James Zabiela in Dubai

We preview Brit DJ's Trilogy gig

Zabiela is the kind of DJ that evokes tones of hushed reverence from other DJs: he’s one of the few discmasters who inspires fellow tradesmen to stand silently at the back of the club in blissed-out awe. But alongside his technical feats of deck wizardry – behind the flashy turntable work, effects and loops – is a surprisingly tasteful ear that pumps warm, glowing sounds both onto the dancefloor, and into his growing back catalogue of productions.

Born in the south of the UK, Zabiela was plucked out of obscurity by Sasha a decade ago, beginning a career that has seen evolution from his early showy breakbeat work (which won him Muzik’s Best Bedroom Bedlam DJ 2001) to a more mature tech-house styling. A renowned gadget freak, recent gigs have seen him manipulating sounds with iPads, so look forward to technical geekdom coupled with the dancefloor nous
of an Ibiza regular.

Dhs100. 9pm-3am, Thursday June 6. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

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