HOW IT ALL BEGAN
With a lifetime spent in the nightlife world, Monsafe AKA Smokingroove has earned his stripes and has elevated his game to OG status.
Smokingroove, originally comprising of brothers Monsafe & Marko, cut their teeth on the mid 90s London underground pirate radio scene at legendary stations including Freek FM, Unknown, House FM and quickly built a name for themselves on dancefloors across the city with their own brand of bumping Chicago-fused house music.
As two wise chemically-enhanced men once said, ‘The brothers gonna work it out’ and it’s an adage that the two took to heart as they became one of the most in-demand production and DJ duos around. With over 160 releases over the last two decades, they’ve proven their ability to maintain a position in the international DJ scene.
When Marko moved to Dubai in 2007, Monsafe carried on playing across Europe while Marko solidified a new base in the Middle East with the launch of a then-new 5000 capacity venue that could be seen from Space named ‘Nasimi beach’ at the Atlantis hotel on the Palm.
Not only did they turn a once unremarkable patch of sand into a consistently sold-out clubbing location thanks to a sound-storm of beats and bass, they were instrumental in musically setting up all the 16,000+ capacity Sandance events and played alongside (and often closed for) Faithless, Florence & the machine, Jamiroquai, David Guetta, Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Chic, Frankie Knuckles, Steve Lawler, Roger Sanchez, Derrick Carter, Armand Van-Helden, Basement Jaxx and many, many more.
Smokingroove have since won just about every award in the region and have become a name representing great music on a global scale.
Alongside that, Smokingroove opened at the recent ‘Unite with Tomorrowland’, had multiple appearances at Creamfields, toured Europe and have built up a long-standing reputation for great underground music.
In 2018 Smokingroove became the Music Curator for the popular global brand, W Hotel with a new location on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
The weekly radio show is currently syndicated to over 40 radio stations around the world with a weekly listenership in over 60 countries and sees the duo going back to their roots, making people dance around the world to their own flavour of what’s hot in the underground House music scene.