There are as many DJs in Cairo as there are cafes these days and the increasingly crowded scene has made it difficult for the city’s brightest beat-matchers to stand out among the crowd. Everyone is vying for gigs and Soundcloud clicks, but few break out further than that. Granted, we’re seeing more and more DJs and producers release tracks and EPs, but one man whose life is very much dominated by music is the one and only Tamer Auf.
You recently made a phenomenal debut at Nacelle’s House sessions – tell me about it.
It was awesome. I was kind of worried all day because I’ve been waiting for it for such a long time and wanted to deliver something exceptional, but all the worry was gone the minute I played my opening track. And then the feedback was great throughout the night and I couldn’t have been happier.
I just realised that question one wasn’t actually a question. Never mind. You’ve found success with some of your releases, most recently with ‘Running Back to Your Love’ with Marco Tegui and Cari Golden – what can we expect next?
I have a release coming out on Sleazy Deep next month. It’s a solo release and I think it’s my best work to date; especially that it’s a sound I’m currently playing as well. The label says it’s one of their biggest releases this year so I’m looking forward to seeing what it’ll do. I also almost got into Knee Deep in Sound last year and I have access to Hot Since 82 now, so I plan on getting a track or two signed there this year. Fingers crossed.
I’ll cross everything for you. We’ve heard talk of an Audio Damiana comeback – is there any truth to this?
Nothing solid at the moment, but you never know…
Oh I see – you’re keeping us on tenterhooks. We can chat afterwards, wink wink. You seem to have a great handle on your career as a DJ/producer – why can’t more DJs learn from you?
I did – most of them said they’ve never heard of you. Ohhhh snap! Nah, I’m joking. So as a DJ and producer, people expect the most top notch tunes from you, but what is your guiltiest of guilty musical pleasures?
There’s nothing guilty about any musical pleasure.
Damn, you’re smooth. What’s your dream gig?
I always thought my dream gig would be in Berlin but I was in Ibiza for the first time last summer and I fell in love with the island. I think my dream gig would be a free party at Cova Santa or somewhere similar on the hillside.
I’d come to that. Actually wait – if you would have one DJ from Egypt performing with you, who would it be?
I think I’d pick Aly B to perform with me. He’s a great DJ and such a nice guy and I really enjoyed opening for him at House Sessions. So yeah, it’d be fun to have him on board.
Nice. We’ve recently had Nightmares on Wax, Noir, Fur Coat and BEN UFO among other big names on our stages. As both a seasoned producer and event organiser, where do you see us going? Are we focusing on quality or big names?
I think the scene here can’t accommodate big names for various reasons, which is actually a good thing because, by default, it would have to focus on quality.
Biggest DJ pet-peeve?
Woah – sorry I mentioned it. If you could banish one DJ from history who would it be?
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