Knockin On The Doorly

Posted on August 31, 2011

Doorly is a man in demand. His productions are edgy and innovative and have captured an army of fans throughout the world and as a remixer, he could easily spend every day of the year in the studio, such is the demand for his talent. Behind the decks, he has rocked dancefloors and festivals throughout the world but for approximately 20 weeks every year he steps out of the limelight and warms up for the various artists that take to the Ibiza Rocks stage – many of who often appear below him in festival bills across the world. Essentialibiza caught up with the enigmatic character backstage at Ibiza Rocks…

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How does Mallorca compare to Ibiza Rocks?
Ibiza is the place you come to club and these people are festival goers, they take drugs and they know about music, Mallorca has a bit of that but for the most part they don’t go out to festivals, they work in a factory all year and they come out on holiday and come to this party, which is the biggest party of the summer and possibly the biggest moment of their year. So the atmosphere is mental but it’s like a different kind of hands in the air chanting like “whoop, there it is”, which we got last night. It’s a bigger venue in Mallorca too, there’s an extra thousand, so it’s better for your ego when they’re chanting your name. They do chant here in Ibiza but it’s different and I think we get a way with a bit more musically here because they are a bit more tuned into what we’re doing.

As a resident are you acutely aware of the specific guests that are playing each party and do you tailor your set accordingly?
As a resident and host I have to make sure that the acts are happy, I wouldn’t go on and play drum & bass before Friendly Fires because it wouldn’t work for them. I can go away at the weekend and play a festival in America and play whatever I want but here is my little baby, I’m not here to upstage anyone, I’m here to compliment the acts and I try to do that as much as I can. Tonight I played pretty much all house music, a bit more jump up, I followed on from where T.E.E.D. left it, who smashed it, and basically got it ready for Norman. Next week I’ll be playing between Metronomy and Friendly Fires so I’ll be playing along the italo indie set. I really enjoy that versatility where I’m not playing the same set every time.

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Are you involved in the decision on guests to book?
I’m always involved in the meetings, more so the last couple of years than this year, because I’m so busy this year and they know what their doing. I was really involved in Reclaim The Dancefloor but we’re not doing that this year. I’m obviously there with an opinion but Shane is one of the most musically informed people ever so he knows what he’s doing. It’s actually nice coming with no responsibility other than DJing, I run several nights around the world and make the booking decisions then come up with all the excuses when tickets don’t sell but with Ibiza Rocks, I love turning up and playing and having none of that responsibility.

There’s a real feeling of family amongst everyone involved in Ibiza Rocks, how did you become a member of the family?
Yes there is, Andy McKay is the top of the pyramid and he’s that kind of guy. The reason that I got involved is that I came in to do a one off set and I said to him when I met him, why is nobody introducing the band, the music fades out and then they come on and it’s a bit awkward, why is the DJ playing horrible tear ups in between the bands and he was like, good point, why don’t you stay for the summer and do it.

As your profile increases, how difficult is it to maintain your Ibiza Rocks residency throughout the summer?
I’ve been here since the year after it started and I still fight to be here every summer, not something that really makes my management happy but I want to be here every week, I’m happy to take less money, I want this to be my home in the summer, I love working with everyone that works for this brand. Everything works and it’s nice to be a part of it and I’ll always be a part of it. I’ll only miss one show of this summer because it’s in the middle of an American tour, next year is a year away and who knows what will happen there but I will fight to be here every week for the rest of my life!

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