Please can you tell us about your first experiences of Ministry?
Ministry has always been a special place for me - its one of the worlds staple clubs and brands so constantly has a name and expectation to uphold and live up to. The first time i went was back in 1996 to see CJ mackintosh with Jazzy M and it was so much fun that you could instantly see why it is such an institution and has always been at the centre of the dance music scene.
Who played the best set you have ever seen there?
Lee Burridge and Craig Richards at their Tyrant night - unbelievable.
Did you feel a sense of pressure the first time you played there as an artist yourself?
Massively. For me its always an honour and a privilege to play at venues that I love and, having been to Ministry so many times before it was great to be the one in charge of the dance floor, it was very nerve wrecking but totally worth it. I think whenever I've been to a venue before and been on the floor for other nights it always adds to the excitement of playing there, it’s also really nice to be able to experience a venue from both avenues, the floor and the booth.
What do you particularly enjoy about playing MOS? What makes it a special venue?
I love the atmosphere! The crowd are always super responsive and the booth is a really good size so you can have all your family and friends around you. It's also very close to my house (about 30 minutes) so its really nice for me to invite all my school friends and family. I think because its such an institution these days you can feel the sense of history when you're in the club and theres definitely a certain degree of excitement when you walk into the booth no matter how many times you've played there. The sound’s also great which is SO important - some clubs forget that!
Have you ever had a disaster moment there?
Not at Ministry - luckily! Touch wood I won't have one there. I think my worst disaster was back in 2006 and I was live on the essential mix with Pete Tong in Maidstone. I accidentally pressed stop on the wrong cd player and the music just stopped…silence... all caught live on radio one! It couldn't have happened at a worse time for me, but I think situations like that teach you to adapt and think quickly. It's safe to say I haven't made that mistake again!
Why do you think MOS has managed to last such a long time in a city that offers so many alternatives and where so many clubs close down after a few years?
I think its attention to detail. The cub are really specific about their lineups and brands and put a lot of effort into getting the right DJ's and the right label nights and brands. This definitely resonates and is why I really like working with the team there. They also have a huge worldwide fan base which helps.
Does the venue have much impact on your booking strategy for Saved events?
We try and not have too much of a strategy when booking the artists for the events. Our focus and goal is just to bring good DJ's and great music that we like to everyone. It is always important to have those couple of headline slots that are going to get the majority of the crowd excited but it is also equally as important to showcase the new upcoming producers/DJs we have on Saved. So for instance, we have a German DJ called &ME playing in the 103 this Saturday which we're really excited about - he's been making great music releasing on his own Keinemusik label as well as Saved and is an amazing DJ to top it off! Also, Andrea Oliva who has become somewhat of a Saved regular and a French producer called Clio who has been making some great music recently. These are the artists I get excited about as they're making really interesting music and are great guys so it’s nice to get behind them and invite them to London.
Who would you say your 'ones to watch' are for the next year?
There's so many young guys making really interesting records at the moment its hard to pick!
As i said, &ME is a great artist that we really want to get behind. Also my brother Mark Fanciulli is making some really great music right now, he's just finished a remix for Rampa which is amazing. Alex Tepper is another Saved artist that is responsible for a lot of other peoples music but is now focusing on his own productions which are great. Its really nice for us to have artists like this on the label and even more exciting when we see them branching out and their careers progressing knowing Saved was a part of it.
What can we expect at Ministry this weekend?
Well its Saved's 7th birthday this weekend so it's definitely going to be a lot of fun and there’s going to be a lot of great music. We put a lot of time and effort into selecting the lineup so i'm really looking forward to each DJ bringing their own flavour to the club. Guys like Dennis Ferrer and Deetron are great DJ's so its really exciting to have them play for the label.