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Interview: Ministry of Sound – Email Interview – 25/02/10

Ben catches up with the London cased dance music enterprise for Hit The Floor

Ministry of Sound is a dance music dynasty encapsulating clubs, record labels, fitness and music compilation releases, radio and TV. They are at the forefront of cutting edge dance and spearhead the genre with a globally renowned reputation. I interviewed Ben from the Ministry of Sound Blog to give you some inside information from one of the biggest corporations in music.HTF – Hit The Floor
B – Ben

HTF – Many people have a very narrowed view of what dance music is – not realising that it encompasses a wide variety of styles. How would you describe ‘dance music’?
B – Dance music is something that makes you move, that turns your stomach (in a good way) and makes you happy. It could be anything, from soulful house to deep techno to Kraftwerk. It takes you to a happier place.

HTF – You recently released an electronic 80s cd which was AMAZING. What fuelled your decision to create an 80s compilation?
B – Just take a look at the playlist! For many people, the early 80s saw the birth of club culture in the UK, with the New Romantic scene lighting up the charts. Electronic music was around before then, but it was never the same afterwards, and we wanted to pay respect to such a vital and groundbreaking era in music history.

HTF – You release some very popular fitness DVDs – does the MoS office ever partake in communal fitness sessions (I envisage serious lunging)?
B – Always. Come on down and witness the fitness some day.

HTF – (At this point, Jen got very excited).

HTF – You’ve just done an interview with the incredible Jocelyn Brown who performed at your Soul Heaven night. What other big names in dance music can we expect to see at your club nights?
B – Take your pick! Roger Sanchez, the Toolroom Records crew (Mark Knight, Fedde Le Grand, etc), Sharam, Laidback Luke, James Zabiela, Derrick May. Lots of big names in there, and we get a massive kick out of putting each and every one of them on.

HTF – Which new dance artists should we keep an eye out for in 2010?
B – Example is smashing it at the moment, look out for his new album. He’s been working with some amazing people – Calvin Harris, Don Diablo, Chase & Status – and we think you’re going to be blown away with the results. Also we’ve got Steve Aoki releasing ‘I’m In The House’ on March 8th, featuring the rhyming skills of a certain [[[Zuper Blahq]]] – who is he?


HTF – Tell us a bit about the Ministry of Sound DJ Academy.
B – Ministry of Sound DJ Academy is a place where DJs of all levels can come and refine and learn new skills under the watchful eye of our tutors. From a 1 day Superclub DJ Course where you can play in all four of our booths (including the main room – not many DJs can say they’ve done that!), to a fully-accredited Ableton Live Training day, we offer a broad spectrum of courses and experiences, all taught by experts. For more info on that, check out the site.

HTF – What are Ministry of Sound’s plans for 2010?
B – Same as always – trying to create the moments people live for!

HTF – Any last words to our readers?
B – Yes – please sign the petition to object to Oakmayne’s planning application to build a residential building opposite our club.

Save our club – sign the petition now:

And thank you to all of our fans for the amazing support we’ve had over the past 18 years! Here’s to 18 more!

Interviewer: Jen Jaconelli


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