Dance to the unexpected
French DJ Martin Solveig never plays the same set twice so even he doesn’t know what to expect when he plays on Magnetic Island on New Year’s Eve. But one thing is certain, there will be dancing and lots of fun. ISIS STUCKENSCHMIDT reports
EXPECT the unexpected. That’s the message from French DJ Martin Solveig about his New Year’s Eve gig on Magnetic Island next weekend. The Parisian said he never played the same set twice and therefore even he didn’t know what to expect.
‘‘I don’t exactly know myself and but will allow myself to play things that a typical base crowd would like to hear,’’ Martin said.
‘‘I will mix it all up and try to interest the people as much as possible especially at New Year which is the epitome of party,’’ he said.
Martin, who was at home in Paris when he spoke to the Townsville Bulletin, said despite having travelled to Australia on a number of occasions, he had never played in the twin cities before.
‘‘I come to Australia every year for the past four years and I’m always looking forward to it,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve heard a lot about the parties at base on Magnetic Island so it should be a good night.’’
Martin is currently working on his latest album and said he would throw in some new tunes as part of his set next week.
‘‘I also have another release that might come out in Australia at the time I get there so I will play some music from that.’’
Regardless of the style of music he plays, Martin said his biggest aim was to get all the party-goers dancing.
‘‘I try to have something very joyful because it’s the one time of the year that we just want to have fun,’’ Martin said.
‘‘At the same time I will throw in some unexpected tracks that the people will love and that keeps them surprised.’’
One thing that sets Martin apart from many other DJs is that he produces all his own vocals and beats.
‘‘I’m not very good with samples and it’s easier for me to create my own sounds with the piano, keys and vocals and go from that,’’ he said.
‘‘I want to push myself as much as possible while I’m DJing and then go on to producing for other artists and probably stop DJing.’’
In the meantime, Martin said he was going to free up a bit of time for his friends and family.
‘‘I’ve only seen them on and off for the last year otherwise I’m going to spend some of my summer in the clubs and on the beaches. ‘‘In other words, I’m going to travel and party. ‘‘Even if I sometimes grumble a bit from tiredness, I’m a child blessed by fortune and very happy in my everyday life.’’
He’s so busy working, relaxing or visiting family and friends that Martin said his trip Down Under next week would mark his only tour to Australia in 2007.
‘‘It will actually be my only performance outside Europe for 2007.
‘‘It’s something very special for me and I hope that it will be the same for the people.’’
Martin will be supported by resident DJ Christian Biko.
>> Martin Solveig will play at base Backpackers on Magnetic Island on Sunday, December 31 from 11pm.
Doors open at 6pm and tickets cost $20 pre-sold and $30 at the door with packages including return ferry and entry into the event costing $45.
For bookings call 4778 5777.
DJ Martin Solveig