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WHO CARES is a new party concept in Ibiza in which the most important thing is to have fun and dance to the rhythm of the best music. Line-ups won’t be unveiled, nor will they use a headliner as an advertisement tool. Instead WHO CARES returns back to the roots of Ibiza’s most genuine party essence.
Nowadays, every time we talk about a party, the typical questions pop into our minds: …”Who’s playing?” …”Who else is going?” …”Have the set times been announced?” …”But… what kind of party is this?” Our answer is the same for all of the above: WHO CARES?
Although line ups are not revealed, here at Electric Mode HQ we have some inside information! We can reveal that House and Techno legends Inner City will be playing at WHO CARES on Tuesday 23rd July – you DO NOT want to miss them!!
Inner City are set to play at WHO CARES on Tuesday 23rd July.
WHO CARES is taking place at Cova Santa on 5 days throughout the season: July 9th (OPENING PARTY review HERE), July 23rd, August 13th, August 20th, September 24th (CLOSING PARTY).
You don’t need to worry about who you’ll be coming with, what you’ll be wearing, the way you dance, because really… WHO CARES? Be yourself without limitations because in the end, you are the essence of the party (“we are the party”). If you’re looking for a cool party, look no more; WHO CARES cares for you!
Are you ready for this experience? See you at Cova Santa on July 23rd from 6pm till late.
With the Ibiza summer well underway we visited DC10 for a truly special Paradise night. 19 June all the routes were leading to one place, bringing dance pilgrims together in the iconic island club, a converted finca off the end of the airport runway. That Wednesday night was nothing short of spectacular, with Jamie Jones and Joesph Capriati both playing all night long, bringing the finest underground electronic music to the hundreds of Ibiza clubbers.
Paradise head honcho Jamie Jones has been steering his iconic night to success for many years, and this season is no different with a roaster of talents being drafted into DC-10 to play.
That Wednesday Jamie was joined by his old friend Joseph Capriati, each playing a tremendous 7-hour set between the two rooms. We were really excited for this chance to experience this in-depth showcase of their artistic skills, usually impossible to be fully presented within a standard club set. Not only we got excited, here is what Jamie said before the night:
‘This Wednesday I will be playing from start to finish on the terrace! I don’t think anyone has ever played all night long at dc10!! My brother @josephcapriati will be doing the same on the inside room. I’m excited as I get to play so many records that I can never fit into the 2 or 3 hours I usually play. This will be a real journey in both rooms. We are so so hyped!’
Joseph Capriati also commented before the fiesta:
‘This is going to be one for the Ibiza history books. Next week at DC10, all night long in the Main Room and Jamie Jones all night long in the Terrace.’
More interestingly, with Jamie and Joseph both being world-renowned DJs, regularly playing for thousands of techno lovers at the biggest events and festivals around the globe, we were curious who’s gonna win the crowd this time!
We arrived early excited to step into the DC10 for the second time this season. The club housed on an old farm in a former aircraft hangar, close to the airport but perfectly secluded, is definitely something every raver relishes. We entered just after midnight, arriving at the spacious garden that was turned into a comfortable lounge. Soft pillows, cool and colourful seats and even some cosy cubic outdoor beds, all decorated with funky lightning, it seemed like a perfect area to chill out and get some fresh air.
We decided to start the night bouncing to Jamie’s tunes on the Terrace. As we entered the room, it became obvious why DC-10 is such a notable venue. The music was loud with pure, crystal clear sounds pumping from the speakers set around the room. It was after 1am and the room was filling up with people whilst Jamie was laying on some smooth bumping house tracks getting the party started.
Over the past seven years, the 38-year-old DJ carved out a coveted Ibiza niche with his signature night. DC-10 was the club where Jamie spent his summers on the dance floor and where he came to meet the family that would later make Paradise a reality. With a plan to offer something different to the island clubbers and inspired by Larry Levan’s legendary Paradise Garage parties in New York, he set out to create a party that was eclectic, creative with an intimate feel. Guiding the Paradise for the 8th season, Jamie knew perfectly how to create this special family atmosphere in the club. He knows the definition of groove, he knows how to get your hands in the air, and how to make you dance. The atmosphere was already in full swing with the dancers on a platform on the side of the room in their signature costumes moving in time to the beat of Jamie’s sound which had the crowd around them watching their every move. Thick lines of red, blue and green lasers were scanning the crowd from every angle.
Our bodies were yearning to move freely so we headed for the Main Room only to realise the two were going neck-to-neck as Joseph’s dancefloor was also packed with clubbers as he was dropping some heavy-hitting rollers. With more than a decade of his career, Italian talent is known for injecting rooms full of groove and bass. He was doing just that, weaving through some minimal tech tracks and keeping everyone moving. Considered as one of the key figures in the minimal techno renaissance of the last few years, Capriati has been a part of Drumcode, Adam Beyer’s distinguished techno imprint, since he was only 21 giving him pretty much the dream ticket to land at the start of your career. He is deservedly one of techno’s most in-demand headliners and continues to better himself as an artist.
Capriati read the crowd like a prophet – conjuring a mood that had everyone floating around like butterflies in the wind. The Paradise regular was going through the motions behind his decks, fist-pumping himself and infusing the energetic vibes from his spinning directly into the crowd in front of him. With Joseph behind the decks, the room was not letting up as he delivered unpredictable drops and groovy underground anthems keeping the dancefloor busy.
The terrace’s magnetic energy had gotten ahold of us, as it does for many clubbers, so we went to back to Jamie’s house once again, interlacing our way through the crowd. The room was heaving, bodies jostled for space with people flooding into the tiniest pocket of space as soon as it appeared. Jamie has been heading the British house music scene for the past years, pioneering his own distinct sound that has paved the way for a warmer, more melodic, side of techno to emerge. From around 4am his signature tracks had all the energy and kinetic power of the peak time. The last few hours of fiesta has turned the hedonistic night upside down and took the party to another level. The legendary artist completely captivated the audience, delivering a mix of funky deep tech tunes with strong bass lines and massive drops, leaving the crowd hungry for more.
At no point our feet stopped moving. We left DC10 around 6am feeling content. Paradise is set to deliver another spectacular season, with the infectious energy, good vibes and groovy beats that this party is known for.Even though the club has seen its share of changes, the one thing is for sure: DC-10 has always kept its promise to bring you the best in talent and real underground music experience.
Did you know that UK Festivals alone produce 23,500 tonnes of waste, with audiences consuming 10 million plastic bottles per year?
These shocking figures were discussed at the recent International Music Summit in Ibiza. With a panel of key music industry leaders, the conversation focussed mainly on how artists can reduce single use plastic within the music industry and festival circuit. Artist and DJ, BLOND:ISH said “We want to remove single-use plastics from the music industry. Think about small actionable stuff that we can actually get people to do. Let’s change our hospitality riders to be plastic free. The whole point is that we make these tiny steps so we can then move onto the next layer.”
BLOND:ISH at the recent International Music Summit, Ibiza
Festival Season is in full swing and the biggest of them all Glastonbury, is set to open its farm gates tomorrow and is going plastic free with no water being sold in plastic water bottles. Emily Eavis, the co-organiser of the festival and youngest daughter of the founder, Michael Eavis said; “Obviously we are all fighting the fight against plastic, which is an enormous task but well overdue and we need to make steps in the right direction, a vast amount of plastic bottles were gotten through and when you see images of the arena completely covered in old plastic bottles it’s quite haunting.”
The aftermath of Glastonbury 2017. Major steps have been taken in the last two years to reduce the use of plastic.
Plastic pollution is a global epidemic and considered one of the three top concerns for ocean health. It really does come down to each and every one of us changing the way we live and to echo what BLOND:ISH said, making tiny steps in our own little worlds to help drive change globally. If Glasto can make the change we can all do something to help, but we must act now.
To find out more about how Glastonbury will be making their 2019 festival as green and plastic free as possible, click the link below:
A long-awaited Paradise night has returned to its Ibiza home DC10 for the bigger than ever 8th season, starting with the spectacular 12 hour opening last Wednesday 12 June. With a massive line-up and a new ‘Colour Odyssey’ decor, Jamie Jones’ signature party has gathered a techno-hungry crowd, transforming the island’s iconic venue into the true haven of music indulgence.
Impatient for this remarkable event, we arrived early to fully seize the night. As we walked down the side of the road, we could already hear the music emanating from the DC10 Garden, inviting all the party lovers for an al fresco dance from 6pm until midnight. With minimal queues, we’ve entered promptly, ready to indulge into the paradisiac music feast. Richy Ahmed, a resident of Paradise for the season, was already heating up the dancefloor, delivering a selection of juicy tech-house tunes to set the tone. Known for being at the forefront of UK house music and having played a major part in the British house music’s recent renaissance. Taking cues from disco, techno, funk, electro and hip hop, he brought his signature vibe to Ibiza’s iconic venue.
DC10 Garden was bursting with colours, decorated with magical lighting, synchronised with the beat to enhance the experience and create a vibrant Paradise atmosphere. The dancefloor was packed to capacity as the legendary Jamie Jones took over the DJ booth for his first set on the White Isle this summer. The crowd went wild and this was just the beginning. Jamie knew how to seize the dancefloor, dropping smashing tunes one after another, after another…
From midnight the party moved inside the club. Both rooms filled up quickly with a crowd eager to keep the energy up. Yet to perform there were some massive names from the underground industry, including Adam Beyer, Andrea Oliva, Illario Alicante, Infinity Ink live and, of course, Jamie Jones, this time playing back-to-back The Martinez Brothers.
Infinity Ink, English and Italian duo, kicked off their main room set appropriately with melodic rhythm and vocals, including some of their well-known tracks in their performance. Beams of multicoloured lights were flashing above our heads and scanning through the dancefloor, adding a futuristic dimension to the club whilst dancers were spicing up the atmosphere with their signature moves.
Highlights of the night were, without doubt, Adam Beyer playing in the main room and Andrea Oliva who performed on the terrace. In both cases, we could hear members of the crowd cheering enthusiastically. The Swedish techno icon provided heavy tunes with solid bass filled drops driven by suspense-filled builds, completely captivating the audience. Next door, the distinctive electronic sound had many dancing to the powerful tunes being played by Andrea Oliva behind the decks. Swiss super talented DJ served us a great selection of good tech-house vibes and fearsome drops, and the crowd’s response to every tune was euphoric.
To finish off the night, Jamie Jones returned to the decks, this time joined by The Martinez Brothers. As Resident Advisor commented: ‘Ibiza doesn’t get much better than Jamie Jones back-to-back with The Martinez Brothers at DC-10.’ The trio wasted no time burning the dancefloor with a series of fearsome tracks and totally hypnotising the crowd. The room was heaving, techno and house tunes were filling the room, with a lot of rhythm and strong bass lines, making for a perfect end to this magical night in Paradise.
Jamie Jones commented: “What a beautiful, wild and energising opening! Was truly amazing! Thank you to all who danced, played music and the team for working so hard! Paradise Season 8 here we go.
Now, it’s time to get ready for next Wednesday, 19 June with Joseph Capriati and Jamie Jones playing all night long, split between the Main Room and the Terrace of DC10. It all kicks off from 11pm.
Joseph Capriati announced: This is going to be one for the Ibiza history books. Next week at DC10, all night long in the Main Room and Jamie Jones all night long in the Terrace.
Paradise is by far one of the best nights in Ibiza, so make sure you plan your island trip around. Head down to DC10 this Wednesday, or every other one until 2nd of October, for a night filled with flavoured techno and paradisiac atmosphere.
Bringing the best in electronic music to the island of Ibiza, Solomun + 1 retuned for his impressive seventh year residency with a huge 12 hour opening party from midnight to midday. His + 1 for the night was German DJ and Producer Koze and together they brought the finest underground electronic music to one of Ibiza’s clubbing institutions – Pacha!
DJ Koze opened the night and the dance floor was pumping with party people from early doors. With a relatively small dance floor, the surrounding areas including the stairs, VIP and bar areas became pretty busy too – it was a case of find your best spot and own it! With the DJ booth positioned in the centre of the club, Koze opened to crowds dancing all around him with a mix of tourists, locals and island workers joining for this opening fiesta. A midday finish meant that the island workers could join much later and enjoy the buzz of a legendary opening party and for the rest of us who arrived when the doors opened, we had the bigger decision of whether to leave at a reasonable hour or keep on dancing to the finish line! You can guess which one we went for…
Dj Koze played an electric opening set, with melodic vibes and powerful drops he got the crowd in the perfect mood for the arrival of the main man. Solomon took to the decks around 3am and then the night had really started! His presence alone is enough to move any dance floor, but his mix of euphoric melodies, emotionally charged vocals and of course his ultra deep drops to heavy bass lines brought the crowds together in a way only a DJ of his calibre can.
The night wasn’t just a collaborative effort with Solomon and Koze, of course. An incredible sound system made sure the beats both DJs were playing were heard loud and clear. Impressive beams and lights synchronised with the music brought a first class visual experience throughout the 12 hour party. Adding to the visual experience of the night were the dancers. Stunning, sultry figures danced throughout the night moving their bodies both to the melodic top lines and the even heavier bass lines. They framed the DJ booth, dancing either side of Solomun and Koze and added that element of dark visual mystery that works so well with the Solomon sound.
It was an intense start to Solomons residency, quite how he tops this week after week is beyond us and is of course why he is the legend that he is. With names like Peggy Gou, Âme, Dixon, Adriatique, Denis Horvat and Tale Of Us set to join as his + 1 over the next 20 weeks – Sundays will no longer be considered a day of rest! If you find yourself on the White Isle this summer, be sure to step foot inside the electro magic world of Pacha on any Sunday up until 13 October.
After an energetic and insightful Master Class in Production and Songwriting at the International Music Summit in Ibiza, we caught up with UK DJ and Producer Jax Jones to talk about his huge success to date and his recent collaboration with Martin Solveig.
Since his first release as featured artist on Duke Dumont’s 2014 smash hit “I Got You” his career has gone through the roof with three top 10 UK releases and three number 1 UK Dance hits including Breath which was 2018’s most Shazam’d dance track.
Electric Mode: Hi Jax, it’s a pleasure to meet you! We can’t start this interview without mentioning some stats and credentials; You are Grammy, Ivor Novello and Brit nominated, you have 2 billion streams with 20 million single sales, you’re within the top 100 most streamed artists in the world and your hit BREATH was 2018’s most Shazam’d dance track in the world! We’re blown away just reading that and you’re the person who’s made it happen! Can you tell us a little about how you started out and how you reached such incredible success?
Jax: I come from a musicians background, I didn’t start out in Dance Music. I learnt classical guitar from a young age and then I was in a band for a little while but Dance music was a way to be an artist and my own man again. I guess the first time you would have heard of me was on “I Got You” with Duke Dumont. Duke and I then went on to write and produce Ocean Drive and various other tracks and then I figured I should try and do this on my own, you know, figure it out for myself and the first record I achieved that with was most notably “You Don’t Know Me” which peaked at number 3 in the Uk charts.
Electric Mode: So would you consider yourself a musician first and foremost before a Producer, DJ and Remixer?
Jax: These days I can’t really put a title on myself. I just do a bit of everything and I try to do what ever I am focusing on in that moment to the best of my ability. I am also always keen to work with people who are better than me to allow me to grow and better myself. To be honest, I know a little bit about a lot and I just combine it all together until I get the finished product I am happy with.
Europa – Jax Jones & Martin Solveig
Electric Mode: So here we are at the 12th IMS, Ibiza. How important are events like this to you and what do you take away from them?
Jax: It’s really cool to bring a community together and I think that’s one thing I have appreciated the most about this conference, bringing the Dance Music professional community together. I was really excited to be able to deliver my Mater Class on Production and Song Writing although I was pretty nervous! It’s kind of cool to share what you know and what you do but at the same time you have to be really secure about it so you’re confident what your sharing is of value. I think I managed that though, everyone seemed to like it! Also, these events bring awareness to key issues within the industry so it can be really powerful to discuss such issues and move towards improving areas of the industry that need addressing.
Electric Mode: Talking about key issues, it’s mental health week and this topic has played a big part here at IMS this year. Tell us how you keep yourself grounded between tour life, studio life and everything else that this industry throws at you – how do you achieve a healthy balance?
Jax: It’s actually something I’ve struggled with. Being a musician, regardless of what genre you’re in takes it’s toll on your mental health because by nature you’re offering part of yourself every time you deliver a new track or project which can be draining. The way I like to deal with it is to take regular breaks, which I can now and actually my secret weapon are my relationships. I have a very strong relationship with my Wife and that has always been a powerful thing for me, you know, to help balance me out because the peaks and troughs of being a creative can be pretty intense. Of course, I also make time to do things for myself like exercise and meditation, It’s important to do things aside from music that you value and to know that music isn’t everything. There is an end to Music and I’m only learning that just now. Everyone has their boxes they tick and mine was a certain level of success and when I reached that point I thought, do you know what, I’m going to take this a little less seriously, I can still be in it but not be so attached to everything.
Electric Mode: As just mentioned at the top of the interview, you are incredibly successful in your own right, can you tell us a bit more about Europa and your collaboration with French DJ & Producer Martin Solveig?
Jax: Yes! So, Europa is so cool for me because I’m back in the clubs and Martin is someone I have looked up to for a long time. We met for the first time here in Ibiza at his Pacha residency and we were hugging at the end of our DJ sets – there was an instant connection with us musically so when we got into the studio it was all very natural and we realised had a very similar way of working. I feel like I am part of a super group with Martin as I really look up to hims for me this opportunity is something I’m really relishing and learning from.
Europa – Jax Jones & Martin Solveig – their latest track All Day & Night featured US sensation Madison Beer.
Electric Mode: Something you mentioned in the Master Class is how much you enjoy collaborations as it helps with your own growth as an artist, learning from others etc…
Jax: It’s something I’ve had to learn to accept because within the industry there’s a certain taboo with working with people – you kind of think that you have to do everything yourself and the minute I accepted that this isn’t the case and that so much can come from a collaboration I just learnt to enjoy the process and the shared result. The thing I love most about collaborating is taking another persons work and adding my spin on it. It’s like a good sample. You pay to get a sample pack and then you manipulate it to make it your own. It’s such a special thing when you get to do that with someone you look up to.
Electric Mode: What does the rest of 2019 look like for you? Do you hit the festival circuit and if so which ones can we find you at?
Jax: I’m everywhere!
Electric Mode: OK, tell us which is your favourite festival to play?
Jax: Well I’m sad I’m not playing Reading or Leeds – those are my favourites! But I am playing Isle of White, both weekends at Tomorrow Land where I’ll make my main stage debut and Europa will also debut at Tomorrow Land and Ultra in Croatia. Oh and SW4 – back to my hood!
Electric Mode: And finally, for anyone with a passion for music who is looking to turn it into their career – what defining piece of advice would you offer them?
Jax: I think it’s different for every person because everyone’s personality is different – what resonates with them etc but for me personally the minute it changed for me is when I believed in my material enough to know what was good about it and was humble enough to know what was weak about it. Once I cracked that I had the confidence and know how to strive to perfect my music and also not to think that I had to do everything by myself. If you can apply this approach to your work – you’ll fly!
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International Music Summit 2019 has marked the start of another exciting Ibiza season. Last week’s official opening parties have attracted an international crowd to celebrate, with those attending IMS getting priority access to the most iconic clubs on the island: Pacha, Amnesia, Heart, Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza and Cova Santa. With heavyweight line-ups and many special events, it made for an incredible week for all who got involved [we were running on fumes by the Saturday]. Don’t panic if you missed it, check out the best bits, lovingly curated for you to cut and paste into your social feeds below. You can read it all before your coffee gets cold.
IMS Grand Finale at Dalt Vila
International Music Summit‘s Grand Finale at Dalt Vila is regarded by many as the official start of the Summer season on the island. The ultimate under-the-stars party took place on Friday 24 May, in the Old Town of Ibiza declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Voted by DJ Awards as the ‘Best Ibiza Music Event’, the event united electronic music industry and its fans for an unforgettable night with a world-class DJ line up including Adam Beyer B2B Ida Beyer, Luciano B2B Pete Tong, Nicole Moudaber B2B Sama’, Charlotte de Witte. What a night! Watch the gallery of photos by Robert Szczechowiak to get the all the feels.
Sven Vath’s legendary Cocoon is planning 20 gigs for the 20th-anniversary in Ibiza [see what they did there?]. Their Summer season has begun with a one-off special event at Ushuaïa as a part of the IMS week. Considered as the first techno rave on the island, an iconic party has joined forces with the exclusive outdoor venue for a one of a kind experience. On Saturday night the club was transformed into a true haven of the underground techno. Papa Sven Väth invited a handful of special guests including longtime friends and 90s rave legends Underworld who delivered a live performance that took the crowd by storm. If you missed it, check out Cocoon’s 2019 Ibiza schedule here.
Having established himself as a true heavyweight in Ibiza over the past two years, South African superstar Black Coffee has returned to take the reins at Hï Ibiza starting strong (no pun intended) on Saturday 25 May. Since the beginning of his residency in 2017 the night has fast become synonymous with cutting edge cool, forward-thinking curation and some of the most stand-out moments Ibiza has seen. The opening party was no different. Straight after Cocoon’s special event in Ushuaïa, we headed to Hï Ibiza to experience it for ourselves. The opening fiesta provided an eclectic mix of top underground performances from Guy Gerber, Da Capo, DJ Angelo, Salome, Lazare Hoche and, of course, Black Coffee himself.
Saturday nights in Amnesia are taken to the next level with a flamboyant, surreal show by sold-out elrow. With over 20 different themes, each event is packed with stilted performers, incredible costumes, props, inflatables and showers of confetti to deliver an ‘out of this world’ experience. Last Saturday elrow’s opening fiesta Growenlandia was pretty much off the chain, gathering thousands of hungry partygoers for a wild night to remember. Words can’t really describe what happened in Amnesia that night. Take a look at the gallery of photos to get a feel for what was it like or simply visit the legendary Amnesia club any Saturday night to experience it for yourself!
Dixon has a new island residency at Pacha Ibiza. Following the opening fiesta on 24 May, Transmoderna will take place every Friday for 20 weeks. Visual artists, interior designers and light and laser engineers are involved in the event production. Inspired by themes like virtual reality, Transmoderna’s team was on a mission to transform Pacha into an ‘immersive system’ and we can confirm that the opening party has served the clubbers with an insane experience. Over the course of the season, the Innervisions boss will be joined by “collaborators, conspirators and competitors” to deliver the three key components of the night: fracture, frisson and funthasma [say whaaat?]. Check. It. Out.
All Day I Dream events began on a Brooklyn rooftop back in 2011 and have since become an international sensation. Around the world, crowds gather to become part of a community spurred on by Lee Burridge and his unique roster of artists, each bringing a signature set of technicolour emotions. Spreading across the world from New York to Los Angeles, from London to Moscow, Berlin to Beirut, the party has landed in Ibiza’s Cova Santa on Thursday 23 May for the Balearic Blue Summer Season Opening. Following an unconventional path and beyond the DJ set concept, All Day I Dream has delivered a truly unique day-into-night experience at the stunning hillside venue. Combining musical acts with a dreamy decor of fairy lights and lanterns creating a paradisiac atmosphere in this most magical Ibiza venue. Watch the gallery to get the vibe or head to Cova Santa on 5 July to try it for yourself.
After a full two days of talks and debates plus roof top drinks and parties, it’s always rather impressive to see so many people ready and waiting in the conference room for the final day of talks and debates at IMS!
Day 3 opened with The Great Annual Ibiza Debate which is always a popular debate at IMS. A panel of nine came together including Juan Arnau Jr (elrow Family; Founder & CEO; Spain) and Nick Yates (Paradise; Promoter; Ibiza). The discussion focussed mainly on how expensive the island has become and how a whole generation have been priced out of experiencing the Ibiza older generations loved and grew up with. Nick Yates commented “The government is sucking the life out of the island. Young clubland kids are getting completely alienated.” and Juan Arnau added “when one clubs puts up their door or drink prices – all others follow suit”.
20 YEARS OF COCOON followed with Cocoon founder Sven Väth and Ralph Moore (Mixmag / Acetate Management; Editor At Large / Director, UK). Highlights from the past 20 years were uncovered by Sven. He told us that Kraftwerk Computerwelt is the album of his life and he has always followed them along with Underworld being his best memory from his rave days in the 90s. On the politics of the club scene he said: “Once we were friends now we are competitors. There was no tension, it was an easy thing to do to throw a party.” And on after parties these days: “Throwing an after party is a pain in the ass. We loved to do our guerilla after parties…Freaks celebrating love peace and music.”.
SHESAID.SO returned to the stage to present a talk titled “Investigating Intersectionality” with the talk focussing on understanding how diversity exists beyond gender, panelist Skin from Skunkananse said; “I used to be asked what inspiration I used to write my music. Was it my blackness, was it my queerness, my gender? How am I supposed to separate myself like that?”.
As the final day of talks came to a close, it was time to make our way to the beautiful Old Town of Ibiza for the closing Dalt Villa IMS Party! Despite wet weather, the turn out was impressive however with names like Luciano, David Morales, Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg and Charlotte De Witte on the bill – we were not surprised that people were happy to dance the night away under stars and with a little rain!
The IMS Dalt Villa party is truly such a special party and holds on to the true essence of Ibiza – the best in electronic music coupled with the stunning backdrop of the beautiful island – it really doesn’t get much better than that! If you haven’t been to this party, put it on your list of parties to go to – you won’t be disappointed!
Check out some official shots from the night;
IMS at Dalt Villa
Pete Tong and Luciano go B2B
Stunning views as night time set
Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Pete Tong and Luciano
The incredible talent that is Charlotte de Witte closing the IMS Dalt Villa Party
The annual conference for Electronic Music industry professionals and artists a-like is of course, the International Music Summit (IMS), Ibiza. A huge melting pot of individuals from all corners of the industry with one thing in common – MUSIC!
Day 1 of IMS opened with introductions from IMS partners including IMS co founder Ben Turner and Andreea Magdalina of SHESAID.SO, a leading female empowerment organisation. Andreea gave the first keynote address which focussed on connecting and empowering marginalised communities in the music industry with a focus on women’s rights. Her address was entitled “The Future of Feminism in Men” – a bold title which supports the SHESAID.SO message that “men are our allies” and that it will take the support of BOTH men and women to bring women to a place within the music industry of equal opportunity, treatment and pay.
Andreea Magdalina – SHESAID.SO
Discussions followed including the IMS Business Report presented by Kevin Watson (IMS Business Report; Author; UK) and The Data Debate (also moderated by Kevin Watson) with panelists including Chris Cooke (CMU Insights; Founder / Managing Director; UK), Duco Smit (tappit; Chief Commercial Officer; Netherlands) and Georgia Meyer (Midia Research; Analyst; UK). Interesting statistics were gathered from the report including;
Female Techno DJs dominated the festival circuit in 2018. Analysis by Festicket shows that Nina Kraviz played twice as many festivals as the leading band, The Killers, with 34 in total. Amelie Lens and Charlotte de Witte also feature in the Top 5. In addition, Nina, Amelie & Charlotte have grown their Instagram, YouTube & Spotify fanbases faster than the Top 5 DJs in the Viberate rankings over the past year
Forbes latest report shows estimated earnings of highest-paid DJs fell significantly in 2018. The Top 10 total of $261m in 2018 was the lowest since 2013
Global recorded music revenues (for all genres) grew by 9.7% in 2018, driven by streaming across all geographies, with Latin and North America showing the greatest growth.
It was discussed how data will become more and more vital as digital technology and measurement tools evolve;
“Cashless is the next step of data capture, you can tie that back into social which is also interesting. We’re focussed on the live data on-site”.
Duco Smith – Tappit
SHESAID.SO returned to the stage to present an interesting debate on “Restoring Community To The Dance Floor”. Moderated by Bill Brewster (Writer/DJ), he opened the debate by saying: “Our scene (Electronic Music) was built on the shoulders of marginalised people in the late 1960s/early 70s in New York and the 1980s in Chicago in places like The Sanctuary and Paradise Garage and these clubs were seen as places for the Black and Brown LGBTQ communities to get away from the everyday problems of the world that were actually occurring on their doorsteps. Now in 2019, I feel we need to re-connect ourselves with same marginalised people on dance floors as the scene that was founded by African American in the 70s/80s is now mostly white and heterosexual and to some extent Dance Music has lost its roots.”. The panel consisted of Kae Burke (House of Yes), Nadine Artois (Pussy Palace), Nissan Logan( Moonshine ), Sophia Kearney (The Weird & The Wonderful) all of whom have created and/or run nights for marginalised communities today plus Seth Troxler who said “Our label, Tuskegee was born for this very reason. Myself and the Martinez Brothers were sat together and realised there aren’t many other star DJs of colour or even just people of colour in Dance Music anymore and we wanted to create a label to promote people of colour to add some diversity musically to Electronic Music in the next realm.”.
Restoring Community To The Dance Floor
Day 2 at IMS focussed mainly on Mental Heath within the industry. DJ Magazine presented a talk titled ‘A Twist In My Sobriety” where it was discussed how hard it is to be sober when a lot of other people in the club aren’t. The panel included Cathal Smyth (Artist; UK), Clare Scivier (Your Green Room; Founder, UK), Ean Golden (DJ Tech Tools; Artist / Founder; USA), Luciano (Artist; Chile) and it was Moderated by Carl Loben (DJ Magazine; Editor; UK). Luciano spoke candidly about his two years of sobriety and said: “It’s part of it. It’s a part of the behaviour to associate going to dance with having a shot or drugs. It has to do with the behaviour. I chose to say that I cannot live this way because I’ll suffer the consequence. I decided to take a twist in order to keep doing what I do well, my talent was music and my passion was music. The gift that was given to me was to give music to all the people around. I had to be more humble and less stupid to make the most of the opportunity given to me.”
Luciano who spoke candidly about is journey to sobriety
As well as Mental Health, the impact of single use plastic within the industry was discussed. Worrying statistics were shared to highlight just how serious the situation of plastic in the industry is, including;
UK festivals produce 23.500 tonnes of waste each year.
Audiences at UK festivals consume 10 million plastic bottles per year.
UK festivals use 5 million litres of fuel and emit almost 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every single year.
Panelist Vivie-Ann Bakos (Artist – Blond:Ish) said “We want to remove single-use plastics from the music industry. Think about small actionable stuff that we can actually get people to do. Let’s change our hospitality riders to be plastic free. The whole point is that we make these tiny steps so we can then move onto the next layer.” and Sandra Benbeniste of Ibiza Preservation Fund; Executive Director; Spain added; “Ibiza plastic free is possible. Just join the movement! Spread the word and lead by example. You can really use your influence to make it happen.”.
“Bye Bye To Plastic” panel – Claire O’Neill (A Greener Festival) Jolyon Klean (Orca Sound Project; Founder; UK) Karin Koopmans (Heartfeldt Foundation; Founder/ Campaign Leader; USA) Sandra Benbeniste (Ibiza Preservation Foundation; Executive Director; Spain) Vivie-Ann Bakos (Artist – BLOND:ISH / Bye Bye Plastic; Canada) Zak Day (Oceanic Global Foundation; Musical Partnerships; UK) Moderated by Mark Lawrence (Black Rock Publishing / AFEM; Director / Consultant; Spain)
Day 2 closed with a long and much needed discussion on Mental Health which opened with Pete Tong and the father of the late Avicii, Klas Bergling who introduced The Tim Bergling Foundation. He said “We are setting up the foundation to focus on preventative work for mental illness and suicide and we are also looking at threatened animals and nature which was Tim’s passion as well as climate which us very connected to this.”. He expressed his frustration with what is deemed acceptable within the industry saying: “It’s not many jobs that you can drink while you work, or you’re allowed to. If you start drinking at your job, your manager is supposed to take care of you quickly’.
The discussion of Mental Health continued with a panel including world renowned music artist and mental health campaigner Professor Green, esteemed DJ and producer Luciano, ground breaking DJ Sasha and many other industry professionals and health practitioners who have all had experience of addiction or mental health problems. It was a somewhat sobering end to Day 2 as we thought about all the talent and artists the industry has lost through addiction and/or depression when ultimately Dance Music is all about freedom of expression and high energy. At the same time, there was a sense of movement in the right direction that such discussions are now openly taking place, encouraging people who are struggling to reach out and ask for help.
Pete Tong and Klas Bergling
Stay tuned for highlights from Day 3 at IMS plus everything you need to know about what went down at the official IMS parties!
The Ibiza 2019 Season is upon us and if you are here on the Island, you can feel the anticipation of what is about to unfold. With a host of parties to choose from, we’ve shortlisted a mix of new parties and returning nights to whet your party appetite.
IMS Dalt Vila – 24th May
This year’s 12th edition of the highly anticipated International Music Summit is approaching quickly, with the IMS Dalt Vila Grand Finale regarded by many as the official start of the summer season on the island. The ultimate under-the-stars party will take place on Friday 24th of May, in the Old Town of Ibiza, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Voted by DJ Awards as the ‘Best Ibiza Music Event’, the event will unite electronic music industry and its fans together for a remarkable night with a world-class DJ line up including Adam Beyer B2B Ida Beyer, Joseph Capriati B2B Pete Tong, Nicole Moudaber B2B Sama’, Charlotte de Witte and more. Not to be missed!
Without a doubt, DC10 is one of the most iconic clubbing experiences in the world. Housed in an old farm in a former aircraft hangar, close to the airport but perfectly secluded, the club is definitely something every raver relishes. Starting from 1999, the venue is home for Circoloco with its iconic Monday session that started a clubbing revolution and made an enduring impact on the shape of modern club culture. Since then, the ubiquitous Crazy Clown face has become a symbol for the underground spirit of dance music culture. On Monday 20th of May DC10 will open its door for the Circoloco Opening Party beginning their 21st season on the island. 24 DJs will play the 15-hour session on that date, including The Black Madonna, Seth Troxler, Midland, Gerd Janson, Ellen Allien and Kerri Chandler. Be sure to expect the party will be as spectacular as previous years openings with an even more impressive line-up.
Officially now the longest running residency at Pacha, after the famous Flower Power night, Solomun +1 kicks off its seventh season on May 26th 2019 for 21 electrifying weeks until 13 October. If ever you had the opportunity to invite each and everyone of the following acts as your personal +1, a lot of us electronic music lovers lives would be made! Acts lined up to join the Diynamic label boss include: Peggy Gou, Denis Sulta, Tijuana T, DJ Seinfeld, Maceo Plex, Mano Le Tough, Tale Of Us, Dixon, Luciano, Chloé, Âme, DJ Koze, Moscoman, DJ Tennis, Adriatique, Joseph Capriati, Elax, Fango, Denis Horvat, & Gerd Janson.
Jamie Jones iconic Paradise night returns to DC10 Ibiza for another season. The 2019 edition promises to be the biggest yet, with 17 weeks of parties unveiled instead of the usual 15. This year’s theme is a ‘Colour Odyssey’ centred around the play of lights and colours. Opening its door every Wednesday from 12th of June until 2nd of October, Paradise is set to be clubbers favourite night on the island once again this Summer.
One of the most recognisable party brands on the White Isle, there are Paradise debut slots for Charlotte De Witte, East End Dubs, Archie Hamilton, Rossko, Nastia and Len Faki, while Chaos in the CBD, Krystal Klear, Anna Wall, Bobby and Big Miz will all play DC-10 for the first time. As always, the season opener will kick off at the earlier time of 6pm, with Jones and The Martinez Brotherspencilled in for an extended back-to-back on the fabled DC-10 terrace. The final three parties, on 18th September, 25th September and 2nd October, will also feature garden sets with 6pm starts.
After its recent debut at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, RESISTANCE, which also took home the award for Ibiza Night 2018 at the DJ Awards, is set to launch its third season on the White Isle from 23rd July 2019 and will run every Tuesday at Privilege Ibiza until its HUGE Closing Party on 17th September. The line up is a Tech lovers dream with Global Ambassador Carl Cox headlining alongside Adam Bayer and Charlotte de Witte, Eats Everything & Hot Since 82 heading up the Terrace residencies. Other names confirmed are: Pan Pot, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Joris Voorn, Richi Hawtin, Nicole Moudaber, Nic Fanciulli and many more.
Having already put on some of the most talked about events over the past few years such as One Night Stand, Pure Carl Cox, Lift and more – Game Over now bring us a fresh new concept with WILDCHILD. This new offering will see the brand dig deep into the core eclectic roots of our favourite tracks from classic house to hip hop and everything in between.
The freshest party of the year kicks off on 25th May at its new home of HEART Ibiza and runs every Saturday through to 28th September. No other decades encompass this untamed sentiment better than the 90s and early 00’s and no party will represent its soul better than WildChild at Heart. Moreover, the creative and innovation DNA of Heart Ibiza, makes it the perfect place to host a multi-sensorial experience that goes way beyond music.
There is a new party hitting Ibiza! The MUSE project is born from the intent to give a “place” to the musical vision of Lehar and Musumeci. A place to share the sound that distinguishes them, characterised by a holistic spirit and by the continuous search for a synthesis between tradition and modernity within the history of electronic music. A combination of Music and Art will assist you through HEART Ibiza into an immersive and unique experience with a stellar line up and of course with Lehar and Musumeci playing back to back each week. Acts set to join them include: Âme (Live), Jennifer Cardini, Phunkadelica (Dj), Marcus Worgull, Eagles & Butterflies, Toto Chiavetta, Underspreche (Hybrid Dj Set), Jimi Jules, Pional, Enzo Elia, Aldebaran, Agents Of Time (Live), Stereocalypse, Murat Uncuoglu, Alican, Trikk and Dodi Palese.