A DECADE OF DANCE!
TEN REASONS WHY WE LOVE 360 AND AUDIO TONIC!
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.