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Hello from Mr da Bank

Rob da Bank Rob da Bank | 16:22 UK time, Friday, 12 November 2010

Hello my danceblog chums and chumettes... hope you've had a raving mental week and are polishing your dancing shoes for the weekend! If you stil happen to be up at 5am on Saturday morning make sure you check my show on the one and only BBC Radio 1. Amazing session from a young singer Misty Miller, the 2 Bears come out of the woods and drop in to the studio for a chat and we play records from all over the shop.

If you find some time over the weekend check out the documentary I did on Croatia. Some are calling it the next Ibiza but really its just a beautiful place to holiday and dance. Check the doc here.

In other news the Amsterdam Dance Event is fifteen years old in 2010 and, even though I didn't make it out, I've been following the goings on via Twitter. It seems its been one of the strongest conferences to date, I guess as dance music is at it's highest peak to date thanks to the work of Monsieur Guetta and the Swedish House Mafia in particular. ADE holds its own Golden Gnome Awards, with the inspirational Mystery Lands festival winning Best Festival and Richie Hawtin winning Best International DJ. A real highlight came for the Lifetime Achievement Award which was given to Detroit 25 - a collective celebration including Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen and many others. Except they didn't show up to collect their award! Elsewhere, a conference first when Todd Terry did a keynote interview from his hotel bed at the plush Dylan Hotel. And Richie Hawtin did a special session where he deciphered the Plastikman live show with his co-creator Jarrett Smith. A fascinating presentation, it included hilarious video footage of Hawtin from the last 15 years. And what about the parties? I hear Dubfire, Carl Craig and Global Communication (their return after reforming) was pretty flippin' special at the Air club. Cocoon hosted a big event at the Powerzone, and as Sven is in the middle of his annual detox, he was looking pretty refreshed. He revealed that next year is his 30th Year in DJ-ing, so expect some big moves from him next year with special releases and I hear special US festival appearances for the first time. A big year in 2011 for anniversaries as me old Radio 1 mucker Pete Tong is celebrating 20 years on BBC Radio 1. 20 years? I've got some work to do yet until I reach his legendary radio status. Anyway keep listening and happy raving!

Rob da Bank

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