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



VIDEO: SW4 festival and Ministry of Sound London UK

Erick Morillo and Subliminal Records rock SW4 festival and Ministry of Sound in London, UK

Erick Morillo hosts the Subliminal Records / DJ Mag stage at South West Four festival London UK. Line-up features Erick Morillo, SYMPHO NYMPHO (Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero & Jose Nunez), Roger Sanchez, A-Trak, Funkagenda, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AN21 & Max Vangeli & Eva Simons. The after party continues at Ministry of Sound till 7am with Erick and SYMPHO NYMPHO. Check out this amazing video.

Diary: The Party Never Ends

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.

Pacha 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.

Group photo at Subliminal Sessions, Pacha

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.

Zoo Club, Sanxenxo

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!

Via Notte, Corsica

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!

Champagne arrives at Via Notte

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.

Lovelands 'water' dancefloor

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.

Electrocity, Poland

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.”

Paradise Club, Mykonos

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.

Cocorico, Riccione, Italy

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!

Diary: Diddy & Erick Do it Dirty

Diddy Does Subliminal Sessions at Pacha

The streets and beaches of Ibiza were buzzing all of Wednesday with excitement. Everywhere you could hear ‘Diddy and Erick Morillo…Tonight…Pacha.’ Erick spent all day listening to music and kept letting me know he had his magical powers ready to unleash on Voodoo Nights.

As we arrived at the club, the lines were heavy outside with a lot of pushing going on to get in. You can certainly tell this is August on the island. Inside was no different – the dancefloor was rammed from left to right.

Voodoo Nights

Andy Baxter opened and set the tone perfectly, followed by Carl Kennedy who has been rocking Ibiza all summer. Then news spread that P. Diddy and Erick Morillo were in the building, and all the excitement from the day boiled over into a proper Voodoo frenzy.

Diddy took to the stage right in the middle of the sea of cameras and cheering faces. He is such a true showman, he worked the crowd in an instant. He had them ‘throwing their hands in the air like they just don’t care.’ Wow, the man still has it! He smashed it, performing his hit track ‘Hello Good Morning’, classics like ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ and even ending up on Sinatra’s ‘New York New York’.

Diddy Does Pacha

People were loving it, taking pictures and calling friends and holding up their mobile phones so they could hear the music. Wild. It was a star-studded night too, of course. Jude Law and Sienna Miller stayed dancing right until the end. Roger Sanchez dropped by as did Dennis Ferrer. Richard Grey was in the house and the Stafford brothers made it all the way from Australia. Even Diddy managed to squeeze into the packed DJ booth during Erick’s set. What a night. I’m sure the fans won’t ever forget this party, and neither will Ibiza.

Erick and Eddie Thoneick made a special bootleg of ‘Hello Good Morning’ especially for the night. Erick has so far only handed it out to a few key DJs, but now he’s offering it as a free download to all you fans as a big thankyou. Get it here!

New Erick Morillo logo on the jet

At the weekend we flew back to Portugal for a huge festival at Manta Beach in Portimao. The festival is held right on a beach, and when I heard over 4,000 crazed young people were going to attend we were just stoked and ready for this show to start!

Portugal’s own Pete Tha Zouk opened up for Erick. If you don’t know who he his you should! The man is on fire in Brazil and in Portugal. He’s like a household name around these parts.

Then Erick walked on the big stage and from the very moment he touched the CDJs it was a simply electrifying show. There were plenty of Erick Morillo visuals all over the place. And you know he liked seeing his name up in big lights.

Manta Beach, Portugal

The man has been in the lab and making music all summer long. These fans are just reaping the benefits of all his hard work. You could tell this crowd had not heard the tracks Erick was dropping on them this evening, but the energy was just insane. Plenty of bombs to look forward to on Subliminal, then. We would like to say thank you to Jose Manso and his crew for bringing us, and of course you fantastic fans!

Next night we hit KU in Benidorm, Spain. As we approached the venue I could not help notice it looked very like a space ship! How cool is that? This venue is just awesome. It has an outside pool area and the sound system inside is a killer. Capacity is around 3,000 people, with the DJ booth smack on the dance floor. There were a lot of Italians in the house and I knew this night was going to be massive.

KU, Benidorm

Erick walked into the building and all you heard was “NAPOLI! NAPOLI! NAPOLI! NAPOLI!” I mean, we are in Spain but the Italians took over! There was so much energy. Fans were throwing their hands around and again the Colombian flag showed up once more. You know Erick signed it! He was on top form again this evening and the promoter, Paty, screamed at me “wow Manny, Erick is the man!” That pretty much sums it up for me. This was an amazing show with great vibes. Erick loved it at KU! Special thanks to everyone who turned out and to Paty and her professional staff at KU.

Manny – Tour Manager