An Interview with Doha DJ Laura O’Shea

1. First off where in Doha can people hear you play a set?  

I am currently on the Red Apple Events & Media DJ roster and we have events all over the City. This month, on the 14th, I’m doing the ‘Black Valentine Party’ at the cosy & exclusive ‘Hive’ in the new Intercontinental, The City. It’s a first for the venue so very excited about that. We have many more plans in the pipeline too – so keep your eyes and ears peeled! Check in on my DJ page for all the updates;

2. Where do you find your inspiration?

I am naturally curious so when I get the taste for a new sound, release, label or artist I like to dig deeper on them! Music news and new music is so easy to access especially nowadays with the web and digital/online radio, music blogs and online music magazines. Inspiration is all around us – it’s how you filter that that I think is important. House music especially has very sure roots – and there are certain figures, movements and sounds that a DJ will always radiate their style from. I tend to find my inspiration from radio, as that’s my first love. Rinse FM, Pulse, Sonica and BBC 6music are my favorite radio heavens. I also draw inspiration from people close to me such as friends, colleagues and family.

3. You used to D.J in Scotland & the North of England, how does working in Doha compare?

It’s very different. The dance music scene is so well established in the UK – it’s part of the culture of life for many of us. I was brought up on the Glasgow sound of the Arches and Sub-Club for example which are some of the most long-running, highly respected dance venues in the World. You get a certain in-grained respect for the culture of electronic music in that kind of environment growing up. In the Middle East, underground house is still very new and many people are still unaware of it’s different facets. Part of the enjoyment of playing out here is that element of surprise when people enjoy what you are doing and want to hear more. It’s refreshing to be on the crest of building a new scene. It has a long way to go, and has it’s challenges for obvious reasons but the future of house music looks promising here.

4. What are your hopes and dreams for the future as a D.J?

DJ’ing has always been more of a hobby for me and I like it that way. My day job is in film so the two tend to mix quite well. I am a bit of a ‘jack of all trades master of none’ to be frank, but I enjoy the variety. It keeps life interesting. I am hoping to concentrate more on production this year – with my first release in the pipe-line. Music production is a very personal journey and I am looking forward to exploring that more.

5. At what age did you decide to become a D.J?

I bought my first set of decks from a friend who was broke back in the year 2000. Time flies when you’re having fun! I’m self-taught and as soon as I matched my first beats, something clicked and I knew it would be something that would be part of my life for many years to come.

6. If you had to pick 3 words that best describe your style musically what would they be?

Cosmic. Hearty. Different.