Before heading off to DTPM last Sunday I dropped in to new Shoreditch bar "Lifthouse" n which is situated directly next door to Fabric and is convenient for me on a n Sunday. Was there to meet up with USA film director Jossell and his UK PR Yolande n to discuss the upcoming release of his film "Maestro" which is a history n of house music in America.

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Had a real good time with them and talked about the possibility of playing n at the after party to the UK premier of the film. We also agreed that I could n run a competition to win 2 tickets to the premier so look out for that soon…. n

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After "Lifthouse" n we all headed next door to Fabric for DTPM, which again turned out to be an n excellent night. Considering it was the weekend before the bank holiday the n club was very busy and rocking as usual. A good time was had by all and I think n Jossell and Yolande went away with good memories of the night…

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The beginning of the bank holiday weekend and I was supposed to be playing n for Ministry of Sound in Marbella on the Thursday but yet again I had another n cancellation… what’s happening????? This time it was due to the club venue n being closed down. Not too sure as to why but apologies if you went along and n was expecting it to be open.

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Friday morning and I’m on my way to Ibiza, this time on Iberia via Madrid. n While I was waiting in Madrid airport for my connection I bumped in to my old n mate Danny Rampling and his lovely lady Patricia. Danny had been playing in n Malaga the night before and was himself on his way to the white isle. It was n really good to see them both and catch up.

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Before heading out tonight I hooked up with one of my best friends Smokin’ n Jo for a few glasses of vino at her place. Hung out for a little while catching n up and gossiping and then headed off to the hotel to get my act together for n the night ahead.

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Tonight it’s Ministry of Sound @ Pacha, probably the best night in Ibiza and n certainly the busiest by far. In the main room was MoS resident Mark Hughes n alongside Jazzy M & U.S. legend Ted Patterson. Tonight I was playing in n the Global room as part of the DTPM recordings launch weekend. If you didn’t n already know my single will be the 2nd release on the label due out early October. n Had a great time in the Global room as it’s much more intimate and I can get n away with playing a little more underground. Ended up playing a 4-hour set, n which I loved, and the crowd were having it large. Managed to drop the classic n Sandy B track " Make The World Go Round" which was received with screams n and whistling. After my set I went to check out Ted who was rocking the main n room with his dirty house style. He played some great tracks from CDR so I presume n they are upfront and not yet available. Also managed to hear Jazzy M who can n always make a crowd jump.

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Left Pacha around 6am to get some sleep as I was playing at Space Terrace at n 12 noon…. Well so I thought?

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Got back to the hotel and took a shower before settling in to bed. As I did n an almighty thunder startled me. I got up and looked out of the window and saw n the biggest lightning storm I have ever seen. The storm lasted for about 3 hours n and was amazing. The rain was so heavy that the roads were flooded. Unbeknown n to me at this time was the fact that the storm had cut out all the electrics n at Pacha towards the end of Jazzy’s set and the club was in darkness for a while n but it didn’t stop the clubbers carrying on and screaming for more! I eventually n managed to get to sleep around 8am…

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Woke at 11am to find it n was still raining outside. I was collected at 11-30 by Phil who told me that n the terrace at Space was closed as it was flooded from the storm, so I didn’t n get to play at Space after all which was a little disappointing. I also couldn’t n go back to my hotel room as they made me check out as they needed the room and n my flight to Madrid wasn’t until 6-30pm!!!!

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Oh what to do? Well I quickly got Phil to give me a lift to the airport as n he was already taking Ted Patterson back anyway. I managed to change my ticket n and got the 1-30pm flight to Madrid, how happy was I? In the departure lounge n I bumped in to Defected head honcho Simon Dunmore who had passed on a promo n to me the night before of the new G Club single "Pressure Cooker" n which is awesome. Had a giggle with him and Ted before heading off to Madrid n leaving them both at Ibiza airport along with thousands of holidaymakers who n were delayed due to the earlier storm.

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The n flight to Madrid was on a small 50-seater propeller plane. Something like a n Foker. The flight was pretty easy until we started to make our approach to Madrid n airport and encountered turbulence I have never experienced in all the time n I have been flying around the world. It was so bad that the plane tilted about n 90 degrees and things inside the plane were flying all over the place. People n were holding on to their seats and screaming really loud including the air stewardess, n which is not a good sign. I was sat next to a Spanish lady who started praying n in Spanish and making the cross symbol on her body. Then all of a sudden the n plane just plummeted about 100 feet, believe me it was very scary. This lasted n for several minutes but seemed like a lifetime. It calmed down and you could n hear everybody sighing with relief. Things were ok again for a little while n until it all started again, this time not so bumpy but still very scary. I tend n to think that us dj’s who travel internationally obviously put ourselves at n much higher risk of something happening in the air. Only a few weeks ago DJ n Disciple had a scary moment when his planes engine caught fire and it had to n return to New York JFK airport. Thankfully nothing too drastic happened this n time but I dread the day it ever does.

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That night I was back at one of my favourite clubs on mainland Spain, Macumba n for Ministry of Sound. I had been informed before hand not to expect the night n to be busy as this time of year is traditionally when people in Madrid go on n holiday. I sort of sensed this when driving to the hotel from the airport, as n the streets were empty, especially for a Saturday afternoon. Was met at my hotel n by the very lovely Marcella who was my host for the evening. Made our way to n the club by foot as it’s in the same complex as the hotel (as well as a crazy n golf course and train station?) When we arrived the club was quite, but it did n get surprisingly busy later. Had yet another top night there and thanks to Marcella n and the crew at Macumba.

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Sunday afternoon and I’m back on a plane to London. I feel a little more confident n about the flight today as at least it’s a jet plane. Arrived home at 6pm and n had just enough time to unpack, shower and sort my records out before heading n to The End in London for the RIOT bank holiday all dayer special. The Riot crowd n are always up for a party and today was no exception. The club was rammed when n I arrived and the bar room rocking. I was playing the last set, 8pm – 9:30pm. n Kept things funky and dirty till the end when the lights came on. The crowd n were not moving, they wanted 1 more and made a lot of noise about it. I always n try and stick to my set times especially at the end of the night so that I don’t n piss off promoters or security. As I know them all at The End I took the chance n and dropped 1 more track, well the place went mental, and the track? As it was n the end of the night I went for something they would all know and would sing n along to so it was "At Night" by Shakedown… and it suited the n moment perfectly.

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Went n home from Riot for a few hours rest before heading off to DTPM for the bank n holiday madness. The club is busy enough on normal nights but bank holidays n are a roadblock, and I mean that literally as the road outside is full of people n trying to get in. Tonight was also the UK launch of the new label, DTPM Recordings. n We had a PA on just before my set from Chase with their single "Take My n Time" and is the first release for the DTPM label. The crowd loved every n minute of it as it has become a bit of an anthem there. Played my usual set n of 1-3am and had a ball. The crowd were fantastic yet again. Didn’t stay around n tonight as by the end of my set I was so tired I just needed my bed.

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Not up too much over the next 2 weeks as gigs I had in have been moved or cancelled. n So just at Atelier and DTPM this week and next.

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Will be running a competition soon to win a DTPM Recordings T-Shirt along with n exclusive slip-mats and a promo copy of my new single. But in the meantime if n you fancy scoring yourself tickets to watch me play in Switzerland n or Johannesburg, n click away!!

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Should also have that video stream up soon too…

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Check out my track chart for my latest n top 10 of tracks that are rocking my dance floors and my gig n guide for new dates added.

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till next time

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Ciao

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Alan xxx

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