Hi Nicole, thanks for joining us. It’s been a busy year so far. What
have been the absolute highlights for you so far?
Space Ibiza with Coxy and various gigs around the world – and all US
sorry can’t list everything ..
You had a very international upbringing. Tell us about how you first
encountered and fell in love with house music?
It was in NYC when i first saw the light – on a dancefloor, it
suddenly struck me so hard and i felt the music then.
got hooked ever since. i live it and breathe everyday, it keeps me
balanced in my life, it’s my daily drug.
You were bringing dance music into Beirut as it was still recovering
from serious civil and political instability. Do you think the
people of Lebanon embraced dance music, and especially your parties,
as a way to escape and move on from the violence of war?
Lebanese are mediterranean people, and usually people who come from
that area love to party and love life.
even during the war, the lebanese never stopped to party, they’d
wait for the bombs to stop and gather for drinks.
we are full of energy, perhaps it’s the hot weather 🙂
Were you throwing the parties because you really believed in the
power of dance music to unite and entertain?
Fully. and because i wanted to share my love of music. it proved
it could unite, i had all the kids from muslims, christians, druz
and jews dancing all together and loving it. it was incredible and
a powerful moment in my life.
You started off as a very successful promoter. Did you always have
the dj career in mind or was it something that developed as a result
of throwing parties?
I never thought once to put myself on my parties. i’m not sure why
? i was too immersed with everything else, my challenges back then
differed, i wanted the music to be heard and worked hard to get it
up and running over in The Lebanon. Then i moved to London and did
the same as well as running my own label, promoted parties for 5
years at Turnmills London every month and again didn’t even cross my
mind. it was only when i stepped away from music for a bit, i was
building / refurbishing a house in Ibiza, when i completed it, it
dawned on me and i was ready to be creative and do something
different. i guess the house was a creative outlet for me, check it
Carl Cox was one of the first to notice you and gave you your first
big break. Tell us about the first time you played alongside him.
That must have been nerve-racking!
It was !! i get an email from his manager Lynn, asking if i was
free to do a London date with Carl. I nearly shocked.
it was a little venue called Guanabara, held about 500 people, very
exclusive gig to support the launch of a DVD he had out. i played
before him for 2 hours, then suddenly he’s behind me waiting for me
to finish, i turned and saw him for the first time ever.
incredible persona, he had a smile on his face, surely he was happy
with what i was doing. after that, he invited me to play Space ibiza
that summer, and i have been his guest for the past 3 years now.
he did hold me by the hair and tossed me to the world and i’m
forever grateful to him. since then we became very close, i love
him to bits.
There’s clearly something about your dj style that both djs and
clubbers really love. What is it about the way you mix that works so
well? What’s most important to you when behind the decks?
Music speaks for itself, i guess it’s down to taste at the end of the day.
i don’t just play records for the sake of it, if it doesn’t move me
and feel i want to dance to it, i won’t play it.
Tell us about your relationship with Danny Tenaglia. What’s he like,
both as a person and to play alongside as a performer?
I only played with him 3 times really, Miami, Rio and Ibiza. again
i developed a friendship with Danny like i did with Carl
he’s great, moody sometimes with dark humour 🙂
Ẅhat is it about the big performers like Carl and Danny that sets
them apart from the rest?
He’s just turned 50, do you see yourself djing and making music
until a similar age? Or do you have other, quieter plans for the
No rest for the wicked !! i will keep doing this til i drop
Finally, you’re playing the big Spiritoso warehouse party in London
on the 25th alongside Cristian Varela and Marco Bailey. It must be
very special for you to return to London to play and very different
from the Ibiza gigs. Are you looking forward to it?
So much looking forward to it
i’m a fan of both Cristian and Marco’s work, it’s going to be an
thanks and see you then !
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Friday 25 November 2011
22.00 pm- 06.00 am
7-9 Crucifix Lane, London Se1 3JW
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- CRISTIAN VARELA B2B MARCO BAILEY
- NICOLE MOUDABER
After the Cadenza Halloween spectacular, Spiritoso’s next party see them take over the amazing Crucifix Lane Warehouse space. And with such a special venue, who better to provide the soundscape? Two of the world’s best Techno DJ’s will be playing a very special back 2 back set this November. Christian Varela is to Techno, what butter is to bread, being voted best Techno DJ in both 2007 and 2008. His dynamic style, always mixing with three or four decks, and strong list of over 150 productions make him one of the most prestigious names in Techno. His partner on the night, Marco Bailey, needs little introduction. With huge releases on many of Europe’s biggest labels such as Bedrock, Drumcode and Intec, Marco’s diverse Techno sound has hit all the best venues and festivals across the globe. His MB Elektronics and MB Selektions labels have been releasing music from the likes of Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Umek, John Digweed and Christian Varela to much acclaim. A back 2 back set from these two Techno warlords will be simply unmissable.
If that wasn’t enough, Nicole Moudaber will also be joining the show. Her steady rise over the last 5 years has seen her release on imprints such as ViVa, AreaRemote and Intacto. Her dark and driving sets of deep Techno and groovy house rhythms will complement the night perfectly. Featured as the ‘Rising Star’ on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show, Nicole will blow you away with her sets and prodcutions alike.