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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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