We caught up with the house DJ ahead of his gig at Chi this week, where he’ll launch his Sound Politiks album
Congratulations on the album. Is this your first? Thank you! Yes it is, and I’m grateful to Andreas, Ram and the guys and gals at Daxar for giving me the chance to present my music to the masses.
Who do you think will be listening to Sound Politiks? Anyone with a discerning ear and a love of proper, solid, chunky club music. It’s more for the mature listener, for clubbers who appreciate quality house music in its many modern forms. I think that’s what this mix delivers – a contemporary slice of thumping house, taking the listener on a journey. Clichéd, I know, but it’s hard to fit so much into just one hour when you have a big story to tell.
What will you be listening to to get ready for the launch at Chi? Some new tunes on my Mac, in preparation for my set, or maybe a new remix I’m working on on my laptop. I like to listen to house before a gig to get me all psyched up and in the zone.
What do you think of Dubai’s club scene? In a word; amazing. It has such a rich diversity and crossing of cultures, which, in my experience, makes for a more interesting and fun night out. I also find a lot of the clubbers, and people in general, much more friendly and up for a good time. The standard and decor of most of the clubs I’ve played in is first class, with a crowd to match. It’s very different to a lot of other cities I play in, and I find it very invigorating and fresh because it’s still relatively new out there.
Where was the best set you’ve ever played? That’s a hard question to answer. The best set you could play is every ‘good’ gig where you totally rock the crowd and come off after three or four hours totally buzzing from their energy and the fact you enjoyed playing your set. Any gig that does that will leave me feeling fulfilled and buzzing well into the next week.
How has the club scene changed during your career? Back in 1989, when I started raving and DJing at parties and in fields, house music was a lot more basic than it is now. All this technology and soft synths and plug-ins have helped to shape the sound we know and love today. People were a lot more carefree back then – it wasn’t as focused on fashion and style as it is now and people seemed to go with the flow a lot more. Musically, you could play a more diverse set, which I actually miss. I remember finishing a house set with stuff like Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’ or Young MC’s ‘Know How’. I’m not sure the kids of today would even know those tunes, and people might look at you funny if you ended your set like this rather than with a big anthem, as is expected now. Having said that, house music is still evolving, it’s still inspiring, and I’m still having lots of fun producing and playing it.
Who are your heroes? Anyone who can do good for the benefit of other people. There are a lot of modern-day angels who are pretty heroic in what they do for humankind. Musically, I admire lots of different people for lots of different reasons. Day to day, I’d say my wife. She’s pretty heroic, and she has to be – she puts up with me!
Pete Doyle plays at Chi on July 29. Doors open 9pm, Dhs100.