In a recent interview I was asked: ‘What one thing do you still want to achieve in the future with my DJ career’?
My answer was to have a residency.
To be a resident DJ at a club I loved. To make that club my home, in a way. A club with a perfect crowd, perfect sound, perfect set up and most importantly – a perfect vibe. Residencies for me have always been the stuff of legends. Carl Cox at Space Ibiza, Oakenfold at Cream in Liverpool, Sasha and Digweed at Ranaissance, Paul van Dyk at Gatecrasher…those were the partnerships between a DJ and a venue that created electronic music history.
What is the difference between a regular DJ appearance and a residency?
The key is in the frequency of the appearances and the depth of the relationship you can build with the venue and crowd by seeing both more regularly than if you were playing there say once a year.
Playing as a resident on a regular basis you build trust and subsequently you can plunge deeper, go further into unchartered waters, build a stronger, tighter relationship with the crowd. And then the fruits of that are a more sincere sense of community, a closer family and firmer unity that comes from familiarity - recognising the faces looking back at you looking back at them.
I was fortunate in the early days of my career to hold a residency at the legendary Cross in London and it was the frequency of being in that venue with familiar faces that led me to feel I was part of that amazing family. For the last two years my management and I have been discussing a residency and while many options were debated – there was one club that kept finding it’s way to the top of the list.
Sound-Bar in Chicago is quite simply one of the best spaces I have ever DJ’d in – period. I’ve had some outrageously good nights there. The sound system is absolutely incredible and the crowd are amazing, energetic, passionate and educated about the music. But also the crew who run Sound-Bar have become great friends which was an important deciding factor. The last two times I’ve played Sound-Bar in Chicago I’ve ended up changing my flights to leave a 24 hours later than intended – because of the afterhours that Sound-Bar team instigate. Love these guys. When I’m at Sound-Bar in Chicago I feel part of something special….
So….when the debating was over and Sound-Bar was our poll position choice, the call was made and we were stoked to learn the guys in Chicago were as keen and passionate as us.
And so here we are ladies and gentlemen. I’m literally over the moon (hairs standing up shit) to finally be able to announce my 2018 residency – in Chicago on one of the hottest dance floors I the world. Four shows with some of my favourite DJs and producers joining me for intergalactic journeys into the stratosphere and beyond….this is what I’ve been wanting to do for over a decade.
This is Open Up. This is - Resident.
See you on Feb 17th for part 1……
Tickets on sale Monday.