Freemasons head to the Palm Springs
"Why the Freemasons?" asks Jeffrey Sanker, rhetorically. Why a British duo sought after for their melodic and musically rich sound by the biggest names in the music industry to headline the White Party? We’ll let him explain it: "After last year’s 20th anniversary of the party, I wanted to break out of the same mold, take a different angle, get internationally known DJs. Everyone 25 and under kept saying, ’Freemasons! Freemasons! Freemasons!’"
Thusly does Sanker explain a decision that has rocked the Circuit world. By booking the hottest DJs/producers/remixers in the world right now, he has refashioned what defines a major American dance event. The British duo is at the top of their game-and at the top of the dance-music world. Since they burst on the scene with the definitive mash-up-the disco standard "This Time Baby" and Tina Turner’s "When the Heartache Is Over," sung by Amanda Wilson-they have become the go-to guys for every first-name dance diva, from Shakira, Beyonce and Whitney to Heather Headley, Kelly Rowland and Kylie Minogue.
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They have also played every big house from Brussels to Melbourne, although they parse out their DJ gigs since it keeps them away from the studio, their real home. So what are these two mainstream DJs doing flying halfway across the world to spin at a Circuit party, even one as big as the White Party? It’s simple: We get their music. And they love us for it.
"It is quite bizarre, two straight guys making music really embraced by the gay community," said James Wiltshire, half of the Freemasons (along with Russell Small) during a recent London interview. "But we’re much more able to play what we’ve created with you guys. You’re much more accepting to vocals." For other gigs, the crowd wants to hear underground sounds, the thump-thump of tribal. That’s not Wiltshire and Small’s style.
"We love playing gay parties!" James says. It’s not only the diva anthems-although that’s a large part of it. "When we walk into a gay party, we can play the music we made. If we’re playing another party, we’ve got to play a lot of underground; but we do want to play what we make."