10th March 2014
I’m still soaking in the fact that just the day before yesterday I was on stage with Charlie aka Irfan Omar, Walid Khalife, Kenan Bairouti & Frederick Mondol performing at the launch of Nikotin’s debut album, Panodrama, to a packed Hard Rock Cafe Dubai. The last 24 hours before the launch was quite nerve-wrecking with all the preparations leading up to the seconds before we hit stage..
Counting down the minutes from the 2AM sound check to showtime was honestly intense! Moments before we hit stage & as Nikotin’s logo was projected on to the big screen, I took a second to think of the effort put in by my band members & the awesome crew that helped us to put all of this together.
I have to sincerely thank Melanie Fernandes and Ahmad Hassan for all their efforts and help with organizing the launch. To the tech crew responsible for making us sound incredible on stage – Tariq Al Hassan & our producer, Elvis Garagic, Rukshan Palinda for working the lights during the show, Daniel Lobo for handling the visuals & to Barry Kassab – our go-to guy for setting up our gear. Huge thanks to Fayaz Hayuhanz & his crew of Wild Planet Entertainment for providing the extra sound & lights for the gig. To the rest of the photo & video crew – Hyku Desesto, Karina Kisseleva, Marcel Lteif, Christina “the lil kid” Kisseleva, Dao Mohammed, Faisal Hashmi, Cedric Ribero, Cindy Melissa & Slava Noor. Many thanks to Nada, Beth, Katherine & the rest of the of Hard Rock Cafe team for their support and hospitality.
To all our friends, family & fans who helped make the night a huge success, thank you for celebrating the launch of “Panodrama” with us! You know who you are and words cannot express how good it felt to see so many familiar faces at the launch. It really means the world to us! Once again, to each and every one of you that has helped make this album possible, we cannot thank you enough for all the support you’ve shown to us over the years. You guys are truly f**kin’ amazing!
– Cruize (on behalf of Nikotin)
Panodrama is now available internationally for digital download on iTunes, Amazon & Nokia Mix Radio.