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Exclusive Mix: DUST, Benji B, Nickodemus and Red Bull Music Academy

March 23, 2012

Tonight sees the next installment essential new beats and bass night from some of Dubai's premiere music tastemakers

  • Text by Terence Teh

DUST is the new Dubai night that is spearheading a dope mix of left-leaning heavy bass and beats and worldwide riddims. The core DUST DJs are Wriggly Scott (Another Music), Mr Yeti (Ten Thousand Yen), James Locksmith (JembeMusic) and Megadon Betamax (Voyeurhythm). "Each brings their own flavour to the parties, spinning everything from hip hop to disco to future beats and back again," they explain. Tonight, March 23, DUST have teamed up with Red Bull Music Academy to bring out Benji B and Nickodemus to the UAE. There's even the Info Sessions that feature individual talks and Q&A sessions with Benji B ad Nickodemus, followed by a studio session. Dubai's music essentiality - check the DUST mix below too!

Satellite Voices: Can you introduce DUST the night and the vibe you bring to Dubai's music scene?
DUST DJs: DUST is a monthly party focused on bringing fun people and great left of field music together; where you can hear all manner of music styles, both spun and live, that are rarely represented in Dubai’s commercial entertainment environment. So far we’ve hosted DJ Sotusura form Jordan, The Beirut Groove Collective form Lebanon and for our next party tonight March 23rd we’ve teamed up with Redbull Music Academy to bring out Benji B and Nickodemus.

SV: Can you introduce the DUST resident DJs?
DUST DJs: The core DUST DJs are Wriggly Scott (Another Music), Mr Yeti (Ten Thousand Yen), James Locksmith (JembeMusic) and Megadon Betamax (Voyeurhythm).  Each brings their own flavour to the parties, spinning everything from hip hop to disco to future beats and back again. Megadon Betamax will actually be in London on the night of the 23rd – he’s playing at The Queen of Hoxton alongside his labelmates from Voyerhythm.

SV: What do you most admire with a Benji selection?
DUST DJs: The eclectic, unpredictable depth and variety of music he plays; very much how we all like to keep our own selections. We play a lot of different sounds but some of the artists and labels based in London we follow are xxxy, Mickey Pearce, Hudson Mohawke, Mystro, Royalty, Young Turks, Eglo, Oneman, JusLikeMusic, Earnest Endeavours, Ill Move Sporadic, Dubbledge...

SV: And when it comes to Turntables on the Hudson - it's a legendary NYC heritage night - were you inspired by Nickodemus and Giant Step from back in the day?
DUST DJs: Yes definitely, any long-running night with an eclectic music policy is an inspiration, and also Giant Step is an excellent model to learn from.

SV: What about NYC music producers and vibe, what are you listening to from New York right now?
DUST DJs: Falty Dl, DFA, Oddissee, Machinedrum, Cubic Zirconia, On The Prowl, Lewis Parker, again our tastes are quite diverse and there are too many to mention.

SV: As an insight into the Dubai music scene how does the city and the artists in the city inspire you? 
DUST DJs: The big inspiration we get from Dubai is the real lack of an established music scene and the opportunity that presents for us all to build and promote quality events and music. In addition, we’re constantly inspired by our friends, and people in general here; many of whom are equal parts passionate, talented and supportive.

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