The lead track for Islandia’s debut EP ‘We Are One’ is a soaring anthem with an uplifting message, propelled by exhilarating breakbeats, slamming basslines and capped off with a sublime guitar hook.
From out debut EP ‘We Are One’ released on NHMM records, ‘Alive’ is an uplifting dance track with an irresistibly catchy vocal and bouncy piano chords, underpinned by a pumping bassline and dreamy warm synth lines.
A song for watching storms at sea, powered by booming 808 subs, delicate rhodes and discordantly ambient piano chords underpinning an achingly exposed yearning vocal.
A downtempo, urban influenced late night jam about heartbreak and eternal hope.
A beautiful instrumental chilled mix of ‘We Are One’ that drifts you away on a soft cloud of sweeping pads, raindrop synths and distant vocoder lines. Featured on a number of Chill playlists and podcasts including being named Chillout Moment on Solarstone’s Pure Trance Radio Show.
The description for this set should be diverse, fun and sexy ass grooves.. taking in everything from masterfully remixed classics from Elvis, Tears For Fears and Chicago, through some funky disco edits all the way to the latest and greatest Deep and Progressive House weaponry- with some Eden favourites thrown in from across the ages..
Words can’t describe the liftoff on the beach last Saturday, I think there was a point where the entire dancefloor was bouncing and I haven’t seen such an ecstatic Why Nam in a long time! This was the first time I played a set with live piano this year and I had a whole bag of exceptional and powerful tunes to jam over, including my own newest song ‘Follow Me’ (which you can hear 4 tracks in and will be upcoming for release under the Islandia project in 2020) plus bangers from the likes of WhoMadeWho, Stan Kolev, Artbat and Oliver Koletzki. So far this has been my favourite set of the decade so strap yourself in for two hours of uplifting vortex.. Why Nam style!!
The first week of the new decade we were blessed with a powerful full moon lunar eclipse in the hypersensitive sign of Cancer (which happens to be my own zodiac sign) so there was a lot of transformative energy swirling around on the island. I wanted to mark this occasion with a set of beautiful, introspective and emotive music which would provide the perfect soundtrack for contemplation of the awe inspiring moon that rose above the still waters of Why Nam whilst we danced on the sand beneath, so enjoy this unique journey which begins with an ambient mix of my own composition Islandia ‘We Are One’ and slowly builds through some foresty deep organic jams to a climax of melancholic but euphoric remixes of Radiohead, London Grammar and Hans Zimmer. Lose yourself in the lunacy..
My last gig in Israel after a whirlwind few weeks was in the old town of Jaffa, the pulsing Arab quarter of Tel Aviv. This global journey into groove warms you up with a first hour of organic shamanic Tulum style vibes, including a couple of fun edits of soulful classics to bring a nostalgic smile to the dancefloor.. Shifting an energetic gear up into some glittery funky catgroove and then finally hitting peak time power with some slamming melodic techno and progressive house. I really enjoyed my first visit to the Holy Land and felt sad to be leaving but with this going away set I left with a smile on my face, so I hope it brings a smile to yours and a twinkle to your toes 🙂
It had been a while since I played a set on the beach that feels like home, so I couldn’t think of a better place to spend the first day of the 20’s than Why Nam. After all the madness of the last year and non stop travels that have taken in all corners of the globe it felt good to be back.. the sun was shining, the parachute was floating in the breeze above the dancefloor like a pyschedelic jellyfish and sparkly dancers were throwing shapes all around..
What a pleasure to be invited for my first trip to Israel to play at an amazing event, the beautiful wedding of Holi & Yoni, who met 2 years ago when I was DJ’ing on Why Nam (vol 10!) and wanted to recreate that very special night with their family and friends.. They pulled out all the stops to bring the unique atmosphere of a Why Nam party, with beach front dancefloor, matching flip flops and fans for the guests, a kick ass sound system and of course yours truly rocking the decks for a 7 hour set from midnight until an epic golden sunrise over the Sea of Galilee..
For those long hot summer dayz when you find yourself on some beautiful island overlooking crystal clear waters and there’s nothing to do but relax to the max- I hereby provide for your unadulterated enjoyment the perfect soundtrack!
Here is Disc One of a chillout album I mixed some years ago for the world renowned Platipus Records featuring exclusive mixes from revered electronic artists and even a couple of my own compositions squeezed in there.. Disc Two will follow soon! Enjoy 🙂
When you have an hour set in the main room leading up to midnight at one of London’s most anticipated parties you don’t fool around trying to be cool, so this is an unashamed get-the-party-started mix of good time celebratory glittery dance classics! Decompression is the official afterparty for Burning Man and true to Playa form the dancefloor was packed full of colourful pyschedelic superfreaks wigging out.. lose yourself as they did in this joyful mix that runs the gamut from 70’s disco to pumping house with a roundup of some of 2018’s biggest anthems..
After a year away circumnavigating the globe it was a long overdue visit to the verdant shores of Ibiza and a welcome return to the North’s greatest underground party.. Playing at the Farm just after midnight this year meant I could power into some peak time bangers with no warm up required so this set will kick you off into instantaneous ecstatic dance mode! Starting with an excellent return to the top from Disclosure, a few uplifting house reworks and then a little swerve midway towards some deep seaweed vibes, you will be propelled towards a full on vortex finish with some liquidly progressive island bass. Get freaky!
Losing my virginity in terms of playing an Ecstatic Dance event turned out to be a really interesting experience and quite different to my usual gigs. Only having two hours to craft the type of journey that would usually take me up to 8 hours required some precise attention to track selection and mixing, as my intention was to take the dancers on a flowing and seamless cinematic voyage from an atmospheric and sensual warmup, into an hour of full on ecstatic dance music that culminated in an emotional and relaxing conclusion. Judging from the reaction of the dancefloor, which literally exploded at one point, I think it was a successful foray into a new world and a timely reminder that it’s good to get out of your comfort zone once in a while.
This is an eclectic mix for sunny spring mornings that keeps the pedal firmly in the groove from beginning to end, taking in several decades worth of irresistibly funky dancefloor weaponry. Recorded live at one of my favourite parties of the season, this is nothing but 5 star jams all the way- kicking off with classic soul from Marvin Gaye (who gives this mix it’s name), taking in some world music from Africa and Brazil, a sprinkling of disco classics then powering through to a big finish with some modern day house bangers from Camelphat and LCD Soundsystem.. yet always with a touch of soul. A perfect set to throw on for your next house jam, this is a journey through some of my favourite tunes of all time which is guaranteed to get you dancing joyfully by the end.
After island hopping my way home to Thailand from Ibiza I played a Valentines Day set on Why Nam and it was a banger!! A beach full of luscious lovers getting slinky and romantic in the tropical jungle is about the best way to spend an evening and this mix is a three hour journey into deep and uplifting island vibes… Encompassing artfully crafted sonic gems from Be Svendsen, Superflu, Audiojack and the awesomely named CamelPhat- this was been my favourite set of 2018 so far.. Close your eyes and dance the night away.
It was a dark and stormy night… I ventured on rough seas via longtail to play on the other side of the island with my trusty waterproof DJ backpack- fortunately as it turned out, because 5 minutes out a full on monsoon rainstorm hit and our boat was tossed and turned and full of waves.. I turned up to the gig looking like a drowned rat but got into the rainy vibe and dropped a set of beautiful delicate music from the likes of Be Svensen, Bedouin, Nicola Cruz and other masters.. Enjoy the organic sounds of tropical monsoon nights in the jungle!
A joyful hour of beautiful, soul stirring progressive and deep house to energise and enervate on every level. Recorded live in the inspiring environs of Bali, this mix reflects the shimmering transcendent tropical energy that you feel as soon as you step foot on this magical volcanic island.
A mood enhancing mix for the darkest winter nights- this is a journey into mysterious and mystical masterworks from the likes of Bedouin, Be Svendsen and Acid Pauli.. Let your mind and soul be soothed by the sounds of lost desert tribes playing achingly beautiful melodies with the softness of falling snow..
Deep in the forested mountains of Northern Ibiza, in a secret location set amongst the pines, the Freaky Farm parties are an underground legend. if you are fortunate enough to obtain a place on the highly limited guest list you will gain access to the Turquoise Gates, through which awaits a wonderland where everything is fun, freaky and free…
With decor straight out of a David Lynch movie it seemed appropriate to set the scene with Johnny Jewel’s unofficial Twin Peaks theme, the mysterious and sultry ‘Windswept’ and Martin Roth’s ‘Analog Guy In A Digital World’, his gorgeous hommage to Nils Frahm.
Building through an early hour of deep and mysterious Forest House, with atmospheric masterpieces from Hraach, Satori, Nu and Estray, the dancefloor fills with costumed Space Cowboys throwing shapes in the smokey lasers and I shifted gears into some funky Catgroove before hitting the home straight with some pumping Island Bass. For all the honorary Farmers worldwide this is a set to savour, one of my favourites I’ve played this year.. keep it freaky!
My farewell gig in Thailand was the final edition of what have been magical parties week after week all season. As Juliet says to Romeo ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’ and this set is a heartfelt goodbye to my favourite beach, which this year has been a cradle of creativity for me to experiment with adding live piano, vocals and various instruments to my DJ sets. As it was a particularly long 7 hour journey (!) I decided to split the upload into sections this time starting from complete stillness and a heart opening mantra, building gently through layers of drifting piano, acoustic gems, some classic sunny jazz and reggae, before warming up into the sunset dance. Thank you to all the beautiful dancers who lit up the beach in the last months, you are my inspiration and it has been an honour to soundtrack such joy and expression.
Burn Night 2016.. so there we were on top of the Hippocampus art car, a converted double decker bus full of sparkly (dusty!) disco dancers as we set off into a clear skied sunset. Glancing up at the jagged mountain range that surrounds the Playa I noticed a black cloud descending towards us that looked distinctly different to the whiteout duststorms we’d been enjoying all week and before you could even think ‘hmm maybe we should put the decks away’ day had turned into night and the whole world turned black. I couldn’t see my hands in front of my dust goggles but did that stop the Love Train from rolling on into the storm?Hell no.. it was Burn Night after all! As we inched out into the maelstrom it seemed appropriate to kick off with the Strauss theme Also Sprach Zarathusra (the anthem of space exploration made famous for all time in the movie 2001), fluorescent Playa bikes swimming in and out of sight like luminescent lantern fish in the deep sea abyss.. A pirate ship sailed by full of mermaids waving their tails, DaVinci’s man fell into a sea of fire, Mayan Warriors shot immense laser bolts into the sky.. and the Cosmic Conductor kept the soundtrack soulful, funky and that little bit psychedelic.. Come for a ride and relive the memories of an epic adventure.
To celebrate this milestone I always planned to upload something special- so to mark the tenth instalment of Why Nam recordings I went through all 20+ sets I played in Thailand this year and chose this one as my favourite. An epic 6 hour journey that joins the dots between chilled acoustic beachside jams, mysterious forest rhythms, irresistibly funky techno and full power progressive house. Like the ocean tides that inspired it, the sound follows inward spirals of expansion and introspection, building and falling, but always moving forwards through genres and moods. If you were on the beach that day you experienced the most joyful and ecstatic Why Nam party of all time, which culminated in the entire dancefloor jumping, whooping and jamming with live drummers, live piano, live vocals all contributing to an energy filled explosion. What made it even more special for me personally was that for the first time my mother came to one of my DJ gigs, not only that but she danced like an absolute professional for the whole set! I don’t mind saying I had tears of joy by the end of what was really a special and unforgettable night. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride…
Playing at Spice on a friday night is always a pleasure and this was a particularly fun night, which by the end was total chaos with everyone dancing on the tables, smoke machine on overdrive and lasers sparkling in the tropical night.. This mix starts with soulful funky dinner tunes from the likes of Al Green and Marvin Gaye, builds through the decades taking in disco, funk and rare groove and culminates in a finale of deep house classics- no holds barred dance music from the heart- with some absolute stone cold anthems from years gone by.
Sometimes things just go right.. after a long year travelling non stop I was finally back on my favourite beach, for the inaugural Colours of Love festival and Why Nam had never looked more magical. Lasers sparkling amongst the coconut trees, new friends and old dancing in the moonlight, glittering mermaids swimming in from a phosphorescent ocean and phenomenal fire performers thrilled us all while I played live piano singing into the skies, calling us into a higher vibration of love and cosmic connection..
Like a warm tropical breeze sighing across the urban landscape, Islandia is an evocative new project from DJ/producer and vocalist Stevie Keys, who has previously established himself as a well respected producer in the world of electronic dance music.
Notable career highlights include breaking into the UK charts with his ‘Antarctica’ project on React Records, subsequently signing his ‘Altitude’ and ‘Sound of Soho’ projects to Sony and Universal, with releases supported by the worlds biggest DJ’s and remixing artists such as R Kelly and James Brown. An international DJ career has seen him perform at festivals such as Secret Garden (UK), Burning Man and Symbiosis (USA) and Meadows in the Mountains (Bulgaria).
Influenced by electronic acts such as LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk as much as indie rock icons Radiohead and Coldplay, Islandia present a unique combination of soaring guitars, uplifting lyrics and cutting edge electronic production, to transport you to a sunkissed beach where there’s always music in the air…