Shamus – Ministry Of Sound Classics Mix

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Ministry Of Sound’s Classics party has become a New Year’s Day fixture in Sydney, and it’s taking over the ivy again in 2013 for a feel-good kick-off to the year. This will be the event’s seventh run, and MOS has pulled together a stellar line-up for the occasion. Taking over two areas of the ivy, there’ll be classics from across the spectrum. Here’s how Sydney gun Shamus will be playing it.

What is the one record you’d guess you’ve played more times than any other?
This is a tough one. It could be Alan Braxe and Fred Falke’s Intro or Kings of Tomorrow’s Finally, but if I had to place a bet I’d say Pete Heller’s Big Love.

And do you have a favourite feel good ‘one last tune’ classic for the end of the set?
Sandy Rivera Vs Soul Vision’s Tracey In My Room is best way to start a nightclub club choir that I know.

Since we’re talking classics, is there a particular stretch of time in dance music’s history that you consider a kind of ‘golden age’?
I would say 1999-2004 when house music was main room and guys like Steve Lawler, Erick Morillo and Derrick Carter played a mixture of techy, funky and tribal tunes to massive crowds.

Do you think the age-old phrase ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ applies to dance music? Is there something more special and enduring about records made decades ago than tunes being made now?
I think everyone will associate the music they lived their formative years by as “the best” as this is possibly when life was at its peak of pleasure. However if you keep going out to dance in clubs, you will make new memories and moments to fresh music that will be on par with those magic memories from years past.

What’s the plan for your set at Classics on New Year’s Day?
Slowly dig through the 2000 records I still own, dance around the house reminiscing while whittling that down to about 50 favourites – then crack a few Coronas on the day while reliving these songs that mean so much to me.


1. Son Of Raw – Dennis Ferrer
2. Changes – Sandy Rivera featuring Haze
3. Two Months Off (John Ciafone Vocal Mix) – Underworld
4. Let’s Groove – George Morel
5. My Beat (Derrick Carter’s Disco Circus Mix) – Blaze
6. Fly Life – Basement Jaxx
7. The Future of the Future (Stay Gold) – Deep Dish

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