One of the busiest and consistent DJs in the Middle East, Mr Shef Codes plays floor-filling urban music to some of Dubai’s finest clubs every night of the week. Stereo Arcade, Billionaire Mansion and BOA all boast his impressive deck skills, and that’s just his current weekly schedule.
Inspired by the golden age of Hip Hop, a young Shefan Lantra started making mixtapes using a beat up laptop, a tape recorder and lots of natural talent, giving the highly prized bootlegs away for free at school.
That passion still pushes him on. From coming third in the PALME 2007 DJ competition to being signed up to the notorious Real Flava DJ agency with his best friend and frequent back-to-back guest DJ Bliss, he’s naturally found himself as the King of Clubs; a smile on his face, a few tongue-in-cheek gang signs for the photographers and some real club killers on his playlist.
Where most DJs will endlessly recycle Drake, Snoop and Rihanna, Shef slides in more curveballs than a Dodgers’ pitcher, working in leftfield tracks seamlessly. Then again, when you’re inspired by the likes of Jazzy Jeff, you’re going to pick up some good DJ habits.
As well as sharing the stage with big names like Nicki Minaj and Jazzy Jeff, Shef has held down high profile residencies at Cirque Le Soir and People By Crystal, where alongside his partner in urban crime DJ Bliss, they re-wrote the club rule books with their legendary 411 Saturday night party.
You’ll struggle to find a more dapper, smartly dressed DJ in town – the action all starts from his trainer collection, said to be nearing the hundred mark. With endorsements from Beats By Dre, iStyle, Redbull and adidas Originals, as well as a starring part in Dubai One’s TV show ’20 Something,’ Mr Shef Codes continues to be in the limelight for all the right reasons.
Hype Magazine Best DJ Nomination - 2016
Ahlan! Best DJ Nomination - 2016
TimeOut Dubai Best DJ Nomination - 2016
TimeOut Dubai Highly Commended DJ - 2015
Ahlan! Best DJ Nomination - 2015
Ahlan! Best DJ Nomination - 2014