DJ Mag’s Miami pool party went off in spectacular fashion yesterday (Wednesday 22nd March). The all-star line-up, combined with great weather and an immensely up-for it crowd, had The Raleigh Hotel’s outside space rocking from lunchtime until midnight.
Franky Rizardo kicked off proceedings with some cool deep house before making way for Lauren Lane. The LA-based spinner laid down some underground house grooves that began to get the crowd moving — those who weren’t batting DJ Mag beach balls around the pool, that is!
The event is taking place at Ethics on Sunday 19th March from 5pm local time where attendees will also get a free copy of the March edition of DJ Magazine USA upon entry.
Loud shirts, branded snap-caps and enough big-room rollers to bring down a fighter jet, Solardo are the most unstoppable force in UK tech-house at the moment. Born after a chance meeting in Manchester between an ex-dubstep pioneer and an aspiring house producer, the duo suddenly found themselves dropping tunes onto Skream's Of Unsound Mind label and Jamie Jones' Hot Creations while going viral online left, right and centre. With their Solardo Sessions touring the UK, we checked in with the boys ahead of their appearance for us at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami later this month...
It's been a big year for rising producer/DJ Tobias — he's held down a residency at popular leeds rave cave, Prism, as well as supported big name acts including Erick Morillo, Joris Voorn and Andrea Oliva over the last 12 months.
His brand new EP 'Beat On The Drum' is something special — it's so good he's nabbed a rework from superstar duo and DJ Mag faves, Solardo.
We've got the exclusive first play of Solardo's remix of 'Beat On The Drum' that we're premiering right here, right now! You can find the full EP on Strictly Deep and it's out 28th November.
Tech-house poster boys Solardo had a bit of a crazy 2019. The centrepiece of it was undeniably their new residency at Hï Ibiza, BODYWORKS, alongside buddies CamelPhat and Aussie troubadour FISHER. “We played 12 consecutive Tuesdays there throughout the summer and couldn’t have wished for a better response,” Mark Solardo tells DJ Mag. “We had over 90,000 people through the doors in total, it was mental.”
They played quite a few big shows with northern buddies CamelPhat — including Ultra Miami and Nocturnal Wonderland in California. Then, the latter part of the year saw their ‘XTC’ track — recorded with Eli Brown — crack the UK charts, take over the radio airwaves, and be played by everybody from Carl Cox to Calvin Harris. Its old skool flava — big stabs, diva vocal — chimed sweetly with shifting dancefloor trends for the year, and bossed it for the boys at festivals — they played over 30 this year — from Creamfields to Glastonbury and beyond.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
“100%. It's so important to do this every month as it maximises your earnings and helps others earn too by proving that you played their tunes! For anyone starting out, this is a good tip to get into the habit of early.”
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Basic things like what to notice with someone who is struggling, and obvious things like picking up the phone and reaching out to say ‘Hello our-kid, how goes it?’ James suffers terribly from ADHD and as much fun and a joke as we love to have, sometimes the big wooden hook has to come out before it goes too far… sometimes it has gone too far. But full props to him, he’s found a system that’s manageable and we have enough good people around us to react when needed and when to let it go.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“We always try and get an equal balance on any of our line-ups. We've had so many mint female DJs come and play our residencies in Ibiza and our own events such as Cassy, Heidi, Chelina Manuhutu, Black Girl / White Girl, Monki, Lauren Lane, Davina Moss and many more.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
Mark: “Whenever I buy anything, and the cashier asks if I wanna receipt, I say no I'm saving the trees. I also have a plastic straw I take everywhere that’s attached to my keyring, never know when ya gonna need it.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“Optimus Prime Transformers.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Extra hot king prawn tom yum soup. Sorts you right out.”
We’ve teamed up with IMO Mobile to give you the chance to win a brand new IMO Q2 Plus 2019 smartphone for you and friend plus a fantastic weekend in Manchester to include overnight stay for two, dinner for two and tickets to see Solardo.