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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Subliminal Sessions Pacha Ibiza 2012 FULL line-up

Subliminal Sessions, Pacha, Ibiza 2012

Erick Morillo holds the longest ever residency at Pacha Ibiza, now going into his 12th amazing year! His Subliminal Sessions parties have gone from strength to strength, with the last two seasons being the most highly attended, at the most VIP club on the island. As well as upfront fresh music that you will not hear anywhere else, there’s a proper party crowd in tow, and a list of VIPs as long as your arm, you just never know who you’re going to bump into you, from Diddy, Axwell, Tiesto, Paris Hilton the list goes on.

This season sees the return of Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello. The last time he played was the opening of the 2010 season, and rocked Pacha to it’s very foundations with an all night back to back set with Erick himself. Also, this year sees a residency with Mr. Dirty Dutch, Chuckie. After an amazing couple of years rocking all over the world, Chuckie will make many appearances at Subliminal Sessions this year, along with SYMPHO NYMPHO, the new super group of Erick Morillo, Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero and Jose Nunez, and also spinning will be Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano from Amsterdam. Other guests include AN21, Carl Kennedy, Dirty South, Max Vangeli, Norman Doray, Sneaky Sound System and Shawnee Taylor.

The theme for this season’s parties, really is out of this world. “When you’ve been out burning the candle at both ends the world becomes a little blurry, your senses are heightened and everything is not exactly as it seems. This is the feeling that has inspired the ‘Beautiful Reality’ theme this season. The venue will be transformed into a surrealist wonderland, with stairways and doors leading to erotic fantasies of the unconscious mind.” – Erick Morillo.

Here are full line-up of dates for EVERY WEDNESDAY at Pacha, through the Ibiza season 2012.

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May 30th
Erick Morillo
Chuckie
Sympho Nympho
Shawnee Taylor
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June 06th
Erick Morillo
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Norman Doray
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June 13th
Erick Morillo
Carl Kennedy
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June 20th
Erick Morillo
Chuckie
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June 27th
Erick Morillo
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
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July 04th
Erick Morillo
Sneaky Sound System
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July 11th
Erick Morillo
AN21 & Max Vangeli
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July 18th
Erick Morillo
Chuckie
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July 25th
Erick Morillo
Steve Angello
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
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August 01st
Erick Morillo
Sympho Nympho
Carl Kennedy
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August 08th
Erick Morillo
AN21 & Max Vangeli
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
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August 15th
Erick Morillo
Chuckie
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August 22nd
Erick Morillo
Steve Angello
Dirty South
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August 29th
Erick Morillo
Sympho Nympho
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September 05th
Erick Morillo
Chuckie
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September 12th
Erick Morillo
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Sympho Nympho
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September 19th
Erick Morillo
Chuckie
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September 26th
Erick Morillo
Special Guest TBC
Carl Kennedy
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Diary: Kelis Live & SW4 Madness

Ibiza was buzzing yet again this week, with another ultra special Subliminal Sessions night on the cards, staring the amazing Kelis. We started off with a killer pre-party at Cafe Mambo and the excitement about the big night ahead was heavy in the air.

Erick at Mambo

Carl Kennedy opened up the night over the island at Pacha with style, as he always does, before passing things over to Dirty South. He totally ripped up, playing some very cool bootlegs.

Then came the big moment – Kelis performing live right in the thick of the action on the VIP stage. She rocked the house from the word go. She sang ‘Scream’, ‘4th July’, ‘Accapella’, ‘Spaceship’ and ‘Milkshake’ and had the crowd going bananas.

Kelis at Pacha

She worked them lovely, so by the time the resident Witch Doctor Erick played, the whole place was explosive. And Erick was playing just what the crowd wanted to hear. He also threw in a few new tracks, which went down very well, so look out for those autumn releases on Subliminal – it’s going to be as hot as summer!

So many big names came down to party with us too. There were cameos from Tiesto, Deadmau5, A21, Richard Grey, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Max Vangelli, and everyone was in the party spirit. A21 & Max have just dropped their great mix of ‘Nothing Better’ on Subliminal too, so there was plenty to celebrate from the young guys as well as the big hitters in the house, of course.

Pacha was packed all the way till 7am and the crowd wanted more but, like always, time flies when you’re having fun so we had to leave them hungry for more. Special thanks to all that showed up and made this another serious party. Five more weeks left, Ibiza!

Plato 68, Marbella

For Friday, we moved over to Plato 68 in Marbella on the Spanish mainland. It’s a two-level nightclub with wrap around staircases and balconies overlooking the dancefloor. The DJ booth is smack in the middle of the floor and the night started off very busy. So when Erick stepped into the DJ booth it erupted like a volcano. All you could see were hands trying to touch him and fans just trying to snap a photo of their DJ icon. It was an amazing sight!

The dancers were shaking their asses all night long. One told me they have not danced like that in a long time. Special thanks to Jordi, Paty and all the fans that came out that night. See you in Ibiza!

SW4 London

Saturday daytime we were over in the UK for one of the most anticipated events of the summer, the massive SW4 festival on Clapham Common right in the middle of London.

As we arrived the streets were packed, check that, RAMMED! The festival was packed with a great line up, which saw Pete Tong and Laidback Luke on before Erick’s peaktime afternoon set, with Sasha and Armin taking things into the evening. There must have been about 50,000 fans screaming their heads off out in front of the main stage. Wow, what a vibe and so much energy!

SW4 Morillo Madness

Erick’s intro set them going, “Erick Morillo is in the house, yeah!”, and he followed that straight with ‘Live Your Life’, and people went nuts. Erick was untouchable this day, dropping all sorts of crowd-pleasers including Queen ‘We Are The Champions’ and a huge bootleg of ‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain. He crushed this festival with all the music he hit them with. It was a quickie, but a memorable. London, we’ll see you soon…

As ever, there are loads more photos in the Photos section

Manny – Tour Manager

Kelis Live at Voodoo Nights Wed 25th Aug

We’re hyped to be able to announce that Kelis will be our very special guest at Pacha Ibiza this coming Wednesday night.

She’ll be performing live alongside resident witch doctor Erick Morillo, guest Dirty South and Carl Kennedy as we present another contender for the most unmissable party of the summer.

“Funkagenda’s mix of ‘Acapella’ has been one of my favourite records of the year, hands down”, says Erick. “So I’m really, really happy we’ve been able to secure a live show from the fabulous Kelis at Voodoo Nights this week.

“Following the total roadblock for P. Diddy’s Dirty Money show earlier this month, I know this special appearance from Kelis is going to shake Pacha to its core once again. Subliminal style, baby!”

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Voodoo Nights 25 Aug