Electronic music culture in Bahrain gets its first taste of the all new Electric Motel events, primarily organized by Ohm Records (Dubai) in an effort to introduce the electronic-music culture of the Middle East to the far reaches of the region and the world. Teaming up with Torque for the Bahrain-based events, the opening event will feature Sophie Oliver (Poker Flat, UK) and Born To Funk’s Ferdinand Lijnkamp (Amsterdam) at the combined venues of the all-new Level and Club Seven. Also featuring will be two of Bahrain’s most talented DJs, Salah (Torque) and Mr.K.
Sophie Oliver is regarded as one of the most exciting DJs to emerge on the London scene in recent years. In an era of electronic dance music, where a growing number of producers have broken through and crossed over to the DJ circuit, Sophie has made a name for herself by simply rocking out every club she has played at. Since becoming the official tour DJ for the legendary Wolfgang Flur (formerly of the Techno pioneers Kraftwerk), Sophie now accompanies him on all of his European dates. Her style is electro fused with minimal techno, and her sets are laced with melodic bass-lines, tenacious tones and dirty electronic breakdowns.
Also finding a spot behind the decks will be Ferdinand Lijnkamp, the dj-ing half of BORN TO FUNK, a 15 year veteran of the business who does about 100 gigs a year. Back in the days, he started out as a dedicated disco/soul/funk dj and is known for his immense collection of rare and classic 12 inches. No surprise his love for soulful music still is a big influence in his house sets. He has played all major venues in The Netherlands and beyond, including clubs like Pacha (Ibiza), Amika (Miami), Patipa (Kiev), Trilogy (Dubai), TuTu Tango (Curacao), Supperclub (Bangkok). In Holland, populair events like Housequake, Defected in The House, Hed Kandi, Full Effect, Discotheque, Must, BNN Bed, Super Sunday and Vonk! feature his spinning talent on a regular basis, and he has performed at major Dutch festivals like Dancevalley, Sensation White, and Extrema Outdoor. His experience, fine taste in music and dazzling 4-deck dj skills, got Hardsoul's Dj Roog nickname him 'King of Acapellas' and is getting hands up in the air wherever he plays the funky sounds of BORN TO FUNK.