Archive for May, 2008

30
May
08

PARTY DESTINATIONS


Amsterdam- Holland

Originally the number 1 stag location, Amsterdam has it all, bars, clubs an outstanding party culture, coffee shops and a very famous red light district. Built around a maze of canals this city is great to explore on bikes or by boat there are bars scattered all along the canal side so a bar crawl by canal boat is a must!!! We can also offer tickets to watch Ajax games with a stadium tour, a red light district tour, pub crawls, a brewery tour and even snowboarding (obviously indoor).

Miami – Florida

Miami has everything you are looking for. After a day at the beaches or attractions you may want to relax at one of Miami’s many cocktail lounges. Do you have more energy? Visit night clubs ranging from hard rock to the blues for a night of dancing and entertainment. Clubs with live music and shows are also on the menu for visitors who want to finish their day watching a great performance. No matter what you are looking for when the sun goes down, Miami has it to offer.

Madrid – Spain

Very few Spanish cities and even fewer European capitals offer the possibilities that Madrid does when it comes to going out. The city awakens very early to start the binge and goes to bed very, very late. In addition, as a cosmopolitan and welcoming city, you will never feel alienated. Such an important city presents an unlimited range of nite adventures, each one unique, each one unforgettable. It don’t matter what gets you going, the music that starts your heart racing, or the kind of people you’re looking to meet you’ll find it in Madrid.

Ios – Greece

Welcome to the world’s adult playground. Ios is the Acropolis of party destinations, a place where the afternoon scene easily exceeds the nightlife at many other destinations, where nights roll effortlessly into daybreak and where meeting people is as easy as seeing them.If parents were truly interested in teaching their kids sex education, they would take them to Ios and let them observe the ancient process up close. The stuff written in the books happens here in the flesh.

Cancun – Mexico

During the day Cancun is pretty laid back. That changes at night when both the Hotel Zone and downtown start rocking with music. It’s all here: salsa, meringue, flamenco, reggae, jazz, classical, disco, rock and roll, hip-hop and techno. Many restaurants do double duty as party centers with all you can drink specials and waiters who don’t hesitate to get up on stage and dance in between serving drinks. Cancun Discos and dance bars usually have taped music accompanied to high tech laser light shows with the occasional live band thrown in for good measure. The Cancun nightclubs, especially the Latin Clubs, all have live music and import some of the hottest bands from Latin America. Barhopping during happy hour is a great way to check out the different hotels and evening cruises have a high-energy, party atmosphere. For a taste of how the locals like to party head to one of the Salsa clubs or check out the clubs in the downtown area. There is usually a free evening concert in the downtown Parque de las Palapas and close by are some excellent jazz clubs featuring local musicians. Just choose your spot and you can dance until the wee hours of the morning.

Ibiza – Spain

If it’s nightlife you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Why it’s easy: take the best clubs and DJs in the world; add a cosmopolitan mix of clubbers and holiday makers bent on having it; and then throw in some stars, celebrities and models for good measure; and what do you get? You get the summer party capital of the world…

30
May
08

PARTY DESTINATIONS


Amsterdam- Holland

Originally the number 1 stag location, Amsterdam has it all, bars, clubs an outstanding party culture, coffee shops and a very famous red light district. Built around a maze of canals this city is great to explore on bikes or by boat there are bars scattered all along the canal side so a bar crawl by canal boat is a must!!! We can also offer tickets to watch Ajax games with a stadium tour, a red light district tour, pub crawls, a brewery tour and even snowboarding (obviously indoor).

Miami – Florida

Miami has everything you are looking for. After a day at the beaches or attractions you may want to relax at one of Miami’s many cocktail lounges. Do you have more energy? Visit night clubs ranging from hard rock to the blues for a night of dancing and entertainment. Clubs with live music and shows are also on the menu for visitors who want to finish their day watching a great performance. No matter what you are looking for when the sun goes down, Miami has it to offer.

Madrid – Spain

Very few Spanish cities and even fewer European capitals offer the possibilities that Madrid does when it comes to going out. The city awakens very early to start the binge and goes to bed very, very late. In addition, as a cosmopolitan and welcoming city, you will never feel alienated. Such an important city presents an unlimited range of nite adventures, each one unique, each one unforgettable. It don’t matter what gets you going, the music that starts your heart racing, or the kind of people you’re looking to meet you’ll find it in Madrid.

Ios – Greece

Welcome to the world’s adult playground. Ios is the Acropolis of party destinations, a place where the afternoon scene easily exceeds the nightlife at many other destinations, where nights roll effortlessly into daybreak and where meeting people is as easy as seeing them.If parents were truly interested in teaching their kids sex education, they would take them to Ios and let them observe the ancient process up close. The stuff written in the books happens here in the flesh.

Cancun – Mexico

During the day Cancun is pretty laid back. That changes at night when both the Hotel Zone and downtown start rocking with music. It’s all here: salsa, meringue, flamenco, reggae, jazz, classical, disco, rock and roll, hip-hop and techno. Many restaurants do double duty as party centers with all you can drink specials and waiters who don’t hesitate to get up on stage and dance in between serving drinks. Cancun Discos and dance bars usually have taped music accompanied to high tech laser light shows with the occasional live band thrown in for good measure. The Cancun nightclubs, especially the Latin Clubs, all have live music and import some of the hottest bands from Latin America. Barhopping during happy hour is a great way to check out the different hotels and evening cruises have a high-energy, party atmosphere. For a taste of how the locals like to party head to one of the Salsa clubs or check out the clubs in the downtown area. There is usually a free evening concert in the downtown Parque de las Palapas and close by are some excellent jazz clubs featuring local musicians. Just choose your spot and you can dance until the wee hours of the morning.

Ibiza – Spain

If it’s nightlife you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Why it’s easy: take the best clubs and DJs in the world; add a cosmopolitan mix of clubbers and holiday makers bent on having it; and then throw in some stars, celebrities and models for good measure; and what do you get? You get the summer party capital of the world…

29
May
08

ERIC PRYDZ @ARENELE ROMANE, BUCHAREST ,11/07/2008


On September 13th Eric Prydz joins forces with Data Recordings to bring you his hotly-tipped summer anthem ‘Call On Me.’ Commandeering a vocal from age-ripened rocker Steve Winwood’s ‘Valerie’, the first time Winwood has given clearance for one of his tracks to be used, Swedish-born Prydz loops it into what promises to be the biggest funked-up house monster of the season. Lola’s what?

Starting life as an mp3 in the hands of only a select few DJs ‘Call On Me’ has spread like wildfire, surfing label bidding-wars and dodging a spate of bootleg rip-offs along the way, to eventually land in the hands of Mr Winwood himself who liked the track so much he re-sang the vocals. Prydz began making music at the tender age of 9, and was so fanatical even at this early stage, that a lack of equipment was simply a minor obstacle in his quest for stardom. He developed a habit of breaking and entering in order to “borrow” his school’s keyboards: a habit that soon landed him in a Swedish reform school. But this set back merely strengthened his resolve and, buoyed by encouragement from influential friends such as Steve Angello, Prydz was soon producing tracks that found their way into the record boxes of some of the worlds most high profile DJs.

Influenced by the production quality of the ‘first generation’ of Stockholm talent, such as Håkan Lidbo and Adam Beyer, the Prydz sound is a merging of his love for Depeche Mode, early-electronica and a catchy 80’s melody with the stimulus of artists such as Alexender Kowalski and Underground Resistance. Working from his (literally) underground studio in the heart of Stockholm, Prydz creates hard-hitting tunes, with a firm foundation in funk but what sets him apart from the crowd is his talent for hooks and melodies.

After the success of an initial release on EMI, Eric moved to the label’s flagship dance imprint Credence and released the hugely successful “EP1”. By the time “EP3” came around, Eric had developed into one of the hottest names in house music. Word of his production skills soon spread, making him one of the most sought-after remixers on the scene. His work for the likes of Junior, Positiva and Ministry of Sound found favour with DJ’s including Seb Fontaine, Judge Jules and Pete Tong and his remix of “Miracles” even added The Pet Shop Boys to his long list of admirers.

The story behind the bootleg:

Two years ago Eric and producer friends Retarded Funk were working together in the studio when they hit upon the idea of using Steve Winwood’s ‘Valerie’ as the basis for a dance track. Armed with a CDR and keen to test it on the clubbing public, Prydz passed a copy on to DJ Falcon during one of his UK gigs, who immediately made it a regular fixture in his sets. Eric couldn’t have anticipated the stir the track would have: fans clamoured for more information, only for it to be uploaded to an internet site, assumed to be the follow-up to Thomas Bangalter & DJ Falcon’s ‘So Much Love To Give’ and wrongfully attributed to them.

As demand for ‘Call On Me’ grew an enterprising distributor downloaded and pressed up the track under the guise of Thomas Falcon ‘Valerie’. This went on to trouble the German DDC Chart, in a guise no different to Eric’s own version, apart from the addition of an acappella vocal from French band Phoenix. Meanwhile Eric spent his time producing his own version and eventually gained all important clearance from Steve Winwood to use ‘Valerie’.

Prdyz’s hard work paid off when Winwood not only gave clearance for the sample to be used exclusively by Data (the first time he has ever done this for any of his songs), but also went back into the studio to re-sing the vocals!

So on September 13th ignore the imitators and pick up ‘Call On Me’ as Eric Prydz releases the original, legal version on Data Records.

29
May
08

ERIC PRYDZ @ARENELE ROMANE, BUCHAREST ,11/07/2008


On September 13th Eric Prydz joins forces with Data Recordings to bring you his hotly-tipped summer anthem ‘Call On Me.’ Commandeering a vocal from age-ripened rocker Steve Winwood’s ‘Valerie’, the first time Winwood has given clearance for one of his tracks to be used, Swedish-born Prydz loops it into what promises to be the biggest funked-up house monster of the season. Lola’s what?

Starting life as an mp3 in the hands of only a select few DJs ‘Call On Me’ has spread like wildfire, surfing label bidding-wars and dodging a spate of bootleg rip-offs along the way, to eventually land in the hands of Mr Winwood himself who liked the track so much he re-sang the vocals. Prydz began making music at the tender age of 9, and was so fanatical even at this early stage, that a lack of equipment was simply a minor obstacle in his quest for stardom. He developed a habit of breaking and entering in order to “borrow” his school’s keyboards: a habit that soon landed him in a Swedish reform school. But this set back merely strengthened his resolve and, buoyed by encouragement from influential friends such as Steve Angello, Prydz was soon producing tracks that found their way into the record boxes of some of the worlds most high profile DJs.

Influenced by the production quality of the ‘first generation’ of Stockholm talent, such as Håkan Lidbo and Adam Beyer, the Prydz sound is a merging of his love for Depeche Mode, early-electronica and a catchy 80’s melody with the stimulus of artists such as Alexender Kowalski and Underground Resistance. Working from his (literally) underground studio in the heart of Stockholm, Prydz creates hard-hitting tunes, with a firm foundation in funk but what sets him apart from the crowd is his talent for hooks and melodies.

After the success of an initial release on EMI, Eric moved to the label’s flagship dance imprint Credence and released the hugely successful “EP1”. By the time “EP3” came around, Eric had developed into one of the hottest names in house music. Word of his production skills soon spread, making him one of the most sought-after remixers on the scene. His work for the likes of Junior, Positiva and Ministry of Sound found favour with DJ’s including Seb Fontaine, Judge Jules and Pete Tong and his remix of “Miracles” even added The Pet Shop Boys to his long list of admirers.

The story behind the bootleg:

Two years ago Eric and producer friends Retarded Funk were working together in the studio when they hit upon the idea of using Steve Winwood’s ‘Valerie’ as the basis for a dance track. Armed with a CDR and keen to test it on the clubbing public, Prydz passed a copy on to DJ Falcon during one of his UK gigs, who immediately made it a regular fixture in his sets. Eric couldn’t have anticipated the stir the track would have: fans clamoured for more information, only for it to be uploaded to an internet site, assumed to be the follow-up to Thomas Bangalter & DJ Falcon’s ‘So Much Love To Give’ and wrongfully attributed to them.

As demand for ‘Call On Me’ grew an enterprising distributor downloaded and pressed up the track under the guise of Thomas Falcon ‘Valerie’. This went on to trouble the German DDC Chart, in a guise no different to Eric’s own version, apart from the addition of an acappella vocal from French band Phoenix. Meanwhile Eric spent his time producing his own version and eventually gained all important clearance from Steve Winwood to use ‘Valerie’.

Prdyz’s hard work paid off when Winwood not only gave clearance for the sample to be used exclusively by Data (the first time he has ever done this for any of his songs), but also went back into the studio to re-sing the vocals!

So on September 13th ignore the imitators and pick up ‘Call On Me’ as Eric Prydz releases the original, legal version on Data Records.

25
May
08

JAMES ZABIELA @ARENELE ROMANE,BUCHAREST, 21/06/2008


A technical wizard and with a love of all things sci-fi, James Zabiela is at the forefront of new DJ/production talent smashing the glass ceiling of the global superstars. He’s played to a room full of suited Japanese businessmen when showcasing Pioneer’s latest equipment, in front of 60,000 people in South America and just about every imaginable situation in-between. From the beginnings of winning a bedroom DJ competition to Sasha personally signing James to his UK DJ agency Excession, things have skyrocketed.
Armed with his fully loaded laptop, effects units, CDs and other box of tricks, James has created his own place on the scene. He holds residencies at Space-Ibiza and Pacha-New York and had successful compilations released on Renaissance as well as EPs and singles. Following the success of his previous singles, ‘Robophobia’ and ‘Weird Science’, Zabiela released his latest single ‘Human’ in July 2007. In February 2007, Zabiela teamed up with Nic Fanciulli to create One One, a 2xCD mix compilation featuring stellar track selections as well as new songs produced by Zabiela and Fanciulli. With the likes of Sasha, Royksopp and Depeche Mode calling upon him for remixes, Zabiela’s 2006 re-rub of “Seal Clubbing” by Charlie May vs Sasha spent several weeks at #1 in both the Beatport and DJ Download sales charts.
In 2007 he was awarded the Best British DJ at the DJ Mag Best British DJ Awards and ranked #17 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll. James Zabiela will release a new 4 track EP of all original material titled Perseverance EP on 10 December 2007.

25
May
08

JAMES ZABIELA @ARENELE ROMANE,BUCHAREST, 21/06/2008


A technical wizard and with a love of all things sci-fi, James Zabiela is at the forefront of new DJ/production talent smashing the glass ceiling of the global superstars. He’s played to a room full of suited Japanese businessmen when showcasing Pioneer’s latest equipment, in front of 60,000 people in South America and just about every imaginable situation in-between. From the beginnings of winning a bedroom DJ competition to Sasha personally signing James to his UK DJ agency Excession, things have skyrocketed.
Armed with his fully loaded laptop, effects units, CDs and other box of tricks, James has created his own place on the scene. He holds residencies at Space-Ibiza and Pacha-New York and had successful compilations released on Renaissance as well as EPs and singles. Following the success of his previous singles, ‘Robophobia’ and ‘Weird Science’, Zabiela released his latest single ‘Human’ in July 2007. In February 2007, Zabiela teamed up with Nic Fanciulli to create One One, a 2xCD mix compilation featuring stellar track selections as well as new songs produced by Zabiela and Fanciulli. With the likes of Sasha, Royksopp and Depeche Mode calling upon him for remixes, Zabiela’s 2006 re-rub of “Seal Clubbing” by Charlie May vs Sasha spent several weeks at #1 in both the Beatport and DJ Download sales charts.
In 2007 he was awarded the Best British DJ at the DJ Mag Best British DJ Awards and ranked #17 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll. James Zabiela will release a new 4 track EP of all original material titled Perseverance EP on 10 December 2007.

21
May
08

Armin Van Buuren@Arenele Romane,Bucharest 28/06/2008


Aged just 31, Armin Van Buuren has been named number one in the prestigious DJ Top 100 poll – voted for by over 350,000 people across the world, and an indication of his prolific output over the 10 years he’s been DJing and producing. Being the official World’s Best DJ is just one of his many achievements, but the driving force behind his success is an overriding passion for dance music.
Even a basic list of recent successes reads like a lifetime of work: ‘Best Album’ for artist album “Shivers” at both the Dutch Release Dance Awards and the prestigious Edison Awards; ‘Best Compilation’ for “A State Of Trance”, and ‘Best Mix Radio Dutch Show’ at the Miami Winter Music Conference 2006 for radio show ‘A State Of Trance’ – now broadcasting on a massive 40 FM stations as well as satellite and internet radio, with over 6 million listeners a week; a 5th year residency in Ibiza at Amnesia; sell-out shows for Armin Only (12,500 people saw the nine-and-a-half hour Rotterdam live set and show and a world tour is planned); over 50,000 downloads every week from podcasting high end chart-bothering positions all over the world for singles, albums and compilations, with single “Rush Hour” used as the theme tune to the UEFA European Youth Championship; a second DVD, ‘Armin Only ‘Ahoy 2006’ – the landmarks just keep coming!
Born in Leiden, Holland (on December 25, 1976) to a musical family, Armin indulged his passion for music from a young age. He spent all the money he earned with his paper round on records. His mum won a computer when he was 10, “So as a little nerdy kid I was writing my own basic programmes, and learnt about the technology from there.” He progressed from making low-profile mix tapes for friends to higher profile mixes when he discovered experimenting with different sequences on his computer through his uncle. “I was so stunned by what I saw him doing on the computer, that I got addicted to creating music right there and then!”
“I loved dance music immediately – this great rebellious sound that was so different to the ‘beautiful’ songs of the years before”. Armin cites electronic pioneer Jean Michel Jarre as a major influence (famed for his awesome visuals as well as his groundbreaking synth sounds), as well as Dutch producer Ben Liebrand, who later mentored him in his mixing and producing.
In the early days, Armin thought it was wise to have something extra in case the DJ’ing didn’t work out. So he studied for a law degree. The final year of his course was inevitably stretched as he juggled his studies with his increasingly hectic schedule; his rise to fame included lots of productions and remixes, as well as playing out to packed clubs every weekend. It took him three years to graduate, but his determination made him succeed!
Armin’s own productions have all made a huge impact with his last 12 singles hitting the Top 40 in Holland, and gaining worldwide acclaim. His back catalogue includes Blue Fear, Communication, Sound of Goodbye, Shivers, Rush Hour, Burned With Desire, Exhale, Love You More, This World Is Watching Me, and Yet Another Day. While the remix offers flood in, Armin only takes on tracks that he really loves. He uses exactly the same criteria for his compilations, meaning that every release from Armin or his long-running Armind label is a bone fide stormer that’s earned its place. His output includes tracks for the cult TV series 24, and the likes of Motorcycle’s When The Rush Comes.
Armin is a dedicated trance lover, but isn’t imprisoned by a single genre, saying “What makes trance work so well is that it doesn’t stick to one style, and can incorporate electro, minimal, whatever it likes.” His desire to showcase more of the great music he hears, along with the number of people sending him tracks they wanted to release, led to the obvious step of starting his own label, Armada, in 2003.
The label is a joint venture between Armin, Maykel Piron (former head of A&R for Warner Music) and David Lewis, who’d previously managed Armin. “What we wanted was a company that could offer everything for an artist: representation, a booking agency, and a record company. Artists can choose full management, or to just release a record or play out at gigs. Armada lets the artists choose what they want without telling them what to do”.
Armin is now a fully-fledged artist in his own right, having made his songwriting debut on his last album, the award-winning Shivers; and artist album three is in the pipeline… The events continue to get bigger and bigger, and Armin regularly headlines the likes of Sensation White, Global Gathering, Dance Valley, ZoukOut, Mysteryland, Coachella, Beats In Brazil, Trance Energy, Fort Dance, Summer Days, Dance Valley – basically whether you’re in Australia, Russia, the Middle East, the US or Europe, you can catch Armin van Buuren at a club or festival near you!
“This is just what I really want,” says Armin. “It’s not just love for music, it’s my passion. It goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby, it’s about a way of living. Music is essential to my life”.