I remember being sat in the back of an MG Metro on the way to Maidstone in the UK to an event called ‘Club Class’ to see Nic Fanciulli over 15 years ago.
His Saved Records label has hit well over 120 releases and he has become a regular not only for his own ‘The Social’ festival brand but also on the worldwide festival and club circuit.
This year Nic has been hosting ‘Dance or Die’ at Ibiza’s now-infamous Ushuaïa Ibiza. It was a chance for him to push back into Ibiza’s flagging hedonistic days. Each event has been cleverly programmed with artists ranging from Paul Woolford and DJ Harvey to afro house’s Themba, and electronic music wizard Eagles and Butterflies.
I had the pleasure of attending last Wednesday with a very special b2b of Nic Fanciulli and the island’s new crowd-pleaser Fisher.
The event was kicked off with Sweden’s DJ Seinfeld and Saved Records regular DJ Angelo.
DJ Seinfeld is no stranger to big stages and expertly pushes into the unknown. His emotive cuts and low-end crowd-pleasers are any headliners dream. He is one DJ who in my opinion still has that ‘think outside the box’ attitude to his sets that can hold tension and excitement from the minute he presses that cue button.
DJ Angelo is also no stranger to holding a crowd, his influences of Afro-house and his Greek roots are evident in his highly percussive woven edits, he can pull the crowd in all directions, from head down nods to hands in the air moments. An exciting DJ to watch and I think the best is yet to come from him.
Nic Fanciulli has shown his ability to piece together a show rather than just an event is evident with his booking of Eagles & Butterflies, the UK born but LA dwelling DJ and Producer is one of the true underground artists making waves. A Pete Tong favourite and Boiler Room and Cercle exhibitionist, his playful yet precise track selection is nothing short of brilliant. Each one pulling the crowds through to the next and always wanting more.
The main event was imminent with the late announcement that Fisher would be joining Nic Fanciulli for a special b2b. Fisher has captivated audiences around the world with his wrist flicks, catchy riffs, and rolling baselines. The pairing is not one you would normally expect and I was a little apprehensive. What we witnessed was incredible, the ever excitable Fisher was in full flow, and Nic Fanciulli respectfully made sure he was at the reigns. A brilliant to and fro of peak time hand-raisers, Fisher’s trademark tracks make the crowds go crazy under Ushuaia’s unparalleled and seamless production of pyrotechnics and confetti (could give Elrow a run for their money), Nic Fanciulli would bring it back down (slightly) before unleashing his own arsenal of laser quenching brilliance.
The atmosphere was electric, the crowd left with smiles from ear to ear, and Nic Fanciulli should be rightfully proud of programming such an amazing event. Dance or Die will no doubt go from strength to strength and we for one will be watching closely.