Rishi’s electronic journey began while he was living in Honolulu, Hawaii. After listening to a variety of dance music through the 90’s, a new wave of sounds redefined his perception of electronica. In 2001 S.O.N.R. aka Rishi Handa, bought his first mixer and CD players and began playing for his friends. By 2002 he was playing at underground parties, nightclubs on the island of Oahu (Hawaii) and has been progressing since.
Rishi was part of a collective that helped promote Ambient, Full-on and Minimal Trance on the Island of Oahu. Together they organized and performed at events all over the Island including nightclubs and bars –The Wave, Indigo, Ground Level, Evolution, Vortex etc. and Full Moon Gatherings on Mokuleia Beach, Sandy Beach, Makapu’u Beach Park, Alan Davis Beach, Makaha Beach Park etc.
Since moving back to India in April 2005, Rishi has been freelancing as a DJ and has performed at venues in Delhi, Bombay and Goa including Fabric, Odyssey, Soho, Veda, Lodi, Peppers, Tabula Rasa, Capitol, Baci, Ivy, Prive, La Shack - Hotel Calypso etc.
In 2007 Rishi began working on his own production and collaboration with other artists.
S.O.N.R’s DJ sets are a rich in atmospheres, thumping bass lines, transcending leads and are very dance floor oriented. Each track represents a chapter in a story culminating into a high energy, elated flight through sound. S.O.N.R. strings together a number of diverse styles of Electronica with a signature mixing technique. S.O.N.R. is versatile enough to tailor a set around an event, a theme and even around a venue. A typical S.O.N.R. set begins at a slow pace from relaxing ambient sound-scapes, moves through bouncy Progressive rhythms to heavy bass-line driven Trance and finally progresses into a finger licking series of dance-floor bombs packed with energy.