Beachroad Magazine heads to Bliss Inc's offices on Jumeirah Beach Road to chat with DJ Bliss, the first Emirati artist to sign with major multi-national music companies including “BMG” in 2003 and most recently with the world’s largest global music company “Universal Music.”
The DJ has collaborated with Shaggy and Wyclef Jean and shared the main stage as an opening act with major international artists such as Wiz Khalifa and Prince to name a few.
In the late 90’s, DJ Bliss’s music career took its first steps initially working small DJ jobs at a theme park which progressed to landing a guest DJ spot on a Dubai radio station. Just a couple of years later he would find himself winning the Middle East Regional “Palm DJ of the Year Award.” This would then lead to his first taste of international stardom with a performance for “Ministry of Sound” in London.
After signing to “Universal M.E.N.A” DJ Bliss released a hit single “Shining” ft. international rapper MIMS and Daffy and more recently released his compilation album ‘Made In Dubai’ featuring various local artists which skyrocketed straight to #1 on the UAE iTunes charts.
Some of DJ Bliss’s ingredients to success include producing highly viewed YouTube Vlogs and staying connected to his ever-growing fan base via various social media accounts and he continues to expand the boundaries of music and entertainment.
What inspired you to start performing and creating music? //
I have always been into music. I used to listen to a lot of alternative rock and was in Nada then I started liking DJing so I started playing pop and RnB. Today I play open for a where I can mix and match whatever I want together. The stage is my favourite place to be.
Hi Marwan, Thanks for taking the time out to meet up, lets start with your thoughts on Dubai as a city and its evolution? //
I don't want to be biased because I am from Dubai but I have travelled the whole world and this is one of the greatest cities. You have everything you need here. The evolution is mind blowing, if you think about what has happened to Dubai in the last 10 years.
Where do you like to eat, shop, socialize in the community and any tips you can share? //
I like eating at different places. I'm not a fan of repetition. Jumeirah is the neighbourhood where I live, work and hang out. I like Mirdif too because I grew up there. It used to be quiet but it's a lot busier now. If you want really good street food from all around the world you need to go to Karama.
If you want something new and cool, Box Park on Al Wasl Road. And 3 food spots you have to try are Ustadi Kabab in Bur Dubai and Bu Qtair Fish Restaurant at the fishing village in Jumeirah. And a shawarma from Al Mallah in Dhiyafah.
What do you have lined up this summer? //
I have a US tour in August and a new single out in September.
DJ BLISS ANSWERS THE BEACHROAD MAGAZINE Q&A : //
NAME? // DJ Bliss.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Probably with my dad selling toy camels.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // I own Bliss Inc.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Music.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Missing out or FOMO (fear of missing out).
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // My mom taking me to the old Souqs of Dubai.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // DJ Khaled right now, I love his attitude and everything he has achieved.
YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC VENUE OR FESTIVAL? // 411 nights for sure.
YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIAN? // Prince.
PICK 5 ALBUMS YOU COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT? // Nirvana's Nevermind. Bob Marley's greatest hits. Michael Jackson's Dangerous. Fugees' The Score and Frank Sinatra.
ANALOG OR DIGITAL? // Both!
YOUR DREAM FESTIVAL LINE UP? // Skrillex, Major Lazer, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Bliss, Justin Bieber, Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanes, Gorillaz.
WHAT OR WHO IS YOUR GREATEST FASHION INFLUENCE? // Kanye West and Swizz Beatz.
YOU CAN SPEND THE DAY WITH ANY MUSICAL LEGEND ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? // Michael Jackson.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY FASHION ICON ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? // Karl Largerfeld.
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A barbecue grill for my Dad.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // Do what you love. Be kind to people.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // I'm late.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // When they are late.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // Will Smith.
LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Lacrim A.W.A, it's a French song.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // The Four Agreements.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Never been that close.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Los Angeles.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Ethiopia.
WHY DUBAI? // I was born here.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // I meditate.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Yeah soccer.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Tough one. None actually. I hate sand in my shoes.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // My brothers and sister.
WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // Sadness.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Be good to one another and be yourself.