DJ, vocalist, songwriter, promoter – Lizzie Curious is one of the hardest-working, and most talented, people in dance music.
Lizzie is also returning to Cayman for the Cayman Islands Winter Music festival and she tells Weekender she’s bang up for it.
“Cayman people are some of the most fun to play to across the world. I think perhaps because of the beautiful setting and everyone that I have met is so appreciative to be there, so happy and there is such a great community feeling, that you can really feel that when you DJ and see everyone smiling right back at you,” says the Cheltenham-born, London-based musician.
“I feel that Cayman party people really respond well to my energy behind the decks and can tell I put my heart and soul into all my shows, which in turn gets us all pumped up even more. I’ve had the honour of four visits to your island to perform and every time I always get such a warm welcome, it feels like a second home,” she says.
A fab year
Indeed, since Lizzie wowed crowds at Cayman Islands Winter Music Fest 2011, she’s had a fantastic year.
“It’s flown by in a whirlwind of fantastic gigs and recently I celebrated a new monthly residency with the global house brand Hed Kandi, where I perform at their flagship bar in my home city of London. I have put in so many hours in the studio and have been working with some fantastic producers – the results of which are now coming to fruition.
“I have brand new solo singles with some of the major players in the dance music world ready for release, including two new singles with Robbie Rivera on Juicy Music and my first track with George Acosta – we are shooting the video for this whilst I’m at the Miami Winter Music Conference. I have also just finished new vocals for Cosmic Gate, Andy Duguid, legendary dance music producers Reflekt and I’m working on a new project with David Tort. Also, I have now set up my monthly Curiousity Club podcast, which is enabling me to connect with my fans across the world, which I love. My new residency with Hed Kandi is going fantastically, it’s great being part of globally renowned house brand and I’m performing for them at their Nikki Beach event while I’m in Miami,” says the hard-working dance head.
Now, of course, we couldn’t let Lizzie get away without letting us in on a little secret – so come on, o Curious one, which tunes are gonna be big?
“The tunes that are big for me this year include an awesome bootleg by Paul Oakenfold of the Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams’; I find it amazing that 20 years on, that riff still has such an amazing effect on dance floors right across the world. Also my forthcoming track with Robbie Rivera ‘Butterflies’ has been getting a fantastic response everywhere I play it – it’s so uplifting and takes you to such a happy place. It’s not released till May, but you’ll be getting to hear it when I come to perform in Cayman.
“I always try to mix up bootlegs of classics we all know and love, alongside new up-front tunes to give the crowd something fresh. This year, I will be jetting in from Miami, so I will be armed with tried and tested, hot off the press music from the Winter Music Conference. During my daytime gigs in Cayman, I take the opportunity to play my favourite sunshine-laden house music, which always seems to be really well-received … I think if you put this effort into your gigs, Cayman responds to that positivity.” Can’t wait, Lizzie – see you down the front.
Lizzie Curious plays the Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival on Saturday, 31 March.