We started things off for another pan-European party week as ever, at Pacha in Ibiza on a Wednesday night. There’s no mistaking the fact that the island is in full swing now it’s the middle of August. It manages to make each night feel special, and that was certainly the case at Voodoo Nights.
We had all our friends from Pacha NYC in the building, celebrating 5 years of the famous cherries having a home in the big apple. Eddie Dean, Rob Fernandez and the whole crew really brought the New York vibe to Ibiza.
Meanwhile in the main room Carl Kennedy opened up and set levels for the night at SEXY. Then Sidney Samson stepped up to do his thing and the crowd were loving it. He’s made quite a name for himself since smashing into everyone’s consciousness with ‘Riverside’, and the Pacha faithful were pleased he’d come as a guest of Subliminal Sessions.
From the moment Erick entered the club he just seemed 100% focussed, and when he hit the decks you could tell that he was. His set was all about “bringing sexy back” as he said. It was a proper voodoo witch doctor masterclass. The floor was packed till the bitter end and Erick played till 7:15am as too many people were screaming his name to let him stop.
The next night we hit the mainland to play at the Zoo club in Sanxenxo. Wow. What a club and what love. As we pull up to the venue all you can see was a bunch of crazed young people screaming “Morilloooo!” An amazing sight to see, and it continued like that inside.
Once Erick arrived he said, “Are you ready? I’m ready.” Then things went boom! The whole place erupted, the heads bopping furiously and hands waving up in the air. “Morillo! Morillo! Morillo!”
It’s difficult to describe the feeling of seeing 3000 people screaming their heads off in 3 different rooms, all filtering Erick’s sound and video from the main booth. It was sick! Erick played his ass off. Even the owner mentioned these fans love Erick more than any other DJ they ever showcase. That’s saying a lot! Special thanks to all that showed. You were amazing. See you in Ibiza!
Next night we were back at Via Notte in Corsica. This place was packed from the minute they opened. It’s an amazing outdoor venue with balconies over looking the dancefloor, and when Erick arrived security made a pathway for him through the crowd and it just looked like the champ had arrived!
He summarily blew Corsica’s mind with his accas and his perfect selection of mixes. ”Ooooh my god!” DJ Dove kept screaming on the mic, and with just cause. Then the rain came. It didn’t deter the clubbers though, as the wet dancefloor remained packed. One of Erick’s close friends had 7 bottles of Dom P sent to the booth for us to enjoy. Another amazing night and amazing people.
As we made our way over to Amsterdam, nothing can stop the EM train. The Loveland festival was packed everywhere you looked, but our stage was particularly amazing. All the crazed fans were suspended on a rubber matt with a pool underneath. So when the crowd bounced they did it in waves, kinda like a human sea. Just sick!
Erick began his set and said “I’m going to take them right up, and then I’m going to bring it back sexy. You don’t need to play the hits in order to get this crowd to roar!” He had this crowd jumping so much that they broke the floor and it had to be given an emergency to repair while Erick was still spinning. Amazing.
Erick said he thought this was his best gig in Amsterdam in over 3 years, so thanks to you bouncing, waving, raving loons for making it so good.
We hopped on our plane in a frenzy to make the next gig at Electrocity in Poland. The rush clearly effected Erick as he was on fire when he arrived, and so was the crowd.
Roger Sanchez had played before so he had the crowd going already. Erick started with some amazing tracks and the crowd was soon screaming. Fans at the front were wearing Morillo t-shirts, and the visuals were sick. Erick mentioned “I feel like I’m on Star Trek with all these lasers.”
Then this whistle-stop visit was over. Erick said “I love these 2-hour quickies, but I wish we had more time. The fans here in Poland showed us a lot of love and I hope they remember this amazing showcase of music.”
We flew across to Mykonos for the second time this month for Round 2 at Paradise club. In one word: sensational! The streets were buzzing, the VIP was sold out and pre sale tickets were at their highest levels too.
Erick arrived at the club, which is on a cliff with a giant pool smack in the middle of the dancefloor, and as usual the Italians were in the house “Napoli! Napoli! Napoli!” The club set off fireworks to let the town know Erick Morillo was in the house!
He set off the night with his monster track ‘Live Your Life’ and the crowd went insane. The promoter said this was one of their biggest nights of the summer and you can’t imagine the vibe, you had to just be there. Erick told me this was his best time ever at Paradise club and he can’t wait to come back next year. As always, were does the time go? Erick ended his crazed set at 8:30am and their must have been 400 people still there when the sun was well and truly up from behind the cliffs. Special thanks to Thomas, Salvatore, Adam, Agent Greg and the whole staff at Paradise club. See you next year!
The party never ends, but this particular week finished up at the legendary Cocorico in Riccione, Italy. And wow! I can only describe this place in 2 words: f’ing amazing! The club is the shape of a pyramid but the ceiling is made of glass so you can gaze at the stars.
The people’s energy here was of the meter. Again Napoli was in the house! Erick had a crowd of thirsty Italians baying for his music, and he quenched their thirst with an amazing display of the house music the love. “This is a great way to end this week’s tour,” he told me. “I’m living the dream!”
Special thanks Enzino and his whole promotion team. You guys rock. As we headed home to Ibiza, Erick noted that no matter where he goes in the world Napoli is always representing!