An innovative and pioneering producer, Niles Hollowell-Dhar is best known as KSHMR, a
globally acclaimed artist from Berkeley, California, known for a signature sound merging
electronic rhythms with ethnic West Asian instrumentation. Evolving from a career in pop
production, KSHMR made his first mark on dance music producing the 2010 global hit, ‘Like A
G6’. Later, his behind-the-scenes work on a number of big dance songs attracted the interest of
iconic label Spinnin’ Records.
With the confidence from a few successes in the dance world, Niles decide to leave pop music
behind, and KSHMR was born. Inspired by the culture of his grandparents’ childhood home,
Kashmir, Niles committed to forging his own path and creating a new sound true to his heart
and inspired by his culture.
Choosing initially to not show his face, KSHMR honed his craft in the studio, scoring 19 tracks in
the Beatport Top 10, nine of them reaching #1, culminating with a collaboration with with Tiesto,
‘Secrets’. “He really believed in me,” says Niles. KSHMR revealed his identity to the world on
stage at Ultra Miami 2015. Since then, anthems like ‘Wildcard’, ‘Karate’, ‘Burn’, ‘Toca’ and
‘Bazaar’ have exploded, solidifying his place alongside electronic musics elite.
“I’m not a regular DJ,” says KSHMR of his live performances. “My show includes a fully
animated story that weaves in and out of the music, a story-telling experience that gives new
weight and wonder to each song.” As KSHMR travels the world, each show is translated, with
new voice actors, to the local language. KSHMR was awarded DJ Mag’s ‘Best Live Act’, a nod
to the unique and immersive experience he’s created. Again breaking the DJ mold, KSHMR’s
2016 EP ‘The Lion Across the Fleld’ was accompanied by a self-authored children’s book, and
narrative driven live experience premiered at Coachella.
Further expanding his vision, KSHMR debuted “KSHMR: The Live Experience” at Ultra 2017.
Joined by live classical and ethnic instruments, as well as traditional Indian dancers, KSHMR
presented his music in a way that it had never been heard. The response was overwhelming
and festivals around the world were eager to take part.
Currently ranked #12 on DJ Mag’s Top 100, KSHMR continues to innovate. His new label,
Dharma Worldwide, was created to be a hub for for like-minded producers. Dharma hosts a
weekly production tutorial series called ‘Lessons of Dharma’, where artists on his label share
their creative process. KSHMR also offers his ‘Sounds of KSHMR’ sample packs via Splice,
supplying fellow producers with an endless array of unique sounds. ‘Sounds of KSHMR’ has
become the all time #1 selling sample pack on Splice.
In 2017, KSHMR sold out a 7-city India tour, including the launch of the annual charity event
‘Karma’, which saw 20,000 in attendance in New Delhi, a larger audience than any western
dance artist has even achieved in the region for a headline event. Playing festivals around the
world, such as Tomorrowland, EDC, and Coachella, KSHMR’s recent tour saw the Californian
bring an emersive experience including snow machines, fire bowls, and other 4D elements to
his crowds, further cementing his reputation as one of the most dynamic and diverse acts in
global electronic music.