Music Interview: Eddie Halliwell

DJ of the moment Eddie Halliwell will be dropping into Leeds this weekend, capping off what has been an incredible 15 years behind the decks.

Now 30, he's been in top DJ magazines' top 20 of DJs three times and has been crowned DJ of the year twice by clubbers' bible Mixmag. And the accolades just keep on coming...

We grabbed a little Q&A with him ahead of his appearance at Gatecrasher Seven on Saturday.

You've been nominated in Mixmag's greatest DJ of all time Poll – how does that feel?

I feel privileged to be part of such a list and never expected to be in something like this at my age, there are some people twice my age there are some serious legends in there, DJs look up to and admire

Who would you say is the greatest DJ of all time?

That's a tough one – I admire different DJs for so many different things, it would be hard to pin one down as the greatest

Where did you spend New Year?

I played in Puerto Rico on New Year's eve. My favourite NYE gig of all time has to be one I did a couple of years ago – on a beach in Rio de Janeiro. I was playing to over million people – that was an incredible sight and experience!

What was your highlight for 2010?

Well, 2010 was another great year – Ibiza, Brazil and Australia were highlights for me – I love playing in these territories. Two real standout gigs being Green Valley in Brazil and Summadayze festival in Gold Coast – both immense!

What are your plans for 2011?

To keep the fire fully fuelled!

How's the Fire it up Radio Show going?

From strength to strength – I've got 10 million listeners, spanning from every corner of the globe. It's amazing to be able to hit such as vast audience every week with the syndicated show.

You've had a long history with Gatecrasher, are you looking forward to Leeds this month?

I can't wait! Gatecrasher was one of my first ever residencies so it's always special to come back. It's also quite close to home, so they'll be a big team of friends and lots of familiar faces that I am looking forward to seeing.

What can we expect?

Full fire!

Tell us about Ed-It?

ED-IT is an exclusive platform for me to perform from, a show with special effects and visuals all integrated into what I am doing on stage. It allows me to be a more creative DJ, using equipment to remix/re-edit tracks live, hence the name.

And we understand you now have your own Eddie Halliwell iPhone app?

Yep, it's a free app, available to download from iTunes which gives people access to exclusive gig and behind the scenes video footage, photos, streaming of my global Fire It Up radio show and live broadcasts, Fire It Up podcasts, along with direct news and updates. It's just a starting point for the app really with more unique plans to release more features in the future."

Jan 29, Gatecrasher Seven, New Briggate, Leeds, from 10, from 10.30pm. Tel: 0113 2340853.

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