Cocoon – Amnesia, Ibiza
Since his early days of DC10, Luciano has always had an affinity with the white isle. As well as his other high profile gigs this summer and a nomination for the DJ of The Year award, he returns to Ibiza for a series of parties with his new concept Origins. The aim is to bring back the “original spirit” of the island, and he will be hosting 8 parties alongside Cocoon with a variety of headliners each week. Ahead of Cocoon’s 15th Anniversary celebrations, I head to Amnesia where Luciano and friends will be taking over the Main Room.
Sven Väth, known to many his fans as the ‘dad’ of modern day techno makes his return to the Terrace for the night, and it’s clear the two headliners have pulled their dedicated followers from far and wide as it’s possibly the longest queue I’ve seen for Amnesia so far this year.
After a superb warm-up set by Cesar Merville who’s well known for his afterhours sets, Luciano hits the decks at 2am. Spinning tunes like the ever haunting anthem of this summer Villalobos’ celestial remix of ‘Everywhere You Go’ by Mari Kvien Brunvoll and classics like Octave One’s ‘Blackwater’, he builds his set into a crescendo of percussive techno with a knowledge and affinity to old school Detroit. Hearing Robert Hood’s ‘Funky Souls’ on the pounding speakers of the Main Room with ice cannons aplenty was quite a moment to behold.
The programming of the night resulted in a battle of the headliners with Luciano and Sven going head to head which proved quite an interesting feat. I head onto the Terrace to check out Sven Väth in action, who’s already in full swing using the filter on the Allen and Heath to plenty of effect. Weaving hypnotic melodies into techno bangers created quite an atmosphere and there was no sign of the crowd faigning interest; the booth was jam packed with adoring fans and his usual clan.
Back in the Main Room the energy on the dancefloor was at it’s most electric I’d seen it so far that night; due to crowd demand, Luciano added an extra 15 minutes onto his set and you could see that the Cadenza boss could quite easily have played all night long if he’d had the chance. Carl Craig eventually took the reigns from the hypercharged crowd that Luciano had created over the last few hours. He began by dropping it down a few notches with an epic trance style opener, and then picked up the BPM leading into tracks more synonymous with his own C2 productions.
As the sun rose at about 7am and the Terrace was slowly submerged into daylight, Sven dropped the DJ Koze remix of Moderat’s ‘Bad Kingdom’, which caused a stir in the crowd and a mass sit down which Amnesia is of course famed for. The energy levels were high and both rooms were packed into the early hours; with a line-up of that calibre it just goes to show that after 15 years the Cocoon legacy lives on and Origins has grasped the true spirit of Ibiza that Luciano set out to capture.