Thu, 22 Aug 2013  /  5 Comments
Barcelona club Row 14 will close in October.5 Comments
Owners plan to bid farewell to the venue with seven final parties—or "performances," as they are calling them. The first of these will take place on Sunday, September 1st, and the final event is billed for Sunday, October 6th. The venue's Elrow night had become one of Barcelona's biggest house and techno parties, hosting the likes of Marcel Dettmann, Laurent Garnier and Chris Liebing in recent times. The club night has taken its brand to Madrid, where it hosts a monthly night, Ibiza and festivals across Europe.
A press release sent by the club doesn't offer a specific reason for the closure, instead simply stating that "we need to say goodbye." Though full lineup details for the final parties are mostly TBA, Marco Carola and Eats Everything have been confirmed for September 8th. The club has prepared a brief farewell video which you can watch below:
Thu, 22 Aug 2013  /  1 Comment
Reverse has announced a new season of events, kicking off on August 30th.
The Madrid party, which is housed in the city's Sala La Riviera venue, returns after a summer-long hiatus. The programme launches with Circoloco staples Tania Vulcano and Matthias Tanzmann on Friday, August 30th, before Ben Klock, Technasia and Marcel Fengler come to town on September 6th. Umek will spin a week later on the 13th, with Laurent Garnier and Maceo Plex following on the 27th and Maceo PlexDubfire on October 4th.
For an idea of what to expect from the party, check out the promotional video below:
You can buy tickets to select Reverse events here on RA.
Aug 30 Opening de Reverse - Tania Vulcano + Mathias Tannzman..1 Comment
Sep 06 Ben Klock + Technasia + Marcel Fengler + Vonmayhem en..
Sep 13 Umek + Cristian Varela + Alexander Kowalsky en Reverse
Sep 20 Reverse presenta Technofighterz con Pet Duo + DJ Lukas
Sep 27 Laurent Garnier + Maceo Plex + Odd Parents
Oct 04 Reverse presenta SCI + TEC con Dubfire + Carlo Lio + S..
Fri, 16 Aug 2013  /
We focus on Ibiza's local community this week to gauge their opinion on the electronic scene and the impact it has on the island they call home. We also round up several key parties from across the week, including a special appearance at Sankeys.
There are just over 130,000 people native to Ibiza, residents that live and work on the island all year round. Every summer, between May and October, their home is visited by in excess of two million tourists, the majority of them seeking wild, hedonistic experiences. We sat down with three locals to better understand the impact of the influx.
Juan Tur Guasch, business owner (Delta Discos)
Tell us about the history of the record shop.
The shop was opened on the Day of the Innocents [the Spanish equivalent to April Fools day] in 1967, more than 45 years ago. It was originally in the port, until we moved to where we are now on Av. España 24 years ago. We were totally dedicated to music of all sorts: pop, soul, rock and of course all the electronic stuff when that first hit the island. I had 25 turntables and the place would be teeming with people buying records. There would be queues all day long. In summer, 99% of what we'd sell would be electronic, and in the winter it would be the opposite. Without all the summer trade from visiting DJs and alike, we'd never have been able to keep the shop running in winter. One paid for the other.
Though the shop still stands, it doesn't actually sell music anymore. Why not?
In 2010 I had to get rid of all the music because of piracy and mp3s and the big shift towards digital media. For a long time, no one played vinyl and that really hit us hard. Everyone pursued what was easiest and most comfortable. I had enough and started selling clothes, souvenirs, trainers.
How do you view the relationship between the local Ibicenco community and the dance music scene?
The thing is, while everyone comes to Ibiza in summer to party and have a great time, that's our time to work. This is when we make our money for the winter. That's when we take our holidays and relax. I don't think there's much of a relationship at all to be honest. I'd say that 99% of people in the clubs and bars these days are foreigners.
What do you make of Ibiza's electronic scene today compared to, say, ten years ago?
It's changed a crazy amount. Before you'd go out to see the resident DJ, or to admire the beauty of the club and spend time with friends. Today you go out to party. The hike in prices has had a huge impact. The price of entry and drinks these days is mad compared to what it was. And what they pay the DJs! It's very over the top.
I heard you were going to start selling records again?
That's right, I am. People keep asking me to, so I think it's about time I got back into it. Plus, vinyl is coming back into fashion. I know a lot of these techno DJs are playing only vinyl these days—all the Cocoon and Circoloco guys—and the Italians in particular love it. A good DJ plays vinyl. It won't just be dance music, though, I'll stock all sorts like we used to. This year I haven't found the time but next year the operation will be up and running. 100%. I've got the Technics stored away, ready to go!
Valentin Huedo, DJ
You've always had very close links with Ibiza Sonica radio. Would you say that was a platform designed to support and nurture local talent?
Yes definitely. Originally, the vast majority of fixed shows on the station were manned by local DJs, from Ibiza and Formentera. In summer that would always change a bit, as all the promoters wanted to use the airwaves to push their parties. These days there are probably less local shows than before, but I'd still say that a strong 75% of the schedule is Ibicenco. That's the great thing about Ibiza Sonica, it conveys the real sound of Ibiza. In my opinion, much more so than any of the others.
Is there a strong community of Ibicenco DJs?
Yes, but we don't all know each other or necessarily interact. And of course, when summer arrives we're very much in the minority. There are some very talented DJs from the island, but the problem is that the focus has shifted away from the resident DJ and onto the superstar. The role of the resident DJ, as it was, has all but disappeared. Before, the resident DJ would play all night and people would go to the clubs to dance to them. This is the culture that the likes of Alfredo and DJ Pippi created. But today they're an insignificant part of the team, if they're even present at all.
I would imagine Ibiza is one of the best places for a young DJ to grow up in. Would you agree?
Definitely. Aged 12 I was watching videos of DJ Pippi and Cesar De Melero and I grew up totally surrounded by musicians, producers, DJs and music-lovers. As a result I started DJing at 15, making it my profession by the time I was 20. Everyone I'd speak to growing up would talk to me about this DJ or that song, it's a huge part of the Ibicenco identity. It has to be one of the best, if not the best place to grow up if you're a fan of music of any kind.
Do you feel enough is done to integrate the island's electronic scene and local DJs and musicians?
That's a tough one. Say there are 30 to 35 top local DJs—I'd say only five or ten of those are truly integrated into the wider international scene that arrives at our shores every year. It would be great if us locals had more of a presence, but then again, we're also up against the best DJs from all over the world. Just because we're from Ibiza it doesn't make us any more talented. As residents, we are an integrated part of the scene. We provide the soundtrack to the smaller spots—the bars, beach clubs, hotels—where we spend many hours playing. Of course, I would love us to be more integrated and have more of a voice. We'd do a good job.
Leaving parties aside, what about conferences like the IMS. Do you feel they could be doing more to reach out to the locals?
That's interesting you mention the IMS. I actually played there, at Dalt-Villa, in its first year. At that time, there was an agreement with the local council that they include a local DJ on the lineup and I happened to be the one selected. In following years, that condition was sadly scrapped. I thought that was a bit of a shame. Though I do understand; after all, it's the global superstars that draw the crowds.
But what about the conference itself? There's a real opportunity there to get the two worlds interacting.
I fully agree. I think people would be really interested in what we had to say, to hear our opinions, as locals, on the scene and how it could be altered or improved. It's an island-wide issue, however, it's unfair to home in solely on the IMS. No one puts in the effort to merge the two spheres. It's also up to us, as citizens of the island, to ask for it. We can't just sit back and expect it to be offered to us. That's part of the problem.
What changes would you like to see made?
Personally, I'd like to see the clubs and promoters place a little more faith in us locals. I'd like there to be more openings for local acts to express themselves on a bigger platform. Ibiza is too saturated at the moment, every day you have five or six great parties, with top-notch DJs playing, and only two or three of them will be full. But yeah, I'd like to see more of an open-minded attitude towards local DJs. You have the likes of Willie Graff, Tucillo—these guys are from Ibiza and play at Circoloco regularly. It would be great to see more of the same. And a shift in attitude towards the resident DJ. I feel like these days it's considered an almost lowly position, which is something I don't understand.
Marcelo De Souza, bouncer
What are the positive impacts of tourism on the island and its citizens?
The money. Spain is currently embroiled in a huge economic crisis and Ibiza is keeping it afloat. The amount of foreign spending that arrives on the island in summer is huge. From Russia, Europe, the US, Australia... Everyone comes here and spends millions of pounds. Us locals can make more money in a week here than most people make in a month.
Culturally, Ibiza becomes this incredibly rich and vibrant place. You have people of all ages, all races and all nationalities coming here and co-existing for months at a time. The clubbing scene is just one part of it. Ibiza is for everyone, from teenagers through to the elderly. And people are coming here specifically to enjoy themselves and let themselves go. There aren't many places in the world that you can say that about.
And the negatives?
I'm not sure there are that many to be honest. The beaches become very dirty and overpopulated. The roads are dangerous, as all the different nationalities drive a certain way and people are often a little drunk or tired. Other than that it does the island nothing but good.
Do you think the people that come here respect the island as it should be?
No I wouldn't say so actually. People come here and act in ways that they can't get away with in their own country. Ibiza is much more relaxed than a lot of Europe. People come here and treat is as a neutral space, forgetting that people actually reside here all year round. The English are especially disrespectful in my experience—running around semi-naked, smashing glass, throwing bottles. Causing chaos, basically. That's why security has stepped up recently in nightclubs and on the roads. Mind you, though there are more controls than before, they're very lenient. You're breathalysed, and so long as you're not drunk, you're free to go. It's much more strict everywhere else.
The interesting thing with Ibiza is that because of its long history, and because hordes of Europeans have been coming here so religiously for so long, you now have these independent communities of holidaymakers taking root on the island during the summer. The English, the Italians, the French—they all have their own versions of Ibiza, none of which have anything to do with the real Ibiza, as experienced by the locals. It's a foreign idea of the island, and that can conflict with our perspectives as residents. In winter, you should see it; it's a completely different place.
Do you prefer summer or winter?
The summer definitely. I like working and having the island full and working, it has a great buzz about it. Sure, we have to work hard—I often work a shift at Pacha or DC-10 and then have to go onto an afterparty and get up and do the same thing again. We grind for these months to be able to take it a little easier in winter. Winter is for taking a little holiday, for walking the dogs or going to the gym. In summer, you meet so many different people and experience such a variety of things. The island is small, everyone knows who you are. I like that.
This week on the island
Different, however, does not often go down well in Ibiza. Entering the Basement to the sounds of Sam Supplier, there can't have been more than seven or eight people on the dance floor. T.Williams tore through cut after cut of peak-time floorfillers, attempting to draw in the numbers using the likes of Harry Choo Choo Romero's remix of Hardrive's "Deep Inside." The dance floor swelled slightly for Pearson Sound's bouncy, vocal set, but never to a size deserving of the Hessle Audio boss. Up against Circoloco and Cocoon, and sandwiched between VIVa Warriors and Diynamic Neon, Hypercolour's island debut was always destined to be tough. For Rinse, the pop-stylings of Katy B and P-Money might do it over in San Antonio, but they'll need to be patient if they want the more cutting-edge side of their operation to work elsewhere in Ibiza.
Arriving just as tINI was finding her groove, the Desolat DJ was busy laying down her brand of super-deep, dubby house to a responsive mass of people. With the dial on so many of the island's headline performances set firmly to full-throttle, her considered, hypnotic pace makes for a welcome change. That said, certain tracks in the first hour of her set did feel a little sedate. As she rolled over into the final stretch, tINI took things it up a notch, quickening her mixing and opting for records with a touch more thump and drive. Maybe it's the free entry, or the fact that it's constantly pushing new talent, but tINI & the gang feels like the kind of party that Ibiza could do with a few more of.
On warm-up duty, Samuel Bellis threw down funky tech house to an already heaving and hot Basement. Coming on at the respectable time of 2 AM, Dice started off typically rolling before edging up the intensity through a combination of meaty basslines and thumping techno kicks. The likes of Len Faki's DJ edit of DJ Hyperactive's "Wide Open" and Geeman's "Bang't" lent his performance an old-school, incisive edge, well suited to the club's gritty aesthetic. It felt, at times, like the Dice of old, before his status and success aligned him with Ushuaia. Having played at Amnesia, Space, DC-10 and now Sankeys so far this season, could the Desolat boss be scouting for a new home in 2014?
Solomun +1 - Faris Villena
Carl Cox: The Party Unites - Nel G Photography
All others - Tasya Menaker
Tue, 13 Aug 2013  /  1 Comment
Ibiza venue Booom! will close on November 30th.1 Comment
The club has been plagued by issues from the get-go. A six-week opening delay and persistent programming problems have kept attendances low, with only Defected In The House and Luciano's Vagabundos party drawing significant crowds. The Ibiza town spot also had to change its name from Bomba to Booom! after a legal dispute.
Reports filtered through this week that the club's owners, Vantage Investments, will not allow Giuseppe Cipriani, who owns the rights to the Booom! name, to renew the current lease. As a result, Booom! will close on Saturday, November 30th. A statement on the Bomba website, which is operated by Vantage Investments, reveals that the venue's owners are "already in discussions with several of the major club operators on the island to develop a new concept in the venue."
Fri, 09 Aug 2013  /
Rinse FM will be transmitting live from Ibiza across this weekend, covering events at Ushuaïa, Space and Sankeys.
The London station landed on the White Isle on Thursday, August 8th, and will remain until Tuesday 13th. In that time they will host daily breakfast and drive shows from their base at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, as well as live streams from Rinse x W.A.R at Ibiza Rocks, ANTS at Ushuaia and We Love...'s 24th birthday at Space, among others. Skream brings his Skreamizm venture to DC-10 on Saturday 10th, before Rinse team up with Hypercolour at Sankeys on Monday 12th for a party with Pearson Sound, Space Dimension Controller, T.Williams and Horse Meat Disco. The latter will be broadcast live in its entirety on Rinse.
Tickets to Rinse x Hypercolour are available here on RA.
Aug 09 W.A.R! x Rinse FM with Katy B / P Money / Zinc, Ibiza..
Aug 10 Ants, Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel
Aug 10 Skreamizm, DC-10
Aug 11 We Love - Space 24th Birthday, Space
Aug 12 Rinse x Hypercolour with Pearson Sound, T Williams, Sp..
Fri, 09 Aug 2013  /  1 Comment
As we head into the second half of the season, RA takes the opportunity to round up Ibiza's best free parties. We also speak to Marcos Moran about running the guestlist at Amnesia and review several key events of the past seven days.1 Comment
"Free" is not a word you'd readily associate with Ibiza. Inflated drinks and tickets prices mean the White Isle is an expensive place to party—a far cry from the liberal, free-for-all that defined the island's earliest clubs and parties in the '70s. Small pockets of affordability do have their place here, though, with a handful of venues dedicated to cheaper alternatives.
This year's main proponent of affordability is the Ushuaia Tower, which is new to the island this summer. Despite standing as an opulent, multi-storeyed hotel, its various events are all free and relatively high profile. At the top of the pile is Sasha's Never Say Never on Sundays, which has so far seen Matthew Dear, Nick Curly and DJ Sneak all perform. Fridays means Anané & Louie Vega's Sunset Ritual, a party that explores house music at its most soulful. Wednesdays, meanwhile, are all about tech house with Jean-Claudes Ades's Be Crazy. Also, up until September 5th, Reboot will throw a weekly Thursday party called Rock 'N Beats. It all starts pretty early in the day, with doors closing around 2 - 3 AM. Catch any of them on the right week and you'll find yourself dancing atop one of the most breathtaking rooftops on the island.
Located in the neighbourhood of Jesus, Destino, the new project from the influential Pacha group, has hit the ground running in 2013. Keen to quickly establish themselves, they've used their parent-club's significant financial weight to attract Solomun, Art Department and, most recently, Nicolas Jaar. The venue will hold three more events this summer, making it well worth a visit, if only to take a stroll through its scenic, palm-tree-laden grounds. Back in Playa d'en Bossa, Sands and Sirocco Beach offer the most club-centric beachside fun. The former deals more in pop-up style events, with Adam Beyer's Drumcode Records next in line for a tech-strong label showcase on August 29th. Sirocco prides itself on its residencies, and most famous of all is tINI & the gang, taking place weekly on Wednesday evenings. With a slew of underground acts and cheap(er) drinks, you'll be hard pressed to find better bang for your buck in Ibiza.
After licensing laws forced Plan Be to close down prematurely last year, the 2000-capacity space returns in 2013, fully equipped to deal with any hassle from the authorities. Though only a handful of parties in, the vibe and sound inside is said to be electric, with the likes of Apollonia affiliate Hector Moralez, Just Be (Bushwacka!) and Julian Perez having all put in a shift. At the moment, the club is only open on Friday nights between 6 PM and midnight. Cafe Mambo, on the other hand, is open seven nights a week. Although strictly a bar, this celebrated San Antonio spot regularly hosts many of the world's biggest DJs, due to its status as the official Pacha pre-party. John Digweed, Guy Gerber and Solomun have all played there this season.
Behind the scenes: Marcos Moran
For many of us, manning the guestlist at an Ibiza superclub might just be our idea of hell. But Marcos Moran, doorman at Amnesia, loves his job. He's one of the more recognisable faces on the island circuit, so we caught up with Marcos to discuss what it takes to ensure everything runs smoothly on the night.
How far back does your relationship with Ibiza go?
It all started in the '90s, around '96 or '97 when I came here on holiday for the first time. I fell in love with the island and eventually decided to move from my home in Madrid. I've been living here for the past seven years.
How did you first get involved with running the guestlist at Amnesia?
Purely by chance. A friend of mine simply offered me the job, knowing that I'd been working in the nightclub industry since 1988 and was one of the most experienced people on the island. When I first came here, I didn't expect to be working as a doorman for so long, but the truth is I love working for Amnesia. They treat you well and there's a real family vibe.
I'm sure it's a more complicated job than people think. What exactly does it entail?
My official position is that of doorman for the club. Mostly it involves manning the various guestlists. We receive our guests, work out whether they've been invited by friends or DJs or the promoters or whether they've bought a ticket online and let them in (or not) accordingly.
And what exactly do you enjoy about the job?
It's not so much that I like or don't like it, it's just work after all. That said, I enjoy working nights. You might not think it but people are friendlier, they treat you better. It's a more vibrant environment than just having a routine office job. I have a good time on the door and wouldn't change it if I could.
People must offer you bribes all the time. Is it only ever money or do people get creative?
It's mostly money to be honest. But this is why we're here, to ensure that these people don't get into the club. If they want to pay, they can buy a ticket. This is work and we can't be accepting bribes, it would get really out of hand if we did. At the end of the day, this isn't a social club run by the council, it's a private business and it has to be respected as one. Money needs to be made.
You must hear some of the worst blags in the world. Can you remember any particularly good ones?
You wouldn't believe some of the things I hear. The amount of times people tell me, "I'm on my friend's friend's guestlist," or "I know the owner personally," when it's quite clear that these people hardly know anyone on the island and that it's probably their first time here. There are a lot of blaggers. But that's why we're here, to tolerate whatever they have to say and move them on. It's important that you're able to laugh at the situations. Otherwise...
What are the necessary qualities for running the guestlist to a high standard?
Patience. Lots and lots of patience. And respect. We're here to help and serve the public and it's important we treat them fairly. People sometimes arrive a little drunk and you have to be understanding of the situation. The people that visit the club are the ones putting food on our table every month so there's no point alienating them or treating them badly, they'll just go elsewhere. That said, this isn't a policy that's adhered to everywhere on the island. Some places in Ibiza really should reconsider how they're treating their customers.
This week on the island
Changing over in a flurry of semi-awkward embraces, Villalobos moved from Väth's trancey last track into a slice of flamboyant euro pop, playing up to his own campness. From there things transformed into one of those mystical, much-lauded sets from the Chilean, with driving, tribal rhythms forming the basis of his sound. Lil Louis's "French Kiss" appeared briefly, as did DBX's "Losing Control," as Villalobos slowly and seamlessly intensified the atmosphere with increasingly twisted selections. As sunlight streamed in, and bedtime approached, he saw it as an opportunity not to wind things down, but to further crank up the dark eccentricity. After a sloppy set at the opening party in June, it was a treat to see him in such incredible form.
Moudaber made a smart move by allowing the techier DJs to begin proceedings, and then moving the sound housier as the party swelled. Indeed, even the label boss kept things more summery than usual, dropping Daniel Dubb's Erykah Badu-inspired "On & On" to a chorus of cheers. Anja Schneider was next up, segueing neatly into more nocturnal, synthy fare, while maintaining an upbeat edge. NYC house hero (and quasi-mentor to Moudaber) Danny Tenaglia closed, using Traktor and various controllers to purvey his brand of groovy tribal house. While the party could've coped with another hundred people, the vibe was smiley and carefree, with people clearly happy to be enjoying such esteemed DJs without having to invest the time, effort and money of a routine night out.
Russ Yallop and Richy Ahmed span heavyset house, back-to-back, as a warm up for Hawtin. At 2 AM the Minus boss took to the booth faced with what must have seemed a rare challenge. Indeed, it took a while for the crowd to warm to his dry, thumping fare, with sections of the crowd clearly confused as to what they were hearing. Come the business end of his set, however, the packed Terrace appeared in-sync with his every move, with Hawtin really showing his class. A closing medley of house-tinged techno, complete with Chuck Robert's timeless "My House" vocals, left myself, and hundreds of others, with a fresh perception of what Paradise and Jamie Jones could offer.
Destino - Marcel Hohenstein
Cocoon - Phrank.net
Solomun +1 - Faris Villena
All others - Tasya Menaker
Fri, 02 Aug 2013  /  4 Comments
RA takes the opportunity this week to round up what's hot and what's not on the island in 2013. We also sit down with Skream ahead of his takeover of DC-10, and review a selection of the best parties from the past seven days.4 Comments
Movers & shakers
I think it's fair to say that the first half of the 2013 season has been eventful. After last year's island-wide reshuffle, this summer brought yet more changes, twisting the make-up of the clubbing landscape into new and unexpected forms. While many of the newcomers have made a sizeable first impression, none have come close to equalling the popularity and respect commanded by Marco Carola and Music On. Since returning after an impressive debut in 2012, the in-form Neapolitan has fine-tuned his relationship with the Amnesia Terrace to near perfection, harnessing a raw energy that is unrivalled anywhere on the island. His weekly headline performances are, quite literally, the talk of the town.
Clubs-wise, the past two and half months have been a turbulent time. No mid-season review would be complete without a mention of new superclub Booom! In what was a farcical birthing period, the club changed name, opening date, website and booking programme. Now officially open, the likes of Luciano, Defected and Yousef are left with the tricky task of improving the club's tarnished reputation. (On the bright side, things can only get better.) Suffering similar misfortunes is Privilege's Vista Club, who have recently had Next Wave and Get Physical drop off the weekly roster due to low numbers and venue issues respectively. Bar Saturday's Elrow party, which remains the island's most fun event, things look a little bleak for the picturesque venue.
After a strong 2012, Sankeys are back bigger, and for the most part better, than before. ViVA Warriors and Solomun's Diynamic Neon party remain the lynchpins, attracting large, clued-up crowds week-in, week-out. Fuse has proven to be this year's surprise package, as their stringent, resident-focused booking policy further highlights just how loyal their fanbase is. Numbers for Ibiza debutants Hypercolour, Dirtybird and Flying Circus have been a touch slower, but with their persistent dedication to top-quality sounds, this probably won't last too long.
Away from Sankeys, the UK presence on the island has expanded ever wider. London radio station Rinse FM has staged parties at Sankeys and Ibiza Rocks, while Boddika and Joy Orbison recently played Circoloco for the first time. Ben UFO is scheduled for a debut show at the end of August. In what would once have been the unlikeliest of pairings, Skream brings his Skreamizm venture to DC-10 in under two weeks, adding to gigs for Defected, Carnival Cities and Hypercolour.
Appealing to a more international audience, few outfits can claim to hold as widespread and vibrant a presence this year as team Desolat. Despite early predictions of incongruity, Loco Dice's Used + Abused events have worked well at Ushuaia. Pumping and appropriately production-heavy, an endless flow of break-dancers, blue-lipped gyrators and ice-cannons merge with the music to produce an often electrifying energy. A few doors down label mate tINI is pushing ahead with her free beach party at Sirocco, further cementing herself not only as a great DJ, but a seasoned curator. Completing the trio is Guti, who without his own party to occupy him, has taken to playing as many events on the island as possible—from Sasha and Cocoon, to Carl Cox and ViVA Warriors. Those that caught it still say that his three-and-a-half hour warm-up for Carola at Music On was an early contender for set of the season.
Elsewhere, Carl Cox and Richie Hawtin continue to consolidate their grip on Space. Unflagging in his enthusiasm and passion for the game, Coxy has been turning out the kind of performances we all love him for. By inviting the likes of Andy Stott, Recondite and Demdike Stare to man the ENTER.Mind room, Hawtin has opened up the island to a previously lacking breed of artist. After their split from ENTER., Saturday night party Kehakuma has been doing the same, unafraid to book the most uncompromising of house and techno talents. Some of their turnouts suggest Ibiza isn't ready for the deeper shades just yet, but with a flurry of interesting bookings on the horizon, perhaps we'll finally see a shift.
And finally, the music. By far the most widely played record has been Ten Walls' "Gotham," with Sven Väth, Mano Le Tough and Tale of Us all indulging. Jimmy Edgar's "Strike" has shown its malleability, used both by Maceo Plex to keep the energy at a peak and by Dixon to move his dreamy fare up a notch. Cajmere's "Satisfy", Paul Woolford's "Untitled" and Tale of Us's remix of Mano Le Tough's "Primative People" have been the most favoured party-starters. And the mid-season award for the recycled classic goes to Green Velvet's "La La Land."
Skream, once the leading UK dubstep light, is now a full-time house DJ. Rather than starting again from scratch, however, the South Londoner has quickly found himself as one of the more in-demand DJs on the circuit. In the midst of his busiest Ibiza schedule to date, which includes a Skreamizm showcase at DC-10, we caught up with Skream to discuss his musical reinvention.
This summer has you playing all over the island like never before—Defected, Hypercolour, Carnival Cities and of course you're hosting Skreamizm at DC-10. Was it a goal to play as much in Ibiza as possible this season?
The interesting thing is I used to come and play here before and hate it, because I was playing an alien music. I mean, I used to love coming here, that's why I took the gigs, but it was different when I was playing dubstep. Now I'm currently having one of the best summers I've had in five or six years. And yeah I guess it was a goal all the way back from last summer. Since meeting Elliot [Shaw, booker for Circoloco] and Seth [Troxler], who I always have to mention because of how he's looked after me and introduced me to everyone, it's gone insane. The best thing is just coming out here and feeling so comfortable. Just how important that is for me is not something that a lot of people understand from the outside looking in. I was playing the same music from age 13 to 26 and now I've moved in a new direction and I feel great. I'm happy. And the DC-10 thing... Well it still doesn't make sense to me; I can't get my head round it.
It certainly must feel like a milestone moment. I mean, you're taking over one of house and techno's most iconic clubs.
Man, you don't have to tell me. I've been working in record shops since I was 14 years old; I'm a music head. I know music and I know where the best music is played. And DC-10 is one of those places.
How did the whole thing come about?
[Laughs] I'll have to give you the PG version. I'd met Elliot out and about a few times and we bumped into each other backstage at Brixton at the first Hot Creations Paradise night in April. This was the first time the idea was raised and then we also hung out in Miami and in Detroit, where I played for Circoloco. That was a crazy gig, actually. It was a stressful night. I turned up at 11 PM thinking I'd be on in a few hours and Elliot told me I was on at midday. I spent 13 hours in the club. I slept once, nearly had a breakdown. We got there in the end, though.
But back to Skreamizm: it just all happened really organically. In the end, it was a bit touch and go whether it would come to pass but thanks to Elliot's and my own will and perseverance we were given the green light. It's unexpected, but that's always the best way.
Joining you on the lineup you've got Matt Tolfrey, Simon Baker, Hrdvision and Loefah.
I was so happy to get Simon on there and Hrdvision, and all of them actually. Hrdvision is a total genius. He's just done a remix for my next single that I've not actually heard yet. The way it was explained to me says it all though: Mr Oizo on ket.
Did you put Loefah on there as a reference to your past?
No, I put Loefah on there because I think people are going to be fucking surprised when they see how hard he smashes it. He's created his own movement. It sounds cliché but he's a leader. You have to realise that he took himself out of a scene at its peak, at a time when he could of earned the most money of his life. Instead he retracted himself and recreated his identity and is completely pushing a whole new movement. He's a stubborn fuck and it's worked. After the party, I think a lot of people are going to be saying his name, especially when you consider how good the system is at DC-10.
Of course you'll be topping the bill at Skreamizm, but what's interesting is that you regularly top the bill on most lineups, despite being relatively new to the scene. Is that something that you're comfortable with?
Not entirely, no, but I'll do it because it's what's being asked of me. I'm not treating this whole switch as anything other than work; it's just that I love working. I won't accept one hour sets anymore because I want to prove to my fans and to my peers that this isn't all bollocks. That it's not a flash in the pan. So no, I'm not comfortable, but then that's what's driving me. The other week I played a four-hour closing show at Dour Festival in Belgium. I didn't know until the day that I was playing that long, and was totally panicking, but in the end it was one of the best shows I've done all year. Once you're completely comfortable, that's where complacency creeps in.
Your sets still have that strong high-energy, party factor to them, but we all know how deep you can go. Do you think you will eventually push things in that direction?
One of the biggest lessons I've learnt DJing this past year has been how to cater to the room. Before, with dubstep, I was put on bills simply to tear it out, to smash it out for whatever crowd was put in front of me. After a while, that becomes a very easy rhythm to fall into. That's the whole reason why I made this shift because after a while I started to feel... not like a puppet because you are your own maker, but it just became the easy option.
With this new sound, I've found that it's not about simply playing as high-energy as possible but about using records more subtly, about making people feel a certain way via your selections. That said, I am a party guy. I love a good party and everyone knows that about me. Any chance I can get to make people jump about and have fun, I'll take. At the moment, though, I'm working on the dips in and around those moments.
I assume there will be people who still only know you as Skream the dubstep artist.
That's the thing, as an artist you forget sometimes that people don't follow your every move. Take that show in Belgium at Dour: that was my first not playing dubstep, which was part of the reason I was so stressed before. Some people in the audience probably only knew me from playing that same festival four years previous. I like that bit, though.
What have people's reactions been like since the switch?
To be honest I've tried not to take too much notice, especially since that bullshit article misquoted me saying "dubstep is dead." The people close to me know that I never said that. From a personal perspective, however, I can't ask for it to be going any better. Without meaning to boast, some of the parties I've been invited to play at, and the reactions I've had from my sets, have been amazing. Having a crowd react to my music in a similar way to how they react to other, more fully-fledged artists, is great. I mean I can't look at Facebook anymore—the amount of people I've had asking when I'm going to give up this disco and house shit. But I'm having a great time. I'm still so delighted to be able to say Skreamizm at DC-10, because it's not normal. It's not—you and I know that, the general public knows that. But I can fucking say that I'm doing it. It's basically going to be the best party of the year.
This week on the island
Coming on slightly later than billed, Solomun announced his arrival with a complete change of pace, cutting from Angel Linde's frisky closing track to a slice of poppy electronica. From here he stuck closely by the more commercially viable side of his repertoire, keeping the basslines plump and the vocals pervasive. A brief interlude into darker, more driving selections harked back to his formative years, before he returned to the here and now with remixes of Foals and Noir & Haze. Whatever you may think of Solomun, his crowd adore him. Koze astutely followed the main man's lead, starting with upbeat, disco-geared records before beginning a rapid-fire run-through all manner of feel-good house. As Nina Simone edits ran into Charles Webster's touching remix of Justin Martin's "Sad Piano," the Pampa Records man made light work of what on paper must have felt like one of his more challenging gigs.
WOTG presents Nicolas Jaar at DestinoWay back at the start of the season, Guy Gerber hinted that Nicolas Jaar would at some point be making an appearance alongside him at Wisdom Of The Glove. As it turned out, Jaar brought his celebrated live show not to Pacha, but to its newest venue, Destino, on Wednesday. The performance would be Jaar's only show in Ibiza this summer, serving as the third in a six-part series of free Destino events. For all its blatant opulence, the space was hard not to like, oozing all the class of Pacha's flagship club. Palm trees led the way through to an open, well-lit courtyard, where Guy Gerber was spinning catchy, progressive beats from a carbon copy of the Ushuaia stage.
After a slight crossover delay, Jaar took to his position, starting off with a selection of new, R&B-infused material. Despite the slo-mo grooves, he kept the vibe upbeat and summery, forging a powerful interaction between visuals and music. A puppet-master of intensity, Jaar fused disco licks with his trademark, low-slung basslines, maintaining the gaze of the crowd at every move. Towards the latter part of his set, he brought out the hits with a live fusion of "El Bandido" and "Mi Mujer." Despite the nonchalant surroundings, the entire set was captivating, with Jaar expertly conveying his knack for conjuring up feeling and atmosphere.
As he crossed over into his final hour, the Innervisions boss injected some fire into his selections, dropping Cajmere's "Satisfy" as a marker of intent. A saunter through some of the season's biggest records followed, including Jimmy Edgar's drums-heavy "Strike." Never one to shy away from an entrance, Dice blended his way from Dixon's tender last track into something equally emotive, if a touch tougher. Once the first kick drum hit, Dice was off, laying a path of cantering basslines. Keeping the sounds heavy and housey, he seemed to be carrying his form through from the night before, instantly raising buoyancy levels and making the party his own. On reflection, it was the best I've seen Dice play in a while.
ENTER. - Igor Ribnik
Music On - Vision Hype Photo Team
Destino - Marcel Hohenstein
ANTS - Roberto Castaño
All others - Tasya Menaker
Tue, 30 Jul 2013  /  Post a comment
DC-10 has revealed details of its four Saturday showcases this August, all run in-conjunction with Movement Festival.Post a comment
Last year saw Visionquest, Life & Death, Better Lost Than Stupid (AKA Matthias Tanzmann, Martin Buttrich and Davide Squillace) and Apollonia take over the Ibiza venue. In 2013, the latter two will remain: they'll be joined by Movement Torino on August 3rd and Skreamizm on the 10th. Derrick May and Agoria will turn out for the Italian outfit, while Hrdvsion, Loefah, Simon Baker and Matt Tolfrey support recent house convert Skream. Better Lost Than Stupid and Apollonia will take place on August 17th and 24th respectively, with the trio of Dan Ghenacia, Shonky and Dyed Soundorom playing playing back-to-back-to-back for the whole night.
Tickets to all Saturday showcases at DC-10 are available here on RA.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013  /  Post a comment
Razzmatazz has outlined its events programme for August.
The 4000-capacity Barcelona venue holds an eclectic booking policy, with hip-hop, drum & bass and electro nights a regular feature at the club. Hotflush duo Dense & Pika will perform live on August 3rd in the Loft, with 2ManyDJs spinning the following night. Blondes will play live on the 9th, Danny Daze on the 10th, The Black Dog on the 16th and Booka Shade on the 23rd. Ostgut Ton's Marcel Fengler touches down on the 24th, before Tiga and Ejeca round off the month with shows on the 30th and 31st respectively. Over the course of the month, Andy C, Congo Natty and Diplo will also perform.
Tickets to all Razzmatazz events are available here on RA.
Aug 03 Dense & Pika, Faye, GatotvPost a comment
Aug 09 Porter Robinson, Blondes, Babarians, Sidechains
Aug 10 Danny Daze, Mypet, Spencer Product
Aug 16 The Black Dog, Isaac Tichauer, The Smoke Eaters
Aug 23 Dj Yoda, Booka Shade, Sophie
Aug 24 Marcel Fengler, Gigamesh, Mashuparty
Aug 30 Tiga, Two Inch Punch, Làtzaro
Aug 31 Fairmont, Ejeca, Vicknoise
Mon, 29 Jul 2013  /  Post a comment
Madrid clubnight Mondo Disko has revealed its August lineups.Post a comment
The party, which hosted the likes of Scuba, Josh Wink and James Holden in July, recently announced that its Saturday events will be held at Cocó Madrid, with the Thursday parties split between Cocó and the usual Mondo space. August highlights include Fritz Kalkbrenner, who will play live on the 8th, with François K set to spin on Saturday the 10th. Marc Houle will perform live on the 17th and Radio Slave will DJ on the 24th, before and Houle's Items & Things label partner Magda closes out the month on the 31st.
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