Prague was one of those too short experiences that I wished it would last longer. It was the first time I played in Czech Republic and expectations were high. Prague has always been a city that fascinated me and I always wanted to visit, especially for its architectural beauty (and because of Triple X movie).
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to visit the city since I arrived in Prague around 10pm and I went straight to the hotel. That day I woke up early to go to Danceplanet studios in Porto to prepare my set and for that reason I had few hours of sleep.
So, I arrived at the hotel and when I entered the room I had a caesar salad waiting for me. After dinner I went to sleep a little bit since my set time was only at 4.30am.
The hotel was located about 500 meters from Výstaviště Praha, where the party took place. I arrived there and I came across a familiar place. Boris Brejcha played last year in the same place for the same organization that invited me – BEVIP. There’s a video of this show on YouTube. However, this time the party took place inside a building.
Vitalic was the headliner. When I arrived, he had already played and went to the hotel, so I didn’t have the opportunity to meet him. Besides, some people had already left the party but that didn’t discourage me. I will always play with the same energy and joy whether it’s for 100 or 10,000 people.
4am – 30 minutes to go for my set. It was time to go to the backstage, meet some people and drink almost a bottle of Martini to chill. Yes, I still feel nervous before the shows. But when I started playing, everything disappeared! It was just me, the music and the crowd. There is always a good feeling of being home whenever I play in a different country because people are always incredible to me and because of that, my sincere THANK YOU!
I was supposed to play until 6.30am but we all thought it was okay to extend the set a little bit and so I played until 7am. After that, I returned to the hotel, had breakfast, slept for over an hour and went to the airport. I had the flight at 11am. DJ life…
So yeah, it was a short experience but very intense. With this experience, I learned something very important for any artist – how to manage our hours of sleep. If I’ve felt this with just one gig on a weekend, imagine when I have 2 or 3 dates in a row, in different locations. Because, you know, this is just the beginning! If you produce music, if you are a DJ and you eventually start playing in different countries, remember that your mental health is as important as your physical health. Make good management of your time. YOU are more important than what you do. Until next time!
PS: A video of my set will be available soon. Stay tuned!