Hecho Polvo …
by Matthias Daniel
This is what the Spanish say when describing a feeling of utter exhaustion, usually but not exclusively caused by a giant hangover after parties. We here at the Clubbing Bible respect our hangovers, and while not exactly enjoying them we are treating them for what they are – an unmistaken sign of a good party and the fun that we had the night(s) before.
As you are reading this we are deep into the second half of the season already and this year we expect the Ibiza summer leaving us even more hecho polvo than some of the others have, as we can look back at some turbulent and packed few months of great music. 2015 is marked by three distinct trends:
Back2back everywhere! We don’t know who started it, but DJ friends and partners in crime teaming up on the party-crowd to combine their skills is quite the vogue this season. Some say it was Ushuaia’s opening party (with a line-up including only b2b sessions) that set the trend, others maintain that it was only Ushuaia’s talent to pick up on already existing fads that made them put up these artists – fact is, we saw the most curious combinations in the booth: From the obvious like Richie Hawtin b2b Dubfire (ENTER), to the surprising ones like Sven Väth b2b Solomun (Cocoon) and bizarre combos like Umek b2b Coyu (Music is Revolution). So it’s also quite fitting that it was exactly in this season that Darius Syrossian launched his own party together with Santé and Sidney Charles – DO NOT SLEEP: A night that relies so heavily on the infamous b2b2b sessions of the three close friends and colleagues. Which leads us to…
Lots of new underground nights! While the EDM party scene seems saturated and relies on more or less the same big names and their established nights, the underground once again sees an influx of new nights and some bigger and smaller DJs trying to stand on their own feet. Massive turmoil was caused by the appearance of HYTE on the island by not only offering Loco Dice and Maceo Plex as tasty Amnesia headliners but also their huge roster of in-demand artists. While it’s great to have such an overwhelming choice as an underground music fan, it leads to a dilution of a finite scene and consequently some nights are lacking energy due to low numbers turning up.
The return of true house music! With Hard Times at Privilege, Glitterbox at Space or Red Light at Sankeys it is the summer of true and classic house making a triumphant and much-needed return. How great it is to treat our bleeding ears to some vocal-house and true anthems with an experienced and slightly more mature crowd, who is not keen on the next one night stand but on enjoying a great night out with friends, reminiscing with legends like Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Kevin Saunderson, Hercules and Love Affair or David Morales.
Enjoy the rest of the season and don’t feel too much hecho polvo! ☺
Hasta la vista!