Alok Akkar Perez Petrillo (Portuguese pronunciation: born August 26, 1991) is a Brazilian DJ and record producer. He is best known for his worldwide hit song “Here Me Now”. In 2019, Alok was rated the 11th best DJ in the world by DJ Mag.
Petrillo was born in Goionia, Brazil, the son of DJ, Eta, and Swaroop, who is also the pioneer of the electronic music festival in Bahia, a pioneer of Manas in the country and producer of the Universe Paralo. Alok is of Italian, Portuguese and Lebanese origin.
His name came after his parents came to India, where he met spiritual guru Osho, who indicated that the boy should be called Alok, which in Sanskrit means “light”.
He started his career at the age of 12 with his brother-in-law, twin brother Bhaskar Petrillo. At the age of 19, he pursued a solo career, with honors and awards, becoming one of the most prominent icons in the Brazilian electronic scene; “Best DJ in Brazil” was awarded twice in a row (in 2014 and 2015) by House Mag and the only Brazilian in the Top 25 World DJ Rankings by DJ Magazine in 2016.
At the age of 10, he started learning to play music with his brother twin brother Bhaskar. In 2004, he and his brother attended his father Swaroop’s band’s rehearsal studio to play drums. According to Ekanta, he was interested in how remixes are made and, with DJ’s Zumbi and Pedrao, family friends, he taught the brothers to mix songs, and each learned a specialty, one on the keyboard and the other guitar. Soon after, Dick Trevor installed Logic Pro’s music editing program on Swarup’s computer, bringing the brothers closer to making music.
He and his brother participated in presentations that their parents tried out at parties, soon producing Project Logica.
Petrillo is also the founder of UP Club Records, a record label specializing in discovering new talents in electronic music.
On April 29 2020, he posted a video on Twitter in which he featured two musicians, composed by French Youtuber Joyca, attempting to prove that he was the original composer.