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Collegium Spring Break Island Day Two



Data Transmission groggily wandered down to Zrce beach for day two of Collegium Spring Break. We weren’t the only ones feeling fragile. Adding to his proud list of own achievements including “Ireland’s First MC” “Ireland’s First Nigerian MC” and also (he insists) “Ireland’s First Nigerian”, MC Fabu D insisted he’d collected the best hangover of Croatia 2014 so far. Also sat in newly refurbed Papaya was Chris Willsman, waiting to start his beach party set, and Rory Lynam – with whom an interesting debate over warm-vodka-red-bull started. Are DJs that don’t produce better DJs by definition? Rory didn’t really get the chance to move into his preferred tech house sound during his Kalypso set-  keeping the vibe more student-beach-break focussed, however we’ll how he fares later this month at Ultra

Meanwhile Chris Willsman now lays down an unforgiving electro-house driven set, punctuated by a suddenly animated Fabu D. Those around the pool dig it. Not least Papaya’s latest staff additions – podium dancers. They’ll probably have to be caged for the Brit invasion force in July.

Later, we went down and met Ukrainian upcoming duo Duo Diamonds. The pair have been going around two years, and have managed to perform at a sweep of mostly Eastern European festivals. Their production and style is straight up EDM focussed, but they’re performers – right down to their matching monochrome outfits and make up.

2am and Duo Diamonds take to the stage at Papaya. Their set is one of one-dimensional, hit, after hit, EDM freight train style. It may not be for everyone, but it works with the crowd. The pair themselves are entertaining to watch, jumping onto the decks, yelling into mics while breakdancers pull moves in front of them. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s shiny, and it keeps the crowd transfixed until 4am. Data Transmission spends most of our night on the raised platform at the back of Papaya with Willsman’s management – discussing EDM, EDM-hate and Switzerland’s clubbing scene (the latter was a relatively short conversation) whilst beside us Novalja’s elite pout and shake. 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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