This Monkey has had the pleasure of seeing plenty of international acts come through Dubai, but with every headliner comes the inevitable warm- up DJ set from a local, the art of which half of the clowns behind the decks in this city appear not to have mastered.
No, you muppet, we don’t want to hear the headliner’s tracks before they come on. No, we don’t want you yelling at us on the microphone ( there’s room for only one screeching simian around here, and it’s not you). You can’t play the Beatport top ten progressive house tracks to try and fire everyone up. And if I hear another Coldplay ‘ mashup’ before an underground set, I may just fling my feces at your head.
Put some thought into your set and the artist playing after you. 110BPM deep house gives the headliner plenty of room to move, sure, but it also puts your audience to sleep and you’ll be forgotten once you hand over to the person everyone’s paid to see. There’s nothing more rewarding than moving everyone from the edge of the room to front and center with a gradually building set, and it’s going to get you noticed more than those ten- thousand fake followers you bought on Facebook.