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In the Backseat with Niles Hollowell-Dhar

One of the biggest hits of 2010 was “Like a G6” from Far East Movement, and a lesser known band, called The Cataracs & Dev, was on the credits. The song was number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in November 2010, and it was written and produced by Niles Hollowell-Dhar of The Cataracs. If the last name Dhar looks familiar to you, it should, it’s of Indian descent.

A native of nothern California, Niles is a proud Indian. Approximately 22 years old, standing 6’1, and with dashing good looks, he says his favorite Bollywood movie is Bunti Aur Bubli, and he prefers Indian and Hispanic girls (among others).

A bay area boy, he’s come a long way from his days performing at the Rickshaw Stop with partner David “Campa” Benjamin Singer-Vine. The duo started out as an independent group, during their years at Berkeley High School. The two were first signed to the label Indie-Pop. They are currently signed to Universal Records, with new addition, female vocalist Devin Star Tailes.

Collaborating with 50 Cent (October 2010). Photo Credit: The Cataracs

Niles currently has three records on the Billboard Hot 100: Bass Down Low, G6 and Backseat. A bit of a “hornball” and a rumored bad boy, Niles has claimed the title of electropop hot in our books.

— NATASHA KHAN

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