As well as the huge acts we have come to expect from Sandance, Atlantis has developed a base of well-known resident DJs whose international and local reputations are growing. In between Morcheeba, Tinchy Stryder, Travis and Fatboy Slim, listen out for Dubai favourites Smokingroove, David Craig, Dion Mavath and newcomer Romain Pelletti.
Nasimi resident Marko is a Jackin' house specialist who was voted number 10 in the DJ Magazine Middle East Top 50 poll. A longtime resident of Nasimi Beach, he helped discover and launch the venue in 2009. Marko has performed alongside some huge names including Faithless, Armand Van Helden, Eric Morillo, Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Sander Klienenberg, Joris Voorn and Chicane. Marko and his brother Safe, who forms one half of Smokingroove, are currently having success with the new Pacha release, Ibiza vs Dubai. The compilation features a hedonistic selection of tracks from the Pacha catalogue with the original Smokingroove brand of funk mixed in to give it a unique sound. www.smokingroove.com.
David Craig is a house DJ who also specialises in soul, funk and Afro. David, who has DJed all over Europe, Africa and the US, made his first appearance in the UAE just over a year ago. David's recent highlights include warming up for Stevie Wonder, Faithless and the Brand New Heavies. He has also featured at official afterparties for Usher, Estelle, The Sugar Hill Gang, D12 and Jay-Z. www.djdavidcraig.co.uk
Long-time Dubai residents will recognise Dion as being the success behind Dubai's first superclub, Peppermint. The progressive house DJ has also been influential in the success of many other clubs including 360 and The Apartment. Dion, who is signed to Sony, has performed with Christina Aguilera, Taio Cruz and Beyoncé, among others. He has recently collaborated with Clarita de Quiroz to form SickasSwans. They launched their debut album, These Words, in May.
The French DJ who shines in deep tech, tech house, deep house and house mixes has had round-the-world success and even performed with Michael Jackson. He strives to combine music with his love for fashion, a combination that has seen him collaborating with Fashion TV, Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Audigier. www.romainpelletti.com