James Lavelle, Lexicon Avenue and Andy Rourke of The Smiths fame will be playing Nokia At Home this Friday – but they would be nowhere without warm-up DJ JC...
What kind of music will you be playing at Nokia At Home?
Since I am doing the early set on the night, I will be playing a crossover of deep and tech house. I’ve got some new tunes in my bag that I want to try out on a big sound rig, and playing an early slot lets you experiment a bit.
What do you focus on when playing a warm-up set?
For me it’s about developing a mood. Create a rhythm and slowly build a groove and avoid anything with a prolonged breakdown to maintain interest of the early punters. In my opinion the warm-up set is the most critical set of any night, and as such the hardest to play. It will set the tone for the night ahead and has to be judged just right to give the rest of the party the right foundation on which to build. There’s nothing worse than having a warm-up DJ who absolutely hammers all the big tunes.
What’s Nokia’s role in all this?
Nokia has a very close association with music. Nokia Xpress Music have been putting together unique events over the last couple of months that appeal to a broad musical tastes and are headlined by some of the best artists on the circuit.
There are a trio of top headliners on the night: Andy Rourke, James Lavelle and Lexicon Avenue; any idea of what they’ll all be playing on the night?
Andy Rourke from The Smiths will be playing new and classic indie anthems, something similar to his Saturday night sessions on Xfm Manchester radio station in the UK. Lexicon Avenue are no strangers to the Dubai clubbing circuit, having played here twice before. One can expect them to play a deep dubby set on the night. James Lavelle will most probably be some driving tech house and few breakbeat tracks thrown in.
Which one of the acts are you most excited about?
Without a doubt James Lavelle. With one of the best Global Underground CD releases (GU 23, Barcelona), he is sure to do a good set.
There are also rumours of an acoustic set early on – what’s all that about, then?
Yes, Sean and Paul will be playing an acoustic set early on the night, starting at 10.30pm. They’ll be playing a lot of their own productions, which should be interesting
JC plays Nokia Comes Home, Friday May 16 at Chi, 9pm, entry free before 10.30pm, Dhs100 after, see www.timeouttickets.com.