As we have grown to expect from events organised by the iLL Communications team, every Thursday in June will see the Madinat Rooftop playing host to a big international name. The team may have just celebrated their seventh birthday but they’re certainly not going to take a break to relax. Every week sees a different DJ take to the Rooftop booth, each one carefully selected by the team of music addicts and enthusiasts.
The names might not be massively familiar, but that’s the point – these are not the kind of DJs you usually find in Dubai. The team aims to bring you cutting-edge sounds from the world’s most in demand Tech-House DJs, and, considering the scale of this mission, they’re doing pretty well so far. These are names you’d normally see headlining clubs in Ibiza or Berlin.
Thursday June 10 sees English electronic producer and remixer Ewan Pearson take to the DJ booth in what promises to be an eclectic and energetic night. A regular at the biggest clubs in London, Ibiza, Paris and Berlin, you may not have heard his name before. But he works under various aliases, including Maas, Sulky Pup, Villa America, World of Apples and Dirtbox, so you’ve probably heard his music. Under his various guises he has remixed a host of tracks by international artists from Depeche Mode to Goldfrapp, as well as programming two tracks from Gwen Stefani’s first solo album. Cambridge graduate Pearson gave up a career in academia to pursue music, so you can bet he takes it seriously.
The following Thursday (June 17) will see Madinat Rooftop taken over by acid house legend Yousef. With two decades of experience on the decks we can only imagine the tricks he’s developed. He is so very skilled, in fact, that he gets bored simply spinning records and spends much of his time outside of the booth mixing music with charity work. His album, A Collection of Scars and Situations, pushed the boundaries of electronica, showing that this type of music could keep a gritty edge when transplanted into a long player. He has played in almost every nation of the world. He released nine singles in 2009. And, somehow, he found the time to run the London marathon for charity too. Here in Dubai, he’ll be raising the roof rather than money at Rooftop but we’re sure to see the same mighty enthusiasm.