Ibiza 2010 Recap Videos & Highlights by DJ Endo

October is upon us and its time for all of the superstar DJs and party goers to wave goodbye to the dance music mecca of the world, Ibiza. Right now clubs like Amnesia, Space, Privilege, Pacha and DC 10 are all throwing their last parties and then closing the doors so the island can take a much needed breather.

This was my first year going to Ibiza, and I ended up going twice this year! I got to be there for the beginning and peak time in the season. The main season in Ibiza usually starts in June and ends in early October. I ended up going in late June and early August, but for a lot of the major DJs, Ibiza was a regular monthly or even weekly stop on their summer tours.

Since it’s the end of the season and everyone is packing their bags and going home, I’d like to take a minute to take a look back and reflect on this year’s events in Ibiza and tell all of you who haven’t been exactly what Ibiza is all about.

Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Every year people flock from all over the world for vacation and for the famous clubs and beaches the island has to offer. Ibiza has over 52 beaches and the top dance music clubs in the world. All the top DJ’s in the world are playing at major clubs every night of the week, for 4 months straight. Imagine the winter music conference for four months, but on a beautiful island minus all the… “Miami” folk.

My Ibiza story is kind of interesting. One day I was bored online and decided to check my myspace messages. After going through about 400 spam messages, I came across a message from DJ Nicole Moudaber from Ibiza. She had gotten my contact info from good friend Victor Calderone. She wanted to learn Traktor inside out, and she wanted to fly me out to Ibiza to train her on Traktor. I just happened to be in Barcelona for Sonar festival in a couple weeks from when she messaged me. As soon as I got her message we connected immediately and booked a cheap flight on Vueling airlines from Barcelona to Ibiza that afternoon, and the trip was ON! Even though I’ve never met Nicole, and was going completely randomly on a whim, I knew that I was meant to go to Ibiza. It was my time.

When I got to Ibiza, I came to find out that Nicole Moudaber is one of the most loved DJ’s in Ibiza, and plays regularly at Space, and at other clubs around the island (Privalage, Sands, Es Vive etc), and does tracks for some of my favorite labels (Monique, Rawthentic, Viva etc). I was in good hands! Her and her girlfriend Mitch took good care of me for the entire week that I was there, while me and Nicole did in depth jedi Traktor training the whole week. We went out a few times while I was there, but the island was just getting warmed up for the season. It was great to see the clubs before the full on madness began.

In August, Dubfire had brought me out to accompany him for his gig with Richie Hawtin at Cocoon @ Amnesia. It was my girlfriend Sara’s dream to go to Ibiza, so I got her a plane ticket to come to Ibiza with me, where we stayed with Nicole Moudaber and Mitch for 2+ weeks. With Sara’s love for beaches, wine, music and good food and Nicole and Mitch’s knowledge of the music scene I couldn’t have been with better people while I was there.

When I was on the island in August I got the pleasure of doing Traktor trainings with Pete Tong and Carl Cox, and also got to play a couple gigs at SOS @ Sands Ibiza and Church on Sundays @ Es Vive. Also I got to make my Ibiza radio debut on Emma B’s show on 95.2 Ibiza Sonica FM. On the show I got to Debut 3 original tracks and announce my new label Unike Muzik which I am launching in the next couple months with Leo Leal, and also had a great interview with Emma about the future of DJing, my Label and recent antics. Emma is a true doll!

For those of you who have never heard of Ibiza Sonica, I have to say that is actually my favorite part of the whole Ibiza experience. The radio station goes 24 hours a day on FM radio and online, and no matter what time of the day; they were always playing EXACTLY what I wanted to hear. I would have to say Ibiza Sonica is the heart and soul of Ibiza. It was that radio station that made me want to get out of bed, go to the club, go to the beach, and cruise randomly around the island. It provided the soundtrack for my entire Ibiza experience.

Some of my favorite club highlights were (in order), Party Animals @ Cocoon at Amnesia with Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, and Sven Vath – Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, John Digweed, and Yousef @ Space, Danny Teneglia @ Space, Pete Tong @ Wonderland, Nic Fanciulli’s birthday bash @ Space, and Sander Kleinenburg @ Pacha.

While the clubs were amazing, we were not vampires the whole time. We made a point of checking out a new beach every day, and also checked out lots of different restaurants all over the island. If you like seafood, Ibiza is definitely the place for you! Also one day our whole group decided to take a trip to Formentara, which is right next to the famous magnetic island Es Vedra. Formentara had the most beautiful waters I’ve ever seen in my life. Also one day we decided to try parasailing for the first time. I loved it, and was completely scared for my life! The beaches in Ibiza are the best in the world. We would literally make day trips and see how many beaches we could hit before the sun went down. My personal favorite beach is Cala D’Hort which looks out to the island of Es Vedra, which is a magnetic island that is as mysterious as the Bermuda triangle. We saw some dolphins on the way!

This year in Ibiza turned out to be one of the most memorable years ever for everyone. Here is a run down of all the best club nights this year, and where you will want to check out if you go!

Mondays:

Circoloco @ DC 10 – This year Circoloco featured some of the groovier house and techno DJ’s such as Davide Squillace, Damian Lazurus, Guido Schneider, Josh Wink, Luciano, Tania Volcano, Santos, DJ Sneak, and Dubfire.

On Monday nights, clubbers would head to Sven Vath’s weekly raging party at Amnesia Cocoon Party Animals which featured some of the most cutting edge names in dance music such as Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Josh Wink, Martin Buttrich, Loco Dice, Marco Corola, Barem, Tiefshwartz, Tini, Adam Beyer, and Carl Craig. The party featured two rooms: the main room and the terrace. Sven Vath is king of the terrace! It was a pleasure seeing him play since he never plays in the US.

For those partiers who want a more electro house vibe, you can check out Swedish House Mafia at Pacha every Monday. This year featured some of the top names in the Electro House and House scene including Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South, Alex Metric, and Benny Benassi.

Also for those of you who are into Trance, you can check out Trance music icon Tiesto every Monday at Privalege, which is the biggest club in the world!

Tuesdays:

Tuesdays are the new Saturdays in Ibiza at Space. Every Tuesday Carl Cox hosts his weekly party “The Revolution Continues” featuring the most musically diverse lineups out of all of the nights featuring Danny Teneglia, Loco Dice, Yousef, Nic Fanciulli, Plump DJs, LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad, Fatboy Slim, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Josh Wink, Marco Bailey, Andy C, Carlo Lio, Layo & Bushwacka, Mark Knight, Nicole Moudaber, El Hornet aka Pendulum and ROBOT MAN. This year Space got to see Dubfire debut the new Traktor S4 controller.

Before Carl Cox’s gig at Space, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Carl in his office for a Traktor Scratch Pro training session. For a while, Carl Cox was using my Maschine MIDI mapping for Traktor Scratch Pro. It appeared that one of his buddies (not mentioning any names eh hem) happened to screw up his MIDI settings, so Carl Switched to using the Traktor Kontrol X1’s. When I visited Carl he wanted me to set him back up with my Maschine settings. I ended up having to modify about 100 of my MIDI commands in the mapping on the fly right before his gig! I double and triple checked every button to make sure they all worked ok, and then Carl went on. I was crossing my fingers! Everything went perfectly all night. I asked how it was going during his gig and he looked at me and smiled and said “I’M BACK!”

Also on Tuesdays was Pacha Seduction @ Pacha featuring DJs Hector Romero, David Morales, and Stimming, and also Trance on Tuesdays at Amnesia featuring DJs such as Markus Shulz, Sander Van Doorn, Gareth Emery, Roger Sanchez and Armin Van Buuren

Wednesdays:

Every Wednesday there is a little something for everyone going on.

First of all there is a new night in Ibiza called Warung @ Privalege. Warung is the most famous beach club in the world in Brazil. Warung decided to expand their brand to Ibiza, and brought some of the most respected DJ’s to rock the biggest club in the world. Some of the DJs who played this season include Danny Howells, Nick Warren, D. Ramirez, Nicole Moudaber, Anthony Pappa, Jim Rivers, Dirty Vegas, Sultan & Ned Shepard, 16Bit Lolitas, Eelke Kleijn, Kevin Saunderson, Popof, Gui Boratto, and Behruz.

Also on Wednesdays is a really cool night called Kehakuma @ Space which featured some of the more intelligent forward thinking electronic dance music artists such as Tiefshwarz, Guy Gerber, Nick Curley, SIS, Simon Baker, Gregor Tresher, Martin Buttrich, Lauhaus, Seth Troxler and Booka Shade.

And for those of you who like the more banging styles of dance music such as Breaks, Electro, Drum and Bass & Dubstep, you can check out Reclaim the Dancefloor every Wednesday @ Eden, which featured party rockers and selectors such as Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Jack Beats, Major Lazer, Annie Mac, Tiga, Herve, Drop The Lime, Scratch Perverts, Pendulum, Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts, High Contrast, Boyz Noise, Dub Police, Caspa, Skream, Rusko and Benga.

Thursdays

The most famous party on Thursdays is David Guetta’s weekly party at Pacha called F**K Me I’m Famous which had a tight roster of residents such as David Guetta, Afrojack, Laidback Luke and Tocadisco.

Also Thursdays you can catch Come Together @ Space, which featured a diverse lineup of music every week. Some of the guest DJs included Adam Beyer, Riva Starr, Mark Knight, Paco Osuna, Felix Da Housecat, Mauro Picotto, Paul Ritch, Crookers, Drum Code, Len Faki, Kaskade, Josh Wink, Steve Aoki, Leftfield, Pendulum, DJ Sneak, Simi and even Salt N Pepa?!

If your into Trance Music or Electro House you can check out Cream @ Amnesia every Thursday featuring Superstar DJ’s such as Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner, and Deadmou5

Fridays

Friday nights in Ibiza belong to Radio One superstar Pete Tong. Every Friday Pete throws his weekly party Wonderland @ Eden in San Antonio, Ibiza. The crowd there is a little bit commercial, but I loved it because it was a nice break from all of the “underground” dance music, and Pete was playing more vocal jams all night. This year Pete brought artists such as Dubfire, Felix Da Housecat, Boyz Noise, Laidback Luke, Groove Armada, Aeroplane, Tim Green, Fatboy Slim, Layo & Bushwacka, Riva Starr, Alex Metric, Afrojack, Annie Mac, Kaskade, Josh Wink, GUI Boratto and Steve Lawler.

The day of Wonderland, I got the chance to cruise around San Antonio with Pete Tong for some of the Wonderland pre parties, where he would play a few tracks at each gig, then go off to the next club and play. I thought it was brilliant that he was doing that. Also before his Sunset set at Savannah Beach Club in San Antonio, I sat down with him and made some changes to his DJ setup. Pete wanted to sync Traktor and Ableton Live on the same computer, and I showed him how to do this using Traktor’s Virtual MIDI ports (cableless and internal MIDI clock signal). Also I set up Pete with some new hotkeys so he can do beatgrids faster and made some custom screen layouts for him in Traktor. He has been using this setup ever since and now uses Traktor to DJ and Ableton to trigger loops over his set. When I showed up at his gig at Wonderland I had to laugh because he had printed out a screenshot I sent him of my computer screen and had it next to his computer during the gig.

Saturdays

Surprisingly enough I think it would be safe to say Saturdays are the new Sundays in Ibiza. Saturdays are very quiet. One of the best nights to check out on Saturdays is SOS @ Sands in Ibiza, which is a club, bar, and restaurant right on the beach. Sands has featured some of the best pre and after parties on the island, and has really good sangria ;) I had the pleasure of playing a four-hour set at Sands. It was great to get to  play some of those more daytime beach jams.

Also on Saturday you can check out Defected in The House at Pacha, which features some of the more housey names such as Dennis Ferrer, Riva Star, David Morales, and Bob Sinclair.

Sundays

Every Sunday, Club Space is rocking hard as per usual with its famous night “We Love Space on Sunday”. This year had a stunning lineup and featured some of the world’s favorite weekend warriors such as Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn, Hot Chip, Dimitri from Paris, Paul Woolford, Miss Kitten, Carl Craig, Matthew Dear, and Danny Howells.

Also this Sunday, Ibiza’s favorite female resident DJ Nicole Moudaber played her residency at Church on Sundays at Es Vive. Nicole and I got to rock out together and played a tag set while I was out there and it was great fun!

So there you have it people. That is my Ibiza 2010 experience in a nutshell. What started as a boring day at home deleting my myspace spam turned into one of the most amazing summers of my life. I am hoping Ibiza will be a yearly tradition for me. If you are an Electronic Music enthusiast, you should definitely plan to go to Ibiza at least once in your life. Save up (lots!) of money, and get yourself out to clubbers paradise in the middle of the Meditterranean!

The Party Animals say Goodbye… until next year….

“It’s all about the closing baby” – Pete Tong

“Space closing was fun! See you next year Ibiza” – Nic Fanciulli

“Is it me or have the Ibiza closings have gone from one week a year to three – four weeks a year? This is serious wear and tear. For those in Ibiza, save your energy!” – Behrouz

“♥ Ibiza” – Tini Tier

“Thnx Ibiza” – Gui Boratto

“It’s been another great season on the island. Thanks to everybody who came out and became a Party Animal at Amnesia” – Sven Vath

“The Island is alive with DJs and Producers” – Josh Wink

“Space Done. Ibiza 2010 season done. What a great summer. Unreal” – Yousef

“I’m gonna miss you Ibiza, thank you for an amazing summer!” – Tiesto

“Goodbye Ibiza. So sad to be leaving. Until next year…” – Dubfire

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  • Phil Morse
  • 10/21/2010

Really nice round-up of Ibiza 2010. I was lucky enough to play at Privilege a few years back now, the scene was in a lull at the time and it’s great to hear it’s weathered and pushed through… and of course it’s great to see real digital DJing taking over, as it inevitably will.

  • Dubstep
  • 10/21/2010

One of these days I will be heading out to Ibiza myself just to see was all the hype and fuss is about in this amazing party atomosphere which they have. DJ Endo seems to go off at Ibiza and he dropped some sick beats and gave the crowd a maximum wobble experience for them to remember.

I love DJs are moving into the new age of DJing with digital technology such as Tracktor which gives them the opportunity to create new dubstep tracks easily and it gives people like me more dubstep music to choose from when creating my personal playlist, hopefully one day I can DJ that some playlist at one of Ibiza’s summer party festivals.

  • capsule
  • 10/21/2010

my gf and i are planning on a trip to spain eventually and ibiza.. id been reading about how its become more commercial but those dj lineups are rediculous.. i can deal with a few idiots if the venue and dj are right. your description makes me want to go as bad as i did back when i was first reading about it in 98 or so.. i appreciate all the digital tools, have been tinkering with ableton and all that but still just prefer the oldschool analog setup. i love setting up my sound as pure analog but can rarely trust other djs to keep from blowing my speakers up so when setting up for a multidj gig id have to use my signal processors.. but theres nothing like a real analog sound.. when i get my club/restaurant put together we’ll have to have you out. take it ez