Radio 1’s newest superstar DJ Annie Mac chatted happily about taking over Pete Tong’s Friday night slot to Eye Weekly this week, promising to shake up the veteran DJ’s hugely influential slot with ‘upbeat, soulful music.’
“Pete Tong always had the role of officially starting the weekend, and that’s our role now,” his 31 year old replacement told Eye Weekly, “Ultimately, all I do is play my favourite songs on the radio,” she added.
Promising to focus on ’dubstep or disco, drum ’n’ bass, hip-hop or house’ the 31 year old new tastemaker conspicuously failed to mention techno or trance despite both genres continuing to dominate the playlists of most top 100 DJs.
Definitive superstar DJ Tiesto also appeared wedded to trance judging by a New York Times review of his set at the Hammerstein Ballroom last week, which failed to pick up his newfound (widely reported) passion for Ibiza Rocks, the Klaxons and Keane.
“Tiësto is a titan of trance, the most crowd-pleasing beat in electronic dance music,” Times critic Rachel Pappo declared, going on to note his ‘stark beats, pushy synthesizer lines, pop vocals and song remixes, and passages in which the beat drops away and synthesizer chords hover for a reverential moment’).
“Perhaps because it’s unsubtle enough to tell even a dance-impaired clubgoer when to move,” she suggested.
Pete Tong, meanwhile, announced details of a ten date US tour starting at New York’s acclaimed club Cielo on October 25, a relatively small venue described on one site as a ‘haven for mature individuals seeking intelligent nightlife with neither the hassles of large clubs nor the elitism of upscale lounges with too many VIP rooms.’
Tong also headlines the (considerably larger) LA Sports Arena in Los Angeles on Halloween (October 31) and continues to broadcast on Radio 1 on Fridays, right after Annie Mac.
Article by Jonty Skrufff
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