Nearly 25 years into my career and here I am at the end of yet another beautifully inspiring year. Surrounded by an incredibly supportive group of family, friends and fans, I’m able to continue living my dream being an Electronic Music Artist & “DJ”, travelling the world, learning, teaching, entertaining and inspiring new and old fans alike and helping to continue the growth & development of our wonderful culture. This year was full of crazy experiences, crazy events, unexpected surprises and some incredibly challenging new projects (some of which you’ll all hear about next year)!!! The last twelve months has been filled with so many moments that it’s hard write down here, but I’ll highlight 14 of them that still resonate in the front of my mind!
1. The Secret Technology project that we will announce to our scene in early 2015.
2. A summer of incredibly inspiring gigs like Sunwaves NEOPOP Electronic Music Festival TOFFLER Fuse Peacock Society Ambasada Gavioli Fabric London Sonus Festival Cocorico Glastonbury Festival (official) THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT Movement Electronic Music Festival (OFFICIAL)
3. Ibiza with ENTER.
Season 3, back-to-backs with Dubfire
& Luciano (Official Page)
and my yearly visit to Cocoon Ibiza
4.The return of Plastikman
with “EX” and double header Plastikman & Hawtin shows at the Sónar Festival
5. ENTER.International bringing #Techno across the world to MUTEK Montreal
, CREAMFIELDS BA
, Escape: All Hallows' Eve
6. Caprices Festival
- what could be better than a Swiss chalet, Skiing & Gigging & partying with 8 of your best friends.
7. An Inspiring and thought provoking Spring tour of Asia at ageHa
(Tokyo), Club Eden (Seoul), Att Show Box 文創立方
(Taipei), M2 (Shanghai).
8. Time Warp
anniversaries around the world – WIE IMMER!
9. Sven Väth (OFFICIAL)
50th birthday party!
10. Having Dixon
, Tale Of Us
and Dubfire ASK to do club remixes of Plastikman “EX” songs.
11. Dixon, Guy Gerber
and Dubfire’s sets (Legendary moment... Ali dropping the Carl Craig
remix of Vince Watson
) in the ENTER.Sake
12. Incredible MINUS
singles from Maceo Plex
, Julian Jeweil
, @Testpilot (aka deadmau5
), WHYT NOYZ
, Carlo Ruetz
, Marc Faenger Florian Frings
and outstanding albums by Jon Gaiser
& Paco Osuna OFFICIAL
13. Receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Music AIM Independent Music Awards
with my family in attendance!
14. Japan Trip uniting three of my passions at the Red Bull
Music Academy & Sake Samurai ceremony... MUSIC SAKE & EDUCATION
To everyone who came, who participated, who supported & helped organize and who danced the night away, THANK YOU!!! If some of these memories, moments, people, DJ's and experiences above bring you back to that time, that energy, then keep that feeling in mind as we close out 2014 with the various different year end polls and charts!
For our scene and culture, here’s one of the most important ones, the Resident Advisor Year End Poll… http://www.residentadvisor.net/poll-vote.aspx
Let's take the NEXT STEP. into 2015, together! - rich