His welcome message on his info page on Twitter is ‘hangover specialist’, so fear not as you click that follow button, for you are in safe hands on and off the dance floor. The house, progressive and electro DJ speaks to us fresh from a first time trip to Ibiza which is a fitting way to celebrate 10 years on decks in a place that is arguably the holy grail of DJ-ing and crazy club experiences…
You were recently in Ibiza for the European summer, what was in your ‘Ibiza for Dummies’ guide list of things to do and see?
I went on holiday and managed to hook up a set at Base Bar where Hed Kandi originated from.
Besides doing the obvious club nights, a must see is Mambo Café after watching the sunset to a beach full of applauding punters in San Antonio. I also did cliff jumping on the Talamanca side of the Island, watched the sunrise after a night out.
What does Ibiza mean to a DJ’s career?
It all makes sense once you’ve been there… all the passion, politics, hard work, the late nights, sacrifice… you realise why you do it!
The good, bad and ugly of Ibiza…
The Good – There isn’t enough space on this page to mention that.
The Bad – First National Bank tuning you “ACCOUNT EMPTY!”
The Ugly – Having to leave…
Sitting a mere few meters away from Eric Prydz at Mambo Café ( with Goldfish, Chris Jack, Crazy White Boy, Anthea and Dave), having shooters with Ryk Neethling and Pete Tong walking past, Nelson from MTV chilling in the crowd, not realising that the guy that looks like Rafael Nadal actually was him and chatting to Shapeshifters.
What’s the one thing that had to be your ultimate game changer in Ibiza?
Watching Swedish House Mafia live and seeing how the three of them just flow and create absolute seamless…
What are your predictions or predispositions for our upcoming summer?
Looking at the overseas scene I think we are in for a big house comeback, slower IDM 😉 and more driving track’s with the ‘Big Room’ sound. Well let’s hope at least.
What can your crowd expect from your shows?
Wow, I find these questions hard to answer, hahaha… what I can tell you is that you can expect good music, a serious amount of tequila and a hangover the next day.
Who’s throwing the best gigs locally?
Trinity with Hype Media behind them really owns it at the moment, second to that would have to be Fridays at Fez, and lastly I would say my residency Sunday Satisfaction – it’s the number one place to be on a Sunday night, if you’re not in Camps Bay that is – SS is the perfect weekend rave session!
Wow too many events to say, some of those festivals man, they are just insane. It’s crazy to see how many amazing artists are on one stage. My next “have to do” is the Miami Winter Music Conferene – it looks awesome.
Lastly… Morning afters. What do you do to chill, apart from sleeping all day?
Apart from sleeping? Hmmm… chill with mates, take the bike for a cruise, walk the pooch on the beach and FIFA, have to make time for FIFA!!!
Top 5 non-dance tunes:
Wow I don’t really know, I think it’s better to say who my top 5 non-dance artists are:
Kylie Minogue (she’s HOT)
Top 5 dance tunes:
Sasha – Expander (Funkagenda Rework)
Olivier Giacomotto – Zoomanity
Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso – Calling
Marco Lys – Go (Prok & Fitch Remix)
Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
Leyton Lee is a residential DJ at China White for the Sunday Satisfaction and can be heard on GoodHope FM’s Night Funk with Mixi.
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