Rising DJ star Mahmut Orhan opens up about life on the decks
Globe-trotting DJ Mahmut Orhan has laid down beats everywhere from Baku to Beirut, and now he is all set to play brunch.
The talented Turkish DJ will be bringing his turntable to the dining table to help serve up a fantastic feast of entertainment at one of the city’s most stylish spots, Iris Dubai, later this month.
Orhan, whose track Feel charted in the top ten across Europe last year, will be providing a memorable musical soundtrack to the traditional Friday meal marathon just months after wowing the crowds to help mark the opening of the rooftop venue’s new terrace.
The 24-year-old needs just four words to describe the sound that will have party-goers in a spin – “exotic, Oriental, emotional and groovy”.
The rising international star, who cites house music stalwart Roger Sanchez among his biggest influences, can’t wait to get all hands on deck in Dubai. “I’ve played in Dubai before and I’m looking forward to my next stop being Iris,” Orhan says.
The DJ will be jetting into the UAE for a double-headline show, as he’ll also be playing until the small hours at Iris in Abu Dhabi before he heads over to Iris Dubai just hours later.
Orhan says the key ingredients to a top set are a “great sound system, great music and great people”. All three are set to be in play at Iris Dubai’s party brunch that’s simply not to be missed. Dhs150 (for men, two drinks), free (ladies). Fri Feb 24, 9pm onwards. Iris Yas Island (055 160 5636).
Three to see Top shows this week
Eats Everything The British DJ will be bringing a blend of house, garage and techno beats to the Blue Marlin party. Free. Fri Feb 3, 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel And Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Mark Knight The DJ and founder of Toolroom Records takes over Zero Gravity. Free for ladies before midnight and gents before 10pm, Dhs100 thereafter. Fri Feb 3, 3pm-3am. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
RedFestDXB The festival returns with an all-star line-up, including Sean Paul (pictured), Daya and Mike Posner. Dhs395-1,195. Thu Feb 2, 6pm-midnight. Fri Feb 3, 4pm-midnight. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.redfestdxb.com.