Hard Events, Cloud 9 Adventures & Bowery Presents famed dance music cruise Holy Ship! will begin its first voyage of 2017 on Friday, Jan. 6 and then kick off its second sailing right after on Jan. 10. Those who have gone or are ready to go for their first time will join the "shipfam" where you can dance, party and take part in other organized activities with some of the best DJs in the world. We had Detroit DJ duo Golf Clap, who will be on Holy Ship! 9.0 to curate a mix for us with some of their favorite artists on the ship including Claude VonStroke, GRiZ, Destructo and Mija.
Along with the mix, they included a short bit about why they included each of these songs and what they like about each of the artists.
Golf Clap will release their Golf Clap Presents compilation on Country Club Disco on Jan. 23. Speaking about the 20-track compilation, Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones of Golf Clap said, "We really wanted to make a big impact with the first release of 2017, so we reached out to a lot of our favorite producers over the last year and tried to get something from each of them that we felt represented their best work."
Chris is probably our favorite producer of everyone playing. One of the tunes we picked is a collaboration with another ship artist, Hannah Wants. Chris is lots of fun and we can't wait to see him again. Check out his new album Destroy The Image.
Songs: Chris Lorenzo & Katy B - I Wanna Be (Instrumental)
Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo - Girls
Speaking of people who are lots of fun, we had to mention Doorly. He's one of our top 5 favorite DJs for sure. Every time we think we know all the tricks on the CDJs, Doorly comes up with a new one. He's also got a new label launching soon called "Reptile Dysfunction".
Songs: Doorly & Hauswerks - The Illusionist
Darius Syrossian & Doorly - Gravity Check
Dirtybird bossman Claude VonStroke is always a must see. He will just be finishing a string of "Get Real" shows with Green Velvet at the end of the year before this. He's also performing under his own name Barclay Crenshaw (we've included a song in the playlist) on ship this year.
Songs: Claude VonStroke - Can't Wait
French Fries - Yo Vogue (Claude VonStroke Remix)
Barclay Crenshaw - The Gene Sequence
Can't make a Holy Ship list without including the man who makes it all happen. Destructo is founder & CEO of Hard events and is also a world traveling DJ/producer. One of the songs we included is with Wax Motif who is also playing on the ship.
Songs: Destructo - Bodyback
Destructo & Wax Motif - Beatdown (ft. Vanilla Ace)
AC Slater runs Night Bass out of LA and also releases on OWSLA. He's been steadily touring the world repping the Night Bass brand in front of packed floors. He's also host to some awesome events from his label at Sound Nightclub. One of the songs in the playlist is a collaboration with fellow ship artist, Chris Lorenzo.
Songs: AC Slater & Chris Lorenzo - Flacid
AC Slater - U Got 2
We also wanted to give a shout out to two non house/techno artists that we support that are playing.
We got a chance to hang out with Mija at Movement & Electric Forest this year and then played a couple dates on her FK A GENRE tour. She has great energy and has been playing crazy shows all around the world non-stop (check her snapchat). She's awesome, she's a rockstar.
Songs: Mija & Vindata - Better
GRiZ is also from Michigan and is pretty much a legend here. He's built an incredible following and really puts on a great show. He just finished up his yearly "12 Days of GRiZmas" where he raises money for charity 12 nights in a row in Detroit. Last year he raised 30k and was given one of the cities highest honors, the "Spirit of Detroit" award.
Songs: GRiZ - What We've Become (ft. Cory Enemy & Natalola)