Stew Magoo, one-half of the legendary ‘Immaculate Touch Pool Parties’ returns to Abu Dhabi as the new resident DJ of Ray’s Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Ushering in a new direction for the venue, and headlining a series of new events, we chat to Stew about his new residency and his highlights of the last ten years.
Stew welcome back to Abu Dhabi, what first got you into DJing and how you got to where you are today?
Abu Dhabi feels like my second home, so it’s great to be back. I started collecting records at about the age of eight so it’s always been a passion, my interest in DJing was first piqued when I was about 16, I remember being at a house party and a friend had brought his turntables, we spent about 5 hours playing the same 20 records over and over. It took me another two years to finally take it seriously and learn to DJ, 3 years after that and it became my full-time profession.
You’ve been here in the Capital 10 years and you’ve recently returned from a stint in Europe and Asia, tell us more about your time away?
I always make sure I manage one trip to both Thailand and Greece each year, I first DJed at the full moon parties on the island of Koh Phangan in 2003 and I’ve played at least one every year since then. Greece was supposed to be a break from work but you always end up DJing wherever you go it’s inevitable.
Describe your musical style in the length of a tweet.
House baselines and high - energy rhythms. House music is one of the only genres that encompasses so many styles.
If you could share the stage/decks with one artist who would it be?
Find me a time machine and then it would definitely be James Brown! “Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. (If) A man got those two things he's got it all.”
Tell us a story that the masses wouldn’t know?
I was part of the original pop group ‘Blazin Squad’ but was kicked out before they found fame for not being able to imitate a London accent well enough.
We hear there are some new events taking place in Ray’s Bar, tell us what is happening?
Ray’s is launching some cool new nights across the week. We’ll be sticking with a more house focused night on Thursday with ‘Highrise’, and Friday night will be ‘Funk Junktion’ with a blend of house, funk and soul. They have a new Supper Club concept launching soon on Sunday nights too, and I’ll be spinning that night too, so lots of exciting developments for Ray’s Bar.
What can we expect from your performances at Ray’s Bar?
Great music of course! Ray’s is the best bar in the city if you ask me. If you haven’t been, you need to come and check it out!
Tell us what you like best about your new residency?
It's a stunning venue with amazing views of the city and gulf, a classy clientele, warm welcoming staff and of course great music :)
Catch Stew Magoo spinning at Ray’s Bar Tuesday to Saturday during the summer months. For bookings and reservations contact CALL: 02 811 5666 or EMAIL: JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com