Being a DJ is a job that I feel privileged to have. But I’m not ashamed to admit that five weeks ago I was completely burnt out. Heavy touring schedules and endless 18 hour days in the studio…… I’m not complaining – but something had to give. The idea of having a five week holiday was something I’d never even entertained as being feasible. For the last decade the longest I’ve had off between shows is 10 days. And yet – here I am coming to the end of five of the most incredible, blissful, beautiful weeks of my life – that I was lucky enough to share with my soul mate, my lover, my best friend. How could I possibly put everything into words….. The answer is – I can’t. As my honeymoon here in Thailand now comes to an end and I reflect back on the experiences my wife and I have had over recent weeks I’m left feeling awe inspired by this remarkable country and it’s warm, hospitable and truly lovely people. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been to Thailand but what I can say is that it is without exception my favourite place on the planet to just ‘be’. To chill, to unwind and rejuvenate. My god I needed this. The people we’ve met, the adventures we’ve had, the incredibly beautiful places we’ve explored, the unbelievable food…… and of course the countless jaw dropping sunsets like the one I’m looking out over right now as I write this. A gushing sentimentalist I am not – but I’d be lying if I said the last five weeks haven’t changed me a bit. Humbled. Grounded. Grateful. I’ve never felt more alive. And now I’m heading back on the road for a summer tour of gargantuan proportions feeling recharged, reenergized, excited and passionate. I’m now literally gagging to get back into my studio - inspired and ready to translate the pages of ideas I’ve scrawled down in my note book into audio soundscapes. I’m ready and primed. Thank you Thailand. You are “The One”. And thank you to my beautiful wife for making this adventure what it was. Here I come. Back in Black.
Exactly four weeks until my next LA open to close! wet with excitement - Create Nightclub // Insomniac Events See you on 12th August.
Back on the road. This is how the rest of July looks. See you tonight Live RCA Bangkok! #OpenUp
Looking forward to seeing the Irish contingent out in full force when this stacked lineup hits Affinity Galway next month!
It's always special playing long open to close extended sets at the hottest clubs around the world. I've loved the ones I've played recently with John Askew - especially those in Melbourne and Sydney and Washington DC. They're not strictly back to back sets as we play half hour on, half hour off - giving more opportunity and space to deviate and be creative. They've all been really amazing but those 3 really stood (hairs standing up now….). The fusion of so many sounds - of progressive, techno, ambient, melodic, dark, trance, tech, breaks, psy..... the freedom to play whatever you want when you want. Building the energy up from nothing. That's what Open Up is all about - the very concept of it was born out of the idea that the best DJ sets should be like a box opening.....allowing more light, more sound through the opening as that gap gets wider. The further into the set you go - the more the box gets opened and as it does therefore the more colour and intensity is allowed to flow out from it. Well - ironically we're now bringing this concept, this sound, this combination to the most famous box of all - The Box that is the main room at Ministry of Sound Club I'm absolutely buzzing to announce that on Friday 7th October for an exclusive one off London Open to Close six hour set John and I will be bringing our armoury to the most famous Friday night in the world - The Gallery Club. To have the chance to do this in our home - the UK - is something special indeed - and I'm sure John feels as psyched as me about that. But to be able to do it on one of the world's greatest sound systems........well that just makes me hard downstairs. This is it. This is the one. Wherever you are….get saving…get planning…… If you're a true #Upper - this is the one you need to be there for. This is going to be a journey like no other - because in that room - the sound permeates not only your ears but also your body and your soul……. Be there. SP x
That makes it 21 in a row!! Blown away. Totally lost for words. Huge respect to you guys out there who bought the record!! Big up to my team and of course to the legend that is Waio for making this insane remix which has been the biggest track in all my sets for the last 5 months. What a way to start our new label VII. Big things to come. Keep watching. #OverTheMoon #Smack
As I'm away on my honeymoon for the next 4 weeks having to put up with the stresses of lying around drinking cocktails while looking at views like this.... I've asked four of my close friends and fellow members of our new label VII to host "take over" shows on Open Up Radio. The first one will be tomorrow night (OU178) and will be a full on tech trance workout with John Askew. 179 will be hosted by Sean Tyas 180 Freedom Fighters 181 Blazer Tune in tomorrow night at 22.00 BST on Digitally Imported's trance channel.
#OpenUpAR Can't wait to be back!!
Happiest man on the planet. #love #blessed #adore #MrsPatterson Yesterday was just a fairy tale. Perfection. Gutted the other most important lady in my life couldn't be there. Love you mum - more than words can describe. X Bring on the honeymoon!!
Getting married today!!! Pool shenanigans with my boys John Askew me Greg Downey Will Atkinson and Tom Williams Wishing Tyas / Parky and Chris Sills were here.
Dallas @theglobe tomorrow is getting drilled. Tons of new stuff to play!!! Including preview of two new singles. Hopefully your ready 💣💣💣#openup
See you soon Dallas! #OpenUp
This is my friend Will. Will has just released a new track. She's big unit called Pat Butcher. She's vast and I love her. Go and buy Pat. Ohhhhhhhhhh Pat.
#EDCNY 📷: aLIVE Coverage for Insomniac Events
This Saturday! #EDCNY
All night long with John Askew for Evolution Events in Melbourne. Check out the full 6 hour set here: https://soundcloud.com/simonpatterson/sp-ja-6hr-set-chasers
#OpenUp tour with John Askew in Sydney / Perth / Melbourne and then the massive arena shows for Godskitchen. Blown away. Love Australia so damn much. Will post a bunch of photos and videos this week. Massive thanks for all the crews on each show for hosting me. It's been an absolute blast. One of the biggest highlights was on the OU tour when John and I played a sold out 6 hour open to close set in Melbourne for Evolution Events. All the nights were just amazing but that night at Chasers Nightclub was something special that it's hard to put into words. It took a while but I'm pleased to say the full recording of that set is up now on my Soundcloud - so go check it out now. Cheers!!!!!
Huge thanks to Genesis Events and the guys from Home Nightclub Sydney for making this 6 hour open to close back to back with John Askew so incredible. It was a totally phenominal way to kick off my 2 week Austrailia tour. See you soon.
#Uppers See You Soon!
Bang!!! #Evoke #1 That makes it 20 numbers 1s in a row!! So so happy. HUGE respect to my manager John Askew and his team at Stadium Artists, to Armin van Buuren and everyone at Armada Music and of course my brother Magnus Music and all you guys who bought the track!!!! :)!!!!
#EVOKE in Sydney last Friday. It's out now and straight in at #2 on Beatport Huge respect to everyone who's bought it. If you haven't for your copy yet grab it in the link below. Cheers! SP
Oh......and yes......it was recorded. Watch this space.