The Maghreban, Zokhuma & Dreamstates
13 October 2018
The son of Egyptian immigrants, The Maghreban aka Ayman Rostom is a DJ and producer from the UK, who has released music under various names and in various genres on R&S, Eglo, Versatile, Black Acre, and his own label, Zoot.
He has been creating hip-hop beats under his Dr. Zygote moniker for the better part of two decades and is one of the most unique and respected beat makers working in house and techno today. The Maghreban is his house music leaning project, with his debut album 01Ideas being released earlier this year to much acclaim. His DJ sets reflect his diverse influences and record collection: any genre is fair game as long as it makes people move.
The 24-year-old maverick Arman Menzies has a mask for every occasion. His infectious energy and familiar music sensibilities has a way of putting any audience at ease. Well known in cult progressive metal circles in India for his earlier work songwriting and playing guitar for Goddess Gagged before moving on to study music production in the UK, he’s already performed in places like Croatia, Netherlands and Sri Lanka under his new electronic moniker 'Zokhuma' while cherry-picking his way through local gigs as well. As he gears up to launch his first EP and live tour in early 2017, connecting the dots seems impossible when everything is happening at once, but it doesn’t make it any less fun to try.
Bombay-based Dreamstates has a hazy approach to house and techno. Driven by 4x4 patterns, spanning breakbeat, acid, afro, disco and outsider house, but not afraid to stray into a deeper, more unnerving sound - with an eye on what the moment calls for. A Dreamstates night is usually a colourful and varied journey. A resident DJ on Boxout.fm, he also runs a monthly podcast series, aptly titled 'Cosmic Claps', created keeping in mind those introspective moments when you need an undulating beat to keep you going. This is music that seeps into your subconscious. Think shades of house, hints of techno and a touch of the eclectic – always arriving while constantly in an urgent state of departure.