DJ He­roes #3 Break DJ Lo­bito

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The Deep Crates Car­tel head hon­cho Break DJ Lo­bito is next up in our DJ He­roes fea­ture. A funk/soul/hip hop cham­pion, and also a big part of the city’s creative scene, he’s helped shape the hip hop and B-Boy cul­ture in the Mid­dle East.

First club you played in Dubai?

Casa Latina, a venue I found ( I liked the name be­cause of my Latin roots) at the back of a restau­rant in a then 2* ho­tel where noth­ing was go­ing on and built it up from scratch.

First track you played?

Ever?!!??? Damn, I think it was Thun­der & Light­ning - Bumpin Bus Stop.

Best change in the city’s club scene?

The rise of the in­de­pen­dent nights, try­ing to build small scenes for gen­res that were pre­vi­ously not catered for.

Worst change in the city’s club scene?

More big name brand clubs try­ing to be in Ibiza when re­ally they are in a to­tally dif­fer­ent and in many ways much more in­ter­est­ing place cul­tur­ally. That and the rise of the hip­ster DJ cul­ture and Port­landia style DJ nights where ev­ery­one now has their own DJ night, mi­nus the DJ skills and years of mu­si­cal se­lec­tion. Also DJs who are jack of all trades but masters of none. Try­ing to be rel­e­vant in ev­ery scene usu­ally lands you flat on your face or waters down the in­tegrity of those scenes.

Best club still run­ning from when you started (or best you’ve played if it’s since closed)?

Well I would have to say the vibe we have at our Deep Crates Car­tel nights wher­ever they are. It started at Casa but that place has changed and although it’s not bad, it will never be the same as it was. But all our DJs have im­proved mas­sively and can cre­ate a per­fect vibe wher­ever they are, it’s about the mu­sic and lack of pretentiousness rather than the club it­self.

Key to longevity as a DJ is…

Be­ing in it for the right rea­sons is key, if it ever stops be­ing about the mu­sic and art­form then quit, or kill your­self. Good mu­sic is time­less and so is a DJ that plays it in in­no­va­tive and evolv­ing ways. Never rest on your achieve­ments and al­ways stay hum­ble, don’t com­pare your­self to other Dubai DJs, find your own style and lis­ten to the greats.

The best way to get gigs is…

Dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one. For me it’s to start your own if your style isn’t rep­re­sented, learn the busi­ness side of it, don’t kiss ass and let your skills and rep­u­ta­tion take you for­ward. If you have tal­ent and are unique peo­ple will seek you out. That or you could pay for thou­sands of fake fol­low­ers, do sev­eral pre­ten­tious pho­to­shoots, falsely claim to be the world’s most tech­ni­cal DJ and let your bulls*** carry you for­ward. Both ap­proaches seem to work.

Un­sung Dubai hero?

There are many do­ing amaz­ing things in so many ar­eas, there are a lot of un­sung he­roes in the Filipino com­mu­nity due to the tacit racism in this coun­try. Here’s a roll call of peo­ple I re­spect mas­sively for dif­fer­ent rea­sons: Defs, Ci­asto, Frez, Du­bi­jad, Bonz, Choly, Rol­lan, Sya, Chris & Tiff, Nuff- Ced, Ben, Minna, Tar­sila, Adel, Les­ley, Alex, Sherif, Lorenzo & Dan but that’s just off the top of my head.

ubai DJ you’d most like to go back to back with?

Well out­side of my DCC crew, it would have to be David Craig, Co­nan Liq­uid, Danny Kwang and Trey Bon - all would be fun to spin with for sure!

Up­com­ing gigs?

We’re re- launch­ing our Deep Crates Car­tel nights, next one is up on the 15th May with Prince Fatty, Horse­man and guests! And I’m work­ing on new Street Nights projects as well as a few col­lab­o­ra­tive projects to be an­nounced soon!

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