Quick Q&A: Chicane

The international DJ, real name Nick Bracegirdle, discusses his new Dubai residency
Catch Chicane in action at Zero Gravity.
Catch Chicane in action at Zero Gravity.

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On January 16th 2015, thousands of dance music fans in Dubai flocked to Zero Gravity to celebrate the first of international DJ Chicane’s monthly Sun:Sets sessions.

The beach-side venue welcomed the iconic DJ (real name Nick Bracegirdle) as he kicked off Zero Gravity's new ongoing club night, for which Chicane will return to perform a four-hour DJ set on February 13 and March 13, with later dates to be announced.

The international residency combines the Dubai nightspot's day-to-night Aurora series and Chicane’s own Sun:Sets brand. To celebrate the new partnership, the self-professed “enigma” of house and trance music took five minutes out of his hectic schedule to tell fans more...

What’s the Dubai party crowd like in your experience?
“Very up for it! People want to party in Dubai. They seem to want to squeeze the most they can out of the weekend.”

Describe how you feel at sunset, and why your music works so well at that time?
“Sunset is the transitional moment where the show shifts up a gear, from epic chill… into ‘off we go’ house and trance. I think it has always been a special moment, where day slips into night and the craziness begins. It is also quite an emotional moment too, and I guess this is why what I do resonates with people. I always try to write music which moves you and takes you somewhere.”

Are you surprised by the nightlife scene in Dubai? Is it what were you expecting?
“A little, yes. I was surprised at how the Dubai crowds go for it, even in January – the quietest month – it was going off!”

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Are you surprised by your strong, and increasing following in Dubai?
“Again, it’s great to have that reaction. Every time I have come to Dubai, it’s been magical.”

You’ll be spending time in Dubai in the coming months. What’s on your ‘bucket list’?
“Well, I keep getting asked to throw myself out of a perfectly good airplane next door at Skydive Dubai (with a parachute attached obviously). But I like to keep my feet on the ground. I would quite like to try sand dune boarding, being a bit of a mentalist snowboarder, this appeals to my stupid side.”

Aurora Sun:Sets with Chicane takes place at Zero Gravity on February 13 and March 13, with further dates to be announced. Chicane will play a four-hour set from 4pm - for more information, click here.

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