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INTERVIEW: Pete Tong talks Dubai



There probably isn’t a DJ more closely associated with house music over the last three decades than Pete Tong, whose name has now also entered the British vernacular. He will be spending his New Year’s Eve helping to see in 2016 at Zero Gravity.

You’re a bit of a regular in Dubai. How would you sum up the scene here?
I have been many times but I wouldn’t say “regular”, to be honest. What I do know is the city seems to double in size every time I return, and the hotel seems to get further from the airport!

How have your style/sets evolved over the years? 
Live in the club, my style moves between house, techno and some more nu-style progressive. If it’s got soul and it moves me and the dancefloor… I’ll play it! That hasn’t changed over the years.

What is the track you find yourself playing most now?
“Drinkee” by Sofi Tukker is getting hammered. Also “Zora” by Solomun is one of the tunes of the year.

What does the future of dance music sound like? Have you heard it yet?
There are a few strands that are really interesting. From the UK, Fono, Mura Masa and Icarus are making great music. I love the whole romantic techno sound from Kolsch, through Joris Voorn to Dixon and I’d throw Tale Of Us, Mind Against and Seven Doors in there as well. The future is bright.

David  Guetta  said he was shaking the first time he got to shake your hand. Is there anyone who has made you similarly star struck?
I’d get more star-struck meeting Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish I think than most music people. Chris Martin was very cool and meeting Paul McCartney was a real moment. Having said that, I don’t really know Dixon. He’s an enigma!

You wrote an article for Billboard about a lack of cinematic representations of electronic music. What kind of film would you like to see made?  
I could talk for hours on this subject! I want to see a film as good as Boogie Nights or Drive or as big as Saturday Night Fever really represent electronic music culture. That’s my ambition. From a score point of view, Junkie XL is a massive name in Hollywood now. Daft Punk did Tron and that actually inspired their last album… I want to see much more.

We have to ask, “It’s all  gone Pete Tong” – blessing or curse?
What do you think? A big blessing! See you on New Year’s Eve.

Where: Zero Gravity
How much: From AED250 for early-bird to AED490 for VIPs.
Contact: +971 55 500 9111,

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