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Our lovely Ibiza-dwelling chart
editor Angelique aka DJ Angelfreq reports to us once again from
the incredible Iberian island off the coast of Spain...
Space opening really kicks off the summer
in Ibiza, and We Love... Ibiza mixed by Riton and Serge
Santiago released on Ministry of Sound is a really great sound track
for it. If you want to close your eyes for a moment, turn up the
volume and imagine you are on the magical island of Ibiza, this
CD encapsulates a thumping dance floor filled with the energy that
only Ibiza party people can bring. The CD has feel good dance music,
as well as the odd We Love classic! Some of my favorite producers
and re-mixers, such as Oliver Giacomotto Claude VonStroke, Booka
Shade, Eddie Thoneick, Steve Angello, Deadmau5 all contribute, and
serves up as a good reminder of where we are at on the electronic
musical journey at this time.
Unfortunately I didn't get to go to the opening of Space because
I had to go to Italy to sing. But I heard the usual, it was crowded
and the music was great! See Ibiza-Voice.com for more...
When I came back, I had a gig at Empire (Guarana, Priviledge),
which was really fun and crowded! Decadent Alistair's thematic touches
and dandily glad toga girl dancers enhanced the ambiance. I played
until about 3am, then knocked off for the opening party of Underground
which wasn't too far to check out, and make it back to play again.
Empire normally went until about 7am! I had a really good time at
Underground, especially because Nic Frye, one of the owners, is
such a great and gracious host. We had a drink together and I also
had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite Ibiza year rounders.
She's a celebrity so I won't mention her name. I hadn't seen her
since last summer. She's an amazing singer and personality. She's
one of those people who possess their own unique beauty and style.
We caught up a bit, and caught me by surprise when she wanted to
introduce me to her new "really cute" boyfriend. Who was
really cute, but normally, she is with amazingly attractive girls!
I went off to the DJ booth to say hello. I found Juanito, resident
DJ and brother of Jesus, who are the partners with Nic on the decks.
It was crowded and full of faces I knew. I think Underground is
one of the best places to hear cutting edge music in Ibiza. As the
name indicates, they stay well off the beaten path. And support
a lot talent that actually live's on the island. I saw Justin Fields
one of my favorite DJ's, the other resident of Underground, (Who
also happened to just do a remix of one of my tracks!!) Thomas Hedberg,
and Jaime Florito, other local talent on the island in the booth
as well. I figured they had, or would be playing.
When I finally got back to Guarana, it was still going off and
packed! Well, I think I crawled into bed sometime around 8am, another
all nighter under my belt.
Then came the Ibiza drama when it was announced in the paper that
DC10, Bora Bora, and Amnesia would be shut! It seemed like a dark
cloud had come to settle over the island. A new regime was in place,
and the whip was going to be cracked. Drugs were not going to be
tolerated and the police force had even brought in reinforcements.
During the spring the police had started to practice their mandatory
Breathalyzer test, and several of my friends had a souvenir to prove
it. The police gave you the plastic piece that you breath into the
apparatus with if you passed. If you didn't? Your license automatically
gets suspended for 8-12 months no if, ands or buts!
While a lot of people panicked understandably, I kept myself busy
with work. I had meetings with promoters, labels and clubs. I was
lucky enough to be playing the one club that seemed to be the heavy
hitter this Summer: Privilege. Their line-up was proving to be hard
to compete with for the techno, and the electronic sound everyone
seemed to be craving. Monza debuting, Salvacion and Empire, Meganite
on Wednesday, and Manumission mondays there again. (Visit http://ibiza-voice.com
Suddenly it was Saturday, and Susie Hair's birthday party at Estanol
Beach. Susie is the biggest hair and make up wizard on the island!
She is not only one of my closest friends on the island, but also
the first girl on the island to become my friend. I treasure her,
she is a special and unique one!
It was a beautiful day and a really nice gathering. It went till
about midnight, and then we all decided to go to a fashion show
at Es Vive Hotel. Hed Kandi use to do there pool parties there,
but this was a party to launch a new fashion line by some designers
and the CD release of the Es Vive Hotel 2007 CD compiled and mixed
by Mark Doyle of previous Hed Kandi notoriety. It was released by
his new label, Fierce Angels.
They say house and vocals are back and I think with the last couple
of tracks on this CD, not forgetting to get the ever trendy electro
house sound in, Mr. Doyle has tried to touch on a bit of every flavour.
Unfortunately, it's not particularly my favorite flavors. But, I
suppose it could always grow on me, which sometimes happens. But
I know that for people who do like their house music sugar coated,
they will find this compilation pleasant to their palette! It's
a great Es Vive Hotel souvenir.
In keeping to the Angel theme if you haven't heard of the Ibiza
Angels then you probably haven't been to Ibiza in the past couple
of years, Because relatively new to the party scene is a company
launched here called Ibiza Angels (http://www.ibizaangels.com),
and it's a team of professional party-looking-style male and female
masseurs available to rub those tired from all the partying backs.
After that we were hungry again. I remembered a friend of mine
had just opened a new restaurant, and I hadn't been yet. So I suggested
we try it. It's called PK2, in Marina Botafoch behind Keepers, across
from El Divino. I was really proud of my friend because the food
is superb! I mean like seriously some of the best food on the island!
I loved the bar in one room and the dining room in the next, with
the DJ booth straddling the middle.
After our midnight snack, it was off to San Antonio for the Secret
Silent Saturday Party. The Silent parties were getting quite popular!
Everyone wears headphones! When you walk into the party it was only
people talking and dancing to silence! A lot of fun for something
alternative! It's only their second season in Ibiza and because
of all the party crackdowns, I think we will see more and more of
these parties which make it impossible for anyone to complain about
music!! Not only do the listeners have an option of three DJ's,
the neighbors have an option of none! The DJ's each have a light,
red, green or blue, designated to them, and you can watch the dance
floor and see which DJ is getting the most airwaves! It's original
and probably something we are going to see more and more of as Big
Brother wants to shut the party down!
Well, here it is already July, and I went to the opening of Monza
last week, which was a highlight, played my first Moon Rise on this
beautiful beach in Es Canar where there is the Hippy Market, and
Namaste up the road in Las Dalias, and next week Saturday I am playing
at Priviledge for the grand opening of Empire!!
Peace, love and beats from the white island….
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