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Clique is the new must-hit ur­ban party in Abu Dhabi, held ev­ery Wed­nes­day at Eight. We caught up with res­i­dents Saif (be­low left) and DVN (right) to find out what to ex­pect…

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Con­grat­u­la­tions on your Abu Dhabi res­i­dency - how does the UAE cap­i­tal com­pare to Dubai in party terms?

Saif: I was born and raised in Abu Dhabi so I m pretty much aware of what the crowd is like here but I find it funny that it com­pletely dif­fers from Dubai. But one thing I know for sure is that Abu Dhabi likes to party hard and when I say hard I mean party like an­i­mals

D N: Abu Dhabi s crowd is a lot more party and dance ori­en­tated. They like to get wild, re­spond­ing well to ‘ sing alongs’ and playlists that fea­ture hype- wor­thy tracks. I would never com­pare Dubai to the cap­i­tal. It’s like com­par­ing bouncy cas­tles and jet skis, they’re both fun in dif­fer­ent ways

And what's work­ing in your sets at the mo­ment, who and what are you play­ing? Saif:

I don t like to be la­beled as an ur­ban DJ as I play any­thing and ev­ery­thing that makes peo­ple mov­ing on the dance­floor. How­ever since Clique Wed­nes­days at eight is an ur­ban night ex­pect the finest hip- hop,

RnB and some afrobeats dur­ing my set.

D N: It is all about the up­beat, feel- good tunes and tracks that I in­cor­po­rate within all my sets.

Saif - you're a very busy man. Ra­dio 1 res­i­dency, a stu­dent and gigs in Abu Dhabi Where do you fit in the time to eat and sleep?! Good ques­tion, my mom keeps yelling at me for not sleep­ing enough but you know what, I like my busy life­style. I en­joy en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple whether it’s on the ra­dio or my gigs, as long as I can achieve that I m happy.

And what are you study­ing at the mo­ment?

I just grad­u­ated from AUD with a de­gree in Jour­nal­ism.

DVN - as the White Dubai res­i­dent, you've got a great res­i­dency, where else do you play in the city?

In my opin­ion WHITe Dubai, WHITe Beirut and eight Abu Dhabi are the best clubs in the re­gion. The man­age­ment are fam­ily and look af­ter me. I’ve cho­sen to be ex­clu­sive to WHITe and eight to add an el­e­ment of you can only see this show here .

There's been a lot of talk re­cently on so­cial me­dia about the rise of DJs who haven't had to work hard to get their res­i­den­cies - have you seen that hap­pen­ing

in the in­dus­try? And how did you get your break into Djing?

Saif: I m very well aware of those DJs and I wish them noth­ing but the best of luck ( but please stop buy­ing fol­low­ers as its very ob­vi­ous). I ve been DJing in the UAe since I was 14 and I got the ra­dio gig at 19. Mu­sic to me is the food that you eat 3 times a day and I think this is what makes me get those gigs - pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to mu­sic and my aim to el­e­vate the mu­sic scene in the UAe.

D N: I was DJing for 3 years be­fore per­form­ing in a club. Com­ing from a turntable back­ground, the art of DJing was the mag­ne­tiz­ing fac­tor, not the fame or money el­e­ment. I got my break DJing when I con­vinced a bar owner to let me throw par­ties for my uni­ver­sity bas­ket­ball team. I paid my tu­ition with those par­ties.

And which UAE DJs do you look up to in the in­dus­try, who's do­ing it right? Saif:

Bliss is one of the DJs I used to lis­ten to on the ra­dio grow­ing up, he calls me "mini Bliss ” I look up to the likes of Jazzy Jeff and Pre­mier

Clique, ev­ery Wed­nes­day, Eight, Souk Qaryat Al Berri, 2nd Floor Ta­bles and info: 050 144 6662

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