Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 5 December, 2011: As the Capital prepares to welcome the world’s leading DJs and artists for the biggest electronic music festival in the region, four internationally renowned spinners have taken the time out to send aspiring Arab DJs some helpful advice.
Yousef, Italoboyz, Markus Schulz and Slam, who jet in to Abu Dhabi later this week for the most anticipated electronic music fiesta the Capital has ever hosted, Creamfields Abu Dhabi, say, one of the most important things to remember is to be yourself.
Yousef, one of the most popular Arab DJs on the international circuit, said: “Following the crowd and social conformity within music is always temporary.”
Over the last few years, Yousef, an Egyptian based in the UK, has become a popular fixture on the music scene, playing worldwide to tens of thousands of party revelers. The most valuable piece of advice, he adds: “I would encourage a love for music, and make the DJ understand that being a real DJ is not a fashion accessory; it’s a passion.”
American-based German trance DJ Markus Schulz, who revolutionized trance music in the United States, had this piece of advice for aspiring young Arab spinners: “Find the groove that feels absolutely right for you and stick to it. So many DJs try to be all things to all people, and it just can’t happen. You can’t possibly have a true representation of yourself if you are trying to please every other person out there. It just isn’t possible. Find the style of music that moves and inspires you and stick to it!”
Native Italian duo Italoboyz, aka Marco Donato and Federico Marton, who are now based in London, suggested experimenting with sound and taking risks.
“Try to play music according to your real taste,” they said. “Don’t stick to the charts; try to play music that has a timeless feeling. Imagine hearing it yourself in a few years’ time and see if you will still like it. If the answer is yes, you have it.”
Slam, made up of Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle, said: “Use the internet to build your knowledge of the multifaceted genre that is electronic dance music.”
The Glasgow-based pair, known throughout the clubbing-world for their house and techno sound, added: Choose your own path, start doing your own parties with friends, try to do radio production, and create your own record label. Finally, approach clubs to guest on nights; get busy.”
Partygoers and music lovers can see the DJs ply their trade this weekend. For the first time Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2011 will be held over two days at the YAS ARENA. Dance fans will enjoy over 24 hours of the world’s finest electronica Live and DJ talent.
Headlining the third installment of the annual electronic dance fiesta will be Tiesto, deadmau5, Magnetic Man, Ferry Corsten, Katy B, Laidback Luke, Tinie Tempa, and a host of special guests.
With multiple dance stages and arenas, as well as a host of weird and wonderful festival entertainment dotted around the YAS ARENA fields, Creamfields Abu Dhabi is now firmly established as one of the leading festivals in the region.
This year’s event is expected to attract even more with some of the hottest DJs spinning all weekend against a backdrop of cool chill out areas, VIP platforms, shisha lounges, massage areas, oxygen bars, heaps of whacky merchandise, rides, vendors and other exciting activities across the festival.
Artist line up for Thursday, December 8th includes deadmau5, Magnetic Man, Katy B, John Digweed, Ferry Cortsen, Markus Shulz, Danny Howells, Yousef, Jochen Miller plus local DJs Greg Stainer, Humaid, Pete Samplers, DJ Xavi & DJ Spider and from Audio Tonic: Mr Mr, Vas Floyd and Raxon.
Friday, December 9th will host Tiesto, Tinie Tempa, Laidback Luke, Marco Carola, Derrick Carter, Riva Starr, Slam Italoboyz, Madjam, Simonne Cooper plus local DJs Natalie Brogan, DJ Genie, Stacktrazz, Mark Pickup & Infusion Dj’s; Smokingroove, Andy Buchan, Charl Chaka and Afroboogie.
This year, to make this event even more impressive, two lucky people will get Creamfields Abu Dhabi VIP treatment, with a two day pass, backstage tour, meet and greet with select DJs and a weekend hotel stay on Yas Island. Visit www.creamfields.ae for more details.
Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2011 is a 21+ event. Tickets at www.thinkflash.ae
Make it a Weekend. Make it a Yas Island Show Weekend. For tickets visit www.thinkflash.ae. Plan your weekend at www.yasisland.com. Stay tuned for the other events and surprises happening on Yas Island this year.