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STEP Music at on42

ON42 at Media One Hotel will open it’s doors for STEP Music 2018! As one of Dubai’s most alternative night-life venues, with an edgy and industrial interior, ON42 will provide the coolest backdrop for our line-up of underground and upcoming artists this year.

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2018 Performers

DJ Karrouhat

DJ

DJ Karrouhat

DJ

Basil Alhadi songwriter, composer, and lead in Karrouhat / Arabic Reggae. Since its inception in 2008, the Karrouhat project has been considered as one of the architects towards the alternative music scene in the region, with a goal of establishing love, good friendships, and a good vibe in order to create a successful alternative scene. In addition to the support provided to a variety of musicians and art projects in the region, Karrouhat has also performed live music and DJ sets in various cities.

MENON

Rapper

MENON

Rapper

Born and raised in Dubai, Gerard Anthony Menon found an outlet of expression through rap and hip-hop music. With a Sri Lankan father and mother from the Philippines, Menon uses his ethinicity as fuel for subject and lyrical content. Living his whole life in a melting pot of different cultures, opinions and mindsets, Menon brings forward the struggles of adapting and growing above moving foundations. At a time where one finds their path and grows into their skin, his music highlights overcoming the challenge of that process being disrupted. Having takenn time to re-design his style, Menon has partnered alongside local producer RAYAN (Mohammad Rayan Bailouni) to redevelop and engineer a sound completely novel to the world of rap and hip-hop. With influences ranging anywhere from hip-hop, rap, RnB, alternative and trap music, Menon's sonic signature lies between balancing contemporary flows with authentic content. Combining influences and imagination, his upcoming full length release "Epiphany of a Misfit" promises to stand as a statement of what modern hip-hop from this region truly is. Whether its discussing issues such as the search for identity, purpose in an ever changing world, or the complications of modern day relationships, his main objective is to give the listeners the same outlet he once found himself.

So Much Heart

Singer/Songwriter

So Much Heart

Singer/Songwriter

So Much Heart is a Dubai Based Art Music Project. The genre of the music is Indie – Pop Punk – Emo and is characterized by expressive and particularly literal lyrics. Lyrically, the songs include both Arabic and English verses. The art side of the project is often in the form of short films that accompany the songs. "Ultimately, the stories are about depression, anxiety and suicide, but also, I think, Hope".

Shébani

Singer/Songwriter

Shébani

Singer/Songwriter

There are hidden sides to each person; thoughts we submerge, emotions we contain, words we decide not to pick. In a world where control is perceived as the be-all end-all of everything, it is sometimes the parts concealed that measure our strength. Stemming from Dubai, Shébani serves to address the elements that, we as humans, refuse to expose. To make music that embodies the hidden aspect of each of our own worlds.

AJ

Singer

AJ

Singer

I'm a singer/songwriter based in the UAE , I would describe my style in music as diverse , as I have different influences in music ranging from pop , reggae , funk to soul and R&b .Live performance is something that's very important to me As I get to deliver my voice And my share stage presence with the audience.I'm working on my first single currently that's going to be out this month and 2 other originals that are coming out very soon.

AMAN

Singer/Songwriter

AMAN

Singer/Songwriter

A 19 year old Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist and Producer, born and brought up in Dubai, UAE found music early. With his unique voice, guitar skills, loop pedal and sample pad, AMAN quickly got everyones attention. From performing at Open Mic nights to opening up for worldwide selling artists, and touring Los Angeles he never fails to capture the energy in the room. With full page magazine spreads AMAN has made a name for himself, being one of the most talked about new Artists in the Middle East. His debut EP "Piece Of My Mind" hit #2 on the iTunes Pop Charts. Apple Music called it "Infectious" and featured AMAN as their 'Favourite New Artist', making AMAN an artist to watch.

DJ AY

Dj/Producer

DJ AY

Dj/Producer

“Music producer, songwriter, Dj and the founder of an independent record label named “HRMNY”. A’Y is known in his region for consistently pushing the music culture forward and having a good eye for talent. His work ranges from discovering and developing artists such as 2016 X factor winner Hamaza Hawsawi to producing music for international names such as Pusha T, TLC and DJ’ing on a 3 city tour with Spotify in the U.S. His music has landed on world acclaimed radio shows on Apple Music such as “Beats 1 by Ebro”. His last few records scorched on worldwide viral charts in Germany, Netherlands, France, USA and Canada. In early 2017 the HRMNY began creating a pop up party named WVY (Wavy). WVY is a party concept that is aimed to attract the regions taste makers, art kids and alternative crowds that don’t fall under the “Mainstream” umbrella. With A’Y in the DJ booth performing a selected taste of upcoming artists from the internet, none top 40 and B-side records lead to the continuous success and sold out shows over 400 people per night.” Social: instagram: @aytheproducer

MAJEED

Rapper

MAJEED

Rapper

Majeed, a well known Saudi Arabian HipHop artist/songwriter part of the Dubai based HRMNY collective. Known for a GCC classic a mixtape “Tomato Soup” (Majeed Hates tomatoes but loves tomato soup, its a real thing) and a few radio singles that separated him from the local stigma. Jeed walks a fine line between conscious and commercial music. You’ll never know what type of record you’ll get from him as he switches from between melody driven love records to braggadocios as well as self aware rap records. Jeed has confirmed that his anticipated EP is set to release at the top of 2018.

FREEK

Rapper

FREEK

Rapper

Freek was born in the capital of UAE (Abu Dhabi), of Somali origins. Known to be one of the biggest Arabic Hip Hop/Rappers in the country, his controversial music speaks about the struggle that comes with life itself. He Started his career by getting featured on other artist’s music. He then took his achievements by releasing his first single “Aslan 3adi” which by that, he created a motivational movement in the country for other artists to set forward and create their own music. He moved forward to release some epic songs such as “ Amani , Abu Dhabi , Ma3 Nafsy , Ithadak“ He performed on the biggest stages around the UAE and released music videos to all his singles."