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Bou­tique techno fes­ti­val Groove on the Grass re­turns af­ter their win­ter break, and they’ve got an­other line up rammed full of techno good­ness, and new acts to the Mid­dle East in­clud­ing Adam Beyer’s bet­ter half and Drum­code techno queen, Ida Eng­berg. We spoke to Deian Markov, one of fes­ti­val’s or­gan­siers and res­i­dent DJs to fi nd out what to ex­pect this year…

Wel­come back for an­other sea­son, how much have you missed your party over the win­ter? And how many hours of plan­ning go into each event?

Thanks we’re look­ing for­ward to 2015! It’s safe to say we miss the party over the win­ter but are re­ally happpy to have time off. It’s cru­cial to refl ect and ex­plore in or­der to grow. I haven’t counted the hours, but it’s non stop all year round.

You’ve got an­other box-fresh line up for the city, it must be harder and harder bring­ing over Dubai de­buts when there’s so many good Djs here ev­ery week­end?

Yes we love to bring de­buts and in­tro­duce new artists but the mar­ket has be­come over­sat­u­rated with a lot of pro­mot­ers book­ing good DJs

at un­suit­able venues. The end re­sult is diluting the scene. It’s be­com­ing more chal­leng­ing yes, but this is where we thrive be­cause we are mu­sic peo­ple. The mar­ket is cur­rently pick­ing up all of the low hang­ing fruit, but we will stick to what we do best, fi nd tal­ent be­fore it’s ripe and also bring artists who we re­spect and love.

Does it feel like there’s a good com­mu­nity of DJs and pro­mot­ers in the city right now, es­pe­cially in the tech­house/techno scene?

It’s grow­ing, a lot of peo­ple are in­ter­ested in the mu­sic and a lot of peo­ple are push­ing it, how­ever we all know quan­tity is not qual­ity. There are a lot of events hap­pen­ing in this in­dus­try which is good be­cause even­tu­ally when th­ese start up events ma­ture and some of them drop off we will be left with a very healthy scene, this is just the be­gin­ning for Dubai. It’s hard to imag­ine when this will hap­pen and if we will be around to see it, but we cer­tainly hope so!

In­tro­duce us to the line up with a sen­tence sell­ing each act… Ida Eng­berg - Drum­code Techno Leg­end, enough said. Gaiser - Richie Hawtins right hand man and Mi­nus re­lease artist for over a decade!

And who are your lo­cal Djs this time around?

My­self, Adam from Warped, Cheh & Maks.

And any hints/clues for your next line up?

Think leg­end, think mod­ern, think dark.

Groove on the Grass feat. Ida

Eng­berg, Gaiser and more, Fri­day March 13, Emi­rates Golf

Club, 7pm-3am, Dhs180 in ad­vance, Dhs220 on the door.

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