Dubai party people, listen up – world-famous Ibiza brand Café Mambo is returning to Dubai on Friday April 19 at Soho Garden. And their monthly residency will also be starting up again soon – so watch this space.
The award-winning Café Mambo was founded in 1994 on the Spanish party island of Ibiza by Javier Anadon, and now his two sons Christian and Alan Anadon, AKA the Mambo Brothers, are running the show (with mum and dad still heavily involved). The widely respected brothers have played alongside top named including Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez and Groove Armada.
Christian Anadon tells us what to expect from the Café Mambo nights, what motivates them and what they really think about Dubai.
How did your career start out?
We grew up at Café Mambo and we’ve done every single job that you could imagine from dishwashing, bartending, DJing and even working as chefs. I started as a resident DJ at Café Mambo’s sister, Savannah, and would DJ there every summer for eight hours every day, from when I was 18 to 22 years old. At 22, we started to get more involved in running the family business and then five years ago we started Mambo on Tour. Now here we are –playing at some of the biggest festivals around the world, having our own Café Mambo stage at Tomorrowland and We Are FSTVL as well as playing at some amazing nightclubs.
You’ve been to Dubai many times already. What do you think of the city?
We love Dubai. It’s a great place and we’ve fallen in love with the venue [Soho Garden] we play at, the people that come and support us and dance to every last track that we play – the energy is amazing. In the past few years we’ve seen people get more into dance music and they’re truly enjoying it. The energy in Dubai is really positive and the city itself is constantly evolving.
Other than Soho Garden, where’s your favourite place in Dubai?
We love food – we’re big foodies. We love going to COYA, the Peruvian food and mixed drinks there are very creative. We also love shopping at The Dubai Mall – American Rag is our favourite store there.
Is there anyone that you haven’t worked with yet, that you’d love to collaborate with?
We’re all about evolving and discovering new scenes. We’d love to perform with someone from a different genre of music to us. It’s important to evolve with the times and experiment and even if it doesn’t work out at least you’ve given it a try. Life without risks is just not interesting.
What inspires you?
The nightlife scene. We’re night owls – we can’t sleep at night and we’re always going to nightclubs. Even when we’re not working we love nightclubs, dance floors and socialising. Meeting new people is always very inspiring.
Dubai is home to lots of talent. What advice can you give to those who want to follow in your footsteps?
Work – work very hard, and make a good circle of friends and really focus on that. Create a little following. Go into the nightlife scene, start playing in the little bars, create that network and build relationships with promotors and other DJs, and take it from there.
Describe Dubai in three words.
Beautiful, advanced and fun.
What can people expect from your residency at Soho Garden?
We’ll be playing the best Ibiza vibes music that there is out there.
What’s next for you in 2019? Anything huge coming up?
We’re releasing lots of music with ABODE Records, Circus Recordings and a few more.
Time Out Dubai’s Best DJ of 2019, Adam Graca, will also be taking to the stage on Friday April 19 as well as Mar+Mer, Jean B, and Time Out Dubai’s Best DJ act of 2018 Jixo & Danz. EDM lovers – this will be a night you don’t want to miss. Free (21+ only). Fri Apr 19, 8pm-3am. Soho Garden, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8849).