Tall Paul and X-Press 2 talk Cream Classical in the Park

  • Tall Paul and X-Press 2
  • 2019-07-12

Cream Classical In The Park touches down in Liverpool on Friday, July 19th. Faithless, Paul Oakenfold, Roger Sanchez, Seb Fontaine, Tall Paul and X-Press 2 will be among the acts as 20 DJs plus the Cream Classical and Kaleidoscope Orchestra play across two stages.

We caught up with Tall Paul and X-Press 2 to find out more about their relationship with Cream, and how they are preparing for the show.

Tall Paul

I would love to orchestrate a version of Jam and Spoon’s ‘Odyssey to Anyoona’.

You’re playing Cream Classical in the Park which features an orchestra playing classic tunes from Cream’s 25 year history. What was your first encounter with Cream that you can remember?
Cream was a must to play at. Such an amazing club night with that venue and together with that sound system it was up there with the best in the world.

If you could pick one dance tune classic to be reworked by an orchestra, which would you choose?
I would love to orchestrate a version of Jam and Spoon’s “Odyssey to Anyoona”.

Tell us about your relationship with Cream. Where did it all start?
Mid-nineties I got my first chance to play. So excited to have the show in the diary. Always knew it was going to be epic event.

What’s your fondest Cream memory?
Always like to test new productions there as it would be such a great barometer to how they would do. Playing my Beach Ball remix there off Acetate was a special moment.

How does it feel to be playing Cream Classical in the Park?
So chuffed to still be part of these guys and to see the reaction and demand for this show is crazy. It’s got bigger and bigger and this will be historic, and goes to show the support and love for Cream.

What can we expect from your set?
Just some good summer vibes with a few musical surprises ;)

Who on the line-up will you be watching, if you get the chance?
Tricky one, I like to check out all the Djs, especially that line up and the intention is to try…

What else have you got planned for the rest of 2019?
Lots of new shows going on, smaller festivals, huge club events, it’s a good time for music.

X-Press 2

We’ve always had a strong affinity with the club, and with Liverpool in general, so it’s wonderful to be included on such a landmark event in one of our favourite cities to play.

If you could pick one dance tune classic to be reworked by an orchestra, which would you choose?
I’d love to hear an orchestra do something of ours. Maybe Lazy or one of the Ballistic Brothers tracks, that’d be pretty cool.

Tell us about your relationship with Cream. Where did it all start?
I think we first played for Cream very early on when they just had the smaller space at Nation. We’d go back and play regularly then they asked us to be residents in the summer of 96. I think we were there every week for about six months from then. It was always an incredible night. Everything about the club was superb, the space, the sound and the crowd!

What’s your fondest Cream memory?
Loads and loads to be honest. I think one stand out, was when we’d received a promo copy of De Lacy’s ‘Hideaway’ from our mate Max that worked at the label. We were playing at Cream that night and had a lot of fun mixing up two copies for ages. Now bare in mind, no one had heard the record at this point, but the response was ridiculous, the place went nuts. James was working at DeConstruction at that time and pretty much signed the record the next day.

How does it feel to be playing Cream Classical in the Park?
It feels fabulous to be invited to play. An excellent line-up of lots of our mates and peers. We’ve always had a strong affinity with the club, and with Liverpool in general, so it’s wonderful to be included on such a landmark event in one of our favourite cities to play.

What can we expect from your set?
Well we always try to mix it up, some old stuff, some new stuff, maybe some things you’ll know and some you won’t.

Who on the line-up will you be watching, if you get the chance?
It’ll be great to see what Roger Sanchez is playing these days. He was a big influence for us in the early days and we haven’t seen him for years. I’m sure that all the DJs will be bringing their A-game, so whoever’s playing, I’m sure they’ll be ace.

What else have you got planned for the rest of 2019?
10/8 Marisco Devon. With Terry Farley
24/8 Up Yer Ronson. Leeds
24/8 Baca. Tynemouth
25/8 Creamfields. Daresbury
25/8 Full Circle. London
25/8 Promised Land. London
7/9 The Factory. Long Eaton
14/9 Defected Festival. London

*For tickets to Cream Classical in the Park go to cream.co.uk/classical.

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