11 Years On Fullerlove Recalls The Darkness That Led Him To His Musical Destiny
For me Ascension® represents the universal love of dance music. The journey never ends, it evolves and the family grows. Ascension® is forever, we are the #ascensionites.
Ascension® exists because of one man's love for dance music and one woman's love for her man. The journey started in 2006 after the frustrating experiences with the music and club industries, later resulting in the loss of his nightclub residencies. DJ and producer Fullerlove found himself out of work, broke and living with his girlfriend at his parents' house.
"It was one of the lowest points in my life. I felt that my career was over because I would not play poppy dance crap or succumb to the demands of nightclub managers telling me what to play. I refused to be a jukebox churning out radio playlists, it was making me unhappy.
Being a DJ should be about the energy and connection with the crowd, it's the ability to tap into that and play music that gives people a sense of euphoria and togetherness. I see now it was a blessing in disguise but back then I was wallowing. Music and performing was all i had ever known.
Just a few weeks later my partner Charlotte lost her job at a major financial services provider. We could no longer pay the rent or bills. We had no choice but to give up our home. With gigs drying up, I could not see a way forward. Being back at my parents' house was a major blow.
I have been a DJ since the age of 13 and never got round to getting what they call 'a proper job'. I have been privileged to play alongside some of dance musics biggest names. For me my role in dance music culture is not a career or ego trip, but a soul calling.
My love of dance music is a part of who I am, it is what inspires and motivates me because it brings joy to others. In one of my darkest moments, sat in my old childhood bedroom, my partner Charlotte said to me; "Why not play to the world?" She suggested I start a radio show and contact online stations. She then asked me what I was going to call the show. Like a lightning bolt the name came instantly. Ascension® was born.
What started as a two hour pilot episode soon grew into a much loved show, syndicated on web stations across the globe. Ascension® showcased new talent and featured guest mixes from the industry's most acclaimed artists; Ferry Corsten, Sander Van Doorn, Guiseppe Ottaviani, John Askew, Jochen Miller, Marcel Woods, Scot Project, Dennis Sheperd, TyDi, Cosmic Gate, Kyau & Albert, Riley & Durrant, Jon O' Bir, Ernesto vs Bastian, Judge Jules, Alex M.O.R.P.H, Claudia Cazacu, Vicky Divine, JOOP, Tom Colontonio, Bart Claessen and many more.
I am so proud of her. Since her humble beginnings, she has grown into an amazing brand. Ascension® is an idea. A calling. A gathering. She is a community of like-minded souls who share the love of euphoric music, dancing together, united in our purpose to strive towards a better world.
Ascension® represents the universal love of dance music. The journey never ends, it evolves and the family grows. Ascension® is forever. We are the Ascensionites.