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TALKING WITH VALENTIN HUEDO

patri | 5 febrero, 2022

Award winning DJ Valentin Huedo stands at the top of his craft.  Over the last decade, Mr. Huedo has won the Best Ibiza Resident DJ Award 4 times.  This prestigious award, founded in 1988 recognizes and honors DJ’s who have influenced electronic dance music world wide.  Mr. Huedo has also gone onto judge the Blue Marlin DJ Contest along with contributing to the industry in many ways.  He has spoken at numerous music events and conferences including the School of Sound Engineering Conference.  His work has been exemplary worldwide over the last decade, as he has played in festivals from Panama to Dubai, and headlined several festivals across Europe, including BPM Festival in Portugal, which has won the International Festival award and was nominated for Best Music Event and Festival of the Year at the Electronic Music Awards and Foundation. His most recent work, as a prolific, globally recognized producer, is the hugely successful 3-track EP ‘Tonight’, released on one of the most iconic electronic music labels in the world, All Day I Dream, with 2 of the EP’s tracks making it into the 3rd and 4th spot of the industry-leading Beatport Top 100 Organic House Chart.

 

Q1: Hi Valentin, nice to talk to you again! How is was your 2021 and what are you up to these days?

A1: Hi! My pleasure and thanks for having me. 2021 was an incredible year for me. I almost can’t believe when I see how mad this world is nowadays but for me it was a very good year with my new residency at Destino Pacha Mykonos or touring with the Pacha brand around the world in beautiful places like South Africa. Also, my EP release on All Day I Dream has indeed been a dream become true. The release did so well in the charts and the feedback I got from fans and colleagues around the globe has been b

reathtaking.

Q2: Looking back over your career so far, what do you think is your greatest international achievement ad a DJ and producer?

A2: I have always been very proud of my 10-year Cafe del Mar residency and the CD compilations I curated and created for them. For example, Cafe del Mar Chill House vol 5 that I compiled sold more than 30,000 copies. The most important aspect of this experience at Cafe del Mar was how much I learned from it all and how much the world heard about me! I am also proud of my presence and headline performances at festivals like Sonar and BPM and of course my gigs at the legendary Space here in Ibiza, a club that was truly an international institution in the clubbing scene and multiple Best Club in the World title winner. As a producer, the All Day I Dream release is my biggest achievement so far, for sure.

Q3: Can you share with us some of your favourite moments from your many years of touring and headlining events all over the world?

A3: Three years ago I played at, K´bye a big festival in Egypt, sharing headlining duties with such great international DJs like Satori, Apollonia, Solomon, and Henry Saiz. The place was just wow, 5000+ strong crowd was on fire and the party was so so good. One of my favorite moments for sure, Also in Panama, we co-created a gathering called Sonica Venao and the vibe over there was always surreal, magical, year after year. I played, laughed, cried, danced, loved over there! Best feeling ever, no words can describe what we experienced together in there. Now Sonica Venao is one of the most important electronic music festivals in Central America. Really proud to have been part of that. Also this year in Ibiza I played at Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream event in Cova Santa, this was also something very special for me as I followed this unique label for many years – and now have both released music on it and played at one of their events!

 

 

Q4: You have always been very supportive of your colleagues and aspiring artist in the electronic music scene, what moments or projects you were involved in really stand out for you?

Many great memories, lets see… I took part in a DJ school in ibiza, teaching young people how to select and mix records and giving some tips on how to ‘read’ the dance floor and really connect with the crowd. I have also been judging a few DJ contests associated with Ibiza Sonica and Pioneer DJ radios. I also always try to support new talents in my weekly radio show on Ibiza Sonica radio, every Friday evening, by inviting them to do a 1-hour live guest DJ set or playing cool new releases from up and coming young producers. 

Q5: What are your plans for 2022?

A new residency at a BIG club in Ibiza during the summer season, can´t say more 🙂 Also, following my release on All Day I Dream, there is an opportunity to play to the huge All Day I Dream community in the US! And of course I will be continuing with my residencies at WooMoon and Storytellers and start a new summer residency in Mykonos. Busy summer ahead!

Written by patri





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