Adam Port found his love for electronic music after going through other genres such as Hip Hop. Experimenting with different sounds before finding his love for electronic music gives him that little “special something” which shows in his music. Refusing to just sign to labels at the beginning of his career until he found a sound which not only please people but himself first.
Adham Zahran is a young talented producer that got loads of love in this house. He has already released on labels such as Galaktika Records, Space Breaks, Neovinyl, Mood Music and Oh! Records. His releases on Neovinyl Recordings which already puts his name to heavyweight acts such as Alex Kid, James Teej, DJ Nature, Laurent Garnier and Richie Hawtin. Real deep house feelings everywhere, remember his name is, Adham. He has been looking for a way to get into the scene and with this new EP’s dropping high quality, locked grooves, melodic synths and his own old school flavour this will make his tunes be loved from far away.
Aly B is one of the most prominent DJs in the Egyptian house music scene. Popping up on the radar at a private villa party, he began to share his endless track collection and taste with the Egyptian dance crowd. His career kickstarted with a residency at Nacelle House Sessions, a night which he co-started that has grown into a leading house music night in Cairo over the years. Since then, Aly has cofounded a new series of electronic events in Cairo under the name of CACHÉ. Through his unique sound and new party concepts, he continues to constantly keep Egyptian party goers on their toes. Aly B is also a monthly resident at Vent and Zigzag, two of Cairo’s main alternative music venues.
Ahmad Hijjawi’s love of music is the reason for his need to play music that can be heard and appreciated by many while improving the music scene in Amman. His passion for it has been the driving force behind Ahmad’s (a.k.a. AVIDBOLD) place in the world of sound and melody. Starting his DJ career in 2007, AVIDBOLD was booked regionally in clubs performing with many great names, such as John Digweed, Danny Howells, Heidi, Bedouin, Satoshi Tomiie, Hernan Cattaneo, M.A.N.D.Y., Damian Lazarus, and many more, as well as, participating in events and festivals. He believes all people can be united in love and peace through the world of music. His passion for spreading good vibes across the world has now become part of who he is and his reason for being.
Always in search for greater ends and different sounds, Baher has never limited himself to the rules of genres and styles. One could feel that through experiencing one of his live sets or recorded shows online. A devoted DJ who gives in his soul and mind only for the music, connecting it to the people in a natural way. Emotive, ecstatic and full of energy behind the decks, he consistently pushes to express and solidify his experiences through the sounds he carefully places together in his musical journeys.
Aside to DJing, Baher equally shares the same great passion towards music production. Following the same approach as DJing, he always strives to reach further heights and look for something new to offer. Growing up with a father who was once drummer, he was exposed to the true origins of music at a young age. The diversity, from blues to pop, from the age of where it all started. Music at its best.
A pioneer in the electronic music scene in his home country. He founded the first booking agency for electronic music in Italy. Entered the music scene organizing events for punk bands and turned into a world renowned DJ/producer. Not just that, he is also a successful chef and manager of his own restaurant. Truly, a man of many talents.
Watching Gahallah on the decks is more akin to a mad chef in the kitchen than a DJ, spontaneously mixing up a whole concoction of House, Garage and Breakbeat all underlined by a special taste of groove.
He may not have been around for a while but his colossal selections having been cooking for years and in just a short period of time
Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt – Hassan Abou Alam got his start on the Rapid Fire Records imprint at the age of 15, but his ongoing relationship with music started way before that. Growing up to classic rock tunes provided by his father, he moved on to house music at the age of 12 when his uncle introduced him to Deep Dish.. From then on, production became an integral part of Hassan’s life – he started off by making House music; but it wasn’t long before he completely fell in love with techno. Inspired by the likes of Extrawelt and Minilogue, he took a rapid turn to specializing in the darker side of the techno genre.
Recently, a different side of Hassan has come to light. He has started exploring a more down-tempo, melodic side of electronic music – this combined with his signature techno, results in his very own brand of eccentric sounds. Hassan has recently signed 2 recordings to Traum and Released his first recording on vinyl last summer on Audiolith.
Corporate slave by day, DJ/producer by night: some call it a contradiction yet Hisham believes it’s the best of both worlds. Alongside his brother and production partner Adham Zahran, Hisham has seen consistent releases on labels such as Mood Music, Audio Tonic Records, Brown Eyed Boyz and many more. Equally skilled behind the decks, his gigs have taken him around the globe from Brazil & Mexico to Turkey & The Czech Republic, as well as Serbia and the UAE – playing alongside the likes of King Unique, Dusky, Matthias Meyer, Blondish, DJ T, Tom Budden, Noir and Jody Wisternoff.
His Next Level show on Proton Radio has been a monthly favorite amongst fans for over six years with no sign of slowing down. Listen to any one of Hisham’s collections and you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable musical journey.
Dreamy is the word that comes to mind when HVOB’s name is mentioned. Their music has a pop-y element with some beautiful vocals by the group’s lead singer Anna Muller. They decided to self-release their album “Silk” based on not wanting to have any compromises when it comes to their art and have been touring the whole world since then.
After many failed attempts at losing his virginity back while still in college, a desperate yet ambitious Jade turns to alternative measures. Having watched Music Television once, he decides to become a rock star. And so Jade sets forth to form a band. Much to his and everyone’s surprise, his band Blend becomes the first in the Middle East ever to be signed to a major record label. The band’s debut album Act One was released in 2003. But despite having gained rock star status, and all the acclaim and the tours; Jade was still unfortunate when it came to losing his innocence. By that time, an emerging scene unlikely came to Jade’s limited attention. Tempted by the sexually charged dance floors of the Electronic Music scene, Jade wishfully decides to become a DJ. Shortly after, he starts throwing underground parties in Beirut, hosts his own radio show, and finally opens his very own club. Yet all his efforts were still in vain. His only consolation was the success of his club “The Basement”, which became a reference for Alternative & Dance Music in Beirut. His DJ career had him touring the world, playing in some of the most eccentric cities the likes of Moscow, Morocco, and Berlin. He also found another way to release his tensions. He set up a recording studio, and began producing electronic music and releasing it on labels like Presslab and Great Stuff. He also made time to make music for the ad industry, working with some of the most prominent agencies in the business. He formed a two-piece self-produced band with his studio mate Fe, in 2011: “Robert Polson”, and started a new live music/visual project with VJ TM: “The Middle Beast”, that focuses on blending his oriental influences with cutting edge electronic music. Until this very day, Jade still maintains a busy touring and studio schedule, and hopes that this half a minute would come when he would finally realize his life long dream.
Joey spent the better half of his 28 years in life mixing between music and dentistry. Over the past few years behind the decks, he’s managed to develop and refine his own unique sound that draws inspiration from genres including House, Dub, and Minimal, to name a few. As a guitar player, he has a love for rich, yet subtle, sounds that can get the dance floor grooving, hopping, and shuffling all at the same time.
Being selective has played a huge part in La Fleur’s career which was filled with many twists and turns. One of those twists is that she was a pharmacist (believe it or not). She is always tweaking her music, experimenting and producing new sounds. Not to mention winning the P3 Guld award prize for ‘Best Electronic act’ in 2014. One of the anticipated acts at SANDBOX Festival this year for sure!
After delivering some of the most memorable Sandbox sets in recent years, Aly Goede and Michel Neigenfnd aka Madmotormiquel will take the stage to close Sandbox 2018 with a bang! Two cornerstones of the Nacelle soundsystem will team up for what is sure to be a memorable set that truly reflects the Sandbox spirit and sound and we can’t wait to see them behind the decks.
Mike Servito is from a very special yet temporary and partially lost fertile crescent of techno / house / party DJing. It was a time when raves were still a fresh idea, almost felt like a revolution, and DJs like Claude Young, D Wynn, Derrick Carter and Mike Huckaby were informing an upcoming generation. If you look directly to that inspired generation you will find the lost threads of Detroit Techno, House and beyond, you will find a group of DJs with insanely deep mixing skills, the ability to rock almost any kind of party with an improvisational approach that is so skilled it makes everything seem so well thought out that even they don’t know where their set will go.
Having secured support from some of the industry’s biggest players and labeled as a “name to keep an eye out for in 2018” by WhenWeDip, the Egyptian national known as Misty (Moustafa Sheta) has been one of the most in demand Dj’s and producers in Egypt and in the region. Misty started his career at the age of 15 and spent the years pushing and refining his sound from house to techno to electronica and everything in-between as he looks to cement his footprint in the global electronic music scene in the years to come.
A true embodiment of “ making it happen for yourself”. Nastia was born in a small village in East Ukraine and didn’t have any musical education. Worked hard and became a successful DJ, promoter and radio presenter. Spends her time either touring or in the studio producing and preparing for her music.
Ouzo has ‘grown-up’ in the club scene. He has been in the profession since 2001 and held the prestigious residency at the premiere party place of Pacha Nightclub in Sharm El Sheikh.
Since he moved to cairo in 2015, Ouzo slowly started to get inspired by new sounds from ethnic multicultural electronic wave. He started a series of podcast on souncloud called Tarabeen well known for its flawless mix and storytelling.
Patrice is All about contrast. A German DJ currently residing in Amsterdam. He loves to mix things which don’t usually go together and his music is the biggest evidence for that. Refuses to dwell over the past or repeat what’s been heard before but treats the future as a blank page waiting to be filled with new experiments.
A piano player at 8 to being a fashion editor for Harper’s Bazar and now a DJ/producer, that’s Peggy Gou. Made her way from Korea to London and finally landed in Berlin where she says the crowd “really knows how to party”. Her music, she says, is a bit soft and she is looking forward to tapping into a darker side of techno in the near future.
Saleh Amin, co-founder of Sakanat Studio – Record Store, has been DJing before half of the scene’s DJs emerged. Since he was discovered, he established himself as one of Egypt’s well known DJs, equally adapt at playing at festival stages (Sandbox) as he is clubs (The Temple) and gritty after-hours.
Amin has a reputation among the scene and its DJs to be a true lover of the craft, and a DJ who relies on both digital and vinyl so he can provide a solid choice of music.
The 29 –year-old gained his followers by playing great DJ sets. If you’re a Saleh Amin fan it’s very likely that seeing him in a club is your main reference point.
SHIHA is one of the most recognized artists in Egypt’s electronic music scene. He also managed to build and maintain a name for himself internationally by gaining support and plays from artists around the world. With more than 15 years of being being involved with music, his work includes a variety of different projects that are eccentric and diverse. SHIHA is known for his melodic deep house, tech, and progressive vibes, also hosts a monthly podcast “Clubbing Purposes”
A fresh face that brightens any room with his music and great spirit. Tata is all about vintage tunes. From house to Disco, Tata is always mixing it up. The only constant thing is that he always brings the crowd up to their feet.
All about gigging, working on releasing new music, seeing friends and “trying” to keep her head straight. Plain and simple. Her life is all about music and her close circle of people and that’s it. Staying focused, being driven and submerging herself in the music scene, this is what makes Willow one of the new rising talents to watch-out for.
Warm, open and grounded, Cairo based dj/ producer, Zeina makes music that is as expressive and creative as she is. With a slow but steady commitment to building community around music, Zeina has spent the past 10 years between Canada, Cairo and Berlin. A regular at intimate spaces like Club der Visionäre has shaped and fuelled her exploration of the vast space where house and techno meet. Currently floating between Cairo and Berlin, she’s set on building a place for female electronic musicians with her ‘Unfamiliar’ night- aiming to cross-pollinate talent and influences from both cities.
His music consists of deep grooves mixed with some hypnotic; emotional vibes making the crowd move yet fly through the emotional escapes. Zeyad Mohsen (Zone+), DJ/producer from Bahrain, found his musical direction after playing as a resident in Soundscapes Bahrain and has since continued his musical escapades. He is currently based in Dubai but continues to be an integral part of the growing music scene in the region.