When Kompakt was launched off the back of the minimal thump of Wolfgang Voigt in the late nineties who could have imagined that the Cologne imprint would land itself an Ibiza residency?
Kompakt and Michael Mayer have been the darlings of UK clubland in 2006 partly thanks to success of their monthly Monday night Stink parties at the T-Bar in London. The idea for Stink was cooked up by Mayer and Damian Lazarus (Crosstown Rebels) after the pair let themselves go at impromptu Ibiza afterparty in 2005. In honour of the spirit of the original, DJs at the T-Bar vowed to solemnly forego shaving and washing over the weekend in preparation for Monday nights, thus the 'Stink' moniker. Now the party is returning to its spiritual homeland in hot and humid Ibiza, this time as a residency at DC10. But can their filthiness go the distance week after week?
While Mayer is no stranger to the shores of Ibiza, the idea of Kompakt having a residency alongside Def Mix, Yoshitoshi and Subliminal will surprise many longtime label watchers. In the past Kompakt have paid little heed to the more populist meccas of global clubbing such as Ibiza or Miami’s WMC.
So as Kompakt inches further towards the mainstream, what's a Wolfgang to think? Well, it’s not as if the man is unacquainted with dance superstardom. Mayer told RA that when Voigt met Tiesto backstage last year at a German music awards ceremony, Tiesto gushed. The Dutch trance maestro has all of Kompakt’s records and is a lovely chap, apparently.
The nine-week season of Stink parties in Ibiza will run every Friday night from July 14 to September 8. Residents Lazarus and Mayer will be joined by guests including DJ Koze, Reinhard Voigt, Dinky, Chloe, Pier Bucci, Rob Mello, Jennifer Cardini, Kiki & Silversurfer, Jamie Jones, Scarlet Etienne, Superpitcher, Matias Aguayo, Tobias Thomas, Roman Flugel, James Holden, Matt Tolfrey, Gabriel Ananda, Dominik Eulberg, Tobias Becker, 3 Channels, Ivan Smagghe and Matthew Styles.
Before the Stink residency begins, Lazarus and Mayer will also play together at Circoloco at DC10 on June 19. A limited edition Stink CD mixed and compiled by the dirty duo will also be given away to partygoers. Check RA's Ibiza 2006 Event Listings or the forthcoming Stink website for further announcements about the weekly line-ups.
Don’t expect to see Wolfgang Voigt on the island though. Rumour has it he has never set foot out of Germany.