Thursday, 30 August 2007

Creamfields UK 26/08/07

Last Saturday it was all about getting back up the M6 to my spiritual home near Liverpool, for Creamfields 2007. I've been resident for Cream now for the last four years, and I've built up a very special following with the Cream faithful, hence why I always look forward to getting back up to the North West for a good bank holiday tear up. I was due to open the main 10,000 capacity Cream arena at 3pm, and after fighting our way through the usual Saturday afternoon football traffic, we arrived on site with five minutes to spare before I went on.

As soon as I played my first track, the punters came pouring into the tent and with 20 minutes gone, the place was going off like a rocket. I love DJing in the afternoon to bang up for it crowds, it's a great feeling seeing people smiling their face off. Festivals are all about big records for me. It's not time to educate, punters want it right between the eyes from the off so that's exactly what I did. All of my biggest current up beat, driving records, predominately main room trance with the odd classic thrown in - I enjoyed every minute of my hour and a half set.

My mate Adam Sheridan took over from me at 4.30pm, plugging in Abelton Live and his Apple Mac rather than using the CDJ's. I'm still not convinced about using a computer rather than beat mixing. Takes away the excitement for me, and the freedom and enjoyment of using the more than capable CDJ 1000's. Leaving the main arena to Adam, we set off around site to check things out. Cream have made loads of improvements to the layout, and they're now in their second year at the Daresbury site, after moving out of Liverpool last summer. The main stage rocked, Strongbow's Arena was really cool and I spent time in the Subliminal Tent and Hed Kandi VIP as well as the artist area.

I also got to spin a headline set in the newly added for 2007 Residents Bar. Featuring resident DJs from all the big north west clubs like Tangled in Manchester, Dirty Disco in Leeds, I played the sunset slot in this tent, and it went RIGHT off. Like the proverbial in fact, I had a riot in there. The tent was rammed, everyone bang up for it, and I span a driving house set, again with some current favourites thrown in, including my remix of The Gossip and my latest production 'Step Off'. Both now well and truly road tested. We partied for the rest of the night and got away from the site just after 2am, heading straight back down to London. Creamfields 2007 was as expected, amazing.

I'm off to Ibiza this week for Cream at Amnesia on Thursday. I'm recording my set for the site so check back early next week for a listen and updated blog from the show. See ya!

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Mixmag Ibiza Blog 3

I've had a mad few weeks in Ibiza, kicking off last Thursday 9 August with a massive show at Amnesia for Cream. I was billed in the main room alongside PVD and Ferry Corsten, so the show had roadblock written all over it. The punters literally came bouncing through the doors, and I really enjoyed my set. Playing alongside Paul and Ferry, I've been able to push my trance sound more and it's been working a treat, as well as road testing my own productions. ‘La Galeria' is really building momentum.

Ferry took over at 2am and I set about enjoying the Mixmag Terrace. D Ramirez was over, alongside Tocadisco. I've already banged on about how good the Cream Amnesia Terrace has been all summer; it's the best house room in Ibiza, no question. Friday I headed to Pacha for a piece of David Guetta and F**k Me I'm Famous, and what a show. Amazing, one of the best sets I've ever seen at Pacha, then after a day in Formentera Saturday, it was back to Amnesia for the massive Cream Radio 1 party in the evening, the height of the summer party season.

The place was packed out, Colleen, Vernon & Tess, all of Radio 1, the cast of Hollyoaks and I even had a chat with Todd Terry who was propping up the VIP bar. I was back on main room duties again, this time warming the place up for Sasha, before he went live on air. I really enjoyed playing a house set, the sound system was amazing, and again the place went right off. The room was packed out really early, everyone bang up for the fact the club was going live to the world on Radio 1. Sasha took over from me, and I received a fantastic cheer from the Cream crowd. Job done.

I recorded my set, and you can check this out exclusively via You can hear the shouts from Annie Mac warming the crowd up, and the Radio 1 engineers testing jingles while I DJ'd – enjoy!

Axwell, Angello and Ingrosso took over from Sasha, follwed by Eddie Halliwell. I then managed to get back on at 7am for a final blast in the main room, following Eddie it was foot to the floor time, driving trance all the way.

I'm back to Ibiza first week of September but this weekend is all about Creamfields in Liverpool, Saturday 25 August. The line up is amazing, and I'm spinning two sets. 3.00-4.30pm in the main Cream Arena, then a later set in the new Residents Bar. If you haven't got tickets yet, get on it, as well as sun cream – it's looking like a scorcher.