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Ian Yeti and Ten Thousand Yen

April 20, 2011

The desert-dwelling DJ, producer and promoter bringing bass to Dubai

  • Text by Simone Sebastian

Ian Yeti is the DJ and Producer behind the electronic label Ten Thousand Yen, and also runs the weekly Freshly Laced parties along with cohorts DJ Solo and DJ Lobito. We caught up with the Welshman to talk label releases and birthday cake.

Satellite Voices : Tell us about Ten Thousand Yen, the label you co-run with Doc Daneeka.
Ian Yeti : Ten Thousand Yen is a record label specialising in forward thinking, bass driven music - it’s run between myself in the UAE and Doc Daneeka in our hometown of Swansea. The label is a little over a year old and to make our first releases stand out we had everything pressed on 10” coloured vinyl, with ultra limited runs, download codes and hand printed, numbered sleeves designed and made by another longtime collaborator – Bingo Boutique.

2010 was a good year for us with club and radio support from Laurent Garnier, Mary Anne Hobbs, Oneman, Untold, Benji B, Modeselektor, Gilles Peterson & Martyn to name a few.

SV: You moved to the U.A.E a few years ago, does Dubai have much of a scene for the kind of music on your label?
Ian Yeti: It doesn’t have the biggest scene for our type of releases, but there are pockets of great music around the city and I have been grateful to find several local heads to build alongside and gain support for the label and the sort of music we represent. Freshly Laced, discoballbreaker, D.Liberate, ZSpace, Desert Party & Bassface crews can all stand up!

SV: Tell us about Freshly Laced, the weekly party you host with DJ Solo and DJ Lobito.
Ian Yeti :

I can safely say Freshly Laced is like no other night in Dubai. Every Thursday in Casa Latina, (a cosy Cuban-themed bar in the heart of Al Barsha) you can hear real funk, hip hop, afrobeat, bass music, disco, boogie, soul and psychedelic world music all under one roof, with insane visuals, cheap drinks and a relaxed house party vibe. Our first birthday is coming up on May 5 - we've got CDs & t-shirts to giveaway and cake too! So if you're in town get in early before it's all gone.

SV: What's next for the Ten Thousand Yen crew?
Ian Yeti : We're just putting the finishing touches to our next set of releases, moving into the world of 12” with some  tunes coming out from Presk, C.R.S.T., Doc Daneeka and a few other names that are under wraps for now.
 Also, TTY fam Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka have a few gigs with Modeselektor in the next few weeks and months – the Black Atlantic secret warehouse in London, and Melt Festival, alongside their regular touring schedule.

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