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DJ AWARDS 2010 -The Winner Is...

ARMEN VAN BURREN!

Last night was the infamous DJ Awards in the legendary, Ministry of Sound. The doors swung open at 8 with ravers queing from as early as 6, some not making it in at all. I managed to get on down at 8pm, slipping in with Press, which led me to the Press Lounge in the Minsitry Headquarters. The lovely Julia was there to greet us and make sure we had everything we needed, providing us with free drinks upon arrival. I could’nt wait to get involved and was amazed at how professionall other bloggers and magazines were – microphones, cues and video cameras, I felt like a bit of a lamen with my old school pen and pad.


Boy George joined us all on the sofa for a chat, and he was really nice. He chatted openly about prison and the evening ahead, which he was hosting.






Jerome Isma-Ae opened the main room with an hour set of his great trance and dance to a crowd that couldn’t get enough. After his set I managed to get a chat with the German DJ, who is a man of many talents. From producing to DJing he also runs his own label called Jees Productions, which he is currently working on. ‘ We are looking to release my next album either on Jees or a major label’ he admitted. A resident at The Gallery at Ministry, Jerome was quick to add that ‘Ministry is like a family – I will be honest, I have never played any other clubs in London. But Ministry, it is like family’. We chatted about how he was finding the evening and was ecstatic by the crowd. So what constitutes as a good DJ for Jerome? ‘ someone who picks the right tracks, gets the crowd excited. It is not about perfect mixing, it is how you interact with the crowd’. With 100 Dj’s for the taking of the number 1 spot, Jerome confided that one DJ we should be watching out for is up and coming German DJ, Dinox. ‘ He is the best technical DJ I have ever seen!’. After a few minutes chatting Jermone was whisked away to have a natter with one of the other journalists.



I went out to check how the crowd was getting on and was amazed by how many people were going mental over Afrojack. The up and coming House DJ was tearning the Bar up, with crowds locked, not able to move. He played classics such as Duck Sauce’s Barbara Streisand and his own remix of Spencer and Cool – Hill. Of course he played ‘Take Over Control’ which sent the girls into a frenzy, with the balcony rammed full of students eager to catch a glimpse of the Sweedish mastermind. Afrojack gave the crowd exactly what they wanted, a surge of energy that took the fans onto a parrell state of mind. Clearly, loving his work, he was fearless and almost could of been crownded as Number 1.

Of course, 4 years running, Armin Van Buuren was crownded King of the decks and he managed to slip past me without noticing! Picking up his award and playing a 1 hour set to the crowd, I was able to sit down with a rather tipsy, but every so friendly Afrojack who was enjoying the comfort of the sofa, despite his entourage scaring quite a lot of the interviewers.

‘So, a two hour set – it was inredible, you have a lot of energy out their’ to which Nick (Afrokacj) responded with ‘Yeah of course’. I could feel a bit of awkwardness, especially as he was amazed I was writing and not recording. Bet-AT TV shone a few flickers in my face when we were chatting which made me even more nervous, missing key questions I had prepared. ‘ Who would you go to pay and see, out of the top 100, which DJ would you say is best?’ - Afrokack was quick to get a snidy comment about Buuren winning the crown ‘what? Apart from someone beginning with A and ending in N?’. Admitting he loved Deadmau5 for the reason of ‘ He is the only DJ i know who produces his own songs and then plays them all throughout his set, not anyone else, just his. He also added ‘ Its not about being a technical DJ, no one knows how to mix, out of 100 only 1 person would be like ‘oh no he made a mistke’. Its about sending a wave of energy, playing tracks in the right order’. Ushered by his entourage, I was rushed to finish my questions which then ended with ‘Have a great evening’ before I left the sofa. Still relaxed and enjoying a Coronas, he smoked a cigarette and went to chat with Laid Back Luke and some of his mates in the Press Lounge.


Needless to say, Afrojack went to see Deadmau5. As the Canadian opended his show, exactly 1 year after seeing him at The Roundhouse in Camden, the Sweedish DJ could be seen enjoying what he had to offer on the sidelines.

Check Highlights here....Thanks Sophie Eggleton for keeping on top form and posting some great videos. Check out her blog here .

James Neligan also reviewed the night for his own blog http://www.jamesneligan.blogspot.com/. Keep an eye out, he knows what is hot and not.


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