Josh Wink on Eastern Electrics, traveling & Ibiza

Words by: Tom Jones
Posted: 25/7/13 8:32

Josh Wink  on Eastern Electrics, traveling & living in IbizaHaving smashed their inaugural festival last summer, Eastern Electrics are rightly now taking things to the next level with their forthcoming second edition. Last year’s debut event was a resounding success, bringing together the finest talent in house and techno as 10,000 people partied away on London’s Greenwich Peninsula amid the euphoria of the London Olympics.

This year, the event has moved outside of London to Knebworth Park as it expands to a two night, three-day affair. It’s a move that now marks Eastern Electrics a big hitter on the world’s electronic festival circuit. If the new, bigger venue is not enough to whet your appetite then the lineup will speak for itself. It’s a truly world class collection of the biggest and most exciting names in modern electronic music.

As well as the Eastern Electric stages (of which there are outdoor and all night spaces) which will host the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Seth Troxler, Hot Natured, Masters At Work, Richie Hawtin and many more, there will also be stages hosted by the finest labels, parties and promoters on the underground scene.

The likes of Secretsundaze, Just Jack, Dirtybird, Black Atlantic, Crosstown Rebels, Louche, Mulletover, Futureboogie, Kubicle, Krush, Junk Department, Cadenza and Krankbrother will all be curating their own stages over a weekend that offers the best large scale festival experience for underground electronic music in the UK.

Eastern Electrics were already a much loved proponent on London’s clubbing scene but now with their prized festival, they are taking their event to the global community with huge statement of intent. This looks to be one hell of a party!

I Voice caught up with Josh Wink who will be making his first appearance at Eastern Electrics festival on the Krankbrother stage.

I understand that the DJ has a couple of roles to play. Entertain and educate. I never forget this...Does the energy and atmosphere of a festival crowd affect the way you prepare for and play when performing?
Not prepare. But, I feed off the atmosphere of the event and the energy of the crowd before I play. That helps shape the ideas to a performance.

Do you ever feel that the bigger (and potentially more diverse than a club crowd) crowds sometimes put limitations on you? Are you always able to do what you want despite the size or makeup of the crowd?
I understand that the DJ has a couple of roles to play. Entertain and educate. I never forget this. People sometime expect me to play my music, but if they're true fans, they will trust me and let me take them on a journey with faith!

Josh Wink
What have you heard about Eastern Electrics festival before?
I haven't heard really much about it. However, I saw the line up this year before agreeing to do the event. After I saw the great line up, I was happy to be a part of such a revered group of talent!

Are you pleased to be part of such a young festival, what with this being only its second year?
Yep. Especially with the incredible line up! For sure!

What images do you conjure up when you think of UK festivals and their crowds?
People up for it! And peeing wherever they can. usually in boots of some sorts! (laughs)

Do you notice the physical demands on your body / mind during the busy festival season? How do you manage with that?
I simply try to get some rest. I am fortunate to play a lot of festivals during the season. And in this time, I don't usually get much sleep. But hey, its summer, I can cope walking like a zombie for a couple months!

What is your best-ever festival moment? Either as a performer or part of the crowd?
Probably playing my 1st festival in the UK in the mid 90's. Playing the main stage at Tribal Gathering. It was BIG! And I remember how nervous I was. I miss the days of being really nervous. But, it's hard to keep track of all the festivals over a 20+ year span!

How often will you be in Ibiza this season? Would you say Ibiza has a similar atmosphere to festivals, but allows you to take more risks too because of the club environment?
I have been to the island two times already this season. I am going back again in August to stay in the country until October. I don't feel that Ibiza is similar to a festival at all. I like to take risks at both clubs and festivals. However, as I mentioned before, I know for me it's important to balance the role of educator and entertainer.

What have you got coming up in the coming weeks and months? Both personally and with Ovum?
Continuing my "Profound Sounds"" radio show, curating stages at festivals, traveling, living in Ibiza. Ovum is going strong! Great releases have come out and even better ones are coming out soon! So keep up to date at  or follow me on twitter: joshwink1 to find out more instantly what I'm up to! Look forward to a sunny, warm off the hook festival in the UK!

Eastern Electrics Festival - 2 - 4 August 2013 • Knebworth Park
Friday 2pm - 6am
Eastern Electrics - Outdoor Transformer Stage
Maya Jane Coles
Moderat (Live) (Modeselektor + Apparat)

Eastern Electrics - All-night Generator
Seth Troxler
Dave Clarke
Soul Bros (Soul Clap + The Martinez Brothers)
Shaun Reeves

Black Atlantic - The Substation
Theo Parrish
Joy Orbison
Levon Vincent

Dirtybird Showcase - Outdoor Switchyard Stage
Claude VonStroke
Justin Martin
Eats Everything
Catz n Dogz
Shadow Child

mulletover - The Fusebox
DJ Sneak
DJ Koze
Ryan Crosson

Elrow - Outdoor Switchyard Stage
Paco Osuna
Ralph Lawson
Raul Mezcolanza
Marc Maya
De La Swing

Futureboogie - Igloovision Tent
Maurice Fulton
PBR Streetgang
Maxxi Soundsystem
Felix Dickinson
Futureboogie DJs

The Star of EE - Pub Stage
Simon Baker
Robert James
Alex Jones
Jesse James
Pardon My French

Another Party & Cadenza - Bedouin VIP
Mirko Loko
Alex Picone

Love Lounge - Bedouin VIP
The Gay Bingo Crew
Damon Martin (Disco Blood Bath)
DRW Soundsystem
Robert Outch
RTN Soundsystem
Saturday 2pm - 6am
Eastern Electrics - Outdoor Tranformer Stage
Hot Natured (Live) (Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C and Ali Love)
Maceo Plex
Dyed Soundorom
Nick Curly
Miguel Campbell

Eastern Electrics - All-night Generator
Richie Hawtin
Matthias Tanzmann
Tale Of Us
Matt Tolfrey

krankbrother - Outdoor Switchyard Stage
Anja Schneider
Ellen Allien
Guy Gerber
Josh Wink

Crosstown Rebels - The Fusebox
Damian Lazarus
Infinity Ink (Luca C + Ali Love)
Francesca Lombardo

LWE vs. CLR - The Substation
Chris Liebing
Planetary Assault Systems (Live) (Luke Slater)
Tommy Four Seven
Brian Sanhaji

Junk Department pres. Culprit - Igloovision Tent
No Artificial Colours
Gavin Herlihy
Luca Pilato

Krush pres. Life & Death + Live At Robert Johnson - Igloovision Tent
DJ Tennis
Roman Flügel
Nikos Krush

A Votre vs. OFF Recordings - Pub Stage
Darius Syrossian
Andre Crom
Sidney Charles
Max Chapman

Kubicle - Bedouin VIP
The Revenge
Craig Richards
Lee Foss
Francesca Lombardo
PBR Streetgang
Sunday 2pm - 10pm
Eastern Electrics - Outdoor Transformer Stage
Masters At Work (Kenny Dope + Louie Vega)
Kerri Chandler
Richy Ahmed

secretsundaze - Outdoor Switchyard Stage
Michael Mayer
Chez Damier
Kyle Hall
Giles Smith
James Priestley

Just Jack - The Substation
Laura Jones
Tom Rio
Dan Wild

Louche - Igloovision Tent
Tama Sumo
Josh T

The Star of EE - Pub Stage
Skream (disco set)
Waif & Strays
Jaymo & Andy George

Tayo & Friends... Bedouin VIP
Ashley Beedle
Rhythm Connection
Silk 86
Ant Hill
Rick Grant
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