Superstar DJ Eddie Haliwell is one of a galaxy of big names taking to the decks at Creamfields festival this summer. We caught up with him to find out what clubbers can expect and what are the 30-year-old’s festival essentials.
JANE O’Neill (JO): Hello Eddie, it’s 10.30am, Is this early for you, or are you just getting in?
Eddie Halliwell (EH): No, I’ve been up since 6.30am and been to the gym. I think you have to look after yourself. People ask me what keeps me going and it’s eating healthily and looking after myself.
JO: I’m impressed. How long have you been playing at Creamfields for?
EH: I think it’s probably about six years now, in a row. It’s a great gig to be doing, because when you’re local (Eddie is from Liverpool), a lot of friends go. Having your friends there and watching you play makes it extra special.
Year on year, Creamfields is just getting stronger and stronger. Last year was awesome and it is just getting better and better.
JO: And what about when you’re not playing gigs? Where do DJs go for a party?
EH: If I wasn’t a DJ, I would probably be swanning off somewhere in the sun. No, I’d probably get together with my mates, get a few people together. But people’s social time is my work time.
JO: Now you’re an established DJ, who are the up-and-coming names to watch out for?
EH: Loads of new people are always coming across. We’ve got a guy we are putting on the radio show (Eddie’s Fire It Up radio show) called Steve Mulder, who plays a mix of house and techno and Jordan Suckley, who’s very technical.
It’s a great time, as so many people are coming through. It’s easy to get out there, but you have to be able to stand up to the test.
People can get their names out there, but when you get the opportunity, you have to be able to stand up to it.
JO: What about when you’re not DJing at Creamfields? Where could we find you?
EH: Last year I was playing on the Saturday and went up there with my pals on the Sunday. I spent all my time with Sven Vath in the Cocoon arena. He’s just a wicked guy and great fun to be around.
JO: And what can people expect from your set at Creamfields this year?
EH: To get all fired up! I’m a DJ with energy and I play music to make sure people have a good time.
JO: What about your festival essentials? Any tips?
EH: Something I always have to have is my earplugs and the other main things is my wellies. I like to wear a pair of shades; I’d rather not be wearing wellies, but if it rains.