The top disc spinners on the Dubai nightlife scene as nominated at the Time Out Dubai Nightlife Awards 2015
Time Out Dubai staff
DJ Tony H, People by Crystal It is in 1992 that Lebanese DJ Tony H had his very first feel of a mixing table with “Big in Japan”, Alpha Ville’s massive tune at the time. He joined the Crystal Group in 2013 and says about his work: “My residency at People is a gift I am utterly thankful for; I could be myself and that’s priceless for a DJ, especially in Dubai. I could reach out to people playing my own music, loving what I do, and there is nothing more satisfying than feeling the crowd’s response to your own creation. People has been on top of the Pyramid for years now, it is still nominated as best club and will remain the top venue in DXB – reason being we do what we love: I do, and so does the light engineer and the staff: we are all passionate of what we do, and we will keep humbly doing it for the pleasure of everyone who swings by”.
Adam Graca, Mahiki Dubai Mahiki's resident DJ is Adam Graca, is 35 years old and has been with Mahiki Dubai now for three years. He is also the Entertainment Director at Mahiki's parent company, where he is conceptualizing the music styles for new clubs, bars and restaurants that are opening soon. When he was 16, Adam played at a place in his hometown called Doncaster Warehouse, and one of his first ever gigs there was DJing before Carl Cox. His career highlights include entertaining guests at HMS Mahiki for 2014 Abu Dhabi F1.
Chuck Wonderland, VIP Room Dubai At only 23 years old, Chuck Wonderland made his name in French Riviera clubs. His sets are a combination of his musical influences from rock, deep house and hip hop. He has entertained stars including Black Eyed Peas’ APL DE AP, Paris Hilton and Tara Reid from his time as a resident DJ at Cirque Du Soir in Babylon (Cannes) and he has mixed with hip hop stars such as Pusha-T and Tyga.
Adrien Callier, Zuma The 29-year-old has been DJing at Zuma since January 2011. His professional career flourished in Lyon, France - rocking venues such as Baroc, Koodeta, La Voile, and the Columbus Hotel in Monaco. As well as that he’s spun the decks at numerous private parties, included gathering for brands like Emporio Armani, L'Oréal, Tom Ford, and the UEFA Champions League.
DJ Michka, Cavalli Club He’s been playing here for the last two-and-a-half-years but you can actually find this guy all around town, playing nights at Cirque Le Soir, O2 Nightclub and Basement. Real name Michael Abdulhak, music ranges between Deep House, Techhouse and Techno however in Cavalli Club he only plays a mix of Deep House and Nu Disco. As well as that, achievements include having a set on Frisky Radio and providing tunes for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup.
Trix, 40 Kong In 2012, TRIX joined Crystal Group and became the resident Warm-Up DJ of Pier7. He has been playing at White, Dubai for the last year. He is known for his music selection and the soul that he puts into his set which include tunes with a fresh take on the Nu-Disco genre following Deep, groovy and uplifting tracks.
maDJam, White Dubai DJing since the age of 10, Ahmad Ajam (aka MaDJam) has started from elementary-school house parties to the biggest clubs and events around the world. MaDJam has played warm-up and follow-up sets with some of the biggest DJs & dance music artists including Sasha, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, Bob Sinclar, Pete Tong, Armin Van Buuren, Benny Benassi, Carl Cox and Tiesto. MaDJam is currently the resident DJ at White Dubai and White Beirut, having played alongside major DJ figureheads such as Dimitri Vegas, Otto Knows, W&W, Andrew Rayel and Thomas Gold.
Marshall, Okku Prior to Okku, Marshall (aka M2M) had humbly developed a global reputation with appearances in such European hot spots as Pangaea and Movida in London, and La Luna in Sardinia, Italy, as well as headlining the annual Street Parade in Zurich, Switzerland.
DJ Nick Tohme, Cirque le Soir - toh The 36-year-old plays House music in all its forms, with his loud vocal dance tracks being his signature sound in spots across Lebanon. For more than a decade he has got people dancing here and at nightclubs in the Mediterranean. In Dubai since 2007, he has shared the decks with the likes of Steve Angelo, Paul Oakenfold , Chuckie and Sister Bliss from Faithless.
Tristan Bain, 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel In 1995, Tristan moved to Spain where he spent the next 14 years DJing in a number of clubs including KM, Benidorm BCM, Millenium and Boomerang Mallorca. Tristan has been a resident DJ at Dubai’s 360º for the last four years. He has also held residencies in some of Dubai’s busiest nightclubs, including Bargrooves, Futuredisco, Retrospect and Musthavesoul.