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Dante ready to hit the decks.

EL PRESIDENTE star Dante Gizzi is about to launch a new career - as a DJ.

Not content with fronting Scotland's hottest band, the singer has lined up a debut performance as a DJ at a massive XFM party in Edinburgh on July 29.

And Dante, 30, can't wait to swap his mic for a set of decks.

He said: "For years I've been in clubs and wanted to ask the DJ to play decent music or drag him out of the DJ box.

"When this opportunity came along I jumped at it. Thomas McNeice, the band's bass player, will be helping me out."

The XFM Weekender event at Ocean Terminal sees former Smiths member Andy Rourke play alongside dance stars Layo and Bushwacka and Tom Middleton, plus XFM DJs Lisa Littlewood, Mash and McSleazy.

Dante said: "It will be great fun playing music I love. I hope everyone gets it - I'll be dancing whether they do or not.

"I want to play all sorts - Led Zeppelin, Parliament, early Prince, funk, rock, everything.

"And there's got to be some Gun - or maybe just Cameo's version of Word Up!"

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El of a show: Dante' Presidential treatment: Dante, centre, with the band, from left, Johnny McGlynn, Dawn Zhu, Laura Marks and Thomas
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 16, 2006
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