A gander at the array of accomplishments attached to Erick Morillo’s name sets forth one simple question: is there anything this man doesn’t do? As an artist who spent his youth in both Colombia and New Jersey, his music has exuded an irresistible quality from the very start—a quality framed by distinctive Latin, reggae and hip-hop flairs. It’s no wonder, then, that artists like Puff Daddy, Boy George, and Audio Bullys were swift to jump on the collaborative bandwagon with Morillo—a show of support followed closely by a string of residency offers from some of the most prominent clubs in the world—including Pacha Ibiza (Subliminal Sessions), Pacha NYC and Ministry of Sound in London (where he’s still one of only a handful of American DJs to have ever held a residency there). All that, of course, has continued to unfold in the midst of performing 30 gigs a month—some at events like Miami’s Winter Music Conference—and in collaboration with tours that have been taking this top talent from one continent to the next. And as if all that wasn’t an impressive-enough portfolio of his life’s passion, Morillo runs Subliminal Records—aka the EDM empire label. As his side project.
Needless to say, just listing off Morillo’s talents is enough to put us in awe of his art (you can imagine, then, what sort of power his music has when it hits our ears). And we’re clearly not alone on that point. Music legend (and Morillo’s personal musical hero) Quincy Jones was full of compliments for the DJ after attending one of his gigs. But don’t take our word for it—and dare we say, don’t take Quincy Jones’ word for it either. This is one EDM legend you’ll have to experience in the flesh. After all, in our world, hearing is believing.
10/26/13—Erick Morillo (Extended Set)–Avaland
Feel that? It’s the subtle (yet no-doubt-about it) crispness in the air telling us that fall is finally here. We hate to see summer go–we always have. But with each new season comes another set of quintessential perks–and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t already deep in thoughts of pumpkin pie, spice-mulled wine and, well… a Halloween costume. An invitation to indulge? You betcha. And the best part is, it doesn’t end there (not even close!) Because a whole new season at Avaland also equates to a fresh momentum of talents rocking our roof.
And that’s putting it mildly–especially when artists like Max Vangeli have anything to do with the upcoming lineup. Described by MTV as “one of the most promising artists of the year” in 2011 and included in DJ Mag’s “Top 5 DJs to watch” that same year, Vangeli has quickly come to show us what he’s made of–and it’s pure super-stardom. Support from (and collaborations with) industry head honchos like Pete Tong, Size Records’ Steve Angello, Calvin Harris and Dirty South may very well speak for themselves. His sets at world-renowned venues like Pacha Ibiza (Masquerade Motel) or Sensation White–where he performed alongside Swedish House Mafia–may up his standing in the EDM books. But nothing quite compares to a live performance from Vangeli himself. It’s an eclectic indulgence for the senses, an energetic drive of what we love best. And, if you ask us, it’s just what the season ordered.
Avaland–Max Vangeli / Third Party / Boris M.D–10/5/13
We know of a bad-ass little place in Australia, and it goes by the name of Bondi Beach. It’s a gem of a spot on the map, well-known for its laid back lifestyle and surfer-ready waves. But there’s something else we happen to recognize this sweet coastal hangout for–and that’s one of our all-time favorite Australian DJs, Hook N Sling.
Yet while this talent hails from what you might call a more-than-mellow scene, it would be a mistake to equate his music as such. On the contrary, Hook N Sling is the type of artist who can shake up a dance floor in two seconds flat, with the buzz of electric sound waves filling every inch. Tracks like “The Best Thing”, “Gotta Make A Move” and “Take You Higher” attest to it, as do his numerous EDM awards and nominations (DMC Buzz Chart #1 and ARIA Music Awards nomination, to name a few). He’s done various compilations for Ministry of Sound, including the highly-acclaimed Ministry of Sound Annual in 2010, as well as worked his touch into tracks by headliners like Calvin Harris, Miike Snow, Miami Horror, NERVO and Wolfgang Gartner–the latter of whom he performed with at the Music Box in Los Angeles. The once-Bondi Beach local DJ has even done global rounds at top-tier venues and festivals, including Pacha, Space Ibiza, Global Gathering, and Stereosonic–and many would argue he’s just getting started. But no matter where this artist may take his phenomenal beats, one thing’s always for sure: if we can hear it, we’re dancing. Now take that and imagine it on our very own stage–and suddenly, you can’t help but feel certain that you’re in for a very good thing.
Avaland–Hook N Sling / Pierce Fulton–9/28/13