Wed, 02 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
The latest club to hit Madrid's electronic landscape, The X, will open on Saturday, October 5th.Post a comment
The new venue is located in the city centre, near Plaza de Callao. Parties will take place weekly on Saturday nights, with a focus on deep house. Kicking off the season this weekend will be Apollonia member Dan Ghenacia, with support coming from Javi Green and Mar.Yo. The remainder of the Autumn season will feature the likes of Matthias Tanzmann and Karotte, with label showcases from Hot Creations and Crosstown Rebels also in the pipeline. Appearances from Los Soruba, Mirko Loko and Uner will make up the rest of the October programme.
Tickets to the opening of The X are available here on RA.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
Mondo has announced its booking schedule for the coming weeks.
The bi-weekly Thursday and Saturday party has long been synonymous with top-quality underground sounds in the Spanish city. Thursday, October 3rd, will see French electro veteran Vitalic perform, before UK duo Dense & Pika play live on the 5th. Kristian Beyer from Âme will DJ on the 12th, before Hobo, Dixon and Diynamic staple H.O.S.H. drop by on the 17th, 19th and 24th respectively. The turntable tag-team of Aksel Schaufler and Rebolledo, AKA Pachanga Boys, will spin on the 26th, with Miss Kittin rounding out the month with a show on Halloween. Doors open each night at 12.30 AM.
Tickets to all Mondo Disko parties are available here on RA.
Oct 03 Vitalic LivePost a comment
Oct 05 Dense & Pika Live
Oct 10 Borderline
Oct 12 ÂME Djset
Oct 17 Hobo
Oct 19 Dixon
Oct 24 H.O.S.H
Oct 26 Pachanga Boys
Oct 31 Miss Kittin
Mon, 30 Sep 2013  /  Post a comment
Circoloco has revealed the full lineup for its 2013 closing party.Post a comment
Following announcements last week for the season finales at Sankeys, Space and Amnesia, the DC-10 institution has revealed that a total of 35 DJs will play across three rooms on Monday, October 7th. Every Circoloco resident has been booked, alongside a few special guests. Opening up the Garden for only the second time this summer, the likes of Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Kerri Chandler, Davide Squillace and Dan Ghenacia will help man the space.
On the Terrace, Marco Carola tops the bill, 24 hours after headlining the Amnesia closing. He will be joined by Cassy, Maceo Plex, Art Department and Tale Of Us. As is custom, the Main Room will tailor to more techno tastes, with Berghain favorites Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann booked, alongside Dixon, Dubfire and Damian Lazarus. The party will run from the earlier time of midday through 5 AM.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013  /  6 Comments
In addition to discussing some of our favourite guest DJs this season, we catch up with Sasha for a reflective chat on what has been an interesting season for the UK artist, as well as presenting our take on events at Amnesia and Space.6 Comments
Ibiza 2013: Top guest DJs
If come the end of every September you were to compile a list of the season's most successful DJs, it would be hard to look past the usual names: Cox, Carola, Hawtin. But here we focus on those armed with nothing but their records, playing without the aid of huge production budgets and Hollywood-style PR teams. These are three of the summer's top guest jocks.
Big personality, bigger beats. No artist has pushed the boundaries of his own abilities as much as Eats Everything this season. Gigs for Pete Tong and Dirtybird may not have come as a surprise, but Carl Cox, ENTER. and Cocoon? And if that wasn't enough, as just reward for all his hard work, Eats has been booked for the daddy of all finales: the Amnesia closing.
"I have had a surreal and ultimately amazing summer over in Ibiza," the DJ, real name Dan Pearce, says. "It's been pretty out of this world, to be honest. I played for and met some of my real heroes in Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Sven Väth, and got the opportunity to play all the clubs I have been going to since I was 17 years old, half my lifetime ago! To have played these nights and to have received the amount of positive feedback that I have is the best feeling in the world. If I had to choose a highlight from the season, I think Cocoon probably just pips it. It's the best set I've played and no one, including myself, expected the Main Room to be so rammed and going off so early. To be honest, I thought I'd be playing on my own for two hours! Being offered to play Amnesia closing is totally crazy. It is probably my favourite club in the world, not to mention my favourite of all the closing parties. I just hope I do myself, and the event, justice."
Dixon oozes class. The Innervisions boss has done the rounds in Ibiza this summer, clocking up gigs for Circoloco, Used + Abused, Cocoon, Paradise and We Love... In the process, he's opened up the public to a different type of house music, away from the pounding tech-inflected fare that dominates the island. Quietly responsible for pioneering several of the season's biggest records (Ten Walls "Gotham," Jimmy Edgar's "Strike" and Agoria's "Scala") Dixon might just be the most in-form DJ on the circuit right now.
"I have to say that Ibiza is officially not my kind of place anymore," Dixon says. "I find it extremely over-priced, too corporate, a little too hot (after all, I am still German) and totally unstylish. But I experienced two situations that already make me look forward to next season:
Just last week I went to a restaurant where for the first time ever I felt a little of that late '80s/early '90s Ibiza flair I've read so much about. After dinner, I learnt that this place had just opened. That gave me hope and confidence for the nightlife in Ibiza, that there might be a chance for some much needed changes next season.
In early August I played, in succession, on Friday in Kazantip, on Saturday at Robert Johnson in Offenbach (a 10 hours back-to-back set with Kristian from Âme), on Sunday afternoon at our Lost In A Moment Open Air in Berlin and, finally, on Sunday night another five hours at the afterparty. You can imagine that afterwards, I was dead. I was totally out of energy, perhaps like never before, and with no need for another minute of boom, boom, boom in a nightclub. However, it was only Sunday, and there was one more gig ahead of me: Circoloco at DC-10 in Ibiza. I had a 2-hour nap and flew over to the island.
When you enter DC-10 as a DJ you come in via the side entrance, passing the backstage area and through a door that leads directly into the DJ booth of the Terrace. My flight was delayed and I arrived only 15 minutes before my set, with no time to adjust to the situation. And yet, when I opened the door to the booth and saw the crowd I was hit with this huge wave of energy within a minute I was fully awake, and ready to roll. It took me less then 10 minutes to get into the groove and really enjoy the set. What is more, I think I played my best set of the whole weekend. It was then I realised: Ibiza can still be a very special place."
Throughout the summer, Eric Estornel has continued to blur the lines between his two monikers: Maetrik and Maceo Plex. While performing exclusively as the latter, Estornel's banging techno sets have been the talk of town, regularly tearing the roof of the Space Terrazza for ENTER. and across both rooms on Mondays at DC-10. An enthusiastic, expert mixer, few have been as consistent as Maceo Plex in 2013—hence why he's the only headline act invited to play both Amnesia opening and closing.
"There was a lot of change on the island this year," he says. "From my perspective ENTER. got bigger and better, as did Music On, Paradise, and Pacha launched two new nights that got me to finally pay a visit and check out the club for the first time ever. Playing every other week at DC-10 was a huge highlight for me, but it was playing the Terrazza at ENTER. which seemed to garner the most attention.
There was one track that really stood out this summer, Tale Of Us' remix of "Primitive People" by Mano Le Tough. It's a perfectly executed remix, with just the right amount of vocal taken from the original. Another one I hammered a lot was a little more obscure, but nevertheless always managed to move things in the right direction: XDB's "Frocks." At Amnesia opening I played a Maetrik-style set, for sure, and am planning to do so again at the Amnesia closing as well. Basically, Ibiza was as sweaty and hectic as always."
Sasha is one of Ibiza's original dance music superstars. He was among the island's biggest draw throughout the '90s and early '00s, but the UK DJ would be the first to admit that's not the case in 2013. Below, he reflects on the state of his career today, this summer's DC-10 debut and just how, and why, his party at Ushuaia Tower turned out completely differently from what he'd expected.
Now that the season is almost over, how do you reflect back on it?
Like any season in Ibiza there are always obstacles and hurdles you face in trying to have a successful summer. I think, on the whole, it's been a success. When I first signed up to do Ushuaia Tower, we thought we were going to be doing pool parties for 3,000 people. Last September in the big Ushuaia venue we were doing more than that—between four and five thousand people—so it wasn't that which worried me. It was more August, where there is such competition from all these huge commercial acts. I thought we'd benefit from being in the smaller venue, and felt confident of a strong season. But then we did a couple of parties downstairs at the Tower and there were problems with the licence so we had to move up to the roof. The roof wasn't really what we signed up for, but we made the best of it. We created a great vibe up there and made it work.
The party has picked up momentum as the summer has gone on, and is arguably currently one of the island's favourites. What do you think has worked so well about it?
No matter what anyone thinks about Ushuaia, the rooftop space on the Tower is a unique location. The views across Ibiza are stunning; the planes are within touching distance. Everyone made an effort in getting dressed up and I think it became a fun, relaxed place to go and enjoy a cocktail and some good music before heading out to Space or Pacha.
It's interesting that it was an accident, because, for me, all the elements of the party seemed to really complement each other: the location, the music, even the fact it was on a Sunday seemed to work. It had that winding-down feel.
Definitely. I was keen to do the Sunday night thing because Sundays have always had a history on the island, what with the Space Terrace and being able to dance in the open-air. That's the one thing Ushuaia undoubtedly has going for it: being able to party outside in the sun. I mean, for years we weren't allowed to. A lot of my friends came to check out the party this summer and they all had a great time up there. It wasn't necessarily the big event that I thought it was going to be, but it was really fun.
What I liked was that it was one of the few parties on the island that didn't feel concerned with totally banging it out. Were you deliberately trying to offer an alternative to the rinse-out affairs that saturate the island?
Everyone that came and played up there was really happy to be given the opportunity to play what they want. They weren't under the pressure of the Discoteca at Space. People came up and played some really interesting sets. And that contributed to the event's overall feel-good factor.
Were there any artists or performances from across the season that particularly stood out for you?
Matthew Dear was fantastic. Cassy absolutely rocked it. I just played back-to-back with Nick [Curly] at the last one, alongside the Dusky guys. I've been playing their music up on the roof all summer so that perfectly fit. Dimitri Nakov did a brilliant job every week of setting the tone. He was very careful to take note of who the DJ was after him and would always play the right set for the right DJ. His commitment stood out.
Have you given any time to what you might potentially do next year—more of the same or will you switch things up?
I've got some really interesting things on the table, but I can't really talk about anything now. Nothing's going to be confirmed for a while. I had an amazing time at DC-10 just recently so I'm hoping I can go back there and play again. It was my first proper set there, if you can believe that.
I think seeing your name on the Circoloco flyer surprised a lot of people. How did it go?
The soundsystem in that Main Room is just ridiculous; it's really, really fantastic. In the booth you can just feel every record coming in under your feet.
How do you feel about your own DJing this year?
I'm really enjoying it. I've probably had the busiest summer I've had since I can remember. I had a stretch in August where I did sixteen gigs in 19 days and 22 flights or something mad. It was mental, but I had such a great time.
Finally, I'm curious as to how you view your career today. You were once the biggest DJ in the world and I think you'd be the first to admit that that's no longer the case. However, I get the sense that that doesn't concern you—that you're happy in this new stage in your career. Would you agree?
Yes, it really doesn't bother me. Maybe there was a time three or four years ago when I was still chasing something, but when I was being booked into main stages of festivals, expected to play commercial dance music, I started to realise I didn't belong there any more. I'm really comfortable where I'm at. I understand where I fit in the food chain. I'd much rather be enjoying what I'm doing, working all the time, than having to go and play a load of records I don't really care about. Music is the most important thing, and with the label, the residencies and the people I'm surrounding myself with, I'm really happy with where I'm at. I could be chasing the Las Vegas dollars, but I've kind of been there and done that. I'm much happier to be playing interesting music with people I really like than stressed out about whether I'm number three or four in the DJ charts.
This week on the island
Hitting the dance floor a little after 4 AM, Carola was already well into his stride. The Neapolitan's thick, roomy grooves took to pushing and pulling the crowd this way and that, sounding fuller and housier than what's pushed by the island's other top-tier jocks (save for Jamie Jones, perhaps). Usually one for dry, stripped-back frameworks, Carola's set was infused with an overwhelming musicality, moving between jazzy licks to dreamier, progressive soundscapes. Tim Green's new single "Just People," as well as Marco Ricci's meditative "Jah People," stood out as highlights. That is, until the timeless stabs of Snap's "I Got The Power" (imbedded within Cabin Fever's "Snapped"), caused the kind of full-frontal furore only possible on the Terrace at Amnesia.
Gerd Janson followed, and while his expert mixing and accessible flavours got the people moving, the room was still a little off reaching optimum capacity. Perhaps in an attempt to tailor his sound to the big room style favoured on the island, the Running Back boss ditched his trademark disco flourishes for sterner sounds, deciding at one point upon Pryda's "RYMD." As I questioned its brilliant, if surprising inclusion, Janson simply replied, in his jovial German accent: "Hey, it's a great trance track!" Minus Axel Boman, who was ill, Studio Barnhus closed out the evening with a well-executed selection of peak-time records, including Joy O's "BRTHDTT." It might not boast the best atmosphere in Ibiza, but no party offers as strong a hit of true underground sounds as Kehakuma.
Keeping things slightly less grandiose than their performance at Cocoon ("Rej", for example, was left out), Âme trod techier terrain, raising the roof with their punchy remix of Tiga's "Plush." As Wiedemann left the stage, having eased in trippier selections in preparation for Dixon's arrival, the Berlin-based DJ took to enveloping the crowd in his usual haze of throbbing, synth-heavy house. Not for the first time this season, Agoria's "Scala" brought unbridled shouts of joy from the crowd.
Music On - Amnesia Photo Team
Kehakuma - Igor Rubnik
Used + Abused - Roberto Castaño
Cadenza Vagabundos - Shane Webber Photography
Cocoon - Phrank.net
Diynamic Neon - Elliot Walsh
All others - Tasya Menaker
Fri, 27 Sep 2013  /  1 Comment
Next Wave Ibiza has announced full details of its closing party for 2013.1 Comment
The minimal techno outfit had its season cut short in July, after poor attendances brought an end to the residency at Privilege's Vista Club. However, keen not to let that define their summer, Next Wave will throw a closing party at Moma Ibiza in Playa d'en Bossa on Wednesday, October 2nd. Ricardo Villalobos has been booked to headline, alongside the Romanian trio of Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu and Raresh, AKA RPR Soundsystem. The party will run from midnight through 8 AM.
Thu, 26 Sep 2013  /  2 Comments
Ushuaïa will throw its closing party for the 2013 Ibiza season on Saturday, October 5th.2 Comments
While the outdoor venue is known for hosting the likes of Avicii and David Guetta, the grand finale will cater to more underground tastes. The lineup consists only of artists that have played at Ushuaïa this season, with Used + Abused chief Loco Dice booked to headline. Supporting him will be ANTS residents Uner and Andrea Oliva, with frequent guests Maya Jane Coles and Reboot also featuring. The event will showcase two back-to-back sets: Joris Voorn vs. Nic Fanciulli and Scuba vs. George FitzGerald. The party will run from 1 PM until late.
Tickets to the Ushuaia closing party are available here on RA.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013  /  Post a comment
Amnesia has announced full details of its closing party for 2013, taking place on October 5th.Post a comment
The Ibiza venue has enjoyed another successful season, with the likes of Cocoon, Together and Marco Carola's Music On venture attracting tens of thousands of revellers to the club weekly. The Italian DJ tops the bill at the closing party on Saturday, October 5th, with support arriving from Eats Everything, Chris Liebing, Matthias Tanzmann, Steve Lawler, Maceo Plex and resident Mar-T. Opening at 11 PM, the party has been known to run well into Sunday.
Tickets to the Amnesia closing are available here on RA.
Tue, 24 Sep 2013  /  Post a comment
Sankeys Ibiza will sign off the 2013 season with a 24-hour party on October 8th.Post a comment
The British-owned nightspot is coming to the end of its busiest summer yet, having operated a full seven-day roster for the first time. Last year, the 24-hour closing was split into two 12-hour stints. This year however, the party will start at 11.59 PM on Tuesday, October 8th and continue through until the same time on Wednesday. Sankeys staples Steve Lawler, Darius Syrossian and Finnebassen will all play, alongside the likes of DJ Sneak, Miguel Campbell, Andrea Oliva, Reboot, Skream and Âme, who will play live. The party will carry a Roman theme, with guests encouraged to attend wearing togas.
Tickets to Sankeys Ibiza closing are available here on RA.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013  /  4 Comments
Space Ibiza has announced first details of its 2013 closing fiesta.4 Comments
For the opening party back in May, the Playa d'en Bossa mainstay was unable to secure the services of either Richie Hawtin or Carl Cox, its two flagship jocks. However, the latter has been confirmed for the closing bash on Sunday, October 6th. As well as its usual five rooms, Space will make use of the car park, erecting a stage and transforming the complex into a mini-festival. The full lineup is yet to be announced, but Nicole Moudaber, Reboot, Uto Karem and Kehakuma residents Javi Bora and Edu Imbernon will all join Cox. The party will run from midday through 6 AM.
Tickets for the Space closing are available here on RA.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013  /  4 Comments
For this week's feature, RA sits down with the creatives behind some of the White Isle's most iconic artwork. We also find out what it's like to be a bartender in Ibiza, as well as offering our opinion on recent parties at Gala Night, Vista Club and DC-10.4 Comments
In a clubbing market as competitive as Ibiza, a party's success can swing on the strength of its visual identity. In fact, you could argue that creating a memorable, recognisable brand is just as important as the DJs you book. We caught up with the creative minds behind several of the island's biggest ventures to better understand the work that goes into making a party aesthetically stand out from the rest.
Sasha presents Never Say Never
“I initially started working with Sasha on a series of record covers for his label, Last Night On Earth. The Never Say Never artwork had to work across various platforms including billboards, records, t-shirts and other merchandise, so it had to be far more adaptable than the labour-intensive drawing I had previously done. I wanted it to have a summery, tropical vibe to it, so I tried to use colours and shapes that evoked those themes.
The final artwork had to work across four record sleeves, so I wanted there to be a progression from day to night to convey the different experiences people have while in Ibiza. The artworks have a little narrative in each one and when they are placed together they make up a day to night panoramic scene on the island. As for the flamingos, I just love them! I can't really make work without some kind of wildlife in. The idea was to convey all the different things Ibiza had to offer, not just the nightlife. They are such great birds to draw and a brilliant colour.” - Susie Wright, visual artist.
Jamie Jones presents Paradise
“I started working with Jamie in January 2013. For Paradise, he didn't want things to be too dark, he wanted there to be light and plenty of colour. He wanted a certain sharpness to the objects and for the designs to have that surreal quality, to look like a alien, futuristic landscape. He's trying to put together an event where people go to have a great time, so you want the images to be bold, exuberant and a bit dreamy. It fits into his whole aesthetic with Hot Natured and the label. But you're also trying to give it a bit of a classic look as well. There are no laser beams, no ships or giant eclipsed moons. It's pretty straightforward. It's just the landscape, the sky and the object.
They're all 3D map paintings. They take a little bit of time to make because they're not photoshop layers, or collage, they're all original. I'm not going through an archive and using images I come across, that's not my style. I do them by hand and then I transform them into 3D. The actual perspective is that of a camera. The process is called 3D mapping and it basically involves photographing the objects as they sit in 3D space. We then take that and make it into a high-res image. I don't think there are that many people doing this with still images, it's more of a video thing.” - Neil Krug, visual artist.
"We came up with the idea to base our campaign around 16 photos of the Music On logo, one for each party. In each photo, the logo would be physically constructed from different recyclable materials, from volcanic stone to wood, brick and iron. The theory behind this was simple: in today's world everyone is an expert with machines or computer programs, but very few can actually paint or play the guitar. We wanted to take it back to basics, to strip it back to the origins of nature and human creativity. If you've ever been to Music On, you'll know the party itself adheres to the same ethos. There's nothing fake.
The logo itself was the result of a long process. Marco and I were just about to confirm a totally different design, when a graphic designer called Lucio Longo, who used to work with Marco and myself almost 20 years ago, came to us with the current logo. We fell in love with it straight away and confirmed it there and then. Regarding the colours, again we chose those most closely associated with nature. Every element of the party feeds back into that same idea." - Luca Piccolo, Marco Carola's manager and promoter at Music On.
"Kehakuma was born from a desire to host a night at Space that stayed true to the roots of electronic music, a party that distanced itself from the world of bright lights and big name DJs. We wanted the music to prevail above all else, to present it in its purest, most raw form. Japanese art and culture is founded upon a scrupulous attention to detail. It's all about minimalism and the ability to find beauty in the simplest things. Japan is the embodiment of the phrase 'less is more,' and that's exactly what we wanted to capture with the Kehakuma designs.
This season the relationship between the music and the artistic concept has been particularly strong. The central theme this year has been metamorphosis. The artwork has been all about the various stages of transformation from chrysalis to butterfly, and our bookings have followed a similar trajectory. At each of our parties we have witnessed a musical metamorphosis, thanks to the collaboration of new and up-and-coming artists with some of the most important DJs in the history of our scene." - Edu Clarà, press manager at Space.
"Our ambition was to create the atmosphere of a private party. We wanted to evoke that sense of freedom and confidence, of a place where no one takes themselves too seriously. Therefore the artwork is a little bit silly and hilarious but also full of humanity and friendliness. For us, playfulness is the key to creativity. The illustrated cartoon characters form the basis of the visual. We call it “the orgy." Of course it's just a harmless orgy where people are licking each other, there's no actual sexual act. It fits perfectly because the core of every party is love. Every single character in the orgy is unique but together they're a big party crowd. There is so much to discover it never gets boring when you look at it. And then there's the tongue: the tongue was always a symbol for madness, rebellion and self-confidence in pop culture.
For us, working by hand has always been our preferred method. Hand-drawn art has more soul and character. We only use computers to complete a few details. Thomas created all illustrations by hand. The orgy took him ten days to complete, and then Michael Seiser, an animator from Hamburg, worked for a few days to animate each individual figure. Nikolaus took care of all the graphic design work for posters, billboards and Facebook alongside Artemio. And of course Mladen Solomun, who has a great artistic intuition, came up with a lot of the ideas. It's teamwork at its best." - Artemio Tensuan, Nikolaus Ronacher and Thomas Schumann, creative team at Solomun +1.
Behind the scenes: Sonia Sequi Atienzar
More so than anywhere else in the world, bartenders form a vital part of the clubbing landscape in Ibiza. We caught up with Sonia Sequi Atienzar, a bartender with more than nine years experience at Space, to discuss the ins and outs of the role, and to work out just what is the best way to go about securing yourself a free drink.
Tell us about your relationship with the island. How long have you been working behind the bar at Space?
I came to Ibiza nine years ago, in 2005. I've always worked on and off in the catering industry, as that's what my family dedicated themselves to. So I came here with a bit of experience, got a job at Space in my first year and here we are! This job has allowed me to pursue other interests and to pay off my university bills. When I finished uni, I wasn't totally sure I wanted to make a career out of what I'd studied so I came to Ibiza. I fell in love with it and have been coming here every summer since.
How many shifts will you work a week?
At Space we work five nights a week, with two nights off. You either start at 9.30 or 11.30 PM, and go through until close, which is somewhere between 6.30 and 7.30 AM. I always work at the same bar (up the stairs by the DJ booth) with one other bartender. I've been working there for five years.
Ibiza is famous for its exaggerated drinks prices. Has it always been like this or is it a more recent phenomenon?
When I arrived in Ibiza the drinks prices struck me as expensive, but affordable. Space has raised its prices significantly since then, as have all the other venues on the island. It is totally excessive in my opinion. Also, the rate of consumption has definitely decreased, to the extent that even though the drinks cost more, the bars are making less money than they were before.
Do you encounter problems as a result of how high the prices are?
Yeah, you always get people who complain, usually the British. I explain to them that when you consider that a single shot in London in a club will cost you £6 or £7, and a double upwards of £10 or £11, then paying €17 for a generous double in Ibiza is not that absurd. People never take that into account though, they just see the price tag and get a shock. Of course, compared to the rest of the Europe you're paying way over the odds.
What's the most lucrative night of the week?
Any of the nights that attract a foreign crowd. When the crowd is full of holidaymakers, they tend to drink much more. Also, DJs the size of Carl Cox bring in huge numbers, in ways that Felix Da Housecat, for example, cannot. However Ibiza Calling, which is another party very popular with foreigners, contains a high volume of drinkers, even if the total footfall isn't as great.
What's most challenging about your job?
Having to deal with people who have had too much too drink. You try and tell them that they can go and receive help and that they'll be looked after and made to sober up but people don't listen. Having to repeatedly tell people the same things gets tiring. Sometimes people refuse to pay, which can get a little conflictive and nerve-wracking if they're being aggressive. You get the odd fake banknote as well. But by far the worst is interacting with the overly inebriated. They're just too involved in their own world to pay any attention.
What do you like the most about what you do?
I love what I learn about people. I believe all bartenders are part-psychologists, simply from observing their customers. You get to see the way people react to certain situations and their attitudes to things. You get to understand humans a bit better. I also enjoy conversing with so many random people and building relationships with regulars. I've got people all around the world that come straight to my bar whenever they're in Ibiza. When there's a great DJ playing that can be fun. On the flip side, when you hate the music, there's nothing worse. That, and the fact that I can do my job anywhere in the world.
How much money, more or less, can your bar at Space take in one night?
It varies a lot. As you know, every night at every club on the island is totally different. You can come to Space on a Tuesday and then again on Thursday and think you're in a different place. Every night attracts a different crowd, some who spend some who don't. During busier parties, the bar might take two or three times what it would on quieter nights.
Finally, I'm thirsty and out of cash. What's the best way to go about getting a free drink?
In Ibiza it's a little complicated. You have to be funny and make me laugh. Never try and chat me up, that never works. A well-timed compliment can also go a very long way. You have to make me smile, essentially. I'm telling you though, it's not easy!
This week on the island
Performing topless to a packed seal pit, the Dutch innovator worked his way through an hour of rugged, acid-tinged house and techno. Flicking between his guitar, a microphone and his laptop, his live set-up lent his tracks a real rough, spontaneous feel, cultivating a palpable energy in the mini-arena. This is where the magic of Zoo lies: in bringing cutting-edge sounds to the attention of a crowd that, for the most part, are simply here to party. If you think about the way the rest of Ibiza works—depending on household names to build their fanbase—it makes for a refreshing change.
close in October, and with the climax of the Ibiza season edging ever nearer, Elrow's third-last party at Vista Club on Saturday was attributed poignant significance. Having only attended their trademark, no-holds-barred Rowshow events this year, it was a little disappointing to find the club lacking the usual standards of decoration. That said, this was still far from your usual club night, attested to by the eight-foot robots parading around the dance floor.
Music-wise, the main attraction was 2ManyDJs. Performing in their signature white suits, they worked the charged crowd with plenty of classic edits, from “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood to Lil' Louis' "French Kiss." The Belgian duo are possibly the only act for whom mid-'00s electro still forms the basis of their sound, and while their remix of MGMT's “Kids” ought to be put to bed, they pull it off. At one point, as if to remind the crowd of their continued relevance, they dropped Matias Aguayo's “El Sucu Tucu." which worked well. And, as with every Elrow, the music was only one part of the fun. As the confetti rained down for the nth time that evening, everyone looked more than happy for the blend of party records and springy techno to keep on rolling.
In what was a nice touch, Cox, (or at least his team), spent a reported €700 on fancy dress, meaning all manner of balloons and streamers adorned the comfortably busy Terrace. Looking fetching in a policeman's hat, Cox stuck to strong, groovy house, placing real emphasis on the force of the basslines. Playing for an extra 90s minutes in Tania Vulcano's absence, a rendition of Washerman's “Basement Chord” nearly took the roof off, only to be bettered moments later by Tom Trago's “Use Me." Spinning for a total of five-and-a-half hours, this was one of the sets of the season. Musically spot-on and as happy and infectious a character as ever, Cox showed the underground elite just why he's billed as the best in the business.
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