Interview: top DJ Klingande talks to Time Out Dubai

Klingande will perform at the brand-new LUVYA festival this weekend

Interview: top DJ Klingande talks to Time Out Dubai

French DJ Cédric Steinmyller, better known as Klingande, is returning to Dubai this weekend, to play at brand-new music festival LUVYA. He’ll be taking to the stage on Thursday December 12 at the brand-new venue Beach by FIVE at FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai for the exciting new event.

Best known for tracks including Jubel, Punga and Pumped Up, we catch up Klingande ahead of his Dubai gig this weekend and find out what he thinks about Dubai’s nightlife scene.

What are you most looking forward to about your return to Dubai?
I always love to come to Dubai, it’s such a fun and beautiful place to play, we always have a very good time. Dubai at night is just impressive to watch, it feels like an incredible and unbelievable place.

How does it feel being one of the top names on the bill at this brand-new festival?
I’m very honoured to be playing at LUVYA this week. To be among this line-up of artists and to play alongside friends like Lost Frequencies is very exciting. I can’t wait.

How does the nightlife and party scene in Dubai compare with other cities you’ve performed in around the world?
I think Dubai is very special because it’s in the centre of various cultures. When you play in Dubai you have people from everywhere in the world in front of you, the reaction of the crowd is always organic, it’s not about a single culture but about people gathering in a place to have fun and discover each other. I really like this vibe in Dubai and it makes it a fun place to visit and play at.

What’s your favourite collaboration on the new album, and what do you look for when you collaborate with artists?
That’s a tough question, I loved working with Jamie N Commons and Joe Killington, but maybe my favourite collab was with Bright Sparks. We did two songs together and I love them, I love his voice, I love his lyrics, he’s a really a great artist.

With The Album release, what’s next up for you? Is there a tour on the way?
Yes I’ll be on tour in North America and Asia in the upcoming months, then back in Europe as usual for all the summer festivals. I have new music to release in 2020 as well, with very nice collabs. I’m very excited, there’s lots to look forward to.

For a full line-up of LUVYA Dubai click here.
From Dhs300, Dhs1,000 (full weekend pass). Dec 12-14, 2pm-4am. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai,

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