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Defected In The House – Booom, Ibiza

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Defected in the House at Booom – one of the more recent and most talked about nights on the White Isle this season yet it was still one of the very few boxes left for me to tick on my Ibiza To Do list. As I took a quick peak into my Ibiza Bible earlier in the week at the advertised line-up – Secondcity, Pleasurekraft, Sam Divine, oh and MK – it just made me more determined to tick that particular box.

As Tuesday came round, the majority of the party capital were pumped. Your drum and bass purists were buzzing for Together at Amnesia, your EDM addicts were hypnotised by the set of HARDWELL at Ushuaia and your house loyalists queued emphatically to see MK not only at the Sunset Strip, but later that night at Booom. In particular for Booom, tourists were racing around San Antonio hours prior to the event trying to get the best wrist band deal they could find. This excited me and only added to the bonus that I was interviewing Secondcity later in the night.

Arriving at the venue next to Pacha, I was quite taken back by how big the queues were. Considering Booom wasn’t as big in capacity as the likes of Privilege, Amnesia or Ushuaia, however it certainly looked like people were queuing for one of the pre-mentioned. Prior to delving straight into the action on the dance floor, I wanted to explore my surroundings. As Pleasurekraft were getting revellers into the swing of things with their tech-house set, I got more and more familiar with one of Ibiza’s newest additions, Booom. Holding a capacity of roughly 6,000 people, it was always going to be a tight squeeze at Defected in the House. You had to breathe in every time I wanted to get past somebody and every time you wanted to dance, it would remain very limited as somebody would want to get past you, but what do you expect? It’s Ibiza at the end of the day, everyone wants to be in Ibiza. 

Pleasurekraft continued to switch through the gears of their influential opening set ensuring the dance floor was completely full by the time the following act was preparing to go on. Kaveh Saroush and Kalle Ronngardh, strongly liked and spoken highly of by the likes of Mark Knight and Nic Fanciulli, then treated the audience to their most famous track yet, Tarantula, drilling it into the ear drums of the crowd ensuring they would go home remembering exactly who Pleasurekraft were.

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The stage was then set for Chicago’s own, Secondcity. This Defected label commodity and rising talent displayed his unlimited array of talent behind the decks proving exactly why he deserves all the credit he receives for achieving number one in the UK charts earlier this summer. Going back to his roots with what brought him to the dance, Rowan featured his and Route 94’s edit of Freak Like Me, a record that definitely put Secondcity on the map last year. A hit amongst many house addicts in the crowd, Secondcity continued to go deeper and deeper into the 90’s house scene. The biggest reaction of his set was yet to come though, but when it did you felt it all over your body, almost like goosebumps. I Wanna Feel blared out of the speakers and the reaction of the crowd matches the sound volume produced by Rowan and the decks, the atmosphere was incredible.

Following an enjoyable interview with Secondcity, I immediately rushed straight back onto the dance floor to catch the set of the much talked about Sam Divine. Describe as a free spirit with an untamed energy when in the DJ booth, Divine well and truly lived up to the description and her name displaying a wonderfully divine performance on the night. Breaking out as one of the leading names in terms of females behind the decks, Miss Divine proved exactly why she was the first female artist signed to Defected Records. My hands were constantly in the air as a sign of respect for her potential and ever increasing talent and I couldn’t wait to see what mixes she would blend together next.

It was now time for the headliner – Marc Kinchen, better known to me and you simply as MK. Breaking out on the UK chart at number one last summer with his remix of Storm Queen’s Look Right Through, MK has not looked back since and judging from the response of the crowd when Kinchen took to the decks at Booom, all his hard work had not only been recognised by die hard fans, but globally.

MK featured some of his classics including Always and Burning. These got fans two stepping to he very beat he opted to play to. The Detroit house sensation continued to set Booom alight with more recent electric records such as his remix of Givin’ It Up featuring Lancelot, Antony & Cleopatra as well as his remix of Wanklemut and Emma Louise’s My Head Is A Jungle. Both hits received screams and applause from the audience as MK closed his set in solid style.

After a breathtaking first night at Defected In The House in Booom, I can officially say Booom has converted me. I AM DEFECTED. 

Words: Matty Adams

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