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360 Presents: Dj Tito

360 Presents: Dj Tito
    written by
    Cairo 360

    ‘There is nothing sweeter,’ says DJ
    Tito, ‘Than walking into a record store, collecting a bunch of random records
    in your bin, and staying there a couple of hours to listen to
    them.’

    Born in Montreal, this Egyptian DJ had
    been spinning for a year on CDs, it all really started for him when he
    discovered vinyl records.

    ‘For me, finding music has always
    been about digging through stacks of random records,’ he told Cairo 360. ‘Now some of that takes place
    online, but I do take any opportunity I have to visit record
    stores. Nothing beats the real thing. ’

    Tito first started
    organising loft parties in Boston and then in Montreal, where he’d also
    spin music. ‘As a DJ, I have always preferred the friendly party atmosphere to
    the stranger club scene,’ he said. ‘It is a better vibe both musically and
    socially.’

    Tito is wary of the DJ label: to him
    being a DJ is not about the glamorous spotlight and the crowded parties; it’s
    more about the musical discovery that he makes and shares with his audience.

    After moving to Cairo in 2009, he
    launched a new party concept called Nacelle; something that he’d been working
    on for a while. The idea behind
    Nacelle is to produce a dependable evening out in Cairo with good vibes, diverse music, and
    that intimate house-party vibe. Nacelle quite literally means the enclosure of
    an engine such as that of an airplane or a spacecraft.  

    ‘I think it makes a
    nice metaphor,’ says Tito, ‘As it seeks to create an enclosure for people in
    Cairo to have fun listening and dancing to DJs that serve up great music…’

    There’s no hype about
    the parties, no pretences and no same-old music. Having been to several of the
    Nacelle parties, Cairo
    360 can testify that every evening has a fun, relaxed vibe to it. Everyone
    there is friendly and unpretentious, while the music- an eclectic collection of
    jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul and house tracks that most people haven’t heard
    before- sets the mood for a relaxed cocktail date with friends or a pumped up
    night on the dancefloor.

    DJ Tito has been
    collecting a lot of old funk and motown records lately; which feature heavily
    on his playlist at Nacelle. He enjoys starting out the evening with ‘early
    night tunes,’ as he calls them, before picking up the pace and spinning funky
    house party tracks. He also creates his own mixes of the music from the various
    nights, which are also available on his website.

    After four successful
    nights at various Cairo nightspots, including
    Stiletto and Indigo, Nacelle will become a weekly event throughout summer 2010
    at Orchid, an open-air nightclub on the Trianon Boat in Giza. He’ll be sharing the decks with several
    popular local and foreign DJs, promising an enjoyable night of groovy tunes of
    all genres.

    Aside from Nacelle, DJ
    Tito also plays underground music such as minimal techno and tech house at the
    Cairo Jazz Club (check Cairo
    360’s events for his upcoming shows).

    ‘There is a great
    niche following to this music in Cairo,’
    he says. ‘Playing one genre in an evening allows to really focus on the
    dynamics of building up energy and bringing it down.’

    DJ Tito’s Top Five Tracks:

    1. ‘Potential’ by The Jimmy Castor Bunch: This is
    a sweet little gem that starts off with a great bass line and a casual classic
    funky sound. It then culminates in a hilarious vocal interaction with many of
    the greats! Watch out for the line: ‘If she got potential/Grab her.’ Rings
    quite true! ‘This is by far my favourite song this year,’ he says.

    2. ‘Sunday Morning’ by Undisputed Truth: Great
    song with a really groovy beat and soulful vocals recounting a story by a dude
    who buys a guitar and dreams of being a star and making his ’Mama‘ proud! ‘I
    got it off an interesting LP compilation from France ‘s Follow Me Records called Funck
    The Bug
    ,’ he says.

    3. ‘El Bandido’ by Nicolas Jaar: Jaar is a
    producer DJ that really transcends genre boundaries. ‘This track is an
    electronic track with a very organic chill dark funk vibe. Check out anything
    by this dude; you won’t be disappointed’.  

    4. ‘The Hit’ by Crazy P: This is a luscious track
    produced recently and you can tell that he likes the old school. ‘I love when
    modern production goes truly funky,’ says Tito. The flipside has a great house remix by
    the Inland Knights. Check out Crazy P’s work; very fun.

    5. ‘Movin’ by Brass Construction: This is also off
    of a double LP compilation. It’s a great mellow yet pumping funk track released
    in 1975 that just makes you want to groove.

    Check Cairo 360’s events for an upcoming Nacelle
    party, and for more info check out www.yeyemusic.com/nacelle .  

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