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Natalie Brogan

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Natalie Brogan has a career that could rival a DJ with more experience, yet she has been on the scene for just five years!

Step forward this young DJ, every wannabe-alpha-male’s worst nightmare, head-turning looks coupled with effortless style and people skills par excellence, she’ll quite happily lad it up with the lads on a night out (including if she’d just met them) and will still look better than you getting into that taxi home at 6am. Home? We meant after-party.

How she got into DJ’ing is just one of several clues that she can, and will, succeed where many of her gender gave up: her parents had bought her younger brother some ‘kiddy decks’ (as she called them, even then fully aware of the difference between 1210’s and non-1210’s), but guess who ended up spending the most time on them, pretending they were playing to their first crowd?

Not long after, her brother was asked to play at a friend’s party, but declined due to lack of confidence. Guess who said “I’ll do it”, loved every second, and then saved up for her own decks?

Influenced heavily by her father and his favourite bands, such as Massive Attack & Bowie Natalie was drawn to the edges of the music scene, trying her hand as a DJ from a very early age.

Frustrated by the gigs available she went looking for something she truly cared about.

In 2006 she enrolled on a 10 week DJ course at the Manchester Midi School and soon after began playing in bars and clubs in Oldham.

Natalie was soon seduced by the Manchester club scene, which loved her back and she has taken her place alongside A Listers such as Oliver Lang, The Hoxton Whores, Copyright, Dave Haslam and Danism (Defected)

In 2009 she quit her day job and made her way to clubbing mecca Ibiza where she carried out a season DJ’ing on boat/pre parties and events at Eden & Es Paradis.

This followed with a residency in Abu Dhabi Chameleon bar based at the 5* Fairmont, and after 9 months, interviews with OK Magazine, Infusion and Time Out Abu Dhabi, she landed a residency at one of Dubai’s best nightclubs-Alpha, Which led to her being voted 37th best DJ for DJ Magazine in the Middle East after just 1 month.

In December 2010 Natalie landed her dream gig, Creamfields Abu Dhabi where she joined the mainstage before Above& Beyond, David Guetta & Afrojack with other world class DJs such as Zabiela, Sasha, Sander Van Doorn & Gareth Emery also on the line-up.

A nomination in the 2011 Time Out Dubai Nightlife Awards for Dubai’s best local DJ soon followed and Natalie went on to host her own weekly night at Sublime based in Dubai World Trade Centre. 2010 was also the year she DJ’d internationally at events in Bahrain, Jordan and Qatar.

Natalie’s third season in the UAE begins with a residency at the brand new Monte Carlo Beach Club located on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi with events booked in Dubai, India and Bahrain.

Plus a monthly column reviewing nightlife in best selling magazine “What’s On Abu Dhabi” and she has taken the role of ambassador for Stoli Vodka in the Emirates.

Fast becoming a DJ in demand she is energetic, exciting and clued up on what gets a crowd moving with a fan base rapidly climbing.

Truly a meteoric rise for a DJ that has only been in the industry for five years.