‘There are people who play records
and there are DJ’s who blow minds, Eddie Halliwell is the latter…who
makes every set, no matter how small the club or how big the festival,
feel like the closing party of the end of the world’ - Mixmag,
Despite having only just turned 26 Eddie Halliwell is now firmly established
as one of the most exciting new DJ’s in the world having just been
Voted 25th in the 2004 DJ Mag Top 100 Poll. Unbelievably passionate about
music he infects the crowd with his energy, captivating them with his
highly visual performances (his interaction with the crowd has got to
be seen to be believed!) and jaw dropping turntable trickery…he
really is a “true” DJ.
What makes this even more remarkable is the way Eddie burst onto the
world stage just two years ago as the highest new entry in the DJ Mag
Top 100 Poll. Since then his rise has been unstoppable, a fact recognised
at the start of 2004 when he was crowned Mixmag “DJ of the Year
2003”. This year has in fact been his most successful to date with
Eddie performing the closing set at Creamfields, making his Godskitchen
debut, headlining Frantic’s Hard House Academy (London’s
biggest party), spinning a third live Radio 1 Essential Mix plus he still
has forthcoming appearances at Gatecrasher N/ICE and his own “BOSH!
Live" tour around the UK to come!
The year has also seen a considerable rise in demand for Eddie internationally
with two tours of East Asia, a tour of Australia with Godskitchen and
numerous visits to the USA, Canada, Russia, Dubai and Egypt. In Ibiza
he enjoyed his third season as resident at Judgement Sundays (again the
busiest night on the White Isle) and in August completed his third live
Radio 1 Essential Mix alongside Paul Oakenfold at Cream @ Amnesia. This
was an experience Eddie particularly relished as it marked his first “official
duties” as a new Radio 1 Resident, having won this coveted position
following his previous Essential Mixes (May and August 2003) with a series
of outstanding guest mixes on Judge Jules’ & Pete Tong’s
regular Weekend shows.
Having been bought up in the north west of England, it is where Eddie
made his name and by 2002 held residencies at both Goodgreef (Mixmag
Club of the Year 2003 & Runner-Up 2004) and Gatecrasher. Now he is
a headliner at both clubs and also makes regular appearances at Slinky,
Inside Out, Cream, Godskitchen, Garlands and Frantic to name but a few!
2004 also saw Eddie make his debut at Homelands and then was chosen to
play the closing set in the Main Arena at Creamfields (the previous year
he was the only DJ to feature in two arenas, headlining the Frantic/Nukleuz
tent as well as the Cream Main Arena). Eddie has also performed at Escape
into the Park, Tidy Events (Tidy Weekender & Magna) and Gatecrasher
Summer Sound System where he headlined the second arena (2002).
To achieve this Eddie has spent nearly a decade honing his skills on
the decks. Having caught the DJ-ing bug at 15 he was too young for clubs
so channelled his creative energies into a Music Technology course where
he learnt some of his now renowned hip hop scratches. His ability to
adapt these to fit over other genres of music has earned him not only
respect amongst fellow DJ’s but also admiration from stunned crowds.
Eddie’s technical ability is such that when is in front of the
mixer he utilises it as a means to create energy and new sounds with
rapid cut ups and warped effects. And it’s not just the dance floor
that loves this mind boggling trickery – Eddie is now working alongside
leading audio manufacture Pioneer to help develop the next generation
of DJ technology!
While the true “Eddie experience” can only be gained in a
club, he has also mixed one disc of “Gatecrasher Residents Transmission” and
for Mixmag (the world’s biggest dance music and clubbing magazine)
mixed two massive cover mount CD’s in his own name. Forging an
exciting, new, tough sound combing tech-trance and hard dance elements
the first, “BOSH!”, was one of the most successful Mixmag
CD’s to date and in 2003 clubbers demanded a follow-up so “Next
Level BOSH!” was born. However, with this still failing to quench
the public’s thirst at the end of 2004 Mixmag and Eddie will link
up to put on five massive BOSH Live events around the UK, an unprecedented
move for the magazine.
In just four years Eddie has firmly established himself as one of the
most talked about and fastest rising DJ’s. Come 2005 it looks like
the whole world will be screaming “EDDIE, EDDIE, EDDIE!”.