Rob Tissera Interview
On December 30th and 31st 2006 and January 1st 2007 thousands of clubbers from around the UK and the world will descend on Pontins in Blackpool expecting the time of their life. Is Tidy ready to deliver?
We caught up with The Tidy Boys and Rob Tissera to find out:
How did the weekenders start?
Our brand manager at the time brought the idea to the table and it developed from there.
We had run several successful Tidy events and the Tidy community was growing so the weekender concept was an interesting possibility. We visited various Pontins sites and settled on Prestatyn as the home for the weekender and away we went on a crazy journey.
Did you have any idea just how popular they would become?
Weekenders are successful because of the people. You have to have a community of people with a common interest and shared passion. Tidy has successfully built up this dedicated following over the years which has enabled us to grow the weekenders. We had an idea that there was a great potential and we are very proud of what we have achieved.
What's the perfect tune to see in the New Year with?
Hyperlogic - Only Me M11 remix
What's on the Tidy agenda for next year?
More weekender action, bigger profile in Ibiza, Big Night Out Tour, Tidy club nights up and down the land, festivals and world domination.
Q. How much are you looking forward to the Tidy New Year Weekender?
I always look forward to Tidy Weekenders. They give me a chance to catch up with lots of the peo-ple who have supported me over the year. I go around to their chalets to say hello.
Q. If you had a Tidy time Machine when and where would you go and why?
Back to an illegal rave in a warehouse in 1989. These were a very special part of my life and the atmosphere at these places was amazing.
Q. If you were in charge of the Tidy Inventions Department what would you most like to see coming thru the door?
A Jack Daniels and Coke hat so I wouldn't have to leave the decks while DJing. It could have Jack Daniels coming through one side and coke through the other; a bit like Homer Simpson's Duff Beer hat. That would be great.
Q. Where is dance music going in the future and where do you fit into the scheme of things?
Dance music is still very strong but people will continue to like different types of music. Someone who goes to Tidy is just as likely to go to Kissdafunk, Dirty Disco, DC10 these days. People's mu-sical minds are broadening which is great because everyone gets inspired by the different genres which fuels creativity.
Q. You're one of the few DJ's who can play different styles equally well.... do you prefer funky or hard, or do you have no preference?
I love doing both equally; and that's not just me sitting on the fence. I love the house music I play for Kissdafunk, but at the same time I get a major buzz from nailing the s**t out of it at a Tidy Weekender.
Q. Kissdafunk is turning into something of a phenomenon.... how long was it in the plan-ning/developing stage before you went for it?
Thanks for the compliments.It took me and Tolley (who promotes KDF with me) about 30 minutes to come up with the idea.
We'd been involved in great parties such as Funkiessential but we just wanted to do our own thing and there was a gap in the market for a party such as this.
Q. I was at the first one you did in Leeds and i've been a dozen times since and getting in isn't always guaranteed due to the massive popularity of the night.... would you prefer more people to be able to experience Kissdafunk, or do you think the crowd and the venue (mis-sion) is about the right size?
We want as many people as possible to experience Kissdafunk. Mission has just been expanded to an increased capacity which is great so more people can come to that. We've also got lots of plans to expand it in the UK and Internationally. In fact we're overjoyed with how it is going at the moment?
Q. You've worked with some of the best in the business.... who are the people you look up to or feel you've learned the most from, if anything?
Carl Cox has probably been one of my biggest inspirations. When I met him in 1991 he was one of the nicest guys I'd ever met; so down to earth and gave me lots of advice telling me I could do it if I wanted to. I've always held on to this advice and I try and be as enthusiastic and polite to people as possible. Tony De Vit as well. He had a similar outlook on life.
Q. What have been the hottest tunes in your box this year?
Dice and Splice seems to be nailing it at the moment with their bootlegs, so anything by them is great.
Also anything by Collin Barratt and Mark Sherry have pretty much stayed in my record bag all year.
Q. What, if anything, are you tipping to blow us all away next year?
Well global warming if we don't start doing anything about it. Or maybe East Bulgarian Gypsy Techno with a three four beat.;)
Q. Finally: what's your diary for next year looking like? What are your highlights going to be?
Chocablock as ever, with plenty of highlights. I have no complaints, that's for sure.
image coptright - Nathan D'Amour and www.eventographyuk.com
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