Homegrown :: Salah Sadeq

Salah Sadeq (Techfui) has been an integral cog in the OHM events wheels since its conception. Resident regular for iLL Communications, he’s played alongside Josh Wink, D’Julz, DJ T and Solomun. Known for his deep-house-groovy-minimal-electronica-techno-acid-dub-beats filled sets we just keep bringing him back for more. This Friday July 6th see’s Salah back in the Electric Studio alongside Gabriel Green for the award winning iLL Communications. Here we catch up with Salah for this weeks ‘Homegrown’

Where are you from?

Bahrain. My Dad’s from Bahrain and My Mum’s from Goa.

Why are you a DJ and why Dubai? Tell us a bit about you and your sound…

Music has been a big part of our family in one way or another… singers, musicians, all forms of music playing in the house day and night e.t.c. I had seen djs in Bahrain in the late 80’s at house parties, but it was in 1991 in Toronto when I first experienced a pool party with the DJ’s doing some crazy 3 deck wizardry and fell in love. The whole holiday I kept tuning on to the mix shows on radio and walking in to record stores checking out the new releases. My sound is very broad but still under the cutting edge, creative and underground umbrella. I don’t play commercial or pop and enjoy playing anything good, mature and  forward thinking.

How did you start DJing, vinyl, CD’s or software? Do you think those without vinyl foundations are true to the craft? Do you think the artistry of Djing has been lost?

I started in 1992 right after that holiday in Toronto and CDjs did not really exist from what I can recollect (just regular cd decks), so vinyl was the way but apart from the attraction to the music and skills the artwork of the record cover sleeves was the other thing that just amazed me! It would speak volumes of what the tracks could be like. I would not say that those who haven’t experienced the art of buying and using vinyl are untrue but it’s like playing the guitar on some new gadget with buttons that make the sounds compared to actually playing the acoustic guitar. There is so much you learn and experience with your guitar and buying strings and tuning it that it becomes part of you and you feel every sense of it. So with vinyl when you travel search and get disappointed or have your idol pass you that promo you have a personal story or experience attached to almost every piece of vinyl in your collection. With digital its not the same. I also sometimes feel with the duration it took vinyl to come and get to you and then the wait for new releases we gave every release a lot more respect and attention compared to the floods of digital releases now coming in for which most of us are even guilty of easily forgetting the names and titles.  To me the culture is definitely missing or not how it was and an important factor for anyone to experience to build their artistic character.

Do you think DJ’s also need to be promoters these days or is that still solely the job of the promoter. Without local agents how do you promote yourself to venues and promoters/ bookers?

Yeah most artists don’t like being promoters but you end up having to do it anyways, every new artist had to go to Miami or Sonar or The End or something to try and meet the DJ and give him your cd, so whether we like it or not there is a bit of that needed. In our region its a lot tougher yes without the agencies and labels to represent you. The most important thing to me is to make sure the right people get to hear what I can do, you have to socialize, network and make a presence, as a following is important. Promoting parties it’s up to every DJ how they feel but the event promoter should not rely on the DJ to pull the crowd at the same time the DJ should be attracting some kind of attention. I guess you share a slight responsibility with your reputation.

What does Dubai have that other party capitals lack? Is their room for everyone here to stake claim and have a following/crowd?

Hmmm… what does Dubai have… maybe that every venue is connected to a 3 to 5 star hotel does bring the logistics of getting to and from a club easier. And some form of sense of security? There is definitely too many venues and too many DJ’s for the scene here but that’s become the case in many cities around the world specially since the digital format and laptops came into the scene.

Do you produce? If so tell us about your studio set up? What is your take on software production as compared to hardware and modular synths?

I’m very new to producing as I never felt like I wanted to but got bitten by the bug 2 or so years ago. Honestly at the moment its just my ableton, dre headphones and rocket speakers at home, but when I’m with Jef K, Fredrick Stone or Raxon they’ve got more of the studio setup.

Do you think producers make good DJ’s and vice versa, or is it purely a new promotional tool to get DJ’s on the decks?

Not always. I have seen many producers fail in front of an audience or busy club. There are some whom do both and kill it. It’s becoming the standard move in the industry for sure to have to release before you tour and all.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to for all the wrong reasons? 

Good question. I think it must have been when I walked into Paradiso in Amsterdam on a weekday just to get out and get drunk with friends and they had Blondie playing the small room as a surprise act! We rocked out all night with them! Does that count? Definitely Salah, Definitely…

Friday July 6th July :: iLL Communications presents :: Mo Beatz (Big Sean official DJ). Dany Neville. Salah Sadeq. Gabriel Green.


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