Vocal Booth Weekender 2012 is gone. Long live VB2012 !
I really want to put some personal words down about the Vocal Booth Weekender, not from a DJ or promoter perspective but just my own experience.
The VBW dominates my year. Every day I am thinking of ways to surprise and delight the Family that attend and make it the best experience possible… so to try to distance myself from that aspect is nigh on impossible, but I’ll give it a go.
I really have no idea where to begin.
Many of the Family will already know all there is to know about anything I could say about the event, seeing as it was us, as a unit, that created it.
On reflection, each year I find myself drawn more to the new people who attend the event to make them feel as at home as possible, which means that unfortunately I don’t get to sit and talk with the original crew as much as I would like. You all know I love you still.
This year, being a whole 7 days of partying, definitely took its toll on me.
Much of the main weekend, for me, is a blur. That is no exaggeration. The amazing music during the days blends into the total obscurity of the nights in the club. I was there to enjoy myself as much as the next person and I definitely did that!
Seeing Mikey do his thing on the Sunday was one of the proudest moments of my life and I can’t wait to watch it back as soon as we sort the many hours worth of footage out. After he finished, bless him, he sharply retired to the hotel room and slept. He felt the pressure ! I am also in the process of preparing the equal amount of club and pool sets for podcasts.
Wow, too many things to mention in reality, so many special moments, so many hysterical moments, so many drunken moments.
I got a good 7/8 hours sleep each night across the event yet still woke up totally exhausted every morning. Eventually on the Tuesday I hit a brick wall. Throughout the whole week I stay on site at the Montepiedra but I had to be brought home on Tuesday, I had never experienced exhaustion like it before. My body was shutting down and I needed some TLC from the wife. I felt sorry for letting the people down who had looked forward to this night of me playing alone, but there will be other occasions. That was the only negative of the whole event for me. After that, for the rest of the week, I think I had one vodka and one can of cider. I must have been bad !
Back to promoter mode-
This year was definitely the biggest and the best. The monster poolside system was hardly tested to its full capacity and was loved by all, while a few tweaks for inside the club for future events should give us the same quality of sound (working with something like Xairo is always going to be a challenge). The Pressure Cooker room worked as well as I had hoped and has big scope for the future. Elsewhere, the Basement area of the hotel also worked well although with more tweaks here and there, sound system and production wise we are onto on overall winner.
Numbers wise, it was definitely the busiest yet, although it is hard to imagine where all the people were. Consider it a tag team, with many taking turns to feel the pain and miss whole nights due to burn out.
Despite being into the fourth year, lessons are always being learnt meaning every year can only get better. Who knows, next year we might even get every DJ that is booked to turn up for their set !? The relaxed vibe of the event means that there will always be a few rough edges but in my eyes that is what is so special about it. Every DJ performed above and beyond what was expected and my vision of the whole thing was totally satisfied. Almost, lol.
I just want to say thanks again to everyone that attended, it really is a team effort, a Family Affair. Together, we are an unbeatable force to be reckoned with. I genuinely do get a little embarrassed at the amount of praise I am given for the VBW when I feel we all deserve the praise. As I said on one of the many thousand emails or fact sheets before the event, I’m just steering the ship, we are all working hard to power it !
I will get around to collating all of the amazing reviews, words of love, stories from the virgins etc for publication on the website which will get a revamp in the coming months, seeing as I have nothing to fiddle with now every day. Apart from myself.
Remember, as the hype grows every year, so the need to go underground with the promotion is needed. The VB is not an event put on to cash in on your love for all things great, so we will never get to a point where there are too many people or the calibre of people attending is compromised ! For this reason, please be sure to read all the mails you get from the VB mailing list, there will be changes made there shortly that you need to be looking out for to stay in the loop.
I am already looking forward to catching up with all the crew in London on 13th October, as well as releasing details about the 5th year anniversary celebrations in Spain in 2013.
Be sure to join me this Thu 27th Sept at 8pm GMT on Pressure Radio for the Vocal Booth Radio Show, where I will be sharing the opening sets in Club Xairo from Tempo Twins and yours truly… it will be a BIG show.