Dance music at the Desert Rock Festival. We find out what's in store and who's hitting Dubai for this year's event.
Desert Rock is nigh and Festival City is poised to shake at every thrash of the dozens of live bands –as well as at the potpourri of beats dropping in the event’s first ever dance tent, hosted by Infusion magazine. Becky Lucas spoke to some of the 19 local acts who’ll be fighting for your dancing feet.
Will you be catching any of the rock acts? I’m not just a DJ but a music lover, so I would like to see all the acts – but this just won’t be possible. I would really like to see Korn as I have never seen them live before and their track ‘Did My Time’ holds very special meaning for me.
You had a residency at Trilogy. How do you feel about its demise? I’m a great believer in the power of the universe and that everything happens for the greater good. So as for Trilogy closing, I try and stay positive that something better will come out of it.
What’s your day job? Music is all about sound so I guess my passion is sound and in my ‘day job’ I’m a sound engineer.
Describe your sound in five words. I need just two: Melodically bouncy.
The biggest tune of 2008 so far? Brothers Vibe, Brothers Groove Off The Foundations 2’ EP on Mixx Records.
Biggest DJing disaster so far? A long time ago in a land not to far away... I bent down to have a sip on a beverage and when I came back up bumped my head against the equipment table which made me spill my drink into the amplifier, which then shorted out. End of the party!
Where do you normally play? I’m resident at QD’s on Sundays, Ginseng on Tuesdays for Gemini Nights and up at 360° for Audio Tonic on Fridays.
Where would you ideally play? Grand Central Station, New York, on a very big sound system.
Which other Dubai DJs do you go out and listen to? I try and go around to all the clubs regularly as I know most of the DJs out here and they are all really good in their particular field of music. You might find me in Peppermint listening to Afroboogie and MadJam or in Tribe listening to DJ Venus. Or even Long’s Bar checking out Richie Kidd or Plan B with DJ Gary Howard.
Describe your sound in five words. Accessible forward thinking electronic music. That’s five.
People should come to see me over a live band because... You probably will hear something you’ve never heard before.
If you like what you hear, my next gig is at… Submarine, the first Thursday of the month.
Will you be catching any of the rock acts? Definitely. There is nothing more fun than an outdoor concert. It’s always fun to be surprised by someone you have never heard play before.
What’s your day job? I’m doing a few different things right now. I do my DJing obviously but also produce and run my label Native Theory Records. I am also opening an art gallery this year and an office for my friend’s nightlife design and operations company as well. Busy, busy!
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration? Growing up, it was Pink Floyd but once I got into electronic music it was the German techno producers. Their technical abilities are mind boggling.
Biggest tune of 2008 so far? Elektrochemie, ‘No. 19’.
Which other Dubai DJs do you go out and listen to? Marc Chambers, Ali Ajami, Charl Chaka and Solo.
Where can we hear more? www.nativetheory.com is the label’s site. Tracks of mine have been used on two of James Zabiela’s Renaissance CD’s (Alive and Utilities).
Will you be catching any of the rock acts? I’d like to try and catch Velvet Revolver – anything with Slash rocks (excuse the pun).
What's your day job? Rhythm Factory Show Producer (Radio 1) and part time nose-picker.
Describe your sound in five words. Straight up Chicago Jackin’ House!
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration? A toss up between DJ Sneak and Derrick Carter (but I cant and won’t choose)
Biggest tune of 2008 so far? Big Dipper by Andy George (Hi Jack Remix) on Warehouse Music.
Where do you normally play? Radio 1 (104.1-100.5FM) Friday 1am-3am (The Rhythm Factory Music Show).
Will you be catching any of the rock acts? Most definitely look forward to Korn.
What’s your day job? I’m a brand design manager at events company, Events Online and a senior graphics designer at a Graphics Company.
Describe your sound in five words. Warm, future, pumping, analog, story.
Biggest tune of 2008 so far? Adam K’s ‘Long Distance’(Original Mix).
Who’s going to become massive before 2009? Adam K and Soha are doing wonders. They’re very unique, warm and analog.
Biggest DJing disaster so far? I recently flew to Thailand for a gig. I requested five days’ stay in paradise. The third day was my gig. My CDs were packed in my hand luggage, but my latest vinyls, clothes and other necessities were in the main luggage – which conveniently got lost in air space. I survived by buying all I needed over there. I only got my trusty luggage back one and a half weeks later in DXB. It was a bad, bad, bad experience.
Where do you normally play? I’m currently taking time out to finalise the album. But for special events such as the Infusion Dance Tent you can guarantee me behind the decks.
Which other Dubai DJs do you go out and listen to? The time I have is minimal, but when I get the time 360°: grab your spot, close your eyes, spread your wings and fly with the frequency winds.
Any future projects we should know about? We have too many bootlegs which we use at our gigs. We will let loose in the near future. I’m working on our album right now, Clergy Inc.