He was awarded reader's choice in San Francisco for best DJ and has songs a number of compilations and video games. He has rocked audiences in excess of 3000.


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Sri Lanka born, UK & Kuwait raised and now residing in San Francisco, Janaka Selekta is a rising talent on the global dance music scene. The music he produces brings together the classical and folk stylings of India with the cutting edge sounds of electronic dance topped off with a classic dub reggae aesthetic. This instrumentalist, DJ, Producer has performed internationally for many festivals, clubs, events and causes. He has produced music for 'Project Gotham' (X-Box game), in addition to many songs for compilations internationally. Other musical credits include remixes for Karsh Kale and Cheb I Sabbah of Six Degrees Records, and a remixes for the mighty Asian Dub Foundation, who are all early supporters of Janaka's music. His long awaited full length debut record entitled, Pushing Air, is the result of 10 years of writing, traveling, collaborating and recording from San Francisco to Chicago to NYC to the UK to India to Sri Lanka and back again. His music is regularly played on BBC Radio 1 and on the BBC Asian Network in the UK as well as various stations throughout the world and on the web. He has built up a loyal legion of fans in many cities over his career and supporters including Karsh Kale, Cheb i Sabbah, MIDIval PunditZ, Bobby Friction, Dr. Das (Asian Dub Foundation) and more.

Janaka was the brainchild behind San Francisco's widely popular Dhamaal Soundsystem, a collective of artists which produced events championing the meeting point between Indian classical and electronic music. Janaka has performed headline slots at all the large clubs in San Francisco including the Yuerba Buena Arts Center, the Asian Art Museum, TempleSF and 1015 Folsom in an effort to get his music out to the masses. He has been awarded San Fransisco's reader's choice for 'Best DJ' as well as regular 'critics picks' and praise from the press. His music appeals to fans of breakbeats, dub reggae, dubstep, Indian classical and anyone who wants to dance!

What the Industry is Saying about Janaka's New Album: PUSHING AIR

"I was totally taken aback by the maturity and depth of his forthcoming debut artist album, Pushing Air"
-Bob Duskis, Six Degrees Records, San Francisco

"Pushing Air" helps us to breathe in the latest in wicked Asian wonders. Janaka Selekta at his finest.
-Cheb i Sabbah (Six Degrees Records)

A star IS Born ...
-Karsh Kale (Six Degrees Records)

"Pushing Air is absolutely brilliant"
- Bobby Friction, Asian Network, BBC Radio 1

"Brainchild of the San Francisco Dhamaal crew, enriches our listening experience with an emotional debut delight !"
- Pathaan, BBC Asian Network/Globetronica/Liquid Sound

"Janaka's new album blows me away with it's rich textures, depth and soulful intent. Nearly 10 years in the making, it was worth the wait."
-Nerm, Electro East, BBC Radio 1

"The way that his songs seem to use traditional music with a more modern feel, is certainly an entertaining addition to the scene."
- www.desihits.com


Dhamaal Soundsystem (2004)
One World Music (2005-Australia)
Friction 2 (2005 India)
Project Gotham (X-Box)
Indian Electronica (2007)
Pushing Air: The Remixes (2009)
Pushing Air (Full Length Album 2009)

Set List

DJ Sets: Ragga Breaks, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, All Forms of Dub Music
Live: New album performances with tabla player, 3 vocalists, bass, guitar/sitar, electronics.