We get to know the house maestro behind 360°’s Audio Tonic
Time Out Dubai staff
DJ name(s): Mr Mr Real name: Mike Bufton Age: 32 Nationality: British How long in Dubai: Almost eight years
Introduce yourself in the length of a Tweet. Hi I’m Mr Mr or Mike to my friends, I founded the Audio Tonic brand here in the Middle East, and love sushi.
What brought you to Dubai? Curiosity and the challenge of doing something outside of the comfort zone of ‘home’. It was clear to see there was some kind of night life industry here and the concept of becoming a part of it was very exciting, and still is almost eight years later!
Where and when can we hear you spin? Friday’s for Audio Tonic @ 360º, not every week but at least twice a month.
Describe your DJ sound in five words? Chunky melodic groovy bass lines.
Now describe your personality in five words? Laid back thorough passionate MUSIC.
What do you think of the Dubai music scene? On the whole it’s got most things most people who like music could want. There’s always new things opening/happening the big question is do we have enough people to go around? I’d say the music scene is healthy, it’s not deep seated yet, it’s too new for that. But it’s getting there.
Tell us three of your biggest musical influences. Daft Punk. Tigerskin. Ritchie Valens.
Now tell us one guilty pleasure. Gardening.
What is your greatest achievement in life or music? Everyday is an achievement, I’m doing a job that I love!
If the world was going to end in the next five minutes, what tune would you put on? Coldplay: ‘Champagne Supernova’ [sic].
If your home was on fire, what one physical object (no people or pets) would you save? My Mac!
Best Dubai memory behind the decks? So many, but would have to be watching a mega lightning storm sweep in from the sea, hitting land one minute before closing time (at 360º). It couldn’t have planned it better.
...worst Dubai memory behind the decks? A private function at a venue on the Palm, every two minutes I had someone coming up asking for a request. Was meant to be a background music lounge gig, turned out they wanted to party to Bollywood and commercial hits.