Ibiza comes to Southwell again this year, for one night only.
Having launched last year with dance scene legend, Andy Cato, NORBIZA 2017 is back, this time bringing 3 DJs who have played the clubs in Ibiza, across Europe, Croatia and here in the UK, including Nottingham’s own – Stealth.
We catch up with DJ Pasquale (pictured in the banner) to find out a little bit more about the man behind the decks and what to expect from NORBIZA.
So Pasquale, when did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I began in 1999. The first records I bought were, Tori Amos – ‘Professional Widow’ (Armand Van Helden Mix) i’ve since discovered it is also a favourite of Georgie Starkey’s, so it will definitely be played at NORBIZA this year and Byron Stingily – ‘Get Up Everybody’
My first stand out Influence was visiting the Space Terrace in Ibiza (The original open terrace) and seeing Carl Cox play for 6 hours. Also Basement Jaxx – ‘Rendez Vous’ & ‘Jump & Shout’ being stand out moments
What do you personally consider to be the key moments in your artistic career ?
Playing at Passion at the Emporium. Playing on the Amnesia Terrace. Starting my own events (Shivoo / DBE) and bringing DJs and live acts to Leicester & Loughborough that had never been before.
Also Playing at Stealth in Nottingham. I see this club as an important part of my electronic music growth. Playing there on numerous occasions has been a dream come true.
How do you engage your audience when DJing ?
Music and the odd silly dance move. Feel free to join in!
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
Brand new music, but in this case, I’ll be trawling over those memories and my vinyl collection. I might even have a gander through my very old hard-drive. I’m sure there’s some gems on that.
Is there a song or set that never gets old for you?
Basement Jaxx – Jump & Shout and Joe Smooth – Promised Land. There’s loads, but all have to be played at the correct time.
Explain how you are preparing for the NORBIZA set?
I went to Ibiza after a few years off, earlier this year. It’s a special place and by the time I play at NORBIZA, I’ll be married and will have just come back from a return trip with my wife! Twice in 3 months… That’s really how special it is. I’ll prepare by going through old records and my full collection. I’m sure Sleazy & I will be having a few evenings together drinking Rum and also playing records to each other to see what we can play and what goes well together.
Tell us 5 songs you plan to play at Norbiza and why you think they will get people on the floor?
Oh well that would be telling. Think Shapeshifters, David Morales, Stardust, Modjo…
Where do you see dance music heading in the next year?
Dance music is the strongest I’ve seen it. When this commercial success subsides, it’ll be exactly where it’s always been, in the clubs till 6am and ALWAYS evolving. That’s what makes it so exciting. It’s evolution.
Tell us about your favourite festival gig and why it was so good?
Hideout Festival in Croatia has been a really special experience. I’ve been playing for 6 years now and it brings up new experiences every time. The new Ibiza some are saying…. All I’m saying is, it’s a beautiful country and this area in particular, Zrce Beach, has some really special venues.
If reading this is bringing back some memories for you, feel free share them in the comments below. Better still why not book your tickets for NORBIZA via TicketSource now – 8th Sept 2017.
NORBIZA is set to be a night of intoxicating house and glamour.
Tickets only available in advance and include: Welcome drink, canapes, 3 DJs, dancing in the luxury setting of Norwood Park until 2am – a historic venue only available for exclusive use and private parties.
Tickets are priced at only £35 and all ticket holder purchasing tickets before 15th August 2017 will be entered into a prize draw to WIN 3 bottles of Champagne to be drank on the night!!!