As I haven’t posted on here for so long, you’d be forgiven for thinking I haven’t been up to much on the DJ front. Actually this couldn’t be further from the truth – as this has been a pretty busy period with some great times. So forgive my silence on here, and this extended post, and try to believe me when I say that I will update this blog every month this year!! (No, really!)
I can’t let the changing of the calendar pass without reviewing the past year. The year started quietly enough, with notable exception the MOJO festival in Falmouth (where I got to see Public Service Broadcasting) in February.
May saw the sun shine on the best Masked Ball yet. It was a privilege to play on the same bill as TEED, Jack Beats and to witness the skills of the brilliant DJ Yoda. But the highlight for me was to play as the sun went down on a very chilled Sunday – and the brilliant Daft Punk tribute from Introducing that followed it. Special memories.
After that the highlights come thick and fast – the next being my second trip to play in Bristol in June. Playing on the supporting bill for D’n’B heads Pyramid, my hour long set became two and a half hours in a cage in the underground venue Timbuk2. A great night which has given me a taste for playing in the big city!
June was also notable for the visit of The Orb to these parts – great night in St Ives and a pleasure to meet Alex P. – and a good night at Eden where the Kaiser Chiefs were almost outshone by Deap Vally and Tom Tom Club.
July unexpectedly spawned one of the best gig memories. On Lafrowda Eve in St Just I decided to play a few tunes while people went home after the live music. No-one expected it to go crazy (including me!) but the whole town square was jumping, stage invaded and the night is still talked about to this day.
The first weekend of August saw a return to the Wyldes of North Cornwall for the brilliant Leopallooza Festival. Once again scheduled to coincide with the headline act, and again turned an empty tent into a bouncing party which in the words of the promoter “would have gone on all night if I hadn’t had a band to get on!”
Continuing the monthly highlights, for the second time in 3 years I performed at the BPM show at the NEC Birmingham, this time at the invitation of Virtual DJ. Great show – met up with the inspirational YouTube DJ Tutor Jonathan Lewis – and squeezed in a trip to Gatecrasher too.
Monsoon-like conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits at the best party in the SW, the Masked Ball which returned for an unforgettable Halloween. Could pick any highlight from: opening the main stage, meeting Leftfield, meeting and having the privilege of watching Sister Bliss of Faithless on the decks, playing to a packed out big top or unexpectedly closing the same stage later on. A truly epic night.
Meanwhile, other gigs were picking up, with a regular slot at the Zero Lounge in Penzance and a whole host of private events leading to a particularly busy end to 2013; all bookended by NYE in The Star Inn in St Just – another great night in the unlikeliest place, and another special memory to end the year.
And so to 2014 – top that eh? I’ll give it my best for sure!
Back soon with a look forward to the year ahead.
See you on the dancefloor!