Fight clubbing

We check out the plans for boxing at Chi

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DJ Sooz

Every boxer needs a good back-story – what’s yours?
I was born in Trinidad and Tobago and took part in the carnival before I was born – music was in my blood. I then lived in Dubai until I was 10, before moving to the UK. There I produced and sang on tracks before moving back to Dubai and getting my own decks. My first gig was two years ago at Chi.

What’s your entrance music as you step into the ring?
‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ by Daft Punk – it’s such a funky tune, and I could have some Daft Punk-style dancers surrounding me down the walkway.

What’s your fighting style like?
I like deep, hard, bouncy and vocal tracks with real instruments and a catchy beat, plus a few classics to please the crowd. As long as it makes me want to get up and move, then it’s a good hit: not too hard, not too soft, just the right speed to cook up the right punch.

What track would you use as your first strike?
Something that will warm me up, get me in the mood for the rest of the set and psych my opponent out. I’d either play ‘All Nite (French Love)’ by Knee Deep, ‘Give It To Me’ by Rasmus Faber feat. Dyanna Fearon, or ‘The Movement’ by Stacey Kidd. All deep, classic tunes with great beats that would get my feet moving.

What track would you throw out to soften up your opponent?
‘Finally’ by Kings Of Tomorrow – it’s a classic track, everyone knows it and while my opponent was singing along and off their guard, I could slip ’n’ slide over and throw in a sneaky right hook.

What knockout track would you use as your final blow?
If I were to choose a house track, it’d be ‘Falling’ by Spit; it’s an intriguing number that starts slow and builds up into a wicked feel-good tune with lots of kapow. And the chorus goes, ‘Keep on falling/Keep on falling on me/Keep on falling.’ Or, if I was to go for a classic, I’d pick ‘It’s All Over Now’ by The Rolling Stones. Much more symbolic!

Muhammad Ali floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee; which two creatures do you resemble?
Legs like a gazelle and kicks like a mule – or perhaps cuddly like a koala, but boxes like a kangaroo!

Would you rather be a Rocky-style underdog or a Muhammad Ali-esque world-beater?
Oh, I think I’m the Rocky-style underdog, but I’d like to be Muhammad Ali in the future – at the end of the day I’m not sure I’d want to look like Sly Stallone.

George Foreman made millions naming a grill after himself; what product would you put your name on and why?
I love to wear my high heels to gigs, but they come off as soon as I get behind the decks, so I would probably put my name on some comfy retro dancing shoes, like the ones the kids wear with the flashing lights on. I’ve secretly always wanted a pair. But they could also have a buzzer or electric shocker in them, and I’d have a universal remote control so that I could shock people in case they don’t dance to my tunes. That would be part of the contract. I’d call them ‘Shooz, by DJ Sooz’!


Suzee X

Every boxer needs a good back-story – what’s yours?
I’m from the UK and my passion for house music has always been with me: I was always the first body on the dancefloor and the last sweaty person shouting ‘One more!’ But I only realised the extent of it when I came across that magical little island called Ibiza. I’d never met so many like-minded people; when I witnessed my first female DJ – Sonique – I was inspired. Now I find myself playing all over the world: for Ministry of Sound in Egypt, Cream with Darren Emerson in Poland, and my ultimate dream come true: Space in Ibiza.

What’s your entrance music as you step into the ring?
Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ or Europe’s ‘Final Countdown’. My brothers played rock as I grew up, so these are quite significant. Or – and I know this is an odd suggestion for a house DJ – ‘If’ by Janet Jackson. The lyrics may not be appropriate for going into a fight, but she’s one of my icons and she really fires me up.

What’s your fighting style like?
I’d never be in one spot for too long, that’s for sure! Anything from deep and sexy house – chunky, bassline-fuelled mayhem – to dirty, driving techno and tech, the latter being my genre of choice at the moment. It’s all dependent on the kind of party and the dancefloor. Whatever the occasion, I like to throw in a great hook, a capella or sample – something that the crowd can recognise – however upfront or underground my set may be.

What track would you use as your first strike?
I’ve got this wicked mashup of Francis Preve and Wolfgang Gartner’s ‘Yin’ with La Roux’s ‘In For The Kill’ laid over it… Perfect!

What would you throw out to soften up your opponent?
Chris Lake and Lys’s ‘La Tromba’ to lighten up the mood, with an a capella from my all-time favourite, Masters At Work’s ‘To Be In Love’, laid on top of it – to lull them into a false sense of security.

What would you use as your final blow?
It would have to be the track I’ve done with The BeatThiefs: ‘Feeling Nina’. It’s doing really well at the moment and Roger Sanchez has even recommended the Micha Moor remix as his hot download, which I’m thrilled about. It’s a big, quality house track incorporating the epic Nina Simone song ‘Feeling Good’ performed by the awesomely talented club vocalist Peyton.

Muhammad Ali floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee; which two creatures do you resemble?
Like I said before, I’m never in one spot for too long – so perhaps a grasshopper. And also a mogwai from Gremlins: warm, cuddly and sensitive, but when I get behind the decks after midnight the wild side
is unleashed!

Would you rather be a Rocky-style underdog or a Muhammad Ali-esque world-beater?
Ali used to dance around the ring and mix his combinations up to keep his opponent on his toes, so that’s me – dancing around the DJ stand!

George Foreman made millions naming a grill after himself; what would you put your name on?
A smoothie maker! I would have to call it ‘The Super Suzee Smoothie Maker’ – predictable, but it works!

DJ Sooz and Suzee X play Home at Chi on October 23, Dhs100.

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