ENTER. – Space, Ibiza
An eventful few days in Ibiza culminated with us taking on Richie Hawtin’s ENTER. party at Space on a Thursday night.
Now in it’s third year, the party continues to showcase an audio and visual feast for the senses with dazzling light shows and rolling techno grooves set to the minimal, industrial theme which has become synonymous with the Enter. brand. As popular as it is unique, Hawtin has put himself into his brand, with his love of Japanese cuisine, culture and technology. The pre-party for ENTER kicks off early evening, hosted on Space’s very own Sunset Terrace, offering traditional Japanese Sake and decoration, Hawtin has designed this slice of the orient in Ibiza, first hand. What’s best to see is Hawtin himself, a routine face in the crowd most Enter. evenings, happy to rub shoulders and pose for photos with fans, many of whom follow his attire with the all black dress code – always loyal to the underground.
Thursday 17th July featured a mouth watering line-up headlined by Richie Hawtin and Luciano playing a thundering set back to back in the main room. These two titans of techno are beginning to make a habit of smashing out legendary sets together and this night was no different. The grooves on offer were so on-point, set to the awesome backdrop of Hawtin’s man-meets-machine visual concept adorning the main Discoteca.
Meanwhile attendees were treated to a rare Space performance from French tech-house kings Apollonia who rocked the terrace until 5am closing time. For me, the trio’s high-tempo set was the definite highlight of the night, delivering spot on drops and funky harmonies over a churning endless beat. For those who don’t know, these guys know how to rock it. This musical powerhouse is a force to be reckoned with. This supergroup of the underground scene is made up of Dan Ghenacia, Shonky and Dyed Soundorom; these three enjoyed their Apollonia label showcase at DC-10 in 2012, and since then have gone from strength to strength. After featuring on Hawtin’s annual Enter. album, taking over the Terrace mix, these three blasted out a high tempo set packed full off insatiable groove and well received beats in that very place, delivering three hours of sexy music up close and personal, much to the appreciation of the crowd.
It’s been a busy year for Hawtin; having just released a new Plastikman studio album and with Enter. parties booked in with an amazing display of international talent featuring in the line-ups until the end of the Ibiza season, the Canadian producer shows no signs of slowing down. The Enter. brand continues to grow and after Thursday night it’s easy to see why Hawtin is continually at the forefront of the electronic music scene, with the quality of music and effort that goes in to the production. All of this results in a stellar weekly performance, and the Enter. party being second to none. If you are a fan of techno then there is no better place to take it in. Richie Hawtin has created a world within the walls of Space Nightclub that is like no other: it is like stepping into an über cool futuristic colony in the outer reaches of the galaxy that has been built by the Japanese and is sound-tracked by the finest techno DJs in the universe. Sounds pretty damn weird and to be truthful, it is, but trust me it’s a shitload of fun.
Words: John Lorimer