You don't reach your 13th season at Pacha, Ibiza, without the kind of tireless charisma and drive, both on and off the decks, that Erick Morillo exudes.
“On the DJ front, where else can I go with it? It's phenomenal,” he says reflecting on this achievement.
Despite being busier than ever, 2011 saw him reconvening with production partners Jose Nunez and Harry Romero (“we're full throttle now, the music we're making is ridiculous”), and releasing the huge tracks 'Live Your Life' and 'Stronger', with a Skin (of rock band Skunk Anansie) collaboration forthcoming.
This reunion has laid the groundwork for an album next year featuring a tantalising list of guests including Busta Rhymes, Pitbull, Craig David, Jessica Sutta from the Pussycat Dolls, Sarah Harding and Dizzee Rascal.
“I'm so happy to see America embrace dance music,” he adds with a glint. “All the European DJs are having to come here for gigs now like I used to have to go over there!”
As usual, Erick shows no signs of slowing down either. “It's been a good year but I just feel I've started,” he says enthused. “This year has been a set-up for what's coming.” JOE ROBERTS