Erick Speaks About Voodoo Nights

Here’s an interview with Erick about his new Voodoo Night compilation and weekly nights in Ibiza, future stars, witchcraft and why his passion is still as powerful as it’s ever been…

Do you still think you have the same hunger for dance music now as when you first started?

I think that yes, I still have the same hunger, and I actually think that the hunger has gotten deeper and I feel now I can do anything. It’s a fun hunger as in the past I didn’t know how I was going to do certain things, and now I know what I’m doing and I’ve surrounded myself with great people. This collaboration with Defected and Strictly Rhythm has elevated my game to another level and I feel like if anyone has seen me at any of my gigs, they see me and the love and passion I have. I’m dancing, sweating and everything so yeah, I still do have that hunger and it’s grown.

Do you think you are as obsessed about having whatever is the newest thing now as you were then?

I’m definitely keen on staying at the top, and that has to encompass all the new music, all the new guys coming up and keeping my eye on what the new trends are musically, DJ wise, and so on. So I still have that passion to be at the top.

Do you ever look for new artists or is it all sewn up with people you have already spotted?

People send me demos, but I’m not as on top of my demos as I’d like to be, but I do listen, I’m always looking. I look for quality, if someone wants to send me a track, I’m very accessible. We do look for new things and new records from people, it’s just about having that quality of being a little sexy, a little dirty and housey for sure!

What new guys are you bringing out at the moment?

Some of the new guys we are championing right now, there is a guy called Antranig who people may not recognise but he has worked with Danny Tenaglia for many years. He did a couple of records for us a couple of years back, went on a hiatus and now he’s back with a vengeance. We just released a records on Subliminal, called ‘Whores’ which has really caught on, people are really responding. Now he’s going be doing this Sondos compilation this summer as well as releasing a couple of singles. Another one that I really love is Lee Kalt. He’s a DJ from New York who released a record called ‘Special K’ which was released about a year and a half ago. He now has 13 tracks which he showed me, they are unbelievable. So there will be a Lee Kalt record out this summer and one out later this year. Richard Grey is someone I’ve been working with for a while now, he handed me an artist album. We are going to be releasing a couple of singles, the first one being ‘Bang’ which is a collaboration he did with Robin S. So Richard Grey will be one of the stars doing the Subliminal thing. I’m really excited about these new guys who are doing it for us.

Tell me about your new release with Eddie Thoneick then?

I’ve known Eddie and his productions for a couple of years now, and we got in touch late last year to discuss doing a collaboration. We started doing this record, we got Shawnee Taylor on vocals, and we ended up finishing this ‘Live Your Life’ record which is going to be released in June. It worked so well that we decided to do another record together featuring Shena, which will be out in May, called ‘Nothing Better’ another record I’m excited about. Now we have a great relationship, I feel it’s working. It’s very easy to work with him, he’s a very talented person and we are going to have him this summer playing in Ibiza at Pacha and I envision doing a lot more projects with him.

Ok, let’s go on to talking about Subliminal sessions at Pacha, Ibiza.

Absolutely! I think this is going to be our ninth year? Maybe 10, I’m not how many years we’ve been doing it for! This year’s theme at Pacha is ‘Voodoo Nights’. I plan on being the resident witch doctor and playing from June to September and other medicine men this year include Richard Grey, Eddie Thoneick, Dirty South, Steve Angello, M.A.N.D.Y. also Little Louie Vega which I’m really excited about. I’m also looking forward to bringing in Fake Blood and A-TRAK. So I’m really excited, the theme is very sexy, and also shamanistic with fire eating and crazy rituals. It’s going to be fun, so come one come all; it’s going to be a great summer.

How are you going to raise the bar this year from last year? Because it gets tougher every year to do that perfect party. Is there anything you are doing differently this year than you did last year?

We started planning what we are going to do a lot earlier, we got the theme and photo shoot done, so we nailed this concept. In the photo shoot, I’m the witch doctor and the girls are like my sacrifice, if you will! We got 3 hot Brazilian models, with legs up to their necks! It’s about fun, people come to my parties because they love the energy, the fun we create. With this theme, it’s very easy to get lost in the Voodoo world! We’re dressing the club up for a night of voodoo so be prepared to be under my spell.

So let’s talk about your Subliminal Sessions album. How are you feeling about it?

Well this year’s compilation is called ‘Voodoo Nights’. It’ll have my new single ‘Live Your Life’ as well as Jose Nunez who’s coming back with a vengeance. We’ve got this track called ‘Dance Again’. One of my favourite tracks of the moment, which really blew up in Miami and you can’t get away from it Mr Dennis Ferrer ‘Hey Hey’. We also have some exclusives. We have a Cevin Fisher record called ‘We Are The Lucky Ones’ and it’s going to be released on Sondos at the end of July. There’s also a remix of Danny Tenaglia’s classic ‘Underground’ which is on the album. It’s a very sexy sexy album, there’s going to be a lot of vocals, tribal and drummy stuff.

What one track of yours would be your first choice that’s going to smash the Ibiza dance floors?

It’s hard, I know that my record ‘Live Your Life’ is going to be a big record for me this summer, I think that’s really going to take off. I also like the Dennis Ferrer ‘Hey Hey’. I think that will last all summer long. There’s a record on A-Trak’s label called ‘Babylon’ which is pretty amazing! Steve Angello did an edit and I really love that. I think those records will be big. I think the Jose Nunez ‘Dance Again’ will be big for me! I love that in dance music right now, there’s so much great music out there. As a DJ it’s a joy, as every night I can change my sets as there is so much stuff! So much quality out there, it’s going to be a great summer for me.

What other places are you playing this summer? Other big festivals, any other big international dates?

I’m a pretty lucky guy, I get to pick and choose where I play. Here in England, I’m doing SW4 in London in August, so I’m really excited about that. I’m all over the place again this summer; Bosnia, Mykonos, Cannes, Portugal, NYC, The Hamptons. You name it and I’ll most probably be there this season. I’m lucky I can pick and choose where I play, you can see my schedule at my website which is phenomenal.

Subliminal Sessions Voodoo Nights mixed by Erick Morillo Summer 2010 is out now. Download it from iTunes

Diary: Off the Hook from Vegas to Ibiza

We were playing in Las Vegas for the Memorial Day holiday, and as always this is a monster weekend in Sin City. That was even more the case with Erick headlining at Tao for a marathon set on the Sunday night.

This kind of big occasion brings the best out of Erick. The beautiful women, big lights, big sound and wild enthusiasm of the crowd. So Erick brings it hard and long (9 hours!) just the way the crowd likes it. As he was escorted to the DJ booth it was like Moses parting of the seas! Fans just wanting to touch their beloved DJ and going wild in appreciation. Patrick M had warmed things up during the first part of the night perfectly, and now we were all set for the main event.

As EM started his set, 7 hot dancers from Tao came out on stage with flash cards spelling M.O.R.I.L.L.O. Erick – the ham that he is – absolutely loved it. So many people were in there, from Paris Hilton (who twittered about the great time she was having) to Brian Timmons and his posse of ladies, that we heard was like 40 women strong! Jason and Noah stopped by, as did Sharam and Cedric Gervias. Lee Kalt was shooting great videos as always.

It was great to see so so many people turn out for our last night in the States before the summer gets underway. Erick played his usual extended set, but like all good things, it must come to an end – it’s just that this end was at 9am Monday morning. Thanks go out to Omar Galeano, James Rush and the entire staff at Tao for their professionalism. We’ll be back with you guys after a little matter of Ibiza…

On arriving on the island, our first impressions were that the streets were buzzing and the whole vibe of the place was already on fire. At lunch on the beach, we overheard some girl’s conversation about “I can’t wait to get dirty tonight.” Don’t really know what that meant, but she was hot and it certainly built the right atmosphere for the opening of our wicked Voodoo Nights party…

To kick things off right for Subliminal’s weekly Wednesdays at Pacha, Erick was playing back to back with Steve Angello for the opening night, and it felt like a main event in boxing match. Carl Kennedy opened up for the boys and as always, he rocked it. Then Steve played hard and Erick played sexy and that combination was a dancefloor time bomb that built up to explode frequently.

So many people came to say hello to Erick and Steve which made that DJ booth even more crazy than usual. Our Subliminal apparel looked amazing on the hot sexy ladies of Pacha, while the new décor, from the skull chandelier to our voodoo doll all looked great. Meanwhile the witch doctor was in full effect this evening and he had every one in a full-on ‘Erick Morillo trance’!

The night was full of energy, you could just feel waves of heat coming from the dance floor, so a great start for the summer ahead. The only problem was that it all flew by really quickly. As things came to an end, all Erick had to say was “wow, what a great night” and Steve was beaming about what an amazing time he’d had too. We’re already really looking forward to this coming Wednesday with Juan Kidd and Rob Marmot. If you’re in Ibiza, all roads lead to Pacha.

Ibiza Opening Party: June 2nd is Voodoo Nights

The long winter wait is over, the island is certainly ready (judging by this weekend’s insane first crop of opening parties) and the international party jetset have got their tickets already. It’s time for Subliminal Sessions to touch down at Pacha Ibiza for another summer residency, blowing the roof clean off, each and every Wednesday night.

Tomorrow night (June 2nd) sees Erick’s firm friend – a Pacha resident in his own right, of course – Steve Angello bring a little Swedish flavour to the party, while another of the club’s favourites, Carl Kennedy, returns for the first of his big appearances of the season.

Erick has been gearing up for the Voodoo Nights theme for weeks, so prepare for all manner of musical sorcery to be unleashed. This season has all the potential to be our best one yet – join us for the massive launch extravaganza… Get advance tickets now

Ibiza! Are You Ready for Voodoo Nights?

We’re getting very excited, and just a little bit afraid too… The Ibiza summer season is about to kick off, and Wednesday nights at Pacha are going to be transformed as Subliminal Sessions unveils its spine-tingling concept for 2010.

“Voodoo Nights is our direction this summer,” Erick can now announce. “I’ll be the resident witch doctor using my spectacular voodoo skills to put the dance floor under my spell! It’s going to be very sexy, with lots of girls running around and being sacrificed!”

Erick can be found at the controls of the world’s most famous nightclub each and every Wednesday night all summer long, from the eagerly anticipated Opening Party on June 2nd, through to the always wild Closing Party on September 29th.

“The opening party is myself and Steve Angello, who’s become one of my closest friends and allies in the industry,” says Erick. “I’ve watched him grow into one of the biggest names in house music so I’m really happy he’s still supporting Subliminal.”

Extra Special Guests

Other highlights at the guaranteed roadblocked party each week include the return of Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs, bringing his Diddy Dirty Money show to the club (August 4th). Puffy on the island is always one of the big events of the summer – just keep an eye out for that yacht!

The massive Fake Blood joins Erick (Aug 18th) with last year’s big success, M.A.N.D.Y back again for 3 dates (June 23rd & July 28th, Sept 1st). Erick’s long time favourite Louis Vega joins him for a classic summer showdown (July 14th) and turntablist turned Subliminal signing A-Trak has also just been locked down (Sept 22nd).

Keep an eye on erickmorillo.com for guestlist competitions each and every week, plus the latest gossip, pics and videos from Pacha. Wednesday nights in Ibiza are going to be the centre of the clubbing universe once more, and Voodoo Nights is gonna cast a house music spell on all who dare to dance.

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