Erick talks about Ibiza, London and the rest of 2012

Erick Morillo is one of the busiest DJs in the world, and that is only intensified in the summer months. He leaves his home in Miami and lives in Ibiza, using it as his base for his weekly residency at Pacha and central point for gigs around Europe, while still holding a residency in the United States. We, eventually, caught up with the man himself to get the low down.

1. In general how has Subliminal at Pacha been this year compared with other years?

Amazing! Pacha Ibiza is a very special place for me. This is my 13th season at Pacha and it seems that each year keeps getting better and better. We’ve had an amazing lineup this summer, guests have included Steve Angello, Diplo, Chuckie, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Dirty South, Azari & III, Sympho Nympho, Sneaky Sound System, Shawnee Taylor & our new female vocalist, Segarra. It’s definitely been a memorable summer so far for me and I can proudly say that Subliminal is still holding it’s own amongst the heavyweights. People know what they’re getting with a Subliminal night, a sound that’s always consistent and quality house music.

Check the video for the opening party

2. What has been your favourite party?

There were a number of standout parties but above all it was great to have Steve Angello back with us. There’s a lot of history with Steve and Subliminal so it was emotional to have him back.

3. Who were your favourite residents?

I’ve really enjoyed playing with Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. They play really sexy, deep house sets with a young, fresh edge. There’s lots of percussion and drums in their sets, we get and understand each other, and I hope they’ll be part of the Subliminal family for a long while. And of course our other summer resident Chuckie. Again, he compliments the way I play and has worked very well alongside the Subliminal vibe this summer. And needless to say Sympho Nympho – my label mates Harry Romero & Jose Nunez – are always part of the Subliminal family. It’s been a long relationship and one that still holds ground 13 years on.

4. What tracks from the Subliminal 2012 compilation have you been playing the most?

All the tracks on the compilation feature in my sets but I particularly like these at the moment:
Denis The Menace & Syke ‘N’ Sugarstarr – World In Your Hands
T3ktone – Prelude
Yanik Coen – Throw Your Hands Up

5. How big of an anthem is World In Your Hands?

Seems like it’s certainly picking up heat. It’s got everything you want from an anthem.

Listen here

6. What was it like paying at Ushuaia?

Ushuaia have been killing it this year. They’ve definitely filled the gap in the market and they’re smashing it, people love outdoor clubbing and this is what Ibiza used to be known for, daytime and outdoor clubbing. Doesn’t get much better than watching your favourite DJ while the sun goes down.

7. Did you discover anything new about Ibiza this year?

Other than new restaurants, beaches, bars that seem to be popping up all over the place, Ibiza this year has highlighted to me just how BIG dance music has become; and I see no end in sight. Whichever way you look at it, people from all walks of life wanna dance and let loose. Dance music is the green light to do so – without boundary and without judgment.

8. What was your recent trip to London like?

I have a certain soft spot for London so I always enjoy my trips to the UK. On the Friday night I was part of the LIVE House Party Broadcast on Channel 4 . That was a lot of fun and I got a great response from that. The following day Subliminal hosted a tent at SW4 festival in London. Aside from the occasional & torrential downpour of rain it was a great day. We had A-Trak, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Roger Sanchez, AN21 & Max to name a few, join us in our arena, we had a fantastic atmosphere in there all day. After that we went down the road with Sympho Nympho to Ministry of Sound and continued the party until gone 7am. Will definitely have to make more of an appearance in the UK in 2013.

Check the London video

9. What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

I’m looking forward to finishing the Ibiza season and getting home to Miami for a bit of normality. The summer season is always very intense. There’s a lot of work in Europe, as well as regular long haul flights back to the US for residency dates. I played back to back for 4 plus months and you can often forget where you are not least who you are. I’m certainly taking my foot off the gas for the next few months to consider 2013 plans and spend a bit of time for me.

10. You have a boat and a jet, why don’t you have a helicopter?

Haha. It’s not quite as glamorous as it seems. I do not own a jet, I rent one by the hour in the summer months. Yes, it’s a luxury and I could fly without one, but for me to do as many gigs as I do it is not physically possible to get to so many places on commercial flights. I do have a boat in Ibiza. It’s a very fast fishing boat, so again not as glamorous as it sounds. It’s great to have to whizz across to Formentera for the day. I have a lot of fun with it. It’s a great way to relax and forget about work and business for a while. As for the helicopter….you’ve given me an idea….

Pacha Ibiza Closing Party 2012

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VIDEO: SW4 festival and Ministry of Sound London UK

Erick Morillo and Subliminal Records rock SW4 festival and Ministry of Sound in London, UK

Erick Morillo hosts the Subliminal Records / DJ Mag stage at South West Four festival London UK. Line-up features Erick Morillo, SYMPHO NYMPHO (Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero & Jose Nunez), Roger Sanchez, A-Trak, Funkagenda, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AN21 & Max Vangeli & Eva Simons. The after party continues at Ministry of Sound till 7am with Erick and SYMPHO NYMPHO. Check out this amazing video.

Diary: Ibiza, Dubai, Birmingham

This week’s party action started, for the 17th week in a row, at Pacha Ibiza. This being the second to last show of summer, there was plenty of energy and an amazing vibe in the air. There’s that feeling that we haven’t got much time left to dance on this special island, so everyone needs to squeeze an extra amount of fun out of their last nights out before all head home for the winter.

We had Carl Kennedy opening and as always he did not disappoint. Then special guest A-Trak, all the way form NYC, played some amazing tunes that got the crowd amped up! He’d been asked to play ‘sexy’ music, a different angle froom his usual gigs, but he truly knew what would move the hips if the ultra sexy Subliminal crowd.

Erick rocking Pacha

It was a perfect way to set up Pacha’s resident witch doctor himself, and Erick played an amazing set this evening. Wow! He took it old school, took it new school and showed his technical side with crazy loops, samples and more tricks. Afterwards he told us he really thought it was his best set of the summer.

It looked like the crowd agreed come 7am. We had Danny Tenaglia stop by and say hello, Richard Grey in the house and all the regulars. One of the best Voodoo Nights of the lot, after a summer where no Wednesday has failed to deliver.

One of the biggest tracks of the night, the new mixes of Erick and Markus Binapfl’s ‘Alive’.

Morillo, Tenaglia and Grey

After Pacha, it was straight to the airport to get on a plane bound for Frankfurt, our stopover on route to play at Sanctuary in Dubai. It’s a great venue, based inside the amazing Atlantis hotel resort.

Inside, the club was jammed packed with enthusiastic fans. They were all extra thirsty for Erick Morillo since he missed his last show in the city due to the freak Icelandic volcano eruption few months back.

Sanctuary, Dubai

This was going to be quickie because in Dubai they close early, so Erick played his heart out. Let me not forget all the beautiful women that kept asking for a photo with Erick – what a tough life! Big thanks to all that came and we will see you all back in Dubai in November…

Next might we were at the mighty Gatecrasher Birmingham in the UK. This was always going to be a special night, with GB celebrating their second year anniversary. So who did they call on, but Erick Morillo.

International sunglasses!

This is one of my favourite nightclubs in the world. Let me tell you, the crowd here is one of the best I’ve seen. Erick walked into the booth and “Boom!” all these pyrotechnics went off! The fans went insane. We saw plenty of love from them live via Twitter too as the party went from strength to strength. Fantastic support.

The GB dancers are some of the hottest out there too. And I want to give a shout out to the fan that we saw in Dubai on Friday who had followed us to Birmingham for Saturday. Erick signed his glasses in Dubai and then in GB. Now that’s FAN!

Erick showed this past weekend why he’s a contender for Mixmag’s Greatest DJ of All Time award. Gatecrasher, you keep doing what your doing and you will have many more anniversaries!

Gatecrasher freaks

On Sunday Erick went down to London to record his next mix CD – to be released in November. We’ll have more news for you about that in the next few days, so keep an eye on erickmorillo.com but let’s just say it’s going to be blowing your stereo/headphones into pieces very soon…

Manny – Tour Manager

A-Trak at Voodoo Nights Tonight

Tonight is the penultimate Subliminal party in Ibiza of 2010, Voodoo fans, and of course you know we’re going out in style. Erick is particularly excited to have the fantastic talent that is A-Trak joining him this evening as special guest.

The young DMC, ITF & Vestax DJ championship winner turned global DJing sensation comes to Pacha Ibiza to rip seven shades of hell out of the eager and willing dancefloor.

His Duck Sauce collaborations with Armand van Helden always impress, with current oddball beats smash ‘Barbra Streisand’ sure to raise the roof tonight.

Combined with the formidable line-up of Carl Kennedy and witch doctor Morillo in the house as ever, this is gonna be ultra lively from start to finish. You with us?

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Voodoo Nights Sept 22