Magic Eight ball
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…
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