For people taking part in Saturday’s Mardi Gras extravaganza, the chance to see Spanish DJ Steven Redant will come at the tail end of a mammoth day and night of parading and partying.
Redant’s scheduled to play the Mardi Gras party from 6am on Sunday — but the Barcelona-based DJ told the Star Observer he loved playing the ‘graveyard shift’.
“You have to work harder because people will have been on the dancefloor for six hours, but if you pull it off, the feedback is more intense. The crowd is all warmed up, but I always try to give them something different from what they’ve been listening to all night.
“It’ll give me a chance to play the harder stuff — more epic, more uplifting.”
Staying true to his roots, Redant described his sets as having a ‘Spanish twist’ amongst the tribal beats.
“I always try to play music that puts a smile on everybody’s face. I’ll go in with an open mind, and feed off what the crowd wants and needs,” he said.
Redant will fly into Sydney from a gig in sub-zero Moscow a few days before, and hoped to spend some time surfing in Bondi in the days leading up to his early-morning set.
He also plans to catch up with “sister DJ” Phil Romano at Homesexual, and party with a few of his fellow party headliners, including house legend Frankie Knuckles.
“Frankie has been my hero for as long as I can remember. His mixing is so tight that if you put a piece of charcoal between two tracks, it’ll come out as a diamond by the end of the track,” he gushed.
Redant is now stranger to playing at huge gay events, having played for crowds of more than 100,000 in Madrid and Barcelona. While smaller venues afford a more intimate connection with those on the dancefloor, he said he loved the rush of performing at big parties.
“If everything works out, when you get the crowd with you and everybody starts jumping up and down it’s the most amazing feeling ever. Better than any sex. It washes over you and gives you the energy to do more, and better, and edgier.”
Redant plans to use his Party slot as an opportunity to air some of his newest party-starting productions, including a remix of a Masi and De Leon featuring Paul Lekakis (yes, THAT Paul Lekakis, of Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room ‘fame’) track, appropriately titled I Need A Hit.
“I’m sure to play my new remix of Altar featuring Amannda’s Hold Me Now which I’ve just finished last week. Amannda’s this drop dead gorgeous amazing Brazilian singer with a booming voice, and the song is just perfect for that time slot.
“And there’s George Figaris’ new track featuring Rachel Panay, You Don’t Know Me. It’ll be completely finished by Mardi Gras. I’ve been testing it out for a couple of weeks now, and it gets amazing feedback, so I’m excited to see how it’s going to do there.”
info: Steven Redant plays the Mardi Gras Party, Saturday, March 5.