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



CHUCKIE: Resident DJ at Subliminal Sessions, Pacha Ibiza

DJ Chuckie is long time player in the game of House Music. He is the leader of the Dirty Dutch sound, and earned his respected House Music striped over many years of playing and producing quality music. He’s one of the resident DJs at Subliminal Session at Pacha Ibiza for the 2012 season. We caught up with him and picked his brains with a few interesting questions.

1. How does it feel to be the Subliminal resident at Pacha Ibiza?

It’s an amazing feeling. I have been a fan of Subliminal and Erick for a long time now and it is a real honour to be welcomed into their family. The fact it is in Ibiza makes it even better. Last year’s Subliminal events were of the chain, as was the opening party this year. It’s gonna be a great summer As I will get to develop my residency for Subliminal.

2. How long have you been a fan of Subliminal?

For a long time now. I would say I first got into them around 1999. They’ve had so many great people involved right from the start. Plus, their events are always amazing. They really know how to do it!!

3. What are the similarities between the Subliminal & Dirty Dutch sound?

Each sound has similarities and differences to each other but I guess I would say that something that ties them together is the party atmosphere that runs throughout both camps. Both want to make everybody have a lot of fun …. And both manage it every single time.

4. Apart from Ibiza, where else is your favourite place to DJ in the world?

I’m lucky to play in a lot of amazing places. Everybody knows that America is kicking off right now and that’s something I’m really enjoying. Vegas for example is just an incredible city. But I also love going to Brazil and other South American countries. They know how to party down there! Of course Amsterdam and the UK are always amazing places to play; the clubs are always great and the people are really clued up about music culture.

5. Is Dirty Dutch on a mission to take over the world?

We don’t want to take over the world, we just want to share all this amazing music that we are a part of with the rest of the world. Over the years we have met so many amazing artists and come across so much incredible music that really, it is our duty to get this out there for the entire world to hear.

6. How many hats do you have?

Haha. Why? Have you found one? I have a lot of hats. But it seems that I am also losing them at about the same rate as I pick them up. I have now mastered the art of a stage dive whilst keeping the hat on so will hopefully be able to hang onto a few that bit longer.

7. Vinyl, CDs or USB?

They are all great. They all have benefits and they have things that are not as good, you just have to weight them up for you personally. As I travel so much, USB sticks are great for me because it allows me to take all my music away with me easily. So I only use USBs, that’s it! Dance music always moves with the times and we’ve got this great technology right in the palm of our hands ….. let’s use it. We’ve gotta keep evolving people!

8. What producers do you rate right now- who’s killing it?

Betatraxx and Gregori Klosman are two guys that are completely killing it for me right now. Every time I see them play they do something different, and each time it blows me away.

9. What piece of advice would you give to someone going to Ibiza clubbing for the first time?

Get your sleep in before you come because it’s unlikely you’ll get any whilst you here. Oh and also, make sure you check out Subliminal at Pacha!!!!

Get all the dates and ticket info for Subliminal Session at Pacha Ibiza here
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Video: Pacha Ibiza opening party 2012

Check out the amazing video from the opening party 2012 at Pacha Ibiza. Erick Morillo, SYMPHO NYMPHO (Erick Morillo, Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero & Jose Nunez), Chuckie & Shawnee Taylor rock the club all night long. And we see just why Subliminal and Erick Morillo has been such a success in Ibiza for so many years and still pushing at full power!

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