The region’s top amateur and professional DJs will converge on Dubai over the next four weeks in their bids to battle through the fourth Palme Middle East DJ Competition. In the first of a series of profiles on the hopefuls, DJMX3, AKA amateur contestant Mitch Mesina, talks to James Wilkinson about the competition.
Where are you from?
I grew up in the Philippines, but I now live in International City in Dubai.
What kind of music do you play?
Hip hop, R&B and house, but as a commercial DJ I play almost all kinds of music from 60s to present.
What’s your favourite track at the moment?
‘Destination Calabria’ by Alex Gaudino feat Crystal Waters.
What is the secret to creating a good set?
For myself, I always go for choices that I really like, but with my gigs I go for the sets that my crowd prefers and enjoys.
How well do you think you will do in the competition?
In comparison to my performance at last year’s competition, I will be more competent and prepared this time.
How much experience do you have of playing to crowds?
I have been DJing and playing to crowds since my teenage years, Dubai is different and challenging compared to many places because of the multi-national crowds. They are full of different people with different tastes in music, but I’m confident that I will not have any problems with that because I’ve been in numerous gigs in many cultures and on lots of different occasions.
What is the biggest number of people you have played for?
Approximately 400 to 600 guests.
As an amateur contestant, do you find the competition intimidating?
Actually I find it thrilling and I see it as a challenge – not to be up against competitors, but as a challenge to myself, to see how far I could get on being a DJ.
What do you hope to take from this competition?
I hope to gain experience, more contacts, exposure and, most of all, accomplishing one of my lifetime dreams by winning.
What will you be doing in five years’ time?
I will still be spinning CDs and vinyl records and hopefully to be known as one of best local DJ’s here in Dubai.
DJ MX3 will play the first Palme Middle East DJ Competition pre-qualifying heat , Tuesday April 1 at The Lodge, 9pm-12midnight, free till 10pm, then 75Dhs.