Dutch DJ R3hab, born Fadil El Ghoul, is a favorite remix artist of A-list pop stars including J.Lo, Madonna and Lady Gaga, because of the underground vibe he brings to their dance anthems. And his banging, fists-in-the-air progressive house and trance sound is a major reason why he won the Best Breakthrough Artist award two years ago at the IDMAs during Winter Music Conference, and is tailor-made for a wild, Miami-style party.
Check him out at his R3hab of the Jungle pool party Saturday at the Raleigh Hotel.
What can we expect from your pool party at the Raleigh?
"Great music, beautiful women and amazing DJs. I’m really excited about this party, as I have all of my friends playing and some very special guests that I’ve worked with or played with in the past."
Are you performing anywhere else during WMC week?
"I’m also playing Steve Aoki's [Rage the Night Away] party at Story; Spinnin' Sessions at Nikki Beach, which is an absolute pleasure playing alongside Ummet Ozcan and Martin Garrix; as well as playing R3hab & Friends at Mynt Lounge on Saturday night."
What does winning the IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist award in 2012 mean to you?
"An absolute honor, and it's crazy that this year I’m nominated again in two categories. I hope I can take another award with me so I can have a fourth in my living room."
You're known for a darker version of Dutch house, yet you've remixed really mainstream artists including Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. What do you try to bring to these tracks musically?
"I try to use the vocals and give the production my own spin with a little more energy while making the track a little more club-friendly."
What’s your weekly radio show like, and how can people hear it?
"It's on at 8 p.m. EST every Friday night on SiriusXM Electric Area, on my soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/r3hab) or you can subscribe to the podcast every week on iTunes. I find my favorite new releases and combine them in a mix."
Are you planning on recording a full album?
"Maybe one day, but for now I just want to focus on making singles."
How often do you get to Miami, and what do you think of the city?
"Miami is one of my favorite cities in the world. I spend at least 20 days in Miami a year. It has such a great atmosphere and so many great clubs, like Story and LIV. It feels like a second home to me."