Gareth Wyn is taking clubland by storm. His upbeat, driving sets are rocking dance floors across the UK and Europe, from Liverpool to London, Belfast to Swansea. Cream Resident, Mixmag Future Hero, Cream Ibiza Resident 2004 and 2005 - heâ€™s part of the nu breed, and his unique ability to read and interact with the crowd is fast earning him a reputation as one of the scene's rising stars.
IT BEGAN INâ€¦
Ibiza 1996. A visit to Cream at Amnesia for a live Essential Mix opened his ears to house music. Gareth returned to the UK, bought some decks, ordered Pete Tong's set from the live Radio One broadcast, and hasn't looked back.
After relocating to Cardiff, he soon started guesting at bars and student parties all over the Welsh capital and hosting a weekly Friday night dance show on student station Xpress Radio. In 1997 Gareth began running regular coach trips to Cream in Liverpool from Cardiff, to take in the likes of Nick Warren, Paul Oakenfold and Tall Paul in the infamous Courtyard:
"The trips to Cream fuelled my passion for the scene and really influenced my musical taste. I loved the main room sounds these DJ's played, and the atmosphere their music created, they definitely motivated me to pursue things more seriously. This makes the fact that Iâ€™m now a Cream resident even more special"
SPIN â€˜EM EDDY
In 1999, due to the distinct lack of dance nights in Cardiff, Gareth decided to up the tempo. Spin 'Em Eddy was born and he proceeded to organise, promote and DJ at the St David's Day Dance Party, held in the impressive Great Hall at Cardiff Students' Union. The event featuring Judge Jules sold out to a capacity crowd of 2'000 people in less than two weeks.
This paved the way for the following five years. Gareth has promoted over 50 Spin 'Em Eddy nights in Cardiff, Bristol, Worcester, Swansea and London and hosted tours with Serious, Slinky, Cream, the Essential Selection and Golden. Regular guests included Judge Jules, Pete Tong, Anne Savage, Fergie, Carl Cox, Yousef, The Stanton Warriors and Grooverider. As well as promoting high profile events, Gareth span at all of them playing the peak-time, main room sets that developed his trademark ability to relate with the crowd:
"The punters are the most important people in any club. I always try to interact with and read the crowd as much as I can, and really use this to build the atmosphere. There is no better feeling than taking the roof off a main room, and giving the crowd exactly what they want"
In April 2002, Gareth entered the ultimate DJ competition, Muzik Magazines' search for a new Cream resident, the prize - a year's residency with Cream. Along with over 1000 other entrants, Gareth submitted a mix to Muzik showcasing his DJ talents. He was short listed to the last 50, and asked to play in one of ten regional UK heats. After appearing in the London spin-off, Gareth was invited to DJ in the final at Cream in Liverpool, August 2002.
The judging panel consisted of representatives from Cream, Muzik Magazine and Galaxy Radio. After rocking Cream to its foundations with his dirty, driving trance grooves, Gareth was awarded second place. Muzik Magazine:
"Gareth surfed home on a tsunami of trance that carried all before it. Keeping the pace firmly in the mental BPM zone, he gave the night an early peak"
Over the last three years Gareth has gone on to play regularly for Cream across the UK and at the legendary Nation in Liverpool. Heâ€™s held down a prestigious residency with the legendary superclub and fast become a favourite with Creamâ€™s army of die hard fans both in the UK and Ibiza
Gareth presented a weekly dance show on Cardiff student station Xpress Radio for three years. His Friday night show was the stations' leading specialist output, and broadcast to 250,000 listeners across Wales and the West.
Gareth was recognised as having the best student dance show in the country at the Radio One National Student Radio Awards 2001. A finalist in the Best Specialist Show category, he attended the awards ceremony at the Alexandre Palace. Gareth also received the Cardiff University Media Award 2001, judged by Galaxy 101 in recognition of his weekly dance music show.
Kicked off big time for Gareth Wyn. Mixmag recognised Gareth as a Future Hero, predicting â€˜big thingsâ€™ and featured him several times in the Magazine. Due to the fantastic response to Gareth in the UK, he was invited to take up a prestigious summer residency for Cream at Amnesia, Ibiza alongside fellow residents Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk. Gareth kicked things off in Ibiza on July 8th 2004, spinning an extended three-hour set in the main room before the Worldâ€™s No 1 DJ Tiesto. During the summer Gareth was invited by Tiesto to spin at his album signing in Ibiza, and recognised as one of the Best Breakthrough DJs at the Mixmag Ibiza Dance Awards.
â€œCream Ibiza has been an amazing experience, playing alongside the best DJâ€™s in the world, at arguably the best club in the world. Iâ€™m a main room DJ, and there is no better main room than Cream at Amnesia. Itâ€™s a fantastic residency to have, and Iâ€™ve loved every minute.â€
Gareth has also featured on Galaxy Radio, Vibe 101, Ministry of Sound Radio and Radio One and rocked Creamfields to its foundations last August. Gareth established his own website www.garethwyn.net, containing exclusive mixes, news, charts, gig reports and future club dates. Gareth set up his own London studio, and has remixed US super group The Killers, as well as developing his own, upbeat driving sound.
Things could not be any hotter for Gareth Wyn at the moment. He returns to Ibiza this summer as main room resident for Cream at Amnesia alongside Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk, helping the Liverpool legends celebrate ten years on the infamous party island. Garethâ€™s confirmed to spin in the main arena at Creamfields UK on the August Bank Holiday alongside Paul Oakenfold, Armin Van Buuren and Ferry Corsten. Spin â€˜Em Eddy is still going strong, the promotion â€˜House Rulesâ€™ has established itself as one of South Londonâ€™s hottest parties. Gareth spins an extended three-hour house set at the bi-monthly showcase, allowing him to vary his style from the main room trance where heâ€™s made his name.
Production work is about to explode with several releases and re-mixes ready to roll - add to that a packed 2005 diary taking in some of the UKâ€™s and Europeâ€™s hottest clubs. Keep your eyes on the booth and ears to the speaker - you are going to be experiencing a great deal more from this young DJ / producer very soon. You heard it here first!
(Words, David Griffiths)