With the dance music extravaganza South West Four approaching, TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian caught up with one of the stars, ahead of the two-day festival on Clapham Common, on 26-27 August.
Here Dutch tropical house DJ Sam Feldt exclusively answers our questions, ahead of his set at the long-running London showpiece.
• How would you describe your musical style? My musical style is very much rooted in the melodic or tropical style of house. I’m inspired by all different types of music and I like to take elements of different genres and put them into my own productions. • What is different/special about playing in the UK? The crowd in the UK is similar to the crowd back home in The Netherlands. I’d say that the English crowd is more critical than anywhere else, but they also know how to have a good time. • ‘Show Me Love’ was a massive commercial hit, what do you think of remixes of classic tracks in general? I like them, only when they’re done right! I enjoyed creating my own version on such a massive hit like ‘Show Me Love’, where I added my own touch and style to such a well-known track.
• With tropical house becoming mainstream, in pop songs and charts, is there any way it can reinvent itself as an underground sound, and should it? I think it’s all about progression. Each genre evolves over time, it keeps the music interesting and it allows producers to become more forward-thinking and innovative when creating new music. • Who are your DJ inspirations? Tiesto was a huge inspiration to me starting out, and he still inspires me today. My peers are also a massive influence on my music. • What is your favourite dance track of all time? Gigi D’Agostino – ‘The Riddle’. It’s the first single I ever bought!
• Why do you think the Netherlands is consistently at the forefront of global dance music? We’ve had so many great DJ’ing talents come out of The Netherlands, from the likes of Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Fedde Le Grand and Hardwell, there’s too many to name! We also have great festivals in the Netherlands that specifically cater to dance music, as well as hosting Amsterdam Dance event each year. Thousands from all over the world to come and enjoy and experience dance music at Amsterdam Dance Event, the city really comes to life during that week. Dance music is very much cemented in our culture and I’m honoured to wave the flag for my country. • You made it onto DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs - how important are these lists? Lists like DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s are important because it gives fans of your music the opportunity to get their voices heard. Although it’s mostly about popularity and doesn’t say a lot about the quality of ones set, it’s a big honour to be in the list! • Where is more important in terms of dance music now, Las Vegas or Ibiza, or elsewhere? Las Vegas and Ibiza are two of the leading places for dance music for sure. But there’s so many different places around the world that contribute to the dance music world, like The Netherlands or London. In London, you can turn on the radio and 80% of the tracks on mainstream radio is dance orientated. You guys have a massive dance scene over here!
• What can festival-goers at South West Four expect from your set? Festival-goers can expect a fun, energetic set and can experience my music with my live band. It’s my first time playing at SW4 this year, I’ve heard a lot of great things from my fellow DJ’s and producers, I’m really excited to play. For tickets and more information, click here
“Driving”, “underground”, “progressive” and “relentless” –
all of these adjectives and more can be used to describe the invasion of Ibiza’s
ANTS concept at the 02 Brixton Academy, in London, on Easter Thursday, writes TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian.
Fantastic lighting and production was abundant as the
dancefloor was bathed in shades of red and other bright colours alongside ANTS
Booming bas and rolling percussion put smiles on faces and
the place heaved like an ant colony that had been disturbed by a hungry
A roster of top underground talent included Eats Everything,
Groove Armada, Adrea Oliva, Waze & Odyssey, Secondcity and Dennis
Christopher – and their cutting edge sounds filled the iconic old venue.
This is the second ANTS event I have been to in London and I
can report that the concept continues to go from strength-to-strength.
The Ushaia-born colony continues along the path of global
domination and will be back in London, at South West Four, on August 26.
ANTS' massive event at London's Brixton Academy, takes place tonight - Easter Thursday (April 13).
Added to headliners Groove Armada will be Eats Everything, Secondcity, Dennis Christopher and ANTS stalwarts Andrea Oliva and Waze & Odyssey. TopReviews4U will be there and will be reviewing the action in the coming days.
More acts have been unveiled for the Saturday leg of South West Four. Bucket-wearing confectionery fan Marshmello and urban superstar Tinie Tempah will join others including Pendulum, Sigma and Duke Dumont on the Together main stage on Saturday, August 26, at Clapham Common.
Check back for further updates on South West Four 2017.
Iconic Sunset Strip venue Cafe Del Mar will open for the 2017 summer season imminently. The classic chill out spot will swing open it's dreamy doors on April 12.
Expect relaxed sunkissed vibes, plush decor international cuisine and tasty cocktails. An official opening party will take place on May 11, featuring Jo Mills, Ken Fan, Luca Serra and Sebastian Hanisch a.k.a Sr-420 Up Eivissa!
Festival Eastern Electrics will transform a new, as yet to
be revealed, London home into a fantastical playground spanning seven stage
areas, all soundtracked by the crème de la crème from the house, techno, disco,
bass and garage worlds.
On August 5 the legend and unofficial ‘King of Ibiza’, Carl
Cox, headlines the EE Main Stage; a face who has shaped the electronic
underground for over two decades working with institutions like Space Ibiza and
Prolific duo Âme (DJ) are also set for the main stage, along
with Do Not Sleep head honcho Darius Syrossian and new school tech head Nick
Curly. Finishing off the bill are dream team house duo Waze & Odyssey and
Eastern Electrics’ much loved Switchyard arena hands over
controls to Hot Since 82 this year, who’ll bring his Knee Deep In Sound team to
the industrial themed stage. As well as an anticipated set from the man
himself, he’ll be joined by revered Italian duo Mind Against, a breakout
success story of recent years. Plus, Desolat affiliate and craftsman Guti plays
live, joined by Numbers’ poster boy Denis Sulta, and Deep House mainstay Serge
Skream makes a welcome return as an Eastern Electrics stage
host, taking over The Bigger Top with an all-star cast in tow. Skream has
evolved to be one of the most important British artists across the last decade,
from his early days as a dubstep pioneer to his recent explorations of the
house ilk. Helping Skream hold it down is Defected affiliate Dennis Ferrer,
Watergate resident and Hot Creations / Rekids artist Butch, plus Glasgow
selector squad Jon José & Celino. There’ll be some very special guests too
- keep your eyes peeled.
This year’s Big Top is hosted by returning crew, Viva
Warriors. Punters can see Steve Lawler, Art Department and Denny journeying
through deeper house and tech. Also stepping up is newcomer Elliot Adamson, a
producer who has shot into the public eye since working with Patrick Topping.
Warriors resident Jamie Roy is also on board, a name with releases on Skream’s
Ofunsoundmind imprint and 8Bit, plus trio Wax on Mare Street who’ll present
sleazy disco explorations.
Making an EE debut is revered institution Defected, the
London label which has grown into global club brand with their solid output,
epic parties and much-loved artists. For their first EE stage, they’ve
recruited a set of label pals; with first lady of Defected Sam Divine set to
lay down some funky-filled house jams, plus favourite Sonny Fodera and Kings of
Tomorrow member Sandy Rivera all on. Hotly-tipped producers Emanuel Satie,
aficionado Franky Rizardo and Italy’s Dario D’attIs are another few names
representing for the Defected camp.
‘The Star of EE Pub’ will be hosted by premiere London radio
station; Rinse FM, who’ll take a darker stance with bass, grime and garage.
Find sets from Bristol bass boys My Nu Leng, with twisted garage and bad boy
bass. There’s a rare set from OG’s Heartless Crew (HEARTLESS!) with an
old-skool flow that’ll get everyone hyped. Pirate radio don and king selector
Oneman, grime favourite Sir Spyro, station associates Barely Legal and Sian
Anderson are all set to play too. Finally, the VIP area plays host to a
nostalgic ’30 Years Of Acid House’ theme, with a killer bill of veteran
selectors, including acid pioneer DJ Pierre, proper house promoter Stuart
Patterson, Terry Farley, Clive Henry and Back2Basics’ boss Dave Beer.
Fairground rides, street food, glitter girls, dress-up tents
and much more on-site madness will be part of Eastern Electrics’ festivities
this year, adding another dimension to the big day out.
EASTERN ELECTRICS FESTIVAL 2017
FULL EASTERN ELECTRICS LINE-UP
Carl Cox - Âme (DJ) - Darrius Syrossian - Nick Curly - Waze
and Odyssey - Alexis Raphael + more TBA
The Switchyard : Knee Deep in Sound
Hot Since 82 - Mind Against - Guti (Live) - Denis Sulta -
Serge Devant + more TBA
The Bigger Top : Skreamizm
Skream, Dennis Ferrer, Butch, Jonjosé & Celino + more
The Big Top : Viva Warriors
Steve Lawler - Art Department - Denney - Elliot Adamson -
Jamie Roy - Wax on Mare Street
Join Ocean Beach, in Ibiza, as they start the 2017 season in style with a Soft Opening Party on Friday, April 28.
With free entry to the plush environs of the poolside open air club, what better excuse than to come and soak up the sun with resident DJs providing the perfect soundtrack to your day? Beds need to be booked in advance, but no cover charge applies to all beds booked for this season curtain raiser. Event Times: Noon to 9pm with music starting from 1pm.
Knights Templar crosses at an abandoned 'haunted' church have an innocent explanation, it has been claimed.
Two red crosses, similar to those used by bloodthirsty monastic military order the Knights Templar, were snapped at St Mary's Old Church, in Clophill, Beds. Paul Christian, 35, was shocked to see the historic red cross markers, which resemble those made famous by the Knights Templar – historical warriors which feature in Dan Brown 'The Da Vinci Code' He visited the site recently during a walk with wife, Rachel, 25, when the couple discovered the blood-red symbols daubed onto the walls of the 400-year- old ruin.
Journalist Paul said: “It was amazing to see what looks like Knights Templar crosses on the wall of the church. I don't know how they got there, but this church is about 400 years old and the Templars were brutally purged in around 1312, so it would appear either these crosses are the work of yobs with an interest in history, or they are by a secret society of neo-Templars. Either way it is fascinating” The church is renowned locally for sinister goings-on, with alleged grave robbing in the 1960s and yobs performing would-be Satanic rites with dead chickens in more recent history. The site has been so plagued by cranks and weirdos, that CCTV has been installed to ward off night time visitors.
But, refuting Templar involvement, Emily Hakansson, assistant warden, at Clophill Heritage Trust, said: "The crosses you are referring to were uncovered during the restoration of old St Mary's Church and are left over from pre-reformation days in the sixteenth century. These would
have been common in churches, you can actually see them in Canterbury Cathedral, but most were lost over time or painted over during the many religious changes in England over the last five hundred years.
"There would originally have been 14 of these crosses and they were part of 'The Stations of the Cross': "The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
"The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images - ours are seen as painted red crosses and three and a half are still currently visible. They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred."
She added: "They do not have any connection with the Knights Templar I'm afraid and we are very lucky that they were preserved so that we can still see them today - as I mentioned most were destroyed / painted over or simply lost to time."