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Inside/Out Joshua Williams

November 21, 2011

City inspirations with one of Dubai's most prolific music producers

  • Text by Kate Hazell

Originally from Los Angeles, the now Dubai-based music producer Joshua Williams has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Flo Rida, Akon and more, landing in Dubai to help pioneer the undiscovered local music scene. Across the UAE, Joshua has helped to promote the local crew including Karl Wolf, Kaz Money, Juliana Down, Tim Hassall, Fatiniza and Gayathr.

SV: What’s your occupation... a) during the day & b) at night?

Joshua Williams: A) Music producer by day and B) Depends on the night, the event, and who I’m with. Luckily, you can get away with a lot at night with the title of “music producer”.

SV: Where do you live and what inspires you about that area of town?
Joshua Williams: I live in Al Sufouh, Dubai. It’s one of the only places with grass, trees, birds, well fed cats (instead of those skinny desert ones), and kids riding their bikes and playing on the streets of Dubai without having to worry about traffic. It feels like the Los Angeles suburb I grew up in, which is always inspirational.
 
SV: How long have you lived in your city and brought you there?
Joshua Williams: I came to Dubai almost five-years-ago. While I was here I read an article in 7days about Abri and a studio called Creative Kingdom (which has since closed in Dubai). I called the guy in the article and met up with him at the studio a few days later. It just so happened that while I was at the studio, Scratch from The Roots was in to do a session. The guys asked me to work on it and afterwards the GM offered me a job. It seemed like a good adventure so I said sure. I never expected to stay as long as I have but Dubai can be hard to leave some times.
 
SV: What does your city mean to you?
Joshua Williams: Dubai means a lot to me. It’s great coming from a well established music scene like LA to something so raw and wanting. To be part of a new music scene and see artists like, Tim Hassall, Eye, Absolace, and Gayathri, among many others, be able to turn a hobby in to a profession is something I’m very proud of. The scene is small but there is a lot of talent here and every year it gets bigger and better. I love being a part of the growth.

SV: Can you talk about the best creative youth cultures in your town?
Joshua Williams: Every turn of the season leads to new creative youth cultures in this city. It’s impossible to keep up with everything that is happening here, but fun trying to. I think the music scene is a few years behind the other creative scenes but as I was saying, it’s getting better. Right now there are few music venues for original artists to perform so the places really supporting original music have been the art galleries like Third Line, Traffic, and Jamjar. The Music Room in Bur Dubai also has a good set up and helps bands not only put on shows but rehearse during off hours.

SV: What are your plans for the weekend?
Joshua Williams: This specific weekend is Thanksgiving, so I’ll spend the day eating lots of food and than passing out from the turkey hangover. Wake up and get back to the usual of heading to Loaded at the ibis hotel to see Da:Funct. Then I’ll be on my way to Abu Dhabi early Saturday morning to shoot a music video. Come back to Dubai late and the rest is anyone’s guess.

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