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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VIDEO: Erick Morillo at Miami WMC 2012

Check out the world exclusive of Subliminal Records at Miami Winter Music Conference 2012. The party starts at the Subliminal Records party at Amnesia with Erick Morillo, Danny Tenaglia, SYMPHO NYMPO, Chuckie, Harry Choo Choo Romero, Jose Nunez, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Norman Doray, Sneaky Sound System, Carl Kennedy, Shawnee Taylor and Segarra. The crew then heads to the Ultra Music Festival with live performances from Shawnee Taylor, Segarra, Wyclef from the Fugees and some hilarious commentary from Dirty Dutch head man Chuckie. The finale of the week was at Swanky club LIV, where Erick celebrates his birthday with Chuckie again gracing the decks with Erick, and stars such as Diddy, Cassie and other in the booth and more impromptu performances from Wyclef, Shawnee, Segarra and new talent Nate Walker.

SYMPHO NYMPHO – The Beginning (Album Preview)

Dance Music legends Erick Morillo, Harry “Choo Choo” Romero and Jose Nunez unite to form super group “Sympho Nympho”

The dance music world is about to be knocked off its foundation as three of dance music’s most acclaimed producers – Erick Morillo, Harry “Choo Choo” Romero and Jose Nunez – have combined forces to form the super group Sympho Nympho. The band has a massive Miami Music Week in store with a brand new Subliminal Records compilation The Beginning and exclusive live performance at Subliminal Session at Amnesia on Tuesday, March 20.

Together under the Sympho Nympho guise they create intense drama with their use of delays, frequency and reverbs to build climactic tensions and nerve tingling crescendos.
Well respected, chart-topping vocalists have travelled from all over the globe to join forces; each sharing the same vision of returning groove based beats to the popular masses.

The first taste of Sympho Nympho original productions and remixes are available exclusively via their debut compilation, The Beginning. It’s jam-packed with brand new original material including “Build It Up (In Your Face Mix), “We Groove (Sympho Nympho Dub Remix)” and “Make You Sweat (Sympho Nympho Remix)” plus the already-classic Sympho Nympho remix of Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat. Skin “If This Ain’t Love.” Additional Sympho Nympho remixes of Eddie Amador & Harry Choo Choo Romero feat. Countre Black “We Are The Beautiful Ones, David John “Mr. Fantastic,” Alexandra Burke feat. Erick Morillo “Elephant,” Craig David feat. Erick Morillo “Get Drunk Up” and In The Screen feat. Rachael Starr “Keep On Dancin” sit along site personal favorites from the likes of Bart B More & Tai, Todd Terry & House Of Gypsies, Robbie Rivera, Tommy Trash, Afrojack & R3Hab, Zedd and much more.

Erick Morillo needs very little introduction, a household name, a platinum selling artist, a producer who has topped the charts worldwide with the Real 2 Reel hit “I Like To Move It” and the owner of Subliminal Records. He’s produced under pseudonyms including Ministers De La Funk (along with Harry and Jose), RAW, Smooth Touch, RBM, Deep Soul, Club Ultimate, Li’l Mo Ying Yang, has remixed everyone from Whitney Houston to Basement Jaxx, from the Sneaker Pimps to Macy Gray and has collaborated with the likes of Puff Daddy. He’s big in the game to say the least.

It was while working on The Dronez material with Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero and Jose Nunez, producers of percussive, funky tracks Cro-Magnon and Erectus – Subliminal Records – that the concept for Sympho Nympho was born. “We kinda soaked up all musical genres since the late 70′s between us,” says Jose. “We wanted to explore our diversity in a new dimension for us – popular music. It’s a radio friendly sound where we’ve morphed all our ideas and influences.” Harry adds, “With Sympho Nympho, we get to be more playful and express ourselves in a totally different way than before. It’s a new boundary for us, that we are having a blast discovering.”

2012 will be the year of Sympho Nympho – Confirmed for April is single release of Sympho Nympho Feat. Segarra “Beautiful Reality” with a Sympho Nympho artist album and further collaborations with big time talent including Dizzee Rascal, Wyclef Jean, Pitbull and Sean Paul in the pipeline.

Sympho Nympho

“The Beginning”

Release dates

March 20th – Digital

March 27th – CD

CD1

1 Maxxi Soundsystem & DRW feat. Royston – “Open Your Eyes (Original Mix)

2 Parallel Dance Ensemble “Shopping Cart (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix)

3 Jean Jacques Smoothie feat. Tara Busch “2People (2011 Rework) (Dcup Remix)

4 Phillip Jensen “Ease The Pressure (Original Mix)”

5 Bart B More & Tai “Nobody Canna Cross It (Di Bus Can Swin) (Original Mix)”

6 Todd Terry & House Of Gypsies “Samba (Matteo DiMarr’s Old School Meets New School Remix)

7 Disco Fries feat. Niles Mason “Born To Fly (Alex Kenji Remix)”

8 Ministers de La Funk “Gravy (Sympho Nympho Remix)”

9 Robbie Rivera “Funkatron(Tocadisco Remix)

10 Eddie Amador & Harry Choo Choo Romero feat. Countre Black “We Are The Beautiful Ones (Sympho Nympho Remix)”

11 Sympho Nympho “Build It Up (In Your Face Mix)

12 Per QX feat. Andrea Love “U Can’t Hide (Organ Mix)”

13 David John “Mr. Fantastic (Sympho Nympho Dub Remix)”

14 Sympho Nympho “We Groove (Sympho Nympho Dub Remix)”

CD2

1 Bart B More & Tai “Nobody Canna Cross It (Di Bus Can Swin) (TWR72 Remix)”

2 Sympho Nympho “Make You Sweat (Sympho Nympho Remix)”

3 Alexandra Burke feat. Erick Morillo “Elephant (Sympho Nympho Remix)

4 Chris Moody feat. Ashtrobot “Rock Me (Original Mix)”

5 Carl Kennedy feat. Cheyenne “Once Upon A Time (Original Mix)”

6 Tommy Trash “Sex Drugs Rock n Roll (Original Mix)

7 Craig David feat. Erick Morillo “Get Drunk Up (Sympho Nympho Remix)”

8 In The Screen feat. Rachael Starr “Keep On Dancin” (Sympho Nympho Remix)

9 Jared Dietch feat. Kelli Sae “You’re Not Alone (Gregori Klosman Remix)”

10 Donovans “Rise & Fall (Original Mix)

11 Afrojack & R3Hab “Prutataaa (Dada Life Remix)

12 Zedd “Slam The Door (Original Mix)”

13 Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat. Skin “If This Ain’t Love (Sympho Nympho Remix)”

Tuesday March 20


Subliminal Sessions


Amnesia
136 Collins Ave

Miami Beach

FL 33139

Phone 305 538 2424


Reservations 305 538 2424


www.amnesiamiami.com


Advance tickets available here: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Featuring

Erick Morillo


Danny Tenaglia


Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano


Harry Romero


Norman Doray


Sneaky Sound System


Jose Nunez


Carl Kennedy


Featuring Special Guest: Chuckie


w/ performances by Sympho Nympho, Shawnee Taylor & Segarra

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Erick Morillo’s highlights of 2011 (..with an eye on 2012)

NYE Marquee

2011 started with a big BANG this year! It was the opening of the brand new day & night super club Marquee in Las Vegas. Anyone who’s been here will know what I’m talking about. This was a totally off the wall party, Erick was chatting with Jennifer Lopez just before his set, while Jay-Z was freestyling on the mic bigging up Coldplay, who also performed. When Erick was getting right down to party time in his set, Diddy came down to the booth to party too. This was an a-list star-studded night to ring in 2011.

New Year’s Eve photo’s by Worldredeye.com

Brazil Tour

Only a matter of weeks after the mammoth Marquee party it was the first Brazilian tour of 2011. Five cities in four days with the private jet on stand-by to take the crew from city to city. The tour started in sunny Rio at exclusive venue the Jockey Club. There were so many hot Brazilian women there with such a good vibe, it was hard for the crew to pull themselves away, but they had to leave as the jet was waiting to fly to party number two on day one, at Brasilia. This was a much smaller club, nevertheless, the people had just as much passion and energy. Erick says “Wow, what an awesome night, I’m shattered and need to get some rest before Recife tomorrow.” It was raining in Recife but that didn’t stop play. Recife partied till the sun came up, and it all happened in a boat yard! Such a cool venue. Next up was a trip the humid jungle-like atmosphere of Florianopolis and the huge Creamfields festival. The energy here was insane! There must have been sixty thousand people all going mental to Erick’s set. Steve Angello’s brother AN21 was in town and stopped by to get down. This was a truly awesome gig. The final gig of the tour was in Sao Paulo at new club Cafe de la Musique. This is where the beautiful people of Sao Paulo come to party. However, don’t just take our word for it, check the video, you won’t be disappointed.

Miami – Birthday party @ LIV & Ultra Music Festival

Birthday parties are always special, and Erick’s 40th was something very special. To DJ all night on your own birthday shows your passion for the music and bringing the party to the people. The guest list looked more like it belonged to the Grammys with A Listers like Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, Diddy, Craig David, Naomi Campbell, Caprice and Felix da Housecat amongst others turning up. Will, Diddy and Craig all took to the mic and rapped and sang to the music. Craig David sang his collaboration track with Erick ‘Fly Away’, LIV didn’t know what hit them. There was even a giant cake brought to the middle of the dance floor and out popped a beautiful woman wearing a tiara and happy birthday sash. The floor was full till daybreak! Erick rocked it!

The party did not stop there! The very next day Erick would rock out in front 50,000 people at the Ultra Music Festival. There was a live element added to the show with Shawnee Taylor, Rachel Starr and Jessica Sutta formerly of The Pussycat Dolls all singing live. The Ultra crowd were loving it. Not only that, Diddy decided to crash the party and take to the stage for an impromptu performance of gigantic proportions! The crowd were going wild! Erick played a rocking super tight set with bomb after bomb, but Diddy stole the show here. Erick was only too glad to share the stage with his superstar buddy.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO OF THE BIRTHDAY PARTY AND ERICK & DIDDY AT ULTRA

Ibiza 2011 @ Pacha

Many more gigs later and the summer descends before there’s hardly time to catch a breath. The Ibiza parties at Pacha were even busier than 2010! Chuckie opened with Erick and it was the place to play for the hardcore clubbers and househeads. The people who are serious about their music and clubbing make it out for the opening parties. Chuckie plays a more housey set than his usual progressive/electro vibe then Erick follows and literally blows the roof off. One of the highlights of the season for Erick was having New York DJ legend and the DJs DJ, Danny Tenaglia. It was the first time Danny had played at a Subliminal night at Pacha and boy did he bring his super cool underground New York flavour to the club, the dance floor was jam packed right to the end of the night!, always the sign of a great DJ to keep the floor busy till the lights come up. Erick let Danny close the night on this historic occasion. The closing party was just as busy as the opening party, Shawnee Taylor sung an unbelievable PA and she rightly was the star of the show. Erick and Harry Choo Choo also played a blinder which was a fitting conclusion to a super successful season on the white isle. Again, don’t take our word for it, we have video evidence.

Videos from Ibiza 2011

Opening party with Chuckie & Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero

Danny Tenaglia at Pacha

Closing party with Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero & Shawnee Taylor

Production

As well as all the amazing parties and festivals throughout 2011 Erick has been very busy in the studio too. I know what you’re thinking, where does he get the time right? One of the highlights this year is new project SYMPHO NYMPHO, a coming together of house production legends Erick, Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero and Jose Nunez. If that wasn’t enough they have an unbelievable line-up of guest performers on their album dropping March 2012. It features Wyclef Jean, Segarra, Pitbull, Busta Rhymes, Jessica Sutta and Dizzee Rascal. It’s packed with a ton of stars! Erick is very very excited about this album, he says “This is an amazing new sound, it’s a sound for all the kids out there, they are gonna freak when they hear this.” To get a taste of the SYMPHO NYMPHO sound check out this great new podcast featuring 48 mins of pure dance power!

SYMPHO NYMPHO Podcast 01 with Erick Morillo, Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero & Jose Nunez by SYMPHONYMPHO

February sees hot new single with UK singing star Alexandra Burke called’ Elephant’ and Erick teams up with Eddie Thoneick again with new track ‘If This Ain’t Love’ featuring Skin of Skunk Anansie. Shawnee Taylor has a new single called ‘Colours’ coming in 2012, Erick says, “This is a departure for Shawnee. It’s a whole new sound and people are really going to be blown away it. You’re going to hear Shawnee like you’ve never heard her before.” So a lot to look forward to then.

Dance music blows up in the US of A!

These new releases coincide with the massive dance movement in America right now. Historically, U.S. DJs have mostly travelled to Europe to play DJ gigs. Their careers have mostly been built on the other side of the pond. However, now it’s the European DJs coming to America for regular slots like Tiesto, Steve Angello and Swedish House Mafia . The Swedes recently turned the iconic Madison Square Gardens into a nightclub, and even followed it up with a sell-out after party at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. This is unheard of in recent times and will set a precedent for other acts to follow. Even the Canadians like Deadmau5 are selling out huge shows five nights in a row. Kaskade is now producing more progressive music and taking Vegas by storm. Erick says “these are really exciting times for dance music in America. 2012 is going to be even bigger than 2011. What the Swedes have done at MSG, and festivals like Ultra, EDC and Burning Man, people in America are going dance music crazy! It feels great. It’s so exciting.”

Personal Life – A time to chill

After working so hard through 2011 Erick is going to take a well-deserved week vacation in the sunshine paradise of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. It would be rude to go alone, so he’s taking no less than nineteen Morillo’s with him! “I’m taking my whole family away with me for Christmas. There will be nineteen Morillo’s on the scene, and it’s going to be like the Olympics every day, hahaha”. Well it’s hats off and swimming shorts on for Erick as we wish him well for the holiday period. And if what we’ve heard thus far about 2012 is anything to go by, 2012 is going to be even bigger than 2011.

Happy holidays from Erick, SYMPHO NYMPHO and all at Subliminal Records.

Words: Nick Navaro