DJ Heroes #3 Break DJ Lobito
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!
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!