Erick Interview & Essential New Tune!

For those who didn’t catch Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show on Friday night, it came live from Ibiza featuring an interview with our very own Erick Morillo.

Pete and Erick chatted about their exciting plans for the summer ahead, with Erick manning the controls at Pacha every Wednesday and Pete back there every Friday.

There was also a surprise for Erick and production partner Eddie Thoneick who was also in the studio when their new single ‘Stronger’ was named this week’s Essential New Tune.

Listen to the full interview below, or listen again to the whole show until the end of the week.

There’s also a namecheck for The Experience, the new dance music TV show featuring Erick as resident DJ – look out for the footage shot during the interview in the Cafe Mambo radio studios on the next episode

Stronger is released June 21st on Subliminal Records.

Video: Erick Morillo Interview on CNN

If you didn’t happen to catch it on TV last night (although from the response on Twitter and Facebook loads of you obviously did), here’s Erick’s appearance on CNN as their ‘Connector of the Day’.

He speaks about everything from the importance of Ibiza to his work on Subliminal, and his early Latin music influences to plans to set up a charity in Columbia.

Great to see dance music getting some hugely positive exposure on such an important global platform, and who better in the world to do it?!

CNN Connect the World video site

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

Diary: Summer Island Hopping

Erick at Voodoo Nights, Ibiza

We’re entering the peak of summer, so Erick’s gig calendar is packed. But we’re having so much fun it’s a real pleasure to keep on travelling to all these great party destinations. This week, we started off as usual at Pacha Ibiza for a night that really should have been dubbed ‘Subliminal All Stars’.

Pacha’s own Andy Baxter is not only a resident DJ but a local too and he sure knows how to get the locals to the dancefloor early. Then it was wall-to-wall Subliminal talent, starting with Denis The Menace and Markus Binapfl, who really are a perfect mix playing together. They feed off each other’s energy and the crowd can feel it to.

Markus Binapfl

Markus started playing on a drum set that he brought and man, this guy has some skills! What an amazing act to watch. Then came Subliminal’s very own Harry Choo Choo Romero. Now if you don’t know, Harry is on a total mission at the moment. He’s producing bomb tracks lately like ‘Here Comes That Sound‘ and ‘Acid Kraft‘ and is on fire as a DJ too. He had the crowd with their arms up in the air from the first record and what’s funny was he hadn’t even begun trying. It was mayhem from there onwards.

That lead perfectly into Voodoo Doctor head boss man himself, Erick Morillo. Erick told me before he went on that the music he was going to play tonight was “all about making everyone feel sexy”. If you know his sets and Subliminal’s output, that’s always what it’s about. However he managed to push everyone’s sex buttons a little harder than usual tonight and the result was a heaving dancefloor and plenty of raunchy moves.

Tiesto with Harry Romero

Everyone who was anyone seemed to be at Pacha by this stage. We had Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding in the place, and tennis star Raphael Nadal, plus another of the island’s big resident DJs, Tiesto, stopped by. He was really getting into Erick’s vibe, as was Richard Grey, who was his usual crazy self. Meanwhile Erick, the true showman, was dancing, showing off and dropping new bombs to put the crowd in their weekly voodoo trance. Special thanks to you, the fans, that always make this night so special!

Into the Erick Morillo jet

The next night we were over on the Spanish mainland. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Marbella, and you know what? It’s true and then some. Erick has played at Dreamers in the resort for many years and considers it his home here. The venue is super sexy. Two floors with a wrap around balcony for all VIPs to see what the DJ is doing.

Dreamers Marbella

Erick walked into booth with the normal smile lighting up the faces of his eager fans and BOOM! The man of the hour was on the decks. Erick has been so in tune with what every different destination we play is craving for, and Marbella was no different. Sexy house music and some big room tracks just to get the hands up in the air. Phones were being passed to Erick with messages on, he was signing t-shirts, sunglasses, you name it. One guy gave Erick a 500 Euro note to sign. Wow! These people love him. We had a few people visit us in the booth including the lovely Rebecca Tong (Pete Tong’s daughter) and overall this night was about great vibes.

Friday it was onwards to another place Erick likes to call home, Byblos in Croatia. He’s played here numerous times, so we always expect a big turn out here. It’s an outdoors covered venue, very spacious and with some great very professional staff, from the doorman to the bathroom attendant. The DJ booth is a as close as you can get to the dance floor, so Erick walked on the scene with his usual smile and plenty of hand shakes.

Resident DJ D & G – also the promoter for this event – opened up for Erick and set him up very nicely. Then E totally raised the roof with some brand new music he’s just received from Harry Choo Choo Romero. I don’t think anyone can touch Erick this summer – he’s totally at the top of his game. “It’s going to be a good summer,” he beamed at me, as the club went off yet again.

Byblos, Croatia

There were so many beautiful women underneath one roof it was unreal. Right when you think you have heard it all, a particularly attractive girl next to me said “we are models we now how to do everything.” I don’t know what she meant when she said that, but it sure sounded interesting. Special thanks to the whole staff at Byblos. We can’t wait to come back.

Paradise Club, Mykonos

final stop of our latest tour was Mykonos in Greece. The legendary Paradise club loves Erick, so another big turn-out is always guaranteed here. The club is on top of a mountain peak overlooking some of the most beautiful beaches and ocean front houses you will ever see. The dancefloor is set around an outside pool bar, with the DJ booth in the middle and about 600 crazed fans were screaming Erick’s name the whole night. There was a full moon this evening so the energy was sky high throughout and the people were so responsive to every record.

Morillo lovers, Mykonos

Some fans even brought a banner in that read ‘I Love Erick Morillo’ that was bouncing about in the madness of it all. Wow what a night… and what a morning. As the party rocked on, the sun begun to creep back up behind the mountains, bathing us all in an orange glow. It was a sight to remember. Thank God Erick told me to bring my shades! A great end to this week’s tour. See you back in Ibiza this Wednesday, and across Europe again at the weekend…

Manny – Tour Manager

Paradise club sunrise