BRITISH-BORN Martin Doorly is seen by some in the industry as crossing the boundaries of both sides of dance music, getting props from every side and helping to bridge the gaps, almost like a bond that brings the different scenes together.
A niche set of Malaysian clubbers would certainly remember his visit here some three years ago at the now defunct Vertigo.
“That was a memorable gig, I was supporting Flosstradamus, which was totally different from what I do but it really worked. It has been a long time coming but I’m really excited to be coming back,” Doorly shared in a recent email interview.
Doorly’s return to Kuala Lumpur next Thursday is in the middle of a monster 30-day world tour that includes Andorra, Malta, Austria, Dubai, Shanghai, Koh Samui, Jakarta, Sydney, Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, London, Toronto, Denver and Los Angeles.
“It’s just what I do, another day another flight, the only difference with this month is that the routing makes me circumnavigate the globe,” he said.
“Luckily, I am blessed with a gift that allows me to sleep literally anywhere so as long as I clock up six hours a day, whether in a plane, a car or a hotel room along the way then I’m happy and if not, then I just need to have a few beers and keep moving. I’ve always considered myself a paid traveller, it’s the travel bit that I get paid for, the gigs I would do for free. I’m a lucky guy to get to play in some of the places I’m hitting this month,” he said.
It has been the touring over the years that’s been the inspiration behind Doorly’s music.
“I’m a DJ first and foremost and I make music so that I can play it in my sets so everything I make is for the dance floor and I get to play with the most amazing DJs in the best clubs in the world so it’s impossible not to enjoy that.”
And all of that started back when he first heard David Morales’ Needin’ U.
“It became my anthem. Then I discovered Subliminal Records and it changed my life and I knew that I needed to be a DJ,” he said.
Then discovered by Pete Tong in his Yorkshire hometown of Huddersfield when Tong played at one of Doorly’s infamous Afterparty Warehouse events, subsequent years have taken Doorly from Huddersfield to Los Angeles (LA) by way of Ibiza.
“I’d been going to LA to play for a few years and it’s just the most amazing city and the only place other than Ibiza that made me sad when I had to leave it so I always wanted to move there. It’s a big thing emigrating though, so it was just a bit of a dream for a while until I met the right girl and my partner in crime to do it with.”
That was three years ago and he considers it the best move he made.
“I do wish I could spend more time at home, my stuff is there but I’m probably only actually there for like three months of the year because of how busy I am touring but when I am home it feels like I’m on holiday which assures me that I made the right move.”
A need to re-invent his sound was also a key factor in the eventual relocation.
“I really needed to be inspired again and for me, personally, London was just the wrong place to be living, us Brits are naturally fairly negative people and especially in the music scene, it can get very bitter at times so I needed to separate myself from it.
“Literally as soon as I set up my studio in LA, everything became easier again. LA is a very creative place, everyone is a musician, writer, actor, artiste and also they all have super positive attitudes. I can literally look back at my releases over the last couple of years and you can track it to when I made that move.”
Those releases have seen him remix for and work with the likes of Armand Van Helden, Steve Silk Hurley, Seth Troxler, Skream, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, Shadow Child and Cajmere aka Green Velvet.
With Shadow Child and Shears, under the AVEC production moniker, the single Disappearer was released in 2013.
“Both those guys are long-time friends, so it’s great fun when we get a chance to get together. Me and Shadow Child had a big single last year with Piano Weapon and we also have a new Avec single almost ready as well, we just need to find the time to get it polished off.”
And working with Cajmere aka Green Velvet was a dream come true.
“I’ve learned that he is literally always right when he suggests something. The biggest thing that he’s taught me is to simplify my tracks. It’s hard to not get carried away sometimes and over think a track which then makes the overall vibe suffer.
“I was a sucker for putting things like vinyl crackle in tracks where it just needed to be clean and fresh. Cajmere is always way ahead of the curve musically and always has been, when he suggests something you know it’s the right move,” Doorly said.
After this month, it’s back home for Doorly for two weeks, while touring America during the weekends.
“Then my Ibiza season starts so I will be based there all summer and working my way around the European festivals,” he said.
“Also I’m launching a new party in Ibiza this season called ‘Shelter’ and we take over Sankeys on Friday nights weekly. The idea of the party is to give a ‘Shelter’ to brands and artistes we dig to come and host some one-off boutique parties with us across the season keeping each week feeling totally fresh.
“We’ve worked really hard on this one and I’m super happy with how it’s shaping up. We have parties hosted by Bugged Out, Moda Black, Food Music, Rinse FM and of course my Doorly & Friends show. Also room two will be hosted by the awesome Suara with Coyu and his Spanish House Mafia.”
Brought to you by Ten Thousand and One Agency, Doorly makes a special Labour Eve appearance on APRIL 30 at Nagaba KL with support from Victor G and Shazan Z back to back and Irama.
31, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, KL
Admission (with one drink): RM50 Ladies / RM60 Men.
Call 03-2143 3400.