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Lightning in a Botttle 2022 was my first big festival after the pandemic and it was HUGE - more than 30,000 people. I played Thursday night and there were only 3 stages going and already 18,000 people there. This set was played on the Junkyard stage to I don't know maybe 1500-2000 people - a secondary stage became pretty main, and the mains of course were nuts at this fest.
I knew exactly where was going with this set, coming out of the pandemic with pure unbridled euphoric house vibe on the edge of underground and mainstream. People were freaking out, it was so so so lovely there I can't even tell ya ♡♡♡
Incredible experience and before I go any further let me thank Jesse and Dede Flemming for throwing the whole shebang, and Patricio for curating the Junkyard stage formerly known as Favela Bar.
DJing is an art, or it should be. I'm not just transitioning tracks, I am almost always playing with tracks together with very short gaps in between. I spend far more time in the mix of two tracks than out.
DJing is also a performance, particularly at a festival, and to be honest I'm way more natural musically than as a performer. I think the most important thing is how a mix sounds listening back - lots of the more 'showy' sets I can't get through live let alone listen to later.
BUT PERFORMANCE IS STILL IMPORTANT! People want to see the DJ having fun, and that's not always natural for me.
LIB has been a great confidence builder for me, my sets have steadily improved and my DJ energy even more :) It's become home for me and I have a really nice following there after 5 years straight.
Much credit to the amazing sounding DJ booth provided by Todd Anisman of ChinoSound - who became Tropical's sound guru right after the first tome I played in 2016 - I felt my groove and put on at least a decent show along with a really nice house set.
MUCH LOVE TO THE ARTISTS FOR THE TRACKS I WOVE TOGETHER - I hope you also listen and enjoy my art ♡♡♡
Credit where credit's due, and bite my style all you want, it's super flattering and more importantly gives exposure to artists who likely get less than they deserve.
Special shout out to Kevin McKay who I've been following since 90s Glasgow Underground - always one if my fave vinyl labels - for the peak moment in the middle of this set when the crowd absolutely exploded for 'Move Your Body'.
And another to Christian Burkhardt for appearing the most in my track list - I guess you know who my favorite producer is lately :).
But really, really, all these tracks and artists are super great, please look up and support
Track List LIB 2022: Artist - Track (remixer)
1 - Mosta - Paeonia (Lauhaus Remix)
2 - Milos Pesovic - Don’t Scream
3 - Lauhaus, Maria Franca - Physical
4 - Giorgio Moroder - Our Love (Christian Burkhardt Rmx)
5 - James Dexter, Artslaves - Play On
6 - Chris Wood, Meat, Christian Burkhardt, BMW - Music
7 - Jorjick Croes, Kenny Kelly - Alma & Cuerpo (Shawn Jackson Rmx)
8 - Chris Wood, Meat, Christian Burkhardt, BMW - Super Sync
9 - Christian Burkhardt - In Today’s World
10 - LouLou Players - She Calls (Extended Mix)
11 - Chris Di Perri - For You Homie
12 - Milos Pesovic, Greck B - Head (Saul Antolín Remix)
13 - Alan Fitzpatrick, Reset Robot - Phantom
14 - Adelphi Music Factory - My People (Love Can Live Forever - (Mark Broom 4am Dub (Extended))
15 - Kevin McKay - Move Your Body (Elevation) (Kevin's Extended ViP)
16 - Christian Burkhardt - Enough
17 - Gerd - 12 Minutes She Danced With an Alien (Jaris Voorn Ruff Mix)
18 - Cristian Merino - Peace, Freedom
19 - Dennis Quin - Are Fundamental
20 - MANT - Subconscious (James Dexter Rmx)
21 - Rob Pearson - Better (Rob Pearson Rmx)
22 - Riggs - Sleight of Hand