Hosted by co-founder and seasoned DJ mentor Doorly, Orbit DJ Retreats is a venture between leading minds in music from around the globe, Orbit’s programme covers all the essentials to succeed in the music industry, including; how to use DJ equipment at the highest level of performance. Mastering production and software skills. Marketing, social media and branding. Business and career development.
Check out the mentors that joined us at our debut retreat in October 2019. We return to Ibiza in 2020 with another stellar cast of the industries leading lights. Stay tuned for the 2020 lineup.
Having established themselves as one of the most in-demand electronic acts, Gorgon City have enjoyed stellar success over the past five years thanks to their unique blend of bass-driven house music and addictive vocals. The UK duo, consisting of Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, have developed a huge international presence, garnering over 676 million combined streams to date, and playing to enormous crowds of dedicated fans around the globe.
Rob grew up playing trombone in brass bands as his GP dad listened to The Beatles. He started playing hip-hop and funk under the DJ name of Rob The Bank, moved to London in the early '90s to study at Goldsmiths, and met his future wife and co-pilot Josie in the student union.
They formed a romantic and raving union, putting their energy into nights out at now-legendary clubs like Rage and eventually putting on their own parties. He then went on to start his own festival - Bestival - which began with a Sunday Best tent at Glastonbury and started at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight with an audience of 7,000 people in 2004.
This eventually grew to 50,000 people and a sister festival Camp Bestival for families.
Rob also runs his own record label - Sunday Best - it launched Groove Armada and Lemon Jelly back in the late '90s and is currently home to Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip and Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. And there's also his musical alter ego, Lazyboy.
Robby will also be introducing his latest yoga inspired project - Sleep Retreat during Orbit DJ Retreats.
“Iʼve been practising yoga, sitting in meditation and working with some amazing wellness and spiritual practitioners for over 15 years now as part of our festivals and Josie and I have personally practised yoga for 2 decades. Iʼm now ready for the next phase of this journey and am proud to be launching Sleep Retreat in 2019. Imagine diving into a different world for an hour or two and coming out as refreshed as if youʼve just woken up" - Rob da Bank
Now entering his 20th Year as a DJ & Music Producer, Doorly has established an untouchable reputation in the industry with releases across the Cajual & Relief Labels, Dirtybird, Hot Creations, Get Physical, Crosstown Rebels and Southern Fried Records and collaborations with Green Velvet, Marshall Jefferson, Switch, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Pierre, Todd Terry, DJ Sneak, and Mike Skinner. In addition to this Doorly is also credited with remix work for Kanye West, The Prodigy, Groove Armada, Carl Craig and Basement Jaxx.
Furthermore the events ‘Doorly & Friends’, and ‘Reptile Dysfunction’ have gone on to establish residencies all over the world including Stage curation at festivals including Snowbombing, Hideout and Your Paradise.
Doorly’s performance skills have now been enlisted by audio industry leaders Dolby in help with launching a new 5.1 surround sound club system - Dolby Armos. Doorly helped design the performance aspect of the system and demonstrated its effectiveness at all of its current installations at Ministry of Sound in London, Halcyon in San Francisco and Sound bar in Chicago.
2018 saw Doorly launch his own, now hugely successful Record Label - Reptile Dysfunction. A place for Doorly to support new talent that deserve a break and a platform to shine as well as a home for his personal productions and those of his DJ peers. It was the launch of the label that led Doorly to launch Orbit so he can further help to shape and guide the next generation of DJs and producers.
Juliet’s presence on the Techno scene cannot be ignored, her rise has been swift and relentless with countless production successes alongside the increasing demand for DJ performances.
Collaborating last year with Ramiro Lopez resulted in two Techno anthems, ‘Twisted’ released on Ramiro’s own ODD imprint and ‘Come Closer’ released via the mighty Drumcode.
With another recent collaboration with Arjun Vagale creating a stand out release on Odd Recordings – ‘Radiate’ Juliet has seen support from the likes of Sam Paganini, Pan-Pot, Alan Fitzpatrick, Pleasurekraft, and Noir.
Since making Ibiza her home, Davina has been seduced by the underground electronic music scene, giving her an edge that has seen her increasingly in demand performing at some of the coolest venues including DC10, Pacha and Zoo.
Adept in a number of different styles, Davina is an accomplished producer and remixer. Her tracks can be found on labels such as Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations and Hottrax, ViVa Music, Do Not Sleep, Clarisse recs, Lapsus, Emerald City, Armada, Form recs, Pacha Recordings, Upon You Recs and Natural Rhythms to name but a few. Les Schmitz, Matt Tolfrey, Joeski, Lauren Lane, Ki Creighton, Raffa Fl, The Supermen Lovers, Charles Lima, Alex Neri, Luna City Express, Federico Grazzini, Jon Rundell, Morttagua are among those who have remixed her productions.
Rob Anderson is Pioneer DJ’s dedicated Product Specialist, responsible for schooling the industry's highest caliber DJ’s. This is a role that has seen him become famous for his technical skills and ability on all Pioneer decks and FX units.
During his studies he also received invitations to play on the white isle at Ibiza's Zoo Project, Ibiza Global Radio & The Es Vive Hotel. Rob was hooked, and spent two summer seasons playing across ibiza. Many European bookings spawned from this and saw rob being flown to Belgium for frequent slots at Belgium's Eargasm Festival and Roots of Minimal Parties.
Rob is now back at his London base, where alongside working as an instrumental part of the European Pioneer DJ team, and releasing music he co-founded London based YØU.R events.
With a raft of successful releases under his former moniker and now operating as ‘Dirty Lookin’ Mobile Disco’, Mark Burnett has performed to crowds across Europe, Asia and America. From residencies in some of Hong Kong’s premier clubs to playing at the Burning Man Festival, Mark has demonstrated effective use of Live as a DJ platform and production tool around the globe.
A user since version 4, Mark is now a qualified Ableton Instructor and has nearly a decade of experience using and teaching Live and has worked with top notch artists and producers across the globe. ‘The Live Lab’ is Mark’s brainchild, a personalised Ableton Live support service, through which he teaches Ableton Live skills to beginners and advanced users alike. From highly focussed one on one online sessions to professional on-location support and group workshops for educational establishments, Mark can provide a service tailored to meet your specific needs.
Oli has dedicated his life to music with over 20 years of experience. When he's not in the studio he's usually touring the United States, Australia and Europe under the artist name GAWP.
Over those years he has proudly produced and released on labels such as Dirtybird, Toolroom, Southern Fried, This Ain't Bristol, 7Wallace, 7Wallace, Hotboi, Cream, Heldeep and many more...
Also he has worked previously on sample packs for Loopmasters and also video tutorials at Sonic Academy.
Jordan's first introduction into a working life in the music industry came whilst studying at university in Brighton, paying his tuition fee's and subsidysing a party lifestyle by doing what he does best, bringing people together and showing them a good time.
Back then whilst just 20 years old he was throwing parties at the best venues in the city for the likes of Laidback Luke and A-Trak among his own more intimate affairs.
Shortly after graduating University, Jordan took his first trip to Ibiza and like many others before him, this trip changed his life.
Fresh faced and full of energy, Jordan joined the then fledgling brand Ibiza Rocks in the promotional team, 10 years later he is now the director of talent and programming at the global brand and is responsible for some of the most iconic moments in the company’s history, working closely over the years with the likes of MK, Stormzy, Rudimental, Craig David, Disclosure and many more.
Jordan knows what it takes to cross over commercially in a dance music world but is also well versed in more intimate underground programming with his involvement in the booking for the world famous Pikes Hotel where he has worked with everyone from DJ Harvey to Artwork.
Dominic Furber is the founder of PAXX Group, which co-owns several expanding companies including Audiopaxx, Swerve Productions, Kosher Agency and Your Paradise Events.
In 2010, a sold-out, 200-person boat party on Sydney Harbour heralded Dominic’s first foray into music events at the tender age of 20. Whilst continuing to put on boat parties and other events (5 x 1000 cap cruises per year), Dominic decided to get formal event qualifications and graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Events two years later. Dominic’s passionate appetite has pushed him to become a leading artist manager, touring agent and talent booker, forging roles between the horizontally integrated Audiopaxx and Swerve Productions.
Based in LA, British promoter Nik Wilson has worked in electronic music events at every level, from promotion and marketing to team management and talent buying.
He's now the co owner at Los Angeles's legal licensed warehouse space, Lot 613 and programs and directs its award winning in house events series, Prototype.
His current projects include programming for Avalon Hollywood, Digital in Newcastle and Church in Leeds along with a new club and festival projects in Thailand.
Jodie Layton is yet another graduate from the conveyor belt of talent at Ministry of Sound. After just over 10 years of booking, promoting and curating the best that electronic music has to offer at the famous club at 103 Gaunt Street, Jodie moved to the white isle to become a key part of the Pacha Ibiza team, booking talent from Calvin Harris to Solomon to Dixon.
As well as her positions over the past decade, Jodie has also run her own club nights across London, from intimate underground affairs to warehouse raves for thousands. Jodie's energy and passion for the scene is second to none and there are not many better placed people to give DJs and producers advice on how to make it in dance music.
Born out of London's debauched underground, Maze play at some of the wildest & most innovative parties in the city including He.She.They., Solid Grooves, Little Gay Brother and they have featured at numerous venues and events including LWE presents, Phonica Records, XOYO Saturdays, Sabajaq at Egg, and ANTS and Elrow at Motion Bristol. They have also supported for the likes of Laurent Garnier, DJ Hell, Pig&Dan, Luciano and John Digweed.
Lucy Andrews is a social media and marketing expert with over 10 years of experience working for the likes of superclub brand Cream, Festival Republic as Head of Digital for over twelve major festivals and as a Director within Live Nation’s partnerships department. Lucy now heads up C Digital, a groundbreaking digital agency representing artists such as Mark Knopfler and Rudimental as well as running digital campaigns record label Cooking Vinyl.
Ian Hurst is a highly skilled communicator and public speaker on mental health and wellbeing.
Having spent many years in a corporate industry across various roles, Ian has built a wealth of knowledge and expertise which lends itself effectively and confidently to delivering mental health awareness in a forward thinking and practical way.
"Following 17 years in corporate Insurance, a world that I was never really able to bring my ‘whole self’ to and after facing my own mental illness I took the jump and qualified as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. To say it changed my life is an understatement!"
Ian created ‘We are Hummingbird Health’ in 2018 as part of the wider ‘We are Hummingbird’ group who’s aim is to raise awareness and create a global community where people can achieve the strength and confidence they need to communicate openly.
Kai Cant is the brainchild behind Abode, one of the biggest electronic music clubbing brands in Europe. With huge events across the UK, festivals in London, Southampton and Malta, plus their massive residency at one of the most famous venues on the planet; Amnesia Ibiza, Abode really has become one of the fastest growing and exciting electronic brands over past 5 years. Abode also boasts a record label with a string of releases from their talented family of residents and a clothing partnership with Boohoo Man. Kai is a true brand builder and entrepreneur, with a vision not only to build parties, but to help build communities as well, with the charity and school that he set up in Uganda.
Not without his own challenges and hurdles throughout his life and career, Kai will be sharing not only his insight of the music industry and what took him to where he is today, but also learnings that he has gained through his experience with anxiety and how he has achieved a positive and healthy working relationship with the music industry.
Hugh Cruickshank is an artist manager, international touring agent, promoter, talent booker and business founder. At the age of 19, Hugh started working at Sony Music Entertainment whilst completing his bachelor of Entertainment Management at the Australia Institute of Music. After completing university, Hugh founded More to Come, a boutique entertainment agency specialising in artist management and entertainment programming for venues and corporate clients such as Macquarie Bank.
Hugh has since also joined the team at Audiopaxx where he has expand his personal management roster, along with being the agent for international house acts like Doorly, Weiss and Amine Edge & DANCE. At Audiopaxx, Hugh also leads their events and festivals where he books and promotes weekly rooftop parties, winery festivals and club based events with a diverse list of artists including Hayden James, Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley and Pete Murray. Hugh has continued to develop his portfolio of corporate clients that include General Pants, Barney Cools, and Can-Am.
The Numbers Man. A short story by James Lyell....
After studying architecture, Sam began his career as a draftsman for a corporate group in Brisbane. Before long, he realised that his acute eye for numbers could be put to better use and began counting heads as they poured through the door of his new brain child, one of Brisbane's most successful club nights to date - Lick It.
While fast becoming a champion of Brisbane's growing club scene, Sam decided to venture into the arts and became creator and curator of a small yet culturally fruitful art gallery called 'Nine Lives'. If juggling the 2 wasn't enough, one night while doing the numbers on another sold out Lick It show he realised he could take the idea further still..
In 2008 Sam started a touring company called Happy Endings. The agency would see him work with the likes of Foals, Tame Impala and Metronomy to name a few. With brands such as Converse, Vice and Red Bull knocking on the door, Happy Endings also quickly garnered attention in the activations space. Although these brands, bands and numbers were nothing to scoff at, Sam could see there was something more in the 0's and 1's.
In 2010 Sam took on his first management job. Flight Facilities were a young pair of producers who needed a little wrangling. After helping them to release their first single "Crave You" Sam stood by the duo as the 3 of them counted milestones together. 2 orchestral shows to a 15,000 strong crowd, various gold records, an aria award and billings on prestigious international festivals such as Coachella and Glastonbury are just a few of the things the 3 have achieved so far.
In 2015 Sam joined forces with Danny Robson to form management company Leisurly. With a quality over quantity approach to their roster, the 2 currently represent 4 very exciting artists with a shared worth of close to 7M monthly listeners (Spotify). Rüfüs Du Sol, Flight Facilities, Motez and Lastlings are only the beginning of what is shaping up to be a premier artist management roster. What's next for the quiet achiever? The sky's the limit, the numbers just have to add up.