Photo by Abdulla Minhas

“I just want to make people dance. No feeling compares to the euphoria a DJ gets when they face a sea of people dancing with grinning, happy faces. My happy place is here and now as the music plays.”

A Bahraini Techno, House, and Electronica Producer, DJ, and Live Act, Ahmed Zainal (QWRK, Ed Buzzerk) has been delving in the underbelly of the Bahraini music scene for over 20 years.

His productions, DJ sets, and live performances roam in the spectrum between minimal, funky bassline Deep House, and dark, pounding Techno grooves, with various transits around hip-hop and left-field Electronica. Inspired by artists and DJs the likes of The Prodigy, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Soulfly, Pantera, Green Day, Ed Real, Dave Clarke, Derrick May, and Chris Liberator (to name a few!), Ahmed’s music is a binding mesh of elements drawn from his inspirations and surroundings.

Under the artist name Ed Buzzerk, Ahmed became a familiar face in the underground House night “art.haus.” His radio show series “Rumble in the Depths” is a plunge into the deeper and darker sides of House and Techno, highlighting forgotten gems from the Bahraini nightlife scene, with exclusive interviews with local DJs and artists from Bahrain.

Ahmed prides himself as a collaborator, and has had the pleasure to work with numerous local artists and up and coming talents in many styles, one of which is Slimfit Tea, a guitar based Techno/Electronica duo created with 7MND (Hamad Ebrahim). His latest project, entitled XO, is a collaborative improvisational electronic dance music platform for artists with noise making machines. It has so far featured Bahraini and Bahrain resident artists such as Na Der (Nader Ameeruddin), Rashed AlDhaen, Papa Push (Fadal Nazir), HSE Vogue (Hasan Ebrahim), as well as Saudi talent Spceboi (Adnan AlSanaa). Post pandemic, the plan is to take the project out of the studio and onto public spaces and dance floors.

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