Though the DJ Mag polls have closed the Top 100 is not the only awards game in town, and Ibiza’s DJ Awards have ended the summer season by announcing their winners. Now in its 16th year, the ceremony took place on September 25th at Pacha and handed out 20 awards to the movers and shakers in the dance music world. Though an industry panel voted on such items as Track Of The Season and Breakthrough Artist, fans at home sent their favorite producers to the top of the pack in their genre, with Armin van Buuren sweeping both the Trance and International DJ category for his fifth and third year, respectively. Hardwell and Knife Party were also recognized for Electro and Dubstep/Drum & Bass, with Solomun, Luciano, Hot Natured and Maceo Plex scooping awards as well.
Calvin Harris and Alesso are back with a new track that is sure to set a few main stages alight (TomorrowWorld, anyone?). Theo Hutchcraft’s powerful vocals set against a fanfare of signature synthwork will probably be a massive stage-killer. We can picture the jumping seas of people and fireworks already. Alesso premiered the full track in his Sirius XM set from Ibiza, which you can listen to in its entirety here.Posted by
Ministry of Sound returns with its latest Ibiza Annual Compilation featuring this year’s biggest dancefloor destroying cuts from Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, Calvin Harris, Nicky Romero, Avicii and more. Not content to only feature the main stage heavyweights, Ministry has compiled an eclectic array of tracks from the White Isle, placing Jessie Ware, Disclosure and The Brookes Brothers alongside some of this year’s most heavy handed festival favorites.
On the approach to Electric Zoo festival next weekend, British duo Chase & Status have every reason to be ecstatic. Ten years down the line and boasting a global reputation that few London outfits could hold a light to, their reign as one of the evolved specimens of contemporary drum & bass is strong. While their output has scaled everything from 16-beat D&B, experimental b bass music and radio-friendly club fuel, their overall live demeanor has been matched with an ability to destroy the trail with high-grossing full-length albums. With North America finally showing the same enthusiasm as that which has kept them as favorites to the European market, there has never been a better time to inaugurate yourself to the heavyweight champions of commercially viable dance music done right. (more…)Posted by
Drumcode head Adam Beyer returns to Ibiza to play at Amnesia, where Sven Väth’s Cocoon party hosted Väth and Ricardo Villalobos on the terrace, and Chris Liebing and Beyer in the main room. This segment is an except from the middle part of Beyer’s set where he proclaimed “it started to get lively, smoke canons started to spit their smoke out over the crowd and the party started for real.” Look out for unreleased material from Jeremy Olander’s Dhillon moniker, Joseph Capriati, and more.Posted by
Where the White Isle has continued to play host to some of the biggest nights on the European clubbing calendar, BBC Radio 1 has seldom missed a beat. Cue a rare turn for Pete Tong’s Essential Selection duties, which saw the show transported to Ushuaia Ibiza for part-two of their Ibiza broadcast marathon. With the likes of Rudimental and Alesso already having taken the annual event, all eyes were on Pete to deliver a standout session.
Live from Privilege, Ibiza, Eric Prydz took to the BBC Radio 1 airwaves for an encore Essential Mix to follow his critically acclaimed mix from earlier this year. The 80-minute live set may not have ran as long as his previous two-hour outing, but it certainly came with the onslaught of unidentified tunes to match its caliber. What could be recognized within the mix, however, stood out as landmarks for the Pryda empire and included tracks such as “On Off,” borrowed from his Cirez D persona, and an “Every Day” interlude nostalgic of January’s Essential Mix.Posted by
Past the Guettas and Sinclars of this world, Martin Solveig has been one of the more humorous entities to touch French dance music and its dotted cultural timeline. That isn’t to say, however, that the Smash-orchestrating festival icon hasn’t been hard at work. He’s DJed the MTV Movie Awards, produced for Madonna, balanced crossover hits with landmark house anthems and more recently, managed to return to the White Isle for his residential spot at Pacha Ibiza. In short, Solveig has triumphed the industry and its commercial potential on his own terms – and with very little apology towards the matter. From a man whose legacy started with a steady ascent of the Parisian club circuit, the journey from such European club hits as “C’est La Vie” to radio-friendly triumphs “Hello” and “Hey Now” has been as much about shifting musical culture as it has his re-imagined brand identity. Whilst some have found need to call his crowd-pleasing sets and befitting crossover antics to arms, the general air of relevance surrounding his name has never looked stronger. Dancing Astronaut grilled the tennis-suited maestro on the anatomy of a one-man brand, the spoils of balancing universal prowess and why mustering the masses remains a stroke of musical genius where the globetrotting Frenchman is concerned. (more…)Posted by
Paul Oakenfold teams up with Azealia Banks and Richard Beynon for Ibiza-flavored collaboration ‘Venus’
British club icon Paul Oakenfold has never shyed from taking his sound to new and popular mediums. True to the experimental form that continues to fuel the route towards his Pop Killer album, the long serving trance producer unites with New York rap songstress Azealia Banks and Richard Beynon to follow-up earlier confirmation of some of his most audacious collaborative duties to date. For the most part, Oakenfold and Beynon’s euphoric undertones dominate this crossover offering, pitting the inoffensive trance elements that have excelled the trance icons sound to the commercial market and beyond over the past two decades against Azealia’s coming-of-age hip hop agenda. Between her singing digression and full-bodied verses, the track offers a considerably quality offering compared to some of the urban crossover casualties dance music has been exposed to over the past several years.
On working with Banks, Paul Oakenfold told Dancing Astronaut: “We had a lot of fun making this track together in the Red Bull studio in LA. Azealia is a talented singer. We worked really well together and I was very happy with the result.”
Hit more to hear the Ibiza edition of the track and stay more posted for details of a formal release date and format. (more…)Posted by
It had been rumored for some time that the socialite and former Afrojack love interest Paris Hilton was going to be scooping up a residency at the famed Amnesia superclub in Ibiza this season, but until now nothing was quite confirmed. She’ll be the celebrity DJ for Amnesia’s long-running foam party with the title “Foam & Diamonds” starting on Wednesday, July 31st and if you’re going to be in attendance for one of the parties, you’ll also have the chance to shop at a pop-up store at the club that’ll be selling her line of handbags and accessories.