The Hakkasan resident DJ tells us about making music, cooking and Tabasco sauce
One thing you might not know about me is... I can swim faster than most other people.
My worst job ever was… I’ve only ever had one job before now which was with OHM Records, and I loved my time there. I’ve always just been freelancing making music for media. Now I have a full time job as Founder & CEO of 909 Music. I guess I’ve been lucky that my passion has become a career.
DJing is much like…
Cooking for guests. It is about mixing the perfect ingredients to create a sumptuous meal. And, in the same way as cooking, you want to make something that you enjoy while ensuring your guests have a great time too.
Dubai’s clubbing scene is… Growing exponentially every year. There are a lot of promoters now booking quality artists with great concepts and that makes me really excited.
I’m really proud of … My decision to move to Dubai. I’ve been here a little over five years and I love it more every year. The city is really well planned with amazing opportunities every day. The tech startup scene is rapidly growing, the nightlife is flourishing, it’s got a great mix of people from all over the globe.
What track could you drop in every set?
One I’m playing a lot right now is called “Mz Sunday Luv & Nu & Christopher Schwarzwalder - Choose ( Original mix)”. However, it’s not one that I would play every night as you have to pay attention to the mood of the audience and direct your choices on their reactions. At Hakkasan Dubai, the music is crucial to the overall ambience and I need to consider the different spaces – the restaurant, the bar, the Ling Ling Lounge and the terrace – as you want to carry the night but not overpower somebody who is there for dinner.
I can’t live without… Tabasco sauce.
My biggest DJ achievement to date is… Well, I’m primarily a music composer and producer so getting the opportunity to be the resident DJ at Hakkasan Dubai is definitely my biggest.
Arnav plays Hakkasan every Wednesday and Thursday from 9pm.
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