As two wise Chemically enhanced men once said, ‘The brothers gonna work it out’ and it’s an adage the Smokingroove brothers have taken to heart as they’ve become one of the most in-demand production and DJ duos around.
Starting off the main part of their career in their native home of London, they’ve cut their teeth on the underground club scene from the 90s and are going stronger than ever.
Production-wise, they specialise in deep, Chicago-flavored House music with a Jacking vibe, the sort that’s seen them sign records to Roger Sanchez’s Stealth Records, DJ Sneak’s Magnetic Recordings and a string of releases on their own Illuminati Recordings imprint. The sort that has got them charted by every DJ worth his salt (and tequila), the sort of infectious, funk-laden, booty bouncing music that you just have to get down to. And when they’re not busy creating big-boomed bass beauties, the brothers are busy working on their numerous Podcasts (all available internationally through Apple’s iTunes), keeping the underground house scene very much alive and kicking.
They’ve hosted radio shows for over 10 years, featuring a diverse range of guests ranging from:
The Stereo MCs, Armand Van Helden, Roger Sanchez, Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Erick Morillo to DJ Sneak, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Nic Fanciulli, Louis Osbourne, Mutiny, Steve Lawler and a lot more.
But it’s perhaps on the DJ front that the brothers have made their biggest impact. With both Safe and Marko now based in Dubai, they hold down the most coveted residency in the Middle East at the much- copied but never bettered Nasimi Beach, a 5,000 capacity venue nestled on the edge of the seen-from- space Atlantis Hotel Resort. Recently Safe has signed a residency deal with the luxury restaurant brand Nobu and has also been behind the decks with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa himself.
Not only have they turned a once unremarkable patch of sand into a consistently sold-out club thanks to a soundstorm of beats and bass, they’ve played alongside (and often closed) for Faithless, Roger Sanchez, Derrick Carter, Armand Van Helden, Basement Jaxx and many, many more.
Alongside that, the Marko and Safe played at their third installment of Creamfields Abu Dhabi, dropped house bombas at Pete Tong’s Wonderland, El Divino Ibiza, Savannah Ibiza and Hed Kandi parties in Ibiza, spun at the legendary Turnmills, Pacha London, Ministry of Sound, Moneypennys in the UK & Ibiza and the world famous Miami Winter Music Conference.
The most recent developments might be the best yet; Smokingroove along with a select few have become brand ambassadors for Adidas Originals, New Era & Pioneer DJ. They have also compiled and mixed the first in a series of Pacha Dubai CDs, which are on global sale. Away from the clubs, the London- born duo are just as busy. With more and more chart-winning material pumping out of their smoke-filled studio, this year see’s them investing more revenue into more and more studio equipment and a huge increase in tracks being released on their own Illuminati Records Imprint.