* Written on Thursday January 8th 2009 *

What’s up everybody, and a happy new year to all of you!

I hope your 2009 has begun well so far. I am a little late with my blog again, so consequently, one of my New Year’s resolutions is already broken. As I write to you I am preparing and looking ahead to a weekend in Southern California – Thursday in Orange County, Friday in San Diego and Saturday in Hollywood. I always enjoy this little trip to SoCal because I don’t have to fly when I am there. We drive from gig to gig and therefore I don’t have to deal with the hassles and stress of the airlines and airports. Plus there is always a nice group of people that travel to all three gigs.

Whilst the Christmas and New Year period is very demanding for a DJ, it is also incredibly fun. When I was working on the GDJB Classics Showcase before Christmas and compiling all the tracks, it brought back so many memories that I thought to myself, you know what, it would be such a shame if I didn’t play these out at the gigs. So that’s exactly what I did. The feeling of bringing in the New Year at the Boom Boom Room in Windsor with Remember Magnetic North was very special.

I took the feelgood factor of bringing in the New Year and flew west to San Francisco, to play at Ruby Skye on New Year’s Day for their Day One celebrations. I love playing in that city. I’m sure you remember how passionate the fans were when we did the World Tour show from Mighty in August. I got there a bit early to hang out with the Spundae and Torq crew. I saw Guiv from Spundae in Amsterdam last month ,so it was good to see him again. He has done so much for me throughout my career and I have known him for well over 10 years, which is rare in this industry. I had a great time playing for the crowd. I wound up playing for 4 hours, and the energy was great till the very end.

After a couple of hours rest and getting cleaned up, it was time to head back home to Miami for a few days. I have been on this gangster film trip lately, so I watched the first Godfather movie and napped a bit to kill the time. When I got back to Miami I relaxed a bit, and went through all my emails.

I would like to thank you all for your comments on the Global DJ Broadcast Classics Showcase. So many great responses. For this edition especially, I concentrated more on tracks that really defined the early Global DJ Broadcast era, tunes that were staples in my sets at all the clubs I played regularly in Miami. But ultimately, all the tracks were chosen from requests by the fans, and it was a pleasure to spend time sourcing and compiling the set.

Sunday in Miami was NFL gameday, which, in January, is always very exciting when the playoffs begin. I managed to get tickets for the game and made the short trip to Dolphin Stadium, where the Dolphins where hosting the Baltimore Ravens.

It was a great day out, but unfortunately, it marked the end of the Dolphins’ run this season as the Ravens won comfortably. The immediate feeling I had was huge disappointment, I was totally bummed for the rest of Sunday. But in retrospect, I think the Miami residents can be very proud of what the Dolphins have achieved this season. To go from the worst team in the NFL to winning your own division, and making the playoffs in the process, is something that should be celebrated. They are a good young team that is well coached, and I am confident they will be back stronger come September.

Monday and Tuesday were spent taking care of a few things in the studio, and reviewing a whole batch of tunes I received over the holiday period. With every tune I receive, I have to consider whether or not it will fit what I am trying to achieve with the Toronto ’09 compilation. But the main focus was to prepare for a 4-gig week on Wednesday through Saturday.

Sadly however, on Wednesday morning, I received an email from Colombia saying not to get on the plane. Apparently, problems with the festival led to the entire event being cancelled. I don’t know many detals about it, but I know many people who were looking forward to this event. On behalf of the promoterm who I’m sure feels terrible, I apologise and hope that I am able to come out to play for you again soon. I had a great time when I was there in 2008 in both Medellin and Bogota.

This week marks the first of our World Tour shows for 2009, and I am aspiring to make them even bigger this year. The crowd in Athens really responded with so much noise and chanting. For those of you in the US and Canada, you will soon be able to hear the World Tour recordings on Sirius XM Radio, as well as the weekly Evolution show of course.

Tonight I begin the first of my three SoCal gigs this weekend, in Anaheim at the Heat Ultra Lounge. It is a nice litte intimate venue, and for a Thursday night, it will be a cool way for people to kickoff their weekend. Tomorrow I head down to San Diego, and then on Saturday I return to Vanguard in Hollywood for the first time since May. The LA peeps are always awesome to see, because they have welcomed and supported me very well over the past few years. Looking ahead further down the road, it is only a matter of time before we capture the LA experience for the worldwide audience through the GDJB World Tour.

So it’s time to rest up and get ready for another fun-filled few days.

What a great way to spend the first regular clubbing weekend of the year. I hope you all enjoy yours!

Take care,
Markus