A Tribe Called Paradise – DC10, Ibiza
DC10 – a super club I had heard so many amazing stories about yet one that I had never had the opportunity to experience for myself. Jamie Jones – a DJ discussed on a global status and regarded by many as a legend in his profession yet a DJ I had never had the pleasure of seeing in person.
Therefore, having seen posters in supermarkets and advertisements on Ibiza buses, it was pretty much impossible for anyone to not notice that Jamie Jones and A Tribe Called Paradise were in town this summer from July 2nd all the way through till mid-September at DC10. So I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and venture down nearby the airport and lose my DC10 virginity.
As we arrived at the venue, there it was, DC10. Just like how I imagine, it looked like paradise (no pun intended) and I became more and more intrigued by the second. Wandering around the club, it appeared extremely spacious with two huge rooms inside and an equally proportioned smoking area where whenever you glanced up at the stars, a plane would fly right over your head into landing thus adding to the unique experience. As expected, the night got busier and the dance floors filled up in no time. With a very popular and in demand line-up, I expected nothing less.
Jamie Jones definitely lived up to his legendary reputation. Having only built up an image and opinion using my imagination and iTunes on my iPhone, I was delighted with what I saw and what I heard. DC10’s resident was at the top of his game on the night and displayed why he was the true leader in the new sound of house music. Mixing deep tech with his pioneering progression of house music, Jamie dropped Forward Motion featuring Ali Love, a popular track amongst Paradise purists which prompted several revellers straight to the dance floor. Such a large crowd meant there was hardly any space to breathe, let alone move which just speaks volumes about Jamie Jones and how successful he has become over the past decade. He then played the high in demand track featuring Azari & III, Hungry For The Power (one of my all time favourites) which received an incredible reception from the audience.
Maya Jane Coles, another huge name on the Paradise billing, was another big highlight of the night. Born and bred in London, this 25 year old DJ and producer exerted her wide array of talents creating sounds that could ear please even the most ill-educated of house and techno music fans. The British-Japanese artist treated DC10 loyalists to records like Burning Light featuring fellow Paradise DJ Kim Ann Foxman and Everything featuring Karin Park. Producing since the age of 15, you could tell Maya was born to do this as everything appeared to come naturally to her. She then played possibly her most well renowned track, What They Say. Thus creating a busier than usual dance floor further adding to a joyous first DC10 experience.
The crowd were then educated in a mesmerising lesson in house and tech by Barnsley’s own Daley Padley better known as Hot Since 82. With his progression on the house scene becoming virtually meteoric, it came as no surprise to me as for what Daley had in store for us. Hot Since 82 immediately got the ball rolling and kept it rolling throughout his entire set. His remix of Bigger Than Prince by Green Velvet was off the hook ensuring all two steppers were in full motion. Planes And Trains ensured dance floor fluidity and his 2014 hit record, The End, with Joe T Vannelli and Csilla just added to a wonderful set.
Kim Ann Foxman, Leon and Digitaria’s live set were impressive among others however of all the up and coming talent, Patrick Topping at the beginning of the night stood out the most for me. The Geordie from Tyneside, having previously plied his trade in DC10 last summer, was rewarded highly this year and was given a residency at Paradise for the season. Smashing the tech house scene back in Newcastle, Topping continued to do the same at Jamie Jones’ A Tribe In Paradise dropping his highly successful records including Boxed Off and Get Beasty. However the one record that took away most people’s breath was Forget. Widely regarded as one of the Ibiza tracks of the summer, this guaranteed the dance floor was never empty after it was played.
In conclusion, having experienced a Jamie Jones set in person for the first time ever, I can officially say yes, my ear drums almost burst, but I loved every second of it. Having now ticked off DC10 on my Ibiza to do this, I would refer all DC10 virgins to lose that status at the earliest opportunity and finally, it literally is what it says on the tin, paradise.
Words: Matty Adams