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This Decemberís massive Bacardi Blast party brought the flavours of clubbing mecca Ibiza to Mumbai city with stilt animators, limbo dancing, flea markets and fresh grooves by Spanish DJ Paco De La Cruz.

In a refreshing break from the droning techno that youíve come to expect at clubs, Cruz played a charged-up set combining organic salsa, calypso & samba rhythms with Latin & Afro-influenced Nu Jazz beats. The Record caught up with him the day before the party for a thorough grilling in the DJ hot seat. Check it out!

The Record: When did you start DJing?
Paco: At age 16. I guess weíre all frustrated musicians [laughs] and I just had to find a way to get into music. Thatís it!

TR: What is your most prized record?
Paco: I am a collector and I have a single called Zana by Jorge Ben and Toquinho that I bought for the equivalent of 50 cents and now itís worth 200 dollars. I bought it in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

TR: Where do you source music from?
Paco: These days the internet is the best thing. A second option is to go to the country where you want to buy the record and get it yourself. I have a special little shop in Barcelona that knows exactly the music I like so as soon as they have it they calls me and I go straight away. Itís right near my house. Itís called Wah Wah. Some of the best record shops are in Germany and the UK ~ like Vinyl Junkies from London and Soul Trade in Berlin.

TR: What is the longest set youíve ever played?
Paco: Oh Iíve played long sets! I have actually done two six-hour sets with a one-hour gap in two different venues. So a twelve-hour set essentially. This was at a beach in Barcelona. From 12 noon to six in the afternoon. Went home, got a quick shower, grabbed a bite to eat and went straight to another venue. And it was different music in both places so I changed my music bags and went to the second venue. I used to do that till three years ago and I used to do that at least twice a week.

TR: Any weird experiences at such sets?
Paco: Sometimes there are people who donít like what you do and they donít mind saying it clearly. At some level that makes sense but Iíve seen these days that clubs are very specialised. So if youíve gone to a [particular] club itís your choice and if you donít like it, then leave. When you play for 2000 people you canít please everyone. If you are hassling the DJ to change the music, think about it twice. Heís just doing his job.

You can read the rest of our feature on DJ Paco De La Cruz in the December 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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