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1 They bring out box-fresh tal­ent be­fore any­one else. Like al­ready huge and about to be even big­ger DJ Josh But­ler. We chat­ted to their Novem­ber 6 10th Birth­day head­liner, Noir sign­ing and Pete Tong favourite to ask about hard house and be­ing ex­per­i­men­tal • A lot of pro­duc­ers find it eas­ier to stick with one style, but you’re quite ex­per­i­men­tal and ad­ven­tur­ous… Some­times I go in to the stu­dio with­out and idea and just jam. My mood will de­ter­mine what comes out, whether that be house, techno or ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tron­ica stuff. For me, this is the best part of mak­ing mu­sic, those mo­ments of ex­pres­sion that can’t be planned. • We also read that you come from a hard house back­ground – tops off Sundis­sential style raving hard house? Yeah, hard house was like my gate way drug in to dance mu­sic. I was younger, had loads of en­ergy and par­ties for days on

end. It was the per­fect mu­sic to re­lease my en­ergy and it has def­i­nitely in­flu­enced my mu­sic to a cer­tain ex­tent!

• You’re play­ing an open air bar in the mid­dle of the Per­sian Gulf – a pretty unique lo­ca­tion. Where else has stood out for you on your trav­els? Sounds wicked! Jo­han­nes­burg was a stand out for me. I played a fes­ti­val in the val­ley of two moun­tains while the sun was set­ting. Beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion. • And what ad­vice have you been given from Djs on the way up? The best ad­vice is... stick to what you love, don’t cut cor­ners and if you are re­ally pas­sion­ate about mu­sic, you can make some­thing of it. 2 Along­side French House/In­die- Dance night We Are Your Friends, they’re bring­ing out DJ Fal­con, a vi­tal part of the Daft Punk fam­ily, to play on Fri­day Novem­ber

20. Along­side Thomas Ban­gal­ter from Daft Punk, he cre­ated early 2000s an­thems like ‘So Much Love To Give’ and ‘To­gether’, and col­lab­o­rated on ‘Con­tact’ from the last Daft Punk al­bum. 3 They were one of the first venues to get Funk­tion 1 in the city, and help make sure that good qual­ity sound was a pre-req­ui­site for club­bing in the re­gion, not just a bonus. 4 They’ve been go­ing for 10 years. The list of clubs that have closed in that pe­riod is stag­ger­ing (and would fill In­fu­sion sev­eral times over), and yet through a re­ces­sion, in­tense com­pe­ti­tion and the hel­ter skel­ter world of nightlife, they’ve pros­pered and thrived. 5 Se­ri­ously, cock­tails at sun­set on a Fri­day af­ter­noon with the Burj to your left and the sun dip­ping into the Per­sian Gulf and some of the city’s best DJs on deck duty. This is what Dubai dreams are made of. 6 Their Novem­ber line up to cel­e­brate their 10th birth­day is fierce. Their Thurs­day night pro­mot­ers are bring­ing down some hot house prop­er­ties: Sun­stroke re­turn with funky house leg­end Grant Nel­son on Novem­ber 5, Cuts Above host French house cham­pi­ons

Art of Tones on Novem­ber 12, the Ware­house crew have Hot Cre­ations new boy Jey Kur­mis on Novem­ber 19, and the Night Vibes team wrap up the month with one Scar­lett Eti­enne, a big favourite in the city. 7 Point 5 again. Yup, cock­tails at sun­set, and In­stra­gram-ing the crap out of your smug view. Oh, and the buggy ride on the way there past the Ma­rina and the su­per yachts is so Dubai it hurts.

8 A club is only as good as their res­i­dents, and over the 10 years they’ve called on ex­pert DJs like Da Sen­dri, Tristan Bain, Marco Loco and most re­cently Jack Wood­cock to de­liver the goods ev­ery night of the week. The week­end nights might get the queues down the pier, but the res­i­dent DJs set the mu­si­cal bar for ev­ery­one else to fol­low. 9 Fol­low­ing on, the au­dio tonic res­i­dents are a crack team of DJs, and ar re­spon­si­ble for the force of na­ture that is Raxon. A young, un- bearded fa­natic who re­li­giously hung around the DJ booth as a fan, he moved into pro­duc­tion and DJing and be­came an in­te­gral part of au­dio tonic and their sis­ter record la­bel, sign­ing to big time la­bels like Noir in the process. And fit­tingly, he re­turns to play on Novem­ber 13. 10 Lead­ing the mu­si­cal charge is Mr Mr, Mike Bufton, a true leg­end of the Dubai scene. An award-win­ning DJ, and one that’s cham­pi­oned high qual­ity dance mu­sic for a decade in the city, he’s kept 360 on course through mu­si­cal fads, the club’s 2nd dance­floor and some truly in­tense com­pe­ti­tion.

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