Crowned Best Dubai DJ at our annual 2013 Music and Nightlife awards, Rob Garratt got to know Audio Tonic decksmith Raxon
Time Out Dubai staff
Few DJs can claim to have had a year as transformative as Raxon. In March 2012 he beat more than 700 other entrants to win a Nick Curly-hosted Beatport remix competition. Then after warming up for John Digweed at Trilogy in July that year the house legend asked him to do a guest mix for his ‘Transitions’ show. Since then the offers have come flooding in, and the guy we’re lucky enough to have playing at 360° every other week is gigging internationally on a monthly basis. To mark his ascent, in March 2013 her was crowned our Best Dubai DJ. We found out more about the 27-year-old Egyptian, otherwise known as Ahmed El Raghy.
Born in Abu Dhabi, Raxon began DJing while still at high school. ‘The music was always there, whenever someone was throwing a house party, I was the guy getting the tunes. It was just a crazy hobby which built into a serious hobby.’
The son of two architects, he studied architecture for seven years and worked at a UAE firm for two years, before going pro with music in 2009. ‘Design and music are very similar to each other – it’s the same thinking process.’
He joined Audio Tonic in 2007. ‘I was in the car listening to this radio show thinking, you don’t get to hear tunes like this on the radio. Then [Audio Tonic founder] Mike [Bufton] came on the radio and said ‘we’re broadcasting live from 360°’. I’d never been there before but I drove straight there. I hassled Mike for a couple of weeks until he said “let’s see what you can do”.’
He now manages Audio Tonic’s label, which has put out more than 20 releases since founding in 2011. ‘I get sent seven or eight releases a day, and I make a point of listening to every single demo. Even if you’ve never heard of them, you never know if it’s going to be fantastic.’
His sound is… ‘Deep house into tech house into cool groovy music. I spent a long time trying to find my sound, what made me different, and last year was definitely the year of the bassline. I’m really known for that.’ Catch Raxon at Audio Tonic’s Sunset Sessions, hosted every Friday, 4pm-3am, at 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617). Free entry.