Come economic downturn or cultural epiphany, Ibiza has remained an integral cog to global club culture. Founded by the hippies and refined by a group of club-savvy business men, its dotted superclubs and hedonistic values remain an asset often imitated, but never exactly mirrored. The year may have already spelled big change on the island and a considerable shake-up of its residents, but that hasn’t detracted from another on-point season of clubbing on the infamous White Isle. Dancing Astronaut presents to you, from the mouths of our unofficial Ibiza experts, our most highly anticipated parties for the 2013 season.
Martin Solveig launches his first ever residency in Ibiza, support includes Laidback Luke, Bassjackers, and more
With the launch of his “Martin Solveig and Friends” party at Pacha the man in the headband can now be added to the constantly growing list of Ibiza summer residencies. While his productions aren’t strangers to the island, the announcement does mark a milestone for Solveig as his first ever White Isle residency. Solveig will be accompanied by his friends Laidback Luke, Bassjackers, Armand van Helden, Sidney Samson, and Cassius on four dates scheduled throughout July, August, and September. If heavy pounding big room sounds are your cup of tea then Solveig’s night at Pacha might be worth your while.Posted by
For part two of our Artist Spotlight series in the lead up to Wavefront Music Festival in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, let’s talk about Guy Gerber. Guy is an Israeli export, a dynamic techno and house producer, and in Resident Advisor’s top live acts poll from last year, he appeared in the number two spot — right behind Nicolas Jaar. He released his first album Late Bloomers on Cocoon Recordings in 2007, and since then has consistently and reliably been producing, performing, and shaping new expectations for what live performance in dance music means. He also runs his own label Supplement Facts and hand draws his own album art.
As the lastest announcement in this week’s string of Balearic-themed news, Pacha Ibiza and Guy Gerber have announced the details of the residency hinted at in the now quite contentious New York Times article about internal strategy shifts at Pacha this summer. If Pacha lost stars like Erick Morillo, Defected, and Luciano to Cipriani’s new Bomba Ibiza, they’ve gained Guy Gerber. His “Wisdom of the Glove” residency will include magicians, shadow puppeteers, and fortune telling machine and the entire club will “pay sacrifice to a centrifugal glove-shaped force in the shape of a £150,000 single glove.”
Both Gerber and Pacha seem to be riding the recent surging underground dance music wave in order to come up with a club experience that is truly out there. So far, it’s confirmed that Four Tet, Shaun Reeves, Cajmere, Benoit & Sergio, dOP, and Deniz Kurtel will be joining the Israeli DJ for various appearances through the summer season. Just like Bomba Ibiza, Gerber’s residency will begin on May 22nd, right in time for the International Music Summit.Posted by
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
New York Times examines Pacha Ibiza’s resistance to mainstream DJ culture in wake of Las Vegas’ rising popularity
While Las Vegas has successfully entrapped the meteoric rise of dance music popularity, the White Island has been left to come up with new business strategies to attract global audiences. The New York Times analyzes Ibiza’s legendary 40-year-old club, Pacha, in the wake of America’s music renaissance, touching on the ballooning costs associated with DJs and how to counteract the movement. The article centers around José and Ricardo Urgell, the 75 and 65-year-old brothers who have owned the venue since its humble disco beginnings.
“The DJs wanted more money to play less,” said José Urgell, “It was an abuse. We had to come up with a new plan because the old one was going to explode.”
Solomun, the king of the 2012 Ibiza season, has finally announced his new home for the 2013 Ibiza summer season. After rounding out a killer year with his Tuesday night residency at Sankeys, Mixmag‘s recently crowned #1 DJ and Diynamic label head will be taking over the very hot Sunday night spot at Pacha. Luciano announced his departure from this booking after three years of the Vagabundos Party at Pacha, but until now no one was clear who’d be following in his footsteps.
Solomun’s concept, “Solomun +1,” simply indicates his plan to invite one other guest each week — “someone who has inspired him and someone he enjoys to play with,” as Ibiza Spotlight reports. Pacha will make a few custom adjustments for the 20-week Sunday night run, including shifting the DJ booth to the middle of the dance floor and supporting a more sparse look that the Diynamic parties tend to favor.
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If you’re looking for the King of Ibiza, we’ve found your guy. Solomun won Producer of the Year at the 2012 Pacha Ibiza DJ Awards and was crowned Mixmag’s DJ of the Year.He hosted label parties at Sankeys Ibiza and pushed out an Essential Mix. It’s safe to say this Croatian legend is making a deep mark on European house music, right? His highness closes out the largest club on the planet, Privilege Ibiza, with a set that can only be described as deep bliss mixing in summer favorites like Hot Natured’s “Benediction,” and Walker & Royce’s “Connected”. If this was 2012, we can only dream of what 2013 will bring for Solomun on the White Island.
Defected Records announced earlier today that it will no longer be hosting “Defected In The House” nights at the famed Pacha in Ibiza. In a statement from label founder Simon Dunmore, he explains that the “current House music renaissance meant 2012 was [their] most successful summer” in the seven-year residency at the club, but “continuing a tried and trusted formula would have been the easiest option but…our achievements last summer give us a great platform to look at the new opportunities available to us.”
Defected had a huge year: they picked up awards for Best British label from DJ Mag, the track of the year award for Pirupa‘s megahit “Party Non-Stop,” as well as the producer of the year award for Solomun (one of the label’s features at their Pacha nights). We’re curious to see what this means next for the label and its presence in Ibiza. What is refreshing, however, is knowing the despite huge leaps in popularity of dance music on the international scene, major players like Defected are not sitting stagnant and solely pursuing money-making endeavors because it is easy and has worked in the past.Posted by
Thomas Gold had a pretty amazing summer, and now there’s a five-minute movie recapping all of the highlights. “A Golden Summer” starts off at Paradise Club in Mykonos before quickly taking us to Pacha Ibiza with Axwell. Along with footage from some of the biggest events and venues around the world, we get to see things like Thomas’ personal “coffee bag,” and the special coffee heater he travels with. We jet off to Tomorrowland in Belgium before heading back to Ibiza for another show at Amnesia — just another day in the life of a mega DJ. Of course, there’s also footage of Thomas’ headlining gig at Governors Island (and his impressive drumline), which is where his summer unofficially came to a close. Check out the video for yourself, and keep an eye out for Thomas’ debut Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1, happening November 3rd!