Dany Neville interview

The Radio 1 urban DJ talks about new residencies in Dubai and his passion for motor racing

Interview

Where can we see you DJ this season in Dubai?
I’ve just signed a residency deal with White Dubai so I’ll be there on Saturday nights and on Mondays at Toy Room.

Do you have any new music coming out soon?
I’m working on my debut release as a producer/artist. It will come out towards the end of the year.

Do you have any go-to tracks you like to play in a set?
Every DJ has his arsenal of records – the safe records that can bring a night up if things aren’t going well. But it’s also about education and knowing when and what to drop at the right time. If there’s a new record out that you know can be a club hit, it’s always nice to drop it first.

Is that a skill DJs can learn?
I always say to up-and-coming DJs to not just follow the trends and the hit records. Be passionate about it and know which records to play at what time, otherwise it won’t feel right. Feel what the crowd wants.

What artists should we be watching out for?
From day one I’ve been supporting The Weeknd and he’s just blowing up now on the charts. That’s like the new generation of R&B. Locally, check out Scottish-Lebanese artist Robin Mobay – he’s a rapper and R&B singer.

You are taking part in the Drift Pro UAE Series in November. How did you get into drag racing?
I grew up in the desert so I was always riding dirt bikes and quad bikes. I’ve always been part of that lifestyle of extreme sports. I had too many crashes in the desert, so I started researching and found drifting and fell in love with the lifestyle of it, the people and the audiences. I started building my skills and I finished last year in the top five, which was my first season. Now I’m doing it professionally.

What car do you drive when competing?
I’m racing the Ford Mustang RTR, which is Vaughn Gittin Junior’s brand. He helped me out and set it up for me to race for them. He’s a pretty influential personality in the drift scene and he’s mentored me a lot.

Is there a title you hope to achieve?
I just want to have fun with it and do the most I can. I’d like to showcase drifting outside of the UAE and be one of the top faces of the scene regionally.

All motorsport has an element of risk. Does that sort of danger attract you?
I had a bad crash on my first practice run in my first season, which shook me up a bit. But it’s all calculated risk and so it’s about being as safe as you can.

You are also an ambassador for Rayban’s #Campaign4Change. Why did you get involved?
I’ve always been about partnering with brands that I fit in with. The whole idea of the campaign, challenging yourself, just fits with my personality.
www.danyneville.com, www.ray-ban.com/arabemirates

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