The Boxtones - Will Janssen, Gill Tierney, Gary Tierney, Louise Peel and Patrick Thibault form the band who've kept the UAE rocking
Going it alone is an intimidating step that often pays off. We came to Dubai on a six-nights-a-week contract with a five-star hotel; it took us a year to decide to go independent.
Releasing our first album, In the Pockets of Clowns, worldwide was a 2014 highlight. It got us nominated for a host of awards; Ahlan!'s Best Local Music Act was one of them.
Some 15,000 acts compete in Hard Rock Rising, a global battle of the bands event - we made it to the top 40! We also made it into the top 60 in the 10,000-participant Global Rockstar competition.
Performing in from of thousands of people is an incredible feeling. Yasalam Beats on the Beach in Abu Dhabi drew a crowd of 30,000, while the Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens attracted more than 10,000.
We are hoarders. We collect D&D figurines, Star Wars paraphernalia and musical instruments. It's safe to say, we're running out of space in our apartments!
The early bird catches the worm. You need to be on top of all the event news in Dubai, and the surrounding region. We usually get called in to be involved with most events, but you also need to be out there, scouring for opportunities!
This is a billionaire's playground, with plenty of work for unsigned bands. When an international music act comes to town, they need support slots, which guys like us love to fill.
This year is already looking promising. We're hoping to release a new album and are confirmed to tour India and the UK and hopefully the US and Canada, too.
mumstheworld.net - Full of must-visit places.
mefcc.com - The Middle East Film & Comic Con is the best event of the year.
Twitter - @radio2uae - The hosts are always entertaining and make you laugh.
Instagram - @gopro - We own four of these cameras and use them at every gig.
Facebook - thedorkside - We love their hilarious Star Wars-related content.
Twitter - @boxtones
Instagram - @theboxtones
Facebook - theboxtones
Pinterest - theboxtones