ZOOM PRESENTS: INTERVIEWS WITH MARCEL WOODS AND CRAIG CONNELLY


This Saturday it’s time to go back to the year 2000 as ZOOM bring you a very special show at The Arches. Legendary Italian DJ/producer MAURO PICOTTO will be playing an exclsuive ‘Producers Set’ – taking us back in tume 14 years to when all was golden in dance music. He’s joined by the one and only MARCEL WOODS, a true legend in the game who was part of some monumental nights at The Arches in years past. He recently hung up his headphones but is coming out of retirement for one night only to bring you a special classics set, which you know is going to be something amazing. In the studio, he’s been responsible for some of the biggest productions of the last decade, including the official Trance Energy 2006 anthem Advanced, the Pete Tong Essential Tune Monotone, Tiësto’s 2009 favourite Inside Me and the smash hit Lemon Tree. ZOOM interviewed him last week to find out what he’s got in store for the crowd this Saturday. Below that, you’ll find another interview, with rising producer CRAIG CONNELLY.

MARCEL WOODS

Describe 2014 for you so far in 3 words…
Marcel Woods: Amazing, relief for my private life, as I have somuch time since I retired (sort of).

You’re playing The Arches on Saturday 27 September, are you looking forward to coming back to Scotland’s number 1 venue?
MW: Definitely! Playing at the Arches has always been a special spot for me to play at, still the best crowd in the world…

We are all very excited about your special classics set, have you sorted out what tracks you’ll be treating us with on the night?
MW: Well, the most important thing would be the fact that they are all oldies..

Your tracks are without doubt some of the biggest Arches anthems of all time, do you have any stand out memories from playing the venue over the years?
MW: I remember one of the residents told me (on my first visit to The Arches): “Baird oot?!?!” And I was like, WTF is he talking about… ha ha but once I dropped Advanced, oh my god, that whole place went BAIRD OOT!!! Crazyyyyy…

Can you name your favourite track/remixever released by yourself?
MW: Pfffff… I will skip this part.

You announced your retirement from fulltime DJing earlier this year. What swayed your decision to hang up the headphones?
MW: My kids are the most important factor, and the reason I’m managing one of the biggest new acts in the world. Showtek! And of course running the agency 2-Dutch is a full day time job, so a bit of normal social time in the weekends is more than welcome.”

How does running a full time DJ agency now compare to DJing around the world every weekend?
MW: I love it!!! It’s hard work, and a lot of hours. But you do get results back after putting your shoulders on someone else’s his career. And once in a while I get back behind the decks for a classic set, and that feels again as if it is my #1 hobby!

Which artists are you tipping forsuccess in the future?
MW: Jordy Dazz, Jetfire, Brooks.

If it were your last ever gig, what would be thelast track you would play to close the night?
MW: This is The End by the Doors.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself….
MW: I really love sushi, and I mean really love it! You can literally wake me up for it. Not sure if this is interesting.

Finally, what can people expect from you at The Arches on Saturday?
MW: A huge smile and some old stuff through the speakers.

CRAIG CONNELLY

CRAIG CONNELLY is a newcomer to the scene compared to Mauro Picotto & Marcel Woods, but he’s churned out some amazing tracks in his time. As a DJ, Craig has long shown the makings of a great decktition. Building his reputation through Manchester’s thriving club scene, each set he delivers comes purpose built and precision mixed to work the nature of crowd in front of him. Zoom interviewed him last week to find out what he’s got in store for this Saturday…

Where are you in the world today and what can yousee out your nearest window?
Craig Connelly: I am sat at home working away and the window next to me is filled with next doors house and a very gloomy grey Wigan sky. Not quite Mediterranean views but it’ll do for me.

Describe 2014 for you so far in 3 words…
CC: Life-changing year.

You’re playing The Arches on Saturday 27 September, are you looking forward to coming back to Scotland’s number 1 venue?
CC: YES! The arches is one of my favorite venues I’ve ever played, the Scottish crowds are unreal.

You’ll be playing a special ‘Producers Set’ on the night, can you give us an insight into some of the tracks you’ll be playing?
CC: Yes indeed. I’ve been really busy in the studio recently (everyone says that right?!) but I do have a brand new vocal single to test out which I hope to rival last years Black Hole with. Also got a new banging instrumental and a just-finished remix.

If you had to pick your favourite producer of all time, who would it be?
CC: Wow, hard question to answer. Probably Rank 1 due to the quality of their tracks and also due to their commitment to trance over the years. The Gaia side project with Armin is just incredible.

Who was the first DJ you ever saw playing in a club?
CC: Probably my local happy hardcore DJs in a under 18s event in Wigan, haha. But trance-wise it was Tiësto in Gods Kitchen in like 2004 or something.

Can you name your top 3 favourite dance tracks?
CC: Errrr, very hard question to answer again. I’ll have a go: Paul van Dyk – We Are Alive, Above & Beyond – No One On Earth, Armin van Buuren – Shivers.

How are things going at Garuda?
CC: Really good thanks. Recently We’ve been working on Gareth’s latest artist album which was a huge success already with more singles from it to come throughout the year.

In terms of your career, where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?
CC: The biggest trance DJ in the world… haha. But seriously I’d like to see myself make a sustainable long term career from playing and making music, nothing could be more rewarding for me than doing something I love.

If you could swap places with one DJ for a night, who would it be and why?
CC: Probably Deadmau5 to rearrange his live set and have access to that level of tech in a show. His lighting and stage setup is incredible and I’d like to marry that to what I think his set should go like. He has a huge back catalogue that could be exploited in so many different ways. And I’d get to put the mau5 head on.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself….
CC: I’ve driven round Silverstone and reached a lofty 160mph.

Finally, what can people expect from you at TheArches on Saturday 27 September?
CC: New music and a thoughtful selection of my production so far. And hopefully some crowd participation shenanigans.

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