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October 8, 2013


Oct. 08--TWO Bahraini musicians received an exclusive insight into the tricks of the trade at a music camp in Dubai.

Famous names in the business conducted workshops and seminars that were attended by 30 of the most talented artists in the Middle East.

American DJ and producer Kenny Dope, electronic musician Derrick May and hip hop producer Just Blaze headlined the Red Bull Music Academy Dubai Bass Camp, which saw Bahrainis DJ and producer Mohammed "Outlaw" Ghuloom and DJ Mazen Maskati take part in the invitation-only event.

"We had lectures, events, club nights, jam sessions and open studios," said DJ Outlaw.

"We had five studios and a jam room, and the studio was always open for us to go in and lay some tracks.

The artists had the chance to network and learn from the best during the three-day event.

"We had violinists, guitar players, DJs, producers and electronic musicians," said DJ Outlaw.

"It was a little of everything.

"It was very inspiring to be around people who cared about music all the time, and constantly talk in the same language -- that of music.

"I had recently lost the inspiration to keep working, and this was a good way to revive it."

He also managed to perform with Just Blaze, who has produced songs for American rapper and producer Jay Z, during one of the club nights.

"We were told that Red Bull would put a compilation CD out with tracks laid during the Bass Camp, so I got together with some other hip hop artists and we put something down," he said.

"There was a Saudi rapper called Clash and a Pakistani rapper called Adel Omar, and I produced it with Saudi producer K-Lite.

"It's a mix of Arabic and English, hip hop with a Middle East edge."

He said US producer Fredwreck, who has worked with the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent and The Doors, also supported them on the track.

DJ Mazen said he took away a great deal from the experience.

"It was a very positive experience and I was honoured to be chosen," he said.

"Collaborating with regional and international artists was really great, and I was able to gain experience that I can use to feed into the Bahrain Music Conference (BMC)."

DJ Mazen is managing direction of BMC, which will take place from October 31 to November 2, and aims to provide a creative space for local and regional artists.

"It was amazing to meet DJ Derek May, one of the godfathers of techno music," he said.

"Going to club nights was really important to me too, as it allowed me to see how people execute their events, which is important to plan for our own. "One of the highlights was being able to showcase music in front of other artists, which inspired us and opened our eyes to different music and possibilities."


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