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I Can Give You House in Ibiza!
This last week your friends at I Can Give You House had the pleasure of experiencing opening week in Ibiza; attending the Ibiza International Music Summit as delegates, and living up the opening week parties at Pacha, Space, and Ushuaia, to name a few. During the day we were able to hear from some of the most influential figures in EDM at the moment such as Carl Cox, representatives from some of the biggest players in the social media world such as Twitter and Spotify, and also music legends of the last century, like Nile Rodgers of Chic. After the conference sessions we headed to the club and were able to see the a wide array of the best acts in dance music take the booth, everyone from Calvin Harris to Seth Troxler was on the island. As this was a giant year for dance music, it was awesome to hear about its proliferation through social networks and see its diversification be displayed live in the club.
The first day of IMS brought some great talks from representatives of social media monsters like Twitter and Spotify, and an artist panel from the people behind the scenes of Chase and Status. In the IMS consumer report that kicked off the conference shared some incredible information about EDM as the massive global market that we know it to be today. I found it really interesting that only a third of global EDM fans are attending concerts and festivals regularly – it’s amazing how powerful social media can be for artists these day. Also, it was wonderful to hear about how EDM has been influencing Spotify and Twitter, and how greatly those services are influenced by our industry.
Later that night I made my way to the legendary Pacha Ibiza to listen to the sounds of Porter Robinson and Chase and Status. I have seen both of these acts perform elsewhere, but it was magical seeing the guys throw down in one of the most praised nightclubs in the world. Being a novice to the Ibiza seen, I had absolutely no idea how the crowd was going to react to harder electro, dub, and drum & bass music, but as EDM has changed diversified night clubbers worldwide, the reaction was nothing short of phenomenal. I love Porter Robinson’s live sets more and more every time I see him: when I first heard him perform at Avalon LA in February 2011, he was definitely lacking technical performance skill, but over the course of the last year and a half he has made leaps and bounds in his live sets. It was so electro, yet so dynamic. My favorite track from the evening was his bootleg of Nari & Milani’s “Atom” mashed up with Gesaffelstein’s “Variations.” The tracks both hit so hard, but it was perfect. The teenage American electro god definitely made a great presence on the island.
Thursday of IMS I had the distinct privilege of interviewing the legendary Pete Tong – one of the most influential players in the EDM community over the last couple decades and BBC 1 Radio Show host. The voice behind one of the biggest radio shows worldwide gave me an incredible perspective on the history of the island, and how the music scene in Ibiza is coming full circle. Stay tuned for a full recap of the interview.
After talking to Pete, I made my way right over to Sand’s Beach Club Ibiza for an set by the God of Techno, Carl Cox. I had never seen Carl perform live before, and felt gifted that I was able to see the DJ Mag’s original #1 DJ perform in his element – to hardcore fans on the beaches of Ibiza. The venue was perfect and Carl’s techy tribal beats made the afternoon unforgettable.
Friday of the International Music Summit brought talks from two of the most influential people in the music industry and more specifically dance music in the last forty years: Nile Rodgers of Chic and songwriter/producer Giorgio Moroder. With their work with artists like Chic and Donna Summer, these two men have carried an influence on everything from the roots of dance music all the way through contemporary EDM. It was so cool hearing Nile speak about his musical journey through the disco and funk eras with Chic, and also about how Chic became superstars behind the green curtain; without developing the superstar persona of their colleagues and friends, like Sting or Madonna. Both Giorgio and Nile also confirmed their work with the infamous Daft Punk on the duo’s upcoming album. They did not divulge much, but the fact that they recognized being in the studio with them had me on the edge of my seat.
Friday night I returned to Pacha to experience “All Gone Pete Tong” featuring DJ sets by Pete Tong himself, and global sensation Calvin Harris. I love watching Calvin Harris DJ because while there is an obvious pop undertone in his sets, he hasn’t made a full departure from his original disco influence, and to boot he still throws in the occasional indie electro banger. I love how he started his set off with Les Petit Pilous’s “Wake Up” building into his “I’m Not Alone” – a perfect contrast.
On Saturday I Can Give You House took off down Ibiza’s Playa D’en Bossa to the infamous Ushuaia day club, for its opening party with resident Luciano. I absolutely love this club – it’s the perfect day party and makes clubs from Dubai to Vegas jealous. I also dig how the Ushuaia hotel surrounds the festival stage and pools. From 3pm to early the next morning I was able to see Luciano and friends tear apart the stage with techy banger after techy banger. This party is a must if you’re planning on traveling to Ibiza.
Sunday and my final day on the white island, I made it over to DJ Mag’s #1 club in the world, Space, for their opening Fiesta. Space’s opening party ran from 4pm on Sunday until noon the next day, and featured over forty DJ’s and live acts, including Orbital, Carl Cox, Arty, Roger Sanchez, Mark Knight, and 2ManyDJs. I fell in love with the club instantly – with a Funktion One soundsystem in every room it was hard not to. Along with the other 8,000 or so guests that were in attendance, I thoroughly enjoyed my night.
Ibiza was an ethereal experience. It’s easy to love and enjoy dance music on the island because it is literally designed for EDM lovers at the core. For novice and veteran listeners of dance music, Ibiza is not only paradise but also a place that features dance music in its true form – for anyone to enjoy.
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