Romain Pelletti in Dubai

We get to know French DJ, new to the city dance scene

Interview

Recently landing on these shores as the new resident talent at Nasimi and N’Dulge, French DJ Romain Pelletti boasts an impressive CV, having packed dancefloors across the world from Milan to Paris, Barcelona to Moscow, and Saint Tropez to Las Vegas, including six years as a resident at Geneva’s Bypass. As he settles in in Dubai, we found out more from the 33-year-old DJ.

His sound is….
‘Based on Spanish, South American and South African rhythms, deep tech house and nu disco. My biggest inspirations are New York DJs Larry Levan and Kenny Carpenter. When I was a child, my parents owned a nightclub in the south of France, so I’ve always been surrounded by music. Erick Morillo was my musical role model when I first started to play in 1998, and today my influences are Luciano, Jamie Jones and Sven Väth.’

He’s proud of France’s musical heritage – even David Guetta.
‘For me, French DJs have always contributed to the electronic music scene and the French superstars are a big part of the electro scene, though personally I think the quality was better in the past. David has enabled DJs like me to export music out of Europe, especially to the US, where it used to be inaccessible. I’m not going to say anything bad about him.’

But he sees music picking up in the coming year…
‘I think we’re going back to quality music… really deep house, house music and tech house. Nothing lasts forever, though, we’ll keep going back to the roots of this house music by using original samples.’

His first impressions of Dubai…
‘Dubai has a great party scene, but I think we should host more up-and-coming DJs and producers, not just superstar DJs. New energy brings a freshness to the scene, and I’m not just saying that because I’m new to Dubai. At N’Dulge I’d like to introduce Dubai to some French DJs who play great music and have an original sound. One residency that I will never forget was at a club in Geneva in Switzerland. I had the chance to musically educate my public over six years and I think I succeeded.’

His best night behind the decks was standing in for Pete Tong.
‘I was booked to warm up for Pete Tong at a Christian Audigier party at Pacha Ibiza and Pete missed his flight so I played all night. It’s was an amazing night – unexpected and unforgettable.’

He’s worked as a fashion DJ for Dolce and Gabbana, Christian Audigier, Jean Marie De Saint Ange Paris and Fashion TV.
‘We shouldn’t criticise any DJs as they are all artists in their own right. It’s very difficult to connect with the public by playing the soundtrack for a designer collection and something not every DJ can do. There are very good catwalk DJs that I worked alongside, performing for the luxurious designer brands.’

Romain Pelletti will be playing at Nasimi Beach and N’Dulge throughout May. His next single, ‘Likambo’, will be released in June.

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