British-Bahraini house DJ and producer Sami Dee, who is also behind art.haus Productions, was inspired to become a musician back when he was at high school in Morcambe, England. “One of the older kids in my neighbourhood bought some turntables, so me and his younger brother used to sneak goes on them,” the 37-year-old tells us. “I caught the mixing bug instantly.” He has been on the scene ever since.
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Inspired by artists as wide-ranging as Marvin Gaye to Wu-Tang Clan, and club nights such as Space (London), Dee describes his current sound as “Chicago influences jazzy, disco, acid house. Detroit techno, old school hip-hop and disco.”
Luckily, he says there seems to be more of an appetite for underground electronic music these days. “It's no secret that a lot of this music was first introduced to Bahrain by the former owner of Likwid night club, Karim Miknas,” explains Dee. “After he left the island, the remaining DJs and promoters have done what they can to keep the scene alive. I think we've had more electronic music events this year than we've had in the last four or five, so we're heading in the right direction.”
However, he says, we need more, better-equipped places. “Venues also need to stop asking musicians to play for free. They have to be considered as valuable entertainment.”