Friday, 24 February 2012

DJ Academy - Ministry of Sound

Waaaay back in May last year, Dingo sneaked into an internet cafe on a beach in Ibiza and arranged a gift for me.  We were in the middle of a holiday in Ibiza, renting out a villa and enjoying the food, beaches and clubs that the island had to offer.  I had my DJ gear and was mucking about on the decks a couple of the nights - and Dingo got the idea for a gift.

She presented it to me and I fell over with surprise and excitement.  The gift: a 5 hour DJ Academy session at Ministry of Sound.  Booyah!  The Dingo rocks!

Fast forward to today and there I was, behind the decks in the main room (The Box), mixing a couple of CDs in front of seventeen other budding DJs and five cool as piss pros.  What a blast!  What a buzz!  They even had the lasers and smoke going to make it feel authentico.

At the start of the DJ Academy session, the "students" were split into four groups and allocated a professional DJ to show them the basics, using the real equipment in one of the four rooms of MoS.  We rotated once and then once again into one of the four rooms - The Box, The Loft, Room 103 and BabyBox.

The DJ went through the basics of beatmatching and gave all of us a go, using the music from our own collections.  It was so good to get some hands on guidance on how to beatmatch - even though I have been mucking around on the decks for some time now, I still learnt a hell of a lot - practical "experience" counts for so much.

The final part of the session was to move into the main room and as a group of four, put together a 15 minute mix to play for the other students.  Our group was kicking it and we did really well - enjoying the music and clapping the transitions.  So much fun!

It was the perfect present: lots of fun, lots of learning, and a chance to do what all DJs worth their salt have done - play at Ministry of Sound.

As I loaded the next track and cued in the music, I thought - this one's going out to the Dingo.  Kick it!!

Thursday, 25 August 2011


Here's where me and my woman are going this Saturday - SW$!!! - she just arranged the tickets off Gumtree!!!

What a star!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

the heavens will open

Taken from Space Ibiza's website - the Space Opening Party has been announced - Sunday 29 May 2011 - starting around midday I believe. No info on who will be at the decks yet, but one other website lists, possibly optimistically, Carl Cox. Either way, I will be booking tickets ASAP!

"Space Ibiza proudly presents the mother of all parties which marks the beginning of the summer's season in Ibiza. After the amazing and succesfull world tour during the winter months which has taken Ibiza's name and its music all over the world, and having received the Best Club In The World award at the "Deejay Mags Awards 2010" (thanks to all your votes) and having been nominated for Best Club In The World and Best Sound System Design at the "International Dance Awards" during Miami's Winter Music Conference, we are back with lots of energy to bring you a new season full of the best and most colourful parties with loads of good vibes and surprises. This brand new season will start with the most amazing Opening Party with an astonishing production true to Space's unique style: Seven different areas, including the acclaimed flight area, the best sound system in the world, with great visuals and lighting as well as dancers and performers who will take your breath away. Last but not least: the sound which, will be brought to you by world class DJs and producers as well as new talent; together they will take you on an unforgettable journey with their out of this world sets and performances. We will be soon revealing the names of those who will be with us to celebrate the Opening of the new season, a key date for all clubbers and music lovers in general who are always loyal to the magic of the best club in the world: Space Ibiza."

Photo (C) Space Ibiza 2011.

Monday, 14 February 2011

sharam has fun

"Fun" by Sharam

Love this tune! My favourite at the moment. The beat is good but its the vocals from Anousheh Khalili that hit the heart. No doubt this will be a big playa in Ibiza this summer!!
Listen to the "Funhouse" mix here on Beatport!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

f**k me we ARE famous

International Music Summit and FMIF Opening Party 2010!

Watch the first three minutes and you might see a few familiar cool party animals in the crowd!

Friday, 21 January 2011

new from Afrojack

New tune from Afrojack:

Afrojack has been a busy boy of late, releasing some brilliant tunes on his Wall label - including a doozy with Tocadisco, and if Bridge is as good as his previous release, "Replica", I'm all for it.

Available only at Beatport at the moment - so go there and have a listen.

More info from Afrojack website:

"A masterly collaboration was born when Afrojack and Bobby Burns checked into the studio together. The first result was one of 2010’s top selling tracks ‘Bungee’, the second Beatport’s chart topper ‘Real High’. Now they are back with their third installment ‘Bridge’ and let us just tell you up front, it’s MASSIVE!

Pete Tong: ‘Premiered on BBC Radio 1’Annie Mac: ‘Played on BBC Radio 1’Tiesto: ‘Nice record’Armin van Buuren: ‘Cool record’David Guetta: ‘Full support from me!’Zane Lowe / BBC Radio 1: ‘Supported in my show’Steve Aoki: ‘Another monster!’"