Interview: Fizzo & Jay Talk Music, Dream Stages and the Dubai Party Scene
March 10, 2019
We caught up with Dance FM’s very own DJs- Fizzo & Jay for an exclusive interview! Apart from managing music for our airwaves, the uber talented duo have their very own show on Dance FM and recently bagged a residency at the newly-opened W Dubai, The Palm.
Firas Odeh and Jay van Schie who go by Fizzo & Jay, gave us the scoop on the Dubai party scene, their favourite tracks and what’s next.
Dance FM– When did you start DJing and who/what were your early influences?
Jay– I started DJing at 15. My influence came from watching videos of DJs being able to present their music to the world as an individual in a constant fluid movement and not a whole band which I wasn’t interested in. The guys that got me hooked are all the oldies that we saw on TV- Deepdish, Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold and Tiesto.
Fizzo– I started out at 14. DJing interested me when I realized that I could control the audience with my own choice of tracks and go where I’d like to and not be limited as performing artists are with their own music.
Dance FM– How did the both of you meet?
Jay– I was dating a girl who’s friend was dating Fizzo‘s brother back when I was 15.
Fizzo– And we attended university together.
Dance FM- What’s the best DJ set you witnessed?
Jay & Fizzo- Carl Cox B2B with Joseph Capriati @ Resistance.
Dance FM- Your dream stage?
Jay– As a stage Elrow always has the craziest stuff going on, or Resistance.
Fizzo- Elrow for sure or Holyship. Actually anywhere that people just want music to party and get fully involved.
Dance FM– What’s the first festival you attended?
Jay & Fizzo– Ultra Bali, for Resistance.
Dance FM– How would you rate the dance music scene in Dubai?
Jay & Fizzo– We think that we’re a bit spoilt for choice week in and week out, and that’s having a negative affect on the crowds attending. The music needs to start catching up with the global trends going on in other parts of the world. We need to focus on the experiences for the “party goer” over the massive name booked aimed at high profits every other night in the same places.
Dance FM– Track on repeat?
Jay– Wheats – Strong Feelings
Fizzo– Meduza ft. Goodboys – Piece of Your Heart
Dance FM– Party starter track.
Jay– Rebuke- The Pipe
Fizzo– Tim Bersoko & Shiba San- All I Need
Dance FM– What’s next for you guys?
Jay & Fizzo– Next we want to focus on our production a bit more as we have a few things still sitting on our laptop. We also want to progress in the UAE as we just locked in our first residency as a duo with the W Dubai, The Palm.
Dance FM– If you could hold a Fizzo & Jay party anywhere, where would it be?
Jay & Fizzo– Recently a bunch of DJs’ have been doing some interesting parties in tourist attractions, which we think is great, it would be fun to host a party on the Burj Al Arab’s helicopter pad, the top floor balcony of the Burj Khalifa or on top of the water around the Dubai fountains while they go along with us DJing.
A Fizzo & Jay party on the Burj’s helicopter pad definitely sounds epic! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the boys. In the meantime, you can tune in on their weekly show on Dance FM every Tuesday at 11pm!