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

Townsville Bulletin - - Lettersextra -

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

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