A Leeds local returns to his hometown this New Year's Eve, and Rob Tissera will be bringing an audio onslaught of hard house, trance and acid to mark his reappearance. Set to play all night long in room 1 of The Warehouse to kickstart 2017, Rob will be deploying plenty of firepower as Marc Leaf, Steve Luigi, Brad Kells and Si Frater take command of the second room.
With the show now just weeks away, we caught up with Rob to look back on a fruitful career and make a few predictions for the year ahead.
Hi Rob, how’s 2016 treated you?
It's been amazing so far thanks. Non stop work and fun. I've been involved in so many great gigs this year. I've been busy with Old Skool gigs at Rejuve and Joy in Leeds, Raindance London, Bowlers in Manchester and SOS in Ibiza. I've also been on the bill for nearly every major Hard House event in this country, as well as playing in Ibiza for Xstatic and in Amsterdam for Melkweg. That was unbelievable. 2000 clubbers going crazy right in the heart of Amsterdam.
How is the proposition of being back home in Leeds this NYD shaping up? Is it always a special occasion when you get to play back in your hometown?
New Year's Day has always been a fantastic occasion in Leeds. We're aiming to continue that tradition by making our gig the meeting place for anybody who wants to party. We've got music for everyone. I'll be playing a few hours of house and Old Skool from the past 25 years. I'll then be turning up the heat and playing some of the trance tracks i've been involved in as Quake before firing up some of the music I'm so well known for in harder circles.
We've also got four of the very best DJs in Leeds playing all day in Room 2. They'll be in there entertaining everyone who's more into house and old skool. Our party is a meeting place for loads of different people who just know how to party.
I know people often say 'we're going on a journey'. In this particular case, I really do mean it.
With a career spanning over 20 years and shows that often take you abroad, is the opportunity to play Leeds on NYD something that comes around often for you?
I've done lots of parties in Leeds on NYD. Which is why it's a 'no brainer' for me and my partners do crank out a killer party. It'd be rude not to.
Discogs lists your first release as the Kick Up The Volume EP in 1996; did you think then that you’d still be working as a musician twenty years down the line?
I've been making records since 1991 as it goes, so this is my 25th years. I never thought I'd get such a long run and I'm very grateful for everyone's support. I'm still aiming for the best days to be ahead of me. I'm very ambitious and I love making tunes.
Where does Leeds rank for you out of all of the party spots around the world that you have been lucky enough to DJ?
Oh.. there's no doubting that it's always been right up there. That's why I moved here from London in 1989. I Love it.
Your open to close set this NYD at The Warehouse will be exploring 25 years of dance music. Can you give us a rough idea of what might appear in the timeline of music?
I'll be playing loads of Early acid house then playing right across the spectrum until I reach Hard house. I'll be featuring tracks from some of the following artists and clubs nights :
Fast Eddie, Jungle Brothers, Afrika Bambataa, Joe Smooth, Binary Finary, BK, Steve Hill, Technikal, Ferry Corsten, Eric Prydz , Tidy Trax, Sundissential, Good Greef, Ark, Bowlers, Kissdafunk, Funkissential, Frantic. The list is endless. There'll be no stone left unturned.
The new year will inevitably bring a new batch of talent. Who would you tip as ones to watch in 2017?
Sam Mitcham is starting to produce fantastic trance and also Tuff London are doing some amazing Tech House. There's a lot of talent out there but those guys are really pushing the boundaries.
And how about yourself… what’s 2017 got in store for you?
I'm Back in Ibiza in June for SOS Old Skool, I'm also going back to tour Australia in the summer and I'll also be looking to put on a few more events with Sam Townend and Sam Mitchum who I've collaborated with on the New Year's Day Project. I've also got a host of club and festival bookings throughout the year on the cards, so I'm very happy.
Catch Rob playing open to close at The Warehouse on New Year's Day.
Interview by Elliot Ryder
Photo courtesy of Rob Tissera