Infusion Magazine - - HEDKANDI -

Af­ter brav­ing a sand­storm and com­ing out trumps at their last event, Hed Kandi are back in ac­tion on March Fri­day March 13, with a brand new line up and a Miami-themed party. We caught up with Hed Kandi’s res­i­dent DJ and pro­moter Lokate to find out what’s in store, and dig into his mu­sic his­tory…

What’s lined up for the Miami event?

We wanted to bring the peo­ple of Dubai, a slice of some of the big­gest par­ties hap­pen­ing in the world this month in Miami for the yearly Win­ter Mu­sic Con­fer­ence! So we based our next party around the theme of Miami! The party also co- in­sides with the re­lease of the lat­est Hed Kandi com­pi­la­tion al­bum “Miami” which is out now! On the night we have glam­orous Miami Vice styled dancers, char­ac­ters, artists and per­form­ers who will make you feel like you’re on a beach part­ing in Miami. Nasimi Beach is a beau­ti­ful venue which is the per­fect set­ting for a Miami themed Hed Kandi. We’re bring­ing in ex­tra sound and light­ing to make sure the mu­sic is loud and the light show is some­thing spe­cial. Ex­pect glitz, glam­our and out­landish en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing live sax, per­cus­sions, vi­o­lin­ists, stilt walk­ers, fi re dancers as well as in­ter­na­tional DJs play­ing the big­gest and best house mu­sic. We have Min­istry of Sound, Tool­room and Hed Kandi pro­ducer/ DJ Nathan Cozzetto fl ying in from the UK to play a two hour set along side my­self and one of Dubai’s fi nest home grown tal­ents, Benyamin. We also have Nasimi res­i­dent David De Luca who al­ways gets the crowd rocking. It’s free en­try for ladies be­tween 5 and 7pm, so get there early!

We did some dig­ging, and it turns out that you were pretty fa­mous in your pre­vi­ous life as dub­step DJ Mrk1 – how big did things get for you as a dub­step DJ?

Around 4 years ago when dub­step was at its peak, DJ bookings and shows for me were through the roof. Es­pe­cially in the states where I would usu­ally spend half of the month go­ing back and forth play­ing shows. At one point I lived in LA for 6 months where I spent my time play­ing shows on the week­ends and pro­duc­ing dur­ing the week.

And were you sad to see the scene die away (at least in the main­stream)?

I wasn’t sad to see it die from the main­stream as dub­step had changed so much from what it started out as when I fi rst started mak­ing it in 2002. Back then the sound was com­pletely dif­fer­ent to how it ended up sound­ing when it went into the main­stream a cou­ple of years ago. It then im­ploded, which I think that it was a good thing as it will end up com­ing back in the form that it fi rst started as. When it went main­stream it lost ev­ery­thing it orig­i­nally stood for, and along with that it lost a lot of the orig­i­nal fans and fol­low­ers.

What ex­tra skills does be­ing a dub­step pro­ducer and DJ give you as a house DJ and pro­ducer now?

I started out pro­duc­ing and Djing 15 years ago and dub­step is some­thing that I spe­cialised in for many of those years, so I think some of the sound that I cre­ated in dub­step have crossed over into my house records now mak­ing them sound a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to the norm. I like the old raw sound­ing house mu­sic with big base­lines, just like dub­step used to be ex­cept with a 4x4 beat.

We also heard you’ve got some se­ri­ous pop pro­duc­tion cred­its to your name as well…

As a mu­sic pro­ducer I pro­duce ev­ery­thing, all dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic. I think I would get bored oth­er­wise. I linked up with Hank Shock­lee from Public En­emy at Miami Win­ter Mu­sic Con­fer­ence in 2008 and we be­came good friends from then. He opened my eyes and ears to mak­ing other forms of mu­sic. We then worked to­gether on a few projects to­gether over the years and he linked me up with some great peo­ple in the New York mu­sic scene. I ended up mak­ing some pop tracks with some de­cent pop acts, most of which I wouldn’t ad­mit to, haha. I have worked and re­leased with some cool peo­ple like DJ Chuckie, DMX, Public En­emy, Mike Skin­ner, Neyo, Bass Nec­tar.

You’re the DJ and pro­moter for Hed Kandi, which gives you the most sat­is­fac­tion?

I fell into the pro­mot­ing and it wasn’t some­thing I planned on do­ing. My misses lives in Dubai where I end up spend­ing quite a lot of time so my manager who worked at Min­istry of Sound sug­gested the idea of putting on Hed Kandi events whilst I was out here. I then met my Dubai based busi­ness part­ner Abdo from Spot On Events through a mu­tual friend from Lon­don and ev­ery­thing fell into place. I defi nitely get more sat­is­fac­tion out of DJing and pro­duc­ing than I do out of pro­mot­ing, there’s a lot less stress in­volved and I am all about a stress free life! But I do ad­mit it is a good feel­ing when you put on a huge party where ev­ery­one has an amaz­ing time.

Hed Kandi Miami Fri­day March 13, Nasimi Beach, 5pm-2am, ladies free be­fore 7pm. Tick­ets Dhs100 in ad­vance, Dhs150 on the door.

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