The Swiss spinner tells us what to expect at Sofitel’s Halloween bash
Time Out Bahrain staff
The Swiss spinner tells us what to expect at Sofitel’s Halloween bash.
Fill us in on Oliver Shine, where are you from, how long have you been DJing, how did you get started in the business and what’s your musical background?
I was born in Switzerland from an Indian Mother and an Italian Father and I am currently living in Geneva. I have started dj’ing when I was 16, which means I am heading towards reaching 20 years in this career. I started dj’ing to be able to pay for my studies in the beginning, and I liked it and being able to share my musical background was something incredible. Playing Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and later some fresh Pop Music was just what I liked.
Is this your first visit to the Middle East? When I was younger, my father used to work for an airline company and I used to follow him around the world. I remember staying in Abu Dhabi for a few months when I was only 10 years old. It was far different from how it is today but the authenticity of the Middle East may still arise.
What are your favourite types of music to play and your influences? When I started dj’ing I was a lot into hip-hop and R&B, but my attraction for electronic music was stronger. Today, I love playing all kinds of house music as long as I am able to share a special feeling with the crowd. I get my influences from the environment and from the trend.
What can the Bahrain crowd look forward to from you? Bahrain is growing fast and its culture and roots are important to the crowd. I have read that 51 percent of the people living in Bahrain are foreigners. Therefore, my main goal will be to reach a multicultural crowd and try my best to make them all cheer to one beat.
Your Facebook page mentions working with lots of big names, can you tell us a bit about some of the people you’ve worked with and on which projects? In the 90s David Guetta, Martin Solveig and Bob Sinclar were at the beginning of their careers, we have spent a lot of time in studios working on remixes. I was the little one learning everything about music. Today, I keep close contact with upcoming artists especially in the Netherlands in order to share remixes and collaborations.
Which has been your personal favourite? Working with Laidback Luke was the most exciting and inspiring experience. I have learned a lot from him, technically and promotion wise.
And where’s the most exciting/unusual place you’ve played? I have played in the Moroccan desert for VIP clubbers. It was something strange and unique and we felt like we were alone in this world. Still in Morocco, I had the chance to play in front of 200,000 people and I guess this will remain forever in my memories.
What are you listening to at the moment and who do you believe are the coming artists to watch out for? I like listening to smaller artist and not exposed ones. Marcus Marr, Nora en Pure and Joris Voorn are artists that I follow, listen to and really love playing. Their sound reminds me of Miami or Ibiza... and maybe Manama.