Markus Schulz, known to his fans as the unicorn slayer (that's a story for another day), will be headlining at the grand opening of Zero Gravity's brand-new beach house on Friday May 13.
Ahead of what quite probably will be another sell-out gig in Dubai, the German-American Dance DJ talks about his first album Watch the World, gives us tips on how to beat jet lag and explains how he gets round doing laundry while on tour.
He’s a big fan of Dubai and the heat
I love it! Everything is nice and clean and it’s a fantastic city to visit. I’m flying in a couple of days early this time to explore a little more than on previous visits.
Being a Miami native, I’m naturally attracted to warm weather, so the climate in the city will definitely be most welcome after a lot of cold days and nights in Europe and the US.
Keep an eye out for Markus at the Armani Exchange
I try to go there as often as possible. When I’ve toured Dubai in the past, it's been after several months on the road without stopping off at home.
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I don't always get the chance to do laundry while on tour so I buy new clothes to keep me going until I get home to Miami or to my apartment in Berlin.
I've had a few laughs from people at Dubai's Armani Exchange after rocking up to the till with half a dozen black Tees under my arm!
His first album just dropped and 'Schulz Army' love it
Honestly, I can't believe just how quickly people grew attached to the whole album within the space of a week.
My main goal with Watch the World was to write meaningful words that united a global community.
Some of my followers have actually formed a support group called the Schulz Army, dedicating their time and efforts towards supporting me, for which I am eternally grateful.
I've dedicated the song Soldier to them, as they’re effectively rallying in support of my music.
Before he was a DJ, Markus was a writer
When I was at school, the one subject I excelled at was creative writing, and my teachers would always encourage me to work at it as often as possible.
I also developed a love for music at an early age and when doors started to open for me in the DJ scene, I focused on production.
After producing five artist albums, I thought it was time to go back to my writing roots and harness that talent I had as a kid when working on Watch the World.
I went back to basics: pen, notepad and guitar.
Expect another full house at Zero Gravity
The passion for dance music in Dubai is on the up and I'm really looking forward to coming back and playing at Zero Gravity.
For those of you who come along to the launch of Zero Gravity’s brand-new beach house May 13, expect plenty of melodies, lots of great moments and hopefully a night you will appreciate and remember for some time to come.
Any jet lag tips?
It's usually about finding the closest Starbucks after landing for me (laughs)!
If you're lucky enough to be able to sleep on flights do so. For my job the key to surviving is keeping yourself healthy mentally and physically because the travel involved can be absolutely brutal at times.
But I can't use that as an excuse. Fans are working hard in their own jobs and when they pay to see me with their hard-earned money, they have the right to see me perform at my best.