Welcome to the newly refurbished website. Corrie finally persuaded me to upgrade to a slicker format for phones and tablets. Hopefully it should be a lot easier to navigate and a bit more functional on hand held devices. I’ll be making more of an effort to keep the content updated on a regular basis. It’s been a busy few weeks with some amazing gigs back to back. Wedged in between two massive Sandance line ups was the Jay-Z concert for the F1 Yasalam weekend at Du Arena. Thanks once again to Flash for such an amazing opportunity. I’ve been listening to Jay-Z records since “Reasonable Doubt” in the mid nineties. Although I’m not necessarily as big a fan of his newer music as I was back then there’s no doubting he’s still got pulling power with a younger audience. He put on a great show and genuinely looked like he was having fun getting everyone involved at every opportunity. Seeing almost forty thousand people singing along at the end of his set was pretty spectacular.
After the show all that was really on my mind while driving back was chicken or shrimp at Popeye’s He jumped in a helicopter to connect with a flight, launched an aftershave and went home to spoon Beyonce. I reflected on the fact I just got to open for the biggest rapper on the planet. That memory is almost as surreal as standing there in front of an arena full of people. I can only shake my head about how absurdly different our two worlds are but for the one simple thing which connected every single person in the audience if only for that night, music.
If Hip-Hop was my girlfriend we’d be on a break. I used to love you but we both changed. I struggle now to find many new records which inspire but I still love to dig in the serato crates whenever I get the opportunity to drop an old skool set. Which is why I was so excited to guest on Dany Neville’s The Edge show on Radio 1 Dubai. It’s a bit of a national institution having been on the airwaves for 11 years and always championing new music as well as making an effort to showcase home grown talent. Here’s the mix if you missed it first time round at the weekend. (Click on photo)
The previous Sandance was possibly the best musical line up to date for me. The highlight was undeniably Chic. Opening for them was pretty special. Playing away while the band appears on stage to warm up around you always gives me goose bumps. There was a nice energy building as Nile Rodgers appeared with a cup of tea and took some time to have banter with the crowd. I was almost peeing myself with excitement then he turned round, gave me the thumbs up, strolled across and we hugged it out. I wasn’t quick enough to steal a dreadlock or an eyelash or even a photograph but it was such an honest and simple gesture I was lost for words. I did manage a goofy smile though. Just when I thought my superfan moment was over, that night he was kind enough to reply to a message on twitter which blew my mind. I’m unashamedly overwhelmed by these occurrences, before anything I’m a music fan. I can remember borrowing my Uncle’s Chic records when I was a boy. I can’t wait to tell him about this one. I’m sure then he might forgive me for never giving it back.
Well done Sandance three years in and still raising the bar. Next up will be the Hogmanay party on the 31st. Confirmed so far are Paul Oakenfold, Axwell and the one I’m most excited about Emeli Sande. A few hundred people may remember her appearing at Soul lounge in the Warehouse in 2009. It was just before her career went stratospheric. Although no one could doubt her talent I’m not sure there’s anybody who could have predicted how massive she would become. Since then she’s become the biggest selling UK artist in 2012 winning numerous awards in the process. I’ve been lucky enough to have done a good few shows with her over the years and can’t wait to see her again in Dubai. I think she’ll set the tone perfectly for an amazing end to the year. Here’s an interview I did with her a few years back….
It hasn’t been all about the concerts and festivals this month. One of the best nights I’ve had since coming to Dubai took place at a house party with a small group of people on a terrace overlooking the marina. The special guest for the night all the way from New York was John Morales. I’m still not sure how the Sunstroke crew manage to convince him to do a house party. But I’m glad they did. On the night myself and Danny Kwang warmed things up before John jumped on and treated us to a disco master class. Sometimes everything aligns perfectly and you get great music, an amazing setting and just the right mix of like minded music lovers to create something special. Get in touch with the good people at Sunstroke about the invite only secret group for future parties.
Last of all I can’t wait to celebrate 9 years in the game with the Infusion crew on Sandance beach December 6th. In the time I’ve been here they’ve been responsible for so many great memories and an equal number of sore heads. They’ve pulled out all the stops and put together an amazing line up to mark the occasion Cypress Hill, Afrika Bambaataa, Stereo Mcs and the Cuban Brothers on the main stage and Josh Wink Moodymann and Karizma in the house arena. Support on the night from myself, March4, Somalie, MC Olly Wood, Lobito, Schooly, Andy Buchan, Conan Liquid, Smokingroove, Charl Chaka and The Recipe. Visuals by Vj Coldfusion. RSVP@Infusion.ae / 055 2004321 for table bookings.