5Qs with Erick Morillo - Fri. Sept. 12th at Marquee
This summer you’ve come back on the scene in a big way, playing gigs all around the world. You were away from music for quite some time. As someone who was so used to touring and traveling, was it difficult for you to take that time off? How has it been being back on the road?
This summer was amazing! I decided I was just going to do a few special shows and take the time off to rest and enjoy Ibiza. I played the 14-year anniversary parties at Club Space Miami and the 25-year anniversary at Space Ibiza. Ultra Croatia with my good friend Carl Cox was special. I also played at my old stomping grounds Ministry of Sound in London. Most of the summer, I vacationed in Ibiza and I was able to relax and listen to some great music.
Getting back on the road is part of the process. I’m use to the routine and fortunately I’m passionate about playing music for my fans so it makes it easier to spend the 30+ hours a week on a plane during busy season.
Your sound has evolved so much throughout your career. You’ll be playing a “deep, down & dirty” set at Marquee on Sept. 12th. What does this sound mean to you, and what kind of set can we look forward to from you on the night?
My sound has evolved and I have returned to the Erick Morillo of old who loves his tribal, deep house as well as the dirty grooves. I love the fact that now there is such a big audience for that type of music and it has allowed me express myself the way I always wanted to. It’s definitely going to be a very special set on Friday night - don’t miss it!
Your Subliminal night was one of the longest-running and consistent parties in Ibiza. Is running your own night in Ibiza something you’d like to do again?
Ibiza is a magical place. Subliminal Sessions on the island was very special and the 13-year residency is one of the longest residencies to date. For sure, you’ll see the Erick Morillo banner on the island in the very near future. There is a lot happening for Subliminal in 2015 which I’m very excited about. Definitely stay tuned!
As a DJ and a producer you’ve always been known for your underground sets as much as your more big-room ones. Are you more excited to play one style versus the other these days?
I’m so happy to be able to return to the underground sound, and now that I took some time off and was able to reflect, I realized that playing underground makes me happy. Now it’s all about the Deep Down & Dirty grooves and I’m so excited to showcase my sound at Marquee!
You’ve been a big part of New York’s house music culture and history now for a long time. Is there any particular club or period of time that really stands out in your mind as an important time in your career?
In the late 80’s early 90’s, I spent countless hours at Sound Factory Bar listening Louie Vega and Twilo listening to Danny Tenaglia and Junior Vasquez.
That particular time period influenced me musically both as a DJ and producer. It was definitely a great time to be a house head in New York City. Some of the New York DJ house legends were just starting to make a name for themselves and it was very exciting to have extremely talented house DJ’s playing throughout the city from Monday through Sunday.
One of my favorite parties was Subliminal Sessions at Centro Fly. Also Discotheque after-hours which we did once a month from 5am until 10pm. By far the best memory was watching Danny Tenaglia dancing on top of the speakers for 4 hours to my set. It’s what dreams are made of!
Erick Morillo “Deep, Down & Dirty” debuts at Marquee New York this Friday with Sleepy & Boo