“In music the passions enjoy themselves.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
The Lebanese are renowned for their many talents, and music is definitely one of them. With so many outstanding DJs in the country, we thought we’d shine a spotlight to highlight some of the best talents in the field by launching the DJs of Lebanon. It’s a way to thank them for providing the soundtrack to some of the best nights of our lives and keep the beats going and going and going.
A resident DJ at the trendy PC parties and C-Lounge, as well as several other venues and online, Neo’s passion for music has made him a full-time DJ dedicated to his craft day in and day out. He sat down with Beirutnightlife to explain why DJing is not as easy as it looks, but that doesn’t stop him from loving it.
How did you begin your DJing career?
It all started when I began listening to electronic music back about 10 years ago. My passion for music got higher and higher with no limits, and it gave me the chance to search for a way to express this passion.
Who and what are the inspirations for your music?
It have always been and will always stay with the crowd. They are the inspiration and the reason I DJ. I can never describe how happy and pleased I am when I see the people dancing, grooving and smiles are on their faces while am DJing. It’s always been and always will be about music. I believe in music as a sacrifice were being behind the Decks, in front of people, is your best feeling ever. I’m one of those who consider music a career, a passion, a dream, a feeling of joy and happiness.
How would you define your genre of music?
House music is dominating/ You can’t imagine the amount of tunes produced in the EDM scene on a daily basis. What I usually do is following my favorite producers, DJs and record labels to keep up with what’s in the market.
Where can we listen to you play?
I play at the C lounge rooftop in Bayview Hotel and I’m currently negotiating with other rooftops for summer deals as well. I also play twice a month at the PC parties. I have been their resident DJ for almost 2 years and loving it. The next party is on May 3rd in Solea V. I also DJ once a month in Depot After Hours Club, where everything is underground 🙂 as well as Posh Club every saturday night. Plus you can always check my show Kiss Me Underground on Beattunes.
What was your favorite event or show you ever played and why?
Without any doubt it was back on summer 2009 with Paul Van Dyke, when I played the opening set for his event in Doha, Qatar. I was really influenced by the professionalism this guy has and the technology of his mixing.
Do you have any albums?
I haven’t planned or made a decision about producing my own tracks yet.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still DJing 🙂
What’s the most difficult part about being a DJ?
Djing is not work for me, it’s not a hobby, it’s a passion. People get fooled and think that DJing is an easy job (maybe because of the new trend and so many young DJs ), but they don’t know how many hours we spend on our feet and how many hours we spend home checking what will please the crowd’s nights .
What’s the best part of being a DJ?
Making people happy 🙂 and we can drink for free!
Do you have any other projects going on right now, other than DJing?
For the time being I’m dedicated to only music and DJing as a full time robot. I’m not thinking about other projects as I don’t believe I have fulfilled my desire for playing music ye. There are still many ideas in my mind and things I want to achieve with my DJing career.
Do you have some hobbies? Can you tell us more about those?
Sure thing, I play soccer a lot and love it! Besides that I’m a playing card addict and I can stay playing cards for many many hours without complaining… you can say it’s kind of a family heritage!
Where can we follow your news and updates? Do you have a fanpage?
What’s your favorite tune on your iPod right now?
The Healing – James Zabiela (Zabiela’s 85 Remix)
How would you describe Lebanon in one sentence?
A place where music, beauty, nature, sun, snow, love, peace, and war are all found on one small piece of land.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to that Beirutnightlife and Olga Habre for giving me this opportunity to talk about Neo the DJ and the person .