Hear all about Ladies on Mars gig at Punta del Este, Uruguay representing Hedkandi
Considered one of the greatest end-of-the-year festivities in Punta del Este, Hed Kandi presents its 13th edition with a lot of glamor, comfort and exclusivity. The event will bring a magical and surprising visual, including an open bar and finger food service.
♦ Data: 12/29/2021 | Quarta-feira
♦ Start time: 17h
♦ Venue: Mar y Fuego Beach Club - Between Manantiales and José Ignácio
♦ OPEN BAR and FINGER FOOD service
♦ Attractions: Ladies on Mars, Mathias Carreño, Breno Rocha and Marina Goldfarbng
Check out all the action from hed Kandi with Ladies on Mars at Mar y Fuego Beach Club
Ladies on mars rocking his smash hit 'Hold On'!!
What a superb event. massive respect to Ladies on mars for rocking it at Hed Kandi at Punta Del Este.
Find out all of the latest news about our Deck-O-Dance DJs that played this year's ADE.
Wow, what a weekend!!!
MORE INFO COMING SOON!
RICHARD EARNSHAW AT ICULTURE
Hey Richard, I hope you are well. I hope you had an amazing time at ADE, it looked like you had a fantastic time. Organising your events must have taken a lot of hard work and the uncertainty of whether Amsterdam would allow this to go ahead must have been quite concerning. I am so happy it all came together in the end, the footage from your nights looks fab.
Please could you tell us about the events you hosted. Who did you have playing for you at the iCulture gigs?
We were part of a program that was being held at the Vic Bar (Park Plaza Victoria Hotel) put together with our long time Dutch family. We’ve been working together on events for nearly 10 years (and DJing with them way before that) so although it was a bit twitchy given the uncertainty/restrictions, it all came together fairly smoothly as we’ve working together for so long. We had our good mate Moodena come over to join the iCulture regulars at our party. Overall, it all massively exceeded our expectations. ADE2021 was a special one.
How was the hangover brunch on Sunday? I hope it went well.
In 2019 when the first Hangover Brunch was held, I was probably the most hungover I’ve ever been! I never made it to the end. But this year, there was a little more “sensible” in the air so got to the end and beyond. A fab way to play and enjoy music with your mates in a cool venue, and generally having a lovely time. It’s becoming a thing for ADE now.
Did you get chance to go to any other events whilst you were in the Dam?
We only managed a couple of things since we were busy at the Vic. Perhaps the only downside of only having the Day/Evening parties…not so much time to get around and do stuff. Although I probably had the most sleep at an ADE ever!
Which DJs stood out to you?
I’m gong to swerve that and shine the light on those who made the effort to be there and dance. The crowds were incredible with so many from all over the place travelling in for iCulture. A truly global crowd. They deserve the props!!
Where there many other DJs / Producers at ADE this year?
Not surprisingly, there were a few face missed this year. But it was good to see some old friends and meet some new ones. One thing is for sure, next year will be back to full power and attendance.
Like Derrick, you have been to ADE in the past, how was it this year compared to pre co-vid times?
This is one thing I was trying to work out, and i think my first ADE was 2008. Every year it’s completely brilliant. But this year, there was definitely something special going on. The energy was amazing with people needing it, having waited for it. And with everything so last minute, seeing people who were going to be there and make things happen at such short notice. It was a real release. A memorable ADE that’s for sure.
What was the highlight for you this year at ADE?
The iCulture party was a huge success but seeing friends and getting all the hugs in, connecting with the people and the music tops it all. We’re usually in Amsterdam 3/4 times a year, and to have missed so much since 2019, it was a “homecoming” feeling for us.
Richard, you are on fire right now with your music productions, iCulture as well as DJing, what can we expect from you in the forthcoming months?
I’ll keep it short…I’m working on 2 Earnshaw albums, a few singles and also a Spiritchaser album. I’ll do my best to keep the social media platforms updated with everything going on.
Where can we find you playing out / radio shows in the next few months?
Apart from a couple of special iCulture things at the end of the year, we’ll be back in the Spring. The radio continues twice a month and we’re really focusing on 2022.
DERRICK MCKENZIE AT VIC'S BAR, AMSTERDAM FOR ICULTURE.
SEAN BENTON AT ADE FOR THE NDC PARTY.
Q. Hey Sean, I hope you are well, I just want to say a massive thank you and congratulations for making the events at ADE happen for NDC. You absolutely rocked the party, massive respect to you.
A. It was a pleasure to be involved in taking NDC to our inaugural event at ADE, yes, we absolutely rocked our venue and it was amazing to get such a great response from all the revellers who attended the venue.
Q. As it was late notice, I know you were central to the organisation of the 2 events that NDC put together, how did it feel to see the fruits of your labour pay dividends?
A. It was late notice for us, as it was for many of the promoters, as the go-ahead for the entire event was very late in the day due to the current Covid restrictions. Both Andy (NDC Head Honcho) and I had a lot to pull together in the space of 3 weeks and all of the NDC DJ's as well as our international guests played a massive part in bringing the event together and making it an memorable time in Amsterdam. Collectively we were all over the moon as to how it all panned out.
Q. You must feel very proud of your hard work putting this together with Andy and the team, did it all go to plan?
A. It did all go to plan, despite the short notice. It was a new venture for NDC in as much as we were trying to set up for such a huge event in another country!! Fortunately there weren't any hiccups, although we're mindful there could quite easily have been.
Q. You looked so happy behind the decks and it was amazing to watch it on Mixcloud, what was your favourite moment of the weekend?
A. Mixcloud Live definitely made a difference for us as many of our friends, relatives and regular listeners back home could also get involved in the shenanigans. In terms of memorable moments, seeing our regular DJ's, some of whom may not have been involved in such an event previously, really relishing the opportunity to perform live to such a fantastic crowd. It was my first time at ADE too, so taking in the atmosphere of the whole city at such an event was amazing.
Q. Did you go to any other parties whilst you were there? If so, where?
A. Yes, some of the NDC crew were able to nip out on Friday to join the iCulture guys at Vic's Bar at the Victoria Hotel. This was also a new event at ADE for this venue and we were blown away by the response of the crowd.
Q. Who did you enjoy seeing at ADE?
A. Of course, I'm going to say the NDC DJ's and our superb guests (Wahine was out of this world by the way!!). However, if pushed, I'd have to say that seeing Moodena live for the first time was also epic. That man knows how to put a set together!!
Q. What advice would you give to people thinking of venturing over to ADE 2022, either as a guest, DJ or to host an event?
A. It's a definite must for any lover of electronic music... there's something for everybody. It was my first time as I said, and despite the restrictions (I'm sure they'll be gone next year), anyone considering getting over there, be prepared for a heady long weekend. If any DJ who gets the opportunity to play or an organisation that's considering setting something up.... go for it, you won't regret it!!
Q. What was your highlight of the weekend?
A. Our Disco night on Saturday (sorry Friday Night guys, I'm biased ha ha).... genuinely, I'm so proud of the effort put in and the music played by all of our DJ's, everyone pulled it out of the bag.
Q. Where can we find you playing out / radio shows in the next few months?
A. Of course, my regular Sunday evening show on NDC (Sundessential Disco) from 6pm. I'll also be running my regular monthly residency "Some Kinda Disco" with my disco partner in crime Christian Reilly at Hideout in my hometown of Warrington. We have a very special guest at our November event (wink wink).... all the way from the US.... Wahine!!! Also planning for next summer's festival season too.
WAHINE WAS ON FIRE AT THE NDC PARTY AT ADE 2021.
Wahine. Firstly I want to congratulate you on such an incredible feat - flying over from Atlanta at such short notice to be at ADE and wow, you absolutely rocked it. It was super cool to see you DJing and having the time of your life behind the decks. We are so happy you were able to travel over to Amsterdam to ADE this year. It was a huge international journey to make, how was it with all of the covid restrictions? Was it worth the long haul trip?
It was absolutely worth the trip and I was only there for about 72 hours because I was able to meet so many of the wonderful connections that I had made online over the last 2 years during lockdown, including several of my fellow Deck-O-Dance DJ's like Derrick McKenzie, Richard Earnshaw, Sean Benton, and Greg Middleton. Getting to see everyone do their thing live was really special as someone from the US who doesn't typically get to see this kind of talent unless I come to Europe. Plus, having the opportunity and honor of closing the 2-day house and disco event put on by NDC Radio was a dream. We had a packed house with a young audience that was really up for the funky disco and world sounds that I love playing the most. The covid restrictions were a little anxiety-producing before the trip as I was worried that getting something wrong with the testing or not having the right documentation might keep me from making the journey, but like I said, it was all worth it. You just need to have all of your ducks in a row and be thinking a few steps ahead. It's all very doable and once you get through the first few testing hoops, you get in the swing of things. Thankfully, Holland is a very efficient country when it comes to handling these types of large-scale logistics, so they really ramped-up testing for the event and had tons of very convenient locations all over the city center. Also, the test results are very fast. It usually takes no more than 30 minutes for your daily QR code to be sent to you. Please could you tell us about your time at ADE?
Did you get to hang out with fellow DJs and producers?
I did! And that was a real treat. Perhaps even one of the upsides of attending this year was that attendance was probably slightly down from other years, which made everything feel a bit more intimate. I had a wonderful time at the iCulture event with Moodena, Derrick McKenzie, and Richard Earnshaw and got to chat and dance with them quite a bit. Moodena and I have chatted online several times as he's been a past guest on Spin City and I'm a huge fan of Tropical Disco, so it was a real pleasure to spend some time with him after his set. Derrick and I got some good dance time and a few laughs in, which was really nice since he had me on as a guest to his show on Mi-House several months ago. He couldn't have been more lovely in person and was even kind enough to come watch my NDC Radio set. At the same event, I also ran into DJ Miss Deedy who is a local Amsterdam DJ and fellow Defected Croatia 2019 mix contest winner. As it turns out, she and Derrick are friends and he's been a big supporter of hers. We're both grateful to have him as a champion of what we do as female DJ's. We had lots to chat about and have a very similar story of taking a big break from DJing and returning in the last couple of years due to the Defected opportunity. Hopefully we can team up on something in the future.
Did you go to any other events whilst you were in Amsterdam? Who did you see and who would you say played your favourite Dj set?
I went to a couple of events where my friend Shady Lady (a local Amsterdam DJ) played. One was at a cool bohemian bar/restaurant called Feed where she was playing disco. Then I followed her over to her next gig at the restaurant at the top of the Volkshotel, which has 360 degree views of the city. She played a loungey down-tempo mix of global funk that was just perfect as the sun was starting to set. My favorite set of the trip was Richard Earnshaw. I have been familiar with his production work for many years, but this was the first time I've ever had the opportunity to see him spin live and he played a really fun and energetic classics set, while still managing to keep it interesting with this superior mixing skills. I was quite impressed and danced until my feet couldn't handle it anymore.
Where did you play? What kind of set did you play?
? I played at two venues. The first was a chill upscale restaurant vibe at George Bistro as part of the ADE Club Nights series which ran all week, hosted by my station-mate at MyHouseRadio.fm, SylvioN, where I played deep, vocal house. The second was the closing set for the NDC Radio disco and funky house series at 50:Hertz House Cafe in Rembrandt Square. I played a mix of peak-hour disco and world music edits with a lot of African and Latin influences.
What was the highlight of your night at NDC?
Getting to close the event to such a young and enthusiastic crowd, especially one that responded to well to the world music vibes was really gratifying because I don't often get to play those kinds of sounds to the audience back home in Atlanta, but they are core to my sound. The peak moment was playing the Donna Allen classic by Urban Blues Project, "He Is the Joy," because it was a moment that really brought the DJ's who know this classic well, together with the younger generation who may have never heard the song before. With the resurgence of the disco sound, it still sounds fresh and relevant as ever. Also having my dear friend Jessica there with me at the event. She is a Dutch native, but used to live in the US, and was one of the first people to see me DJ live so many years ago.
How did it feel to be playing and thanks to new technology, having it live streamed to your family and friends who were cheering you on in the chat box?
That was such a wonderful surprise as I wasn't aware that we would be livestreaming the event, nor that so many of my family and friends from home and around the world would be tuned in for it. But I could feel the support of everyone watching and it was really meaningful and felt rather natural. This is how my friends and I have been connecting over the last 2 years--in livestreams and chat rooms for various online radio shows. In fact, I would not have been in attendance at ADE, nor playing this event, if it wasn't for all of the online connections made during lockdown. It's really a full-circle moment in many ways.
So, what is next for Wahine?
I will be returning to Europe for my first tour in mid-November, which is really exciting. I am excited to be visiting and playing in so many cities that I haven't been to previously, such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Warrington, Dublin, Gutersloh, and Lisbon. I'd also like to squeeze in some time working on music production, so that I might tour with some of my own edits and mashups. In January, I will be touring coastal and central Mexico for the first time, and hope to return to Europe again in the spring and summer for festival season. I think you definitely have the Disco Waltons already booking their tickets for 2022. We would love to see you play there again
. Do you plan to return to ADE next year?
Yes, I plan to be back again next year representing the Disco Waltons, but also hope that more of the crew will be in attendance, including yourself, Karen! Having more of the crew at ADE will make it even more special. So many of us are really having a lot of success and there is unlimited talent in this group, in addition to being a bunch of big-hearted, fun-loving folks. I predict it will be a total blow-out with the bigger group at ADE.
Any advice you would give to anyone thinking of going to ADE 2022?
Here's a tip for anyone that might be heading to Holland that I didn't learn until my last day there: You must make an appointment for your daily test, but know that once you make the appointment and pick a time, you can really go anytime to test. They don't cross-reference the time of your test with your appointment time, so that allows for a lot more freedom.
Where can we find you playing out / radio shows in the next few months?
Unfortunately, many of the nightclubs that I would have been playing at pre-pandemic are now permanently closed, but I do a weekly lounge set at The Garden Room in Atlanta. On the radio, I'm on the first Sunday of every month for Spin City on MyHouseRadio.fm with various guests from the disco scene. Not a radio show so much, but I have a video interview show that I do monthly for Only Good Vibes Music, called Island Time with Wahine, which you can find on Youtube and Soundcloud, with upcoming guests Cloak Dagger and Never Dull. I will be making appearances on NDC Radio for the Disco Waltons Sunday Service. I also have several guest mixes coming up for the BPM collective out of France, Crossfade based in Puerto Rico, as well as for Spain's Spa In Disco.
GREG MIDDLETON ABSOLUTELY SMASHING IT AT THE NDC PARTY.
Andy, the man behind the spectacular NDC Radio station, firstly can I say a massive congratulations to you for organising 2 ultra cool events at ADE at very short notice. The shows looked truly phenomenal. I take my hat off to you for organising 2 absolutely incredible parties.
How did you manage to pull this together at such short notice?
Hi Kaz and thank you for your kind words, as you know we have a great family at NDC radio that we can call on at any time. When we got the call for ADE we quickly arranged a video call with the NDC collective and members of the Waltons that night. We formulated a plan agreed actions for each of the collective to execute. The Waltons who play each week on NDC Radio agreed to join us, so we were really pleased. There was massive enthusiasm from the team to perform at ADE and this drove us forward through some pretty tough and very difficult hoops we had to jump through. Myself and Sean Benton worked late into the night to get art work agreed with the ADE organisers in Amsterdam. The collective worked to get, T shirts, Flyers, Banners etc ready for us to take over with us. Flights and accommodation had to be block booked and the less said about the Covid paperwork the better, Lets just say it was a challenge!
How did it feel, putting on these gigs and seeing the reaction from Team NDC, the DJs and the crowd? There must have been such a huge buzz!!
It was amazing, we were made to feel so welcome by everyone. There was a real buzz around NDC crew & The Waltons that we were not expecting. We were playing House; Funky House on Friday with and Disco and the Waltons showcase on Saturday, it went down an absolute storm. The guys over there really love their house but the Saturday night Disco sets really went off a treat, it was crazy and the place was packed to the rafters.
I hear they were queueing round the block to get in, how did that feel?
We were humbled by the following and support from the local crowd, simply awesome. I went outside around 7pm and could not believe the length of the queue, we were obviously doing something right. This made me feel so proud of the guys and what they had delivered, i cannot thank them enough. Notwithstanding what they do week in week out on NDC Radio they then go over to ADE at very short notice and knock it out the park!
I hear you met up with a lot of special people whilst you were there, please could you tell us who you met and what it was like?
Yes, i met up with so many people it was crazy ! to be surrounded by so many like-minded people that love dance music as much as we do was just fabulous ! The whole vibe at ADE is just so cool i love it. I went over to see the guys at ICulture at the Vic Bar, Victoria Hotel & met up with Richard Earnshaw, Derrick McKenzie, MooDena, Bongo Ben & Steve Taylor to mention but a few. I had a chat with Oded Nir the owner of Suntree Records over there and got invited to the Hoxton Brunch on Sunday ! Michael Van Kammen from Samo Music was another great guy i met, atrue gent ! Raphaella Brown, she is so cool and so busy its crazy how she keeps up with her schedule it amazes me. So many people and so many connections made that we will be following up on and working with hopefully in the future.
What was your highlight of the weekend Andy?
Thats a tough one ?? there were so many for me ! seeing the NDC DJs & Waltons perform so well and take the place apart was absolutely brilliant.
The Sets the iCulture guys played were out of this world, some great tunes. Moodena played an absolute blinding set, Derrick supported by Bongo Ben was special to !
The cool vibe at the Hoxton Brunch was gain another great place to be, lots of like-minded lovely people who welcomed everyone into the vibe, i loved it.
like i said there was just so many great moments for me to pick one single highlight, it's just impossible.
What advice would you give to others out there hoping to host a party at ADE in the future?
Do your homework, know where the places are that you want to go to because there are so many to choose from, upwards of 2 hundred events over the week. try to get somewhere central to stay so you are right in the middle of it all, its a great buzz day & night. The best bit of advice i can give, watch out for the bikes !! they are everywhere
So with 2 smash nights at ADE, what are your plans for ADE 2022?
Im going over early in the new year of 22 to meet up with the ADE guys to secure 3 or 4 venues for NDC, The Waltons and our sister company DeckoDance will be there on mass doing what we do best.
I think it is safe to say NDC can seriously rock a party, what plans do you have for the station between now and next October?
NDC will be doing more of the one off specials we are known for like "The Italian job" "Stateside" and of course the fantastically successful "Disco Waltons" that led to a weekly residency on NDC Radio. Our team never stop trying to break the mould and strive to keep us at the forefront of Dance music. We have our own Festival site being constructed in Lincolnshire that should be ready for us next year. The NDC festival is gonna be great for all of us, we really cant wait for this. We will also be going on the road a lot more next year also, gigs up and down the country are in the planning stage all this plus ADE 22 make for a full on schedule for 2022. Watch this space its gonna be be exciting.