Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.. Whiskey chilling in a Jar…
Local DJ/producer Louise DaCosta will mark the festive season with the release of her latest track, an adaptation of the great Irish classic ‘Whiskey In The Jar’.
Set for release through iTunes on December 10th, the track is sure to be floor filler over the Christmas period and marks a change in style from the Derry DJ “yeah, the track is leftfield from my usual underground sound” Louise said when I caught up with her ahead of its release. “It's really just a fun dance floor friendly version of an Irish Classic out in time for the festive party season.”
Louise told me how the idea of recording the track came about. “It’s a funny story actually” she said. “I was travelling back from a gig in Cork in September and we were literally driving over the Cork and Kerry mountains and my manager and I instantly burst into a rendition of the song.
“We thought this was hilarious and realised that the song is so ingrained into the Irish psyche, that you can't help but sing along to it. A tune I'd been working on was playing in the background and it actually fit to the tempo so I took the idea to the studio the very next day. I got in touch with the super talented Joe Gibson who laid down some vocals and that was it.”
Not only content on filling Irish dancefloors, the jet-setting DJ will arrive in Doha later this week and is very much looking forward to it. “It'll be my first time playing in Qatar” she said.
“Martin Solveig is actually out at the same time and Cosmic Gate the week after. It really seems to be a great club scene out there and I’m feeling a lot of buzz so far from the Irish expats. Quite a few are coming to the show in Doha so should be great craic.”
With the year coming to end, I thought it would be a great time to find out what’s been the highlight for 2016.
“There really has been so many great moments this year, almost too many to mention” she said. “Hitting the Top Ten in the Beatport Pulse Chart, signing to great labels like HotFingers and Zulu, shows in Asia and the Middle East plus some truly fantastic shows in ireland also!
“I'm delighted to have played a lot of new venues and met a lot of new people this year. Getting support on my remixes and releases from Spinnin, Warner and Armada artists has been great and also lots of radio play in Ireland, Spain, USA, Asia, UK, Russia, Australia etc has been awesome!
“Of course the year isn't out just yet, and hopefully we'll be able to add Christmas number one to that list too!” She laughs.
With so many venues and cities visited this year, Louise struggled to pick her favourite. “Honestly, I couldn't pick just one. Every show in every city has been truly amazing and huge respect to all the people that have turned up and filled the floor!”
And fill the dance they have, and that dance floor is showing no signs of emptying anytime soon so long as ‘Ireland’s Number One Female DJ’ is behind the decks.
You may be lucky enough to hear the new track live before the year’s out as Louise hopes to squeeze in a hometown show, schedule permitting. Keep an eye on her facebook page more details over the coming weeks. Whiskey In The Jar will be hitting the iTunes digital shelves on iTunes on Saturday 10th December.