To commemorate their 5th year anniversary, the good people at TimeOut Dubai decided to throw a little soiree, and in typical Dubai style this meant hosting a free-admission party at Apartment Lounge with none other than DJ Darren Emerson (formerly of Underworld fame) as the main event. Yep, he was there, and yep, I got to meet him. One of the perks about living here is that whenever there's a big name in town they don't tend to hide away as they do in the real world, so it's easy to just go up and chat. I'm normally not a star-struck kind of person, but I make a big exception when it comes to Underworld band members. Darren was with the group through all of their glory years, from Dubnobasswithmyheadman through Born Slippy and Second Toughest to Beaucoup Fish, so really during the entire time that they were good. Well, that's not entirely fair, A Hundred Days Off which Rick Smith and Karl Hyde wrote after Darren Emerson left was okay, but to be honest I always thought the remixes other artists did for the singles off that disc were much stronger than the originals. Wow, now I'm off on a major tangent ... did I mention that I met DARREN EMERSON???