London-born, Doha-based DJ Kinky D shares her views on Qatar’s scene by night.
Party people in Doha now have a huge choice of places to go throughout the weekend including Club 7 and Madison Piano Bar at La Cigale,Wahm and Crystal at W Doha, Glo Bar at Renaissance Doha City Center, Blue Breeze at Four Seasons, Paloma and Lava at InterContinental Doha – the list is starting to go on and on. With Global DJs and Ultra Events, among other companies, also creating a wave of entertainment for the club scene you would be hard pressed to find room for anything else.
However, just recently there has been a new venue creating quite a stir among partygoers who are hungry for something different – Al Dana Terrace at Sharq Village & Spa have decided to hit the market with not one but two popular weekend events.
The Hideout on a Thursday is the place to be if you like real house music. I say this because it truly is if you like your beats deep and grooving. Happy hour starts at 7pm until 9pm with chill out tracks selected by DJ Fat Cat Slim before Crazy U and Tough Stuff aka Madi who mixes up to four tracks at a time. Special guest DJs pop by on rotation as well.
The party is based outside on the wooden decking with comfy outdoor furniture. It’s a great way to spend an evening in the open air, lapping up the fine weather with some choice beats from the genres of nu disco and deep/tech house.
On Fridays, the Sundowner Sessions take place from 4pm until 1am. This night’s scene is set by Mr Carl Roberts laying down a selection of mood setting tunes. Other regular guest DJs have included Mike Hobson, Amy B-The Long Player, Ed Knowles and new kid on the block Tiero. The music selection is on point and caters for all the clubbers’ palates.
Sharq Village have played their cards right by collecting some of the hottest talents in Doha and with free entry on both nights, this venue is a must for all party goers in Doha. The only fault I can muster is the annoying noise of planes constantly taking off overhead but you soon get swept up in the atmosphere of the crowd and the music.
For table bookings call 3358 9841.
DJ Kinky D has been a DJ since she was young, becoming successful in London and then gigging all over the world from Europe to Asia. She’s now based in Doha where she spins the decks at numerous regular and one-off events, including the Doha Marriott’s Late Brunch, Oryx Rotana’s Jazz Club and Doha Hustle at Trader Vic’s.
To check out her mixes visit www.mixcloud.com/Kinkyd
From the music vaults
This is what should be on our iPods, says DJ Kinky D
Artist: Frankie Knuckles
Track: Your Love
Label: Trax Records
This track was one of the first in the style of music now known as house and was so named after a shortened version of Knuckles’ Warehouse club. Frankie Knuckles was born as Francis Nicholls and was one of the pioneers of house music in 1980s Chicago. This house classic has now been rereleased after Frankie’s death on March 31, 2014.
What now would be considered an unusually simple composition, this track builds from a vibrating synth with its drum pattern, rising bass line and strings moving higher and higher, till it reaches the vocals “I need your love, don’t make me wait”. Add this to his other hits ‘Tears’, ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ and ‘Let The Music Use You’ and you have a great selection of classic house music.
Artist: Marshall Jefferson
Track: Move Your Body (House Of Virus Remix)
Label: Ultra Music
This is another classic house track that has been given a remix. A lot of clubbers may be too young to remember the original from back in the ‘80s, however, this remix still harks back to the original with a few sounds to bring it into the now. Marshall Jefferson is one of the founders of Open House Recordings and is still a prolific DJ and producer. He moved to England where he had a five-year residency with the Tribal Gathering and Big Love events.