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

Diary: Independence Weekend – Ibiza, Miami, NYC & The Hamptons

Wow Ibiza! This week started out with the best night so far this summer in Ibiza. What more can you ask for… Carl Kennedy drawing the ladies to the floor to start off by dropping house music bombs including the brand new remixes of Blackwater. Then legend in his own right Richard Grey made us all want to kidnap his CD bag and make a break for it. He was dropping hits to warm the whole place up for Erick, who slammed it from the word go.

Erick Morillo, Richard Grey & David Guetta at Pacha Ibiza

Hot new P Diddy track was a hit, and guess who dropped in to dance? David and Kathy Guetta, plus Will.I.Am, who graced us all with a small cameo. We also had AfroJack himself and Rob Marmot (soon to release his nw track ‘Summer Breeze’ on Sondos). A fine Ibiza celeb turnout to compliment the packed dancefloor.

Erick Morillo & Will.I.Am at Pacha Ibiza

Next up we headed across the Atlantic to Miami. It’s always great to come home, and this is especially true for the 4th of July weekend. The streets were packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic. LIV has become one of Erick’s favourite places to play in the USA. Great soundsystem, sexy people and its home.

Erick Morillo @ LIV Miami

Lauren Lane opened up for Erick and she played a wonderful set and judging from the crowd’s reaction, I think they agreed as well. Erick arrived early just to get a vibe and boy was he ever more amped to get his set going after witnessing what it was like. When he stepped up it he was on fire, dropping exclusive new cuts and performing tricks on the CDJ2000s. This was a special night as David Grutman was celebrating his birthday and Erick gave him a shout out. As one fan told us simply “Wow man, Erick Morillo is back!”

Morillo for President!

This weekend is also the best time to visit New York – when the city is celebrating our nation’s independence. Again, the streets were a zoo. Fireworks were going off and people were screaming as we headed to Pacha NYC. Vangee opened up for Erick and this guy is as cool as the other side of the pillow. He played some tracks we’ve never even heard, before Erick started at the level he’d left of last night – pure fire! He could do no wrong. He was dropping some hot new Diddy exclusives and then guess who dropped in? Well it was P Diddy himself.

Diddy and Morillo

Then Erick played Diddy’s track ‘Hello Good Morning’ and the crowd went bananas. Holy cow! Diddy was jumping hugging Erick and giving me high fives. What a great night. Our friend the actor Dean Winters the stopped by. In fact, all of the who’s who in NYC came by to say hello. The Subliminal crew were very proud of this night and I think everyone who stopped by was amazed! No time to rest on our laurels though and now on to our final stop, Neptunes on Sunday.

This party was out in the Hamptons, so as soon as Erick was done at Pacha he hopped on a helicopter and was in the Hamptons in no time. This place was packed from the minute it opened. Daytime clubbing at its best and the woman were looking amazing with their tight bodies. Wow.

Neptunes in The Hamptons

A very good friend of Erick’s, Jason Ojeda opened up for him and set the scene lovely. The crowd was pumped up. Fist were pumping in the air. Everyone I spoke to said what a great time they were having and that Erick is “da man”. Special thanks to Rob, Eddie Dean, Pacha family and Neptunes. This was a really great weekend.