It’s been almost 5 years since my last blog post … and LOTS has happened since, both personally and musically.
Me and a bunch of friends created The 264 Cru, which changed the clubbing landscape in Dubai and introduced a different sound to the city, then I worked at a failed music start-up, and started DJing and collecting vinyl!
Since lockdown began and not being able to share music as much as before, I decided to start uploading full recordings of some of the records I receive.
This record was my first play after receiving it fresh. It’s by a band called Magic In Threes. Discovered the band through a YouTube channel now called Proved Records – previously known as Provocative Educative !, Is a YT channel dedicated to dig out the underground gems of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, Electronic & other genres of music.
I would like to take some time here to give a very special shout-out to Bandcamp for being the leading beacon that’s truly keeping the music industry alive. I’ve tried to reach out last year with a new pivot in mind for them, which could’ve been a flaming success now in this new pandemic digital landscape, but unfortunately couldn’t reach anyone there.
I host a show on this leading Indian online community radio station called Boxout FM, where I share my latest finding and purchases from Bandcamp appropriately called the Bandcamp Hour.
I’m not going to write about how the name “Dubai Jazz Festival” doesn’t fit an event with the headliners being a pop rock band, an American alternative rock band, a classic rock band, and an Irish alternative rock band; because that’s been done.
Another series of nights the Dubai Jazz Festival brings is the Jazz Garden. It runs during the festival’s weekdays usually with many jazz artists to look forward to see perform. I have been a frequent attendee of the Jazz Garden in the past few years, where I experienced the likes of Arun Ghosh.