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Rage Against The Island: Why Paris Hilton won't ruin Ibiza
The online dance music community has gone all Points Of View recently. For those of you not old or British enough to get the reference, it was a TV programme hosted by The Weakest Link’s Anne Robinson in which middle-class people with nothing better to do with their time would write in with actual letters to voice their disgust about a certain TV show that was to their dislike. Well tonight, I'm going to be Anne Robinson, and the letter I've been sent is simply entitled, "OMFG what do Ibiza’s Amnesia Club think they are doing giving Paris Hilton a DJ Residency?”
“A sad day for Ibiza,
dance music and
humanity” – Lisa Dawson
Those up in arms about the megaclub’s decision (note the 'mega') to invite Hilton to host the series of Glitter & Diamonds parties, which may include 'DJ' spots from the heiress apparent herself, seem not to know the full history of the venue in question. Having 'pornstars' for instance, hosting nights at Amnesia is nothing new; Rocco Siffredi, one of the world's most prominent adult entertainers has hosted several foam parties at the venue over the years, with the added bonus of throwing in live sex shows. Shocking, right? How cheap and tacky and decidedly un-credible for the magical White Isle. Oh wait a minute, didn't Manumission pioneer the art of the live sex show at their infamous and legendary house music nights, which in their dying throes resided at this very same venue?
“Absolutely and totally
discrediting the entire
EDM community” - Shannon Pittman
Using celebrity, and sexuality to sell club nights has long been part and parcel of a certain side of Ibiza. The fact that this time around the celebrity in question also happens to be a supposed DJ (which we all know means different things to different people) makes no difference, just ignore it; this night isn't aimed at you. People on Amnesia’s Facebook page are clamouring that they will stop going to their favourite nights at the club in protest. Apparently now, and only now, “it’s all about the money." It begs the question, would you stop going to Fabric because Peaches Geldof once ‘DJed’ at a student night there?
“You’re literally ruining
the whole island” – Will Gendron
Anyone clamouring over Ibiza's, or indeed dance music’s lost soul in 2013 has missed the boat, as many a seasoned veteran will have attested for decades now. This is the latest in a long line of mega-commercialist deals that have come to characterise certain elements of the island. But guess what? Despite big money, WAGs, EDM, chart dubstep, James Blunt, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, Burn Energy Drink and dozens of other bastions of commercialism descending on the island for decades now, the Ibiza that we want still, largely exists.
In terms of dance music culture on the island, one could argue that there are far worse offenders than a tacky night clearly not aimed at anyone with a penchant for underground dance music. Extortionate prices, the crackdown on outdoor parties and opening hours, unadventurous music bookings are just a few of the genuine concerns that are surely far more of an issue for those of us who frequent the more reputable nights on the island. Paris Hilton is a sign of the times and dialogue about the direction the island is heading in is important, but four nights at one club across a whole season is hardly going to be a game-changer.
“The management team
of amnesia should be sucked!!!!” - Ewrrer Gdz
It will be interesting to see whether the Foam & Diamonds showcase becomes a success during its four-week run. If her night removes just a handful of mainstream punters from the island's more credible nights for us über-discerning folk, surely that's a good thing?
Ibiza is one of the few places in the world where otherwise underground house and techno represents a viable mainstream, overground currency. Yes, there is a lot that's undesirable about modern Ibiza but this night shouldn't be the focus of people's ire. There are far more important things to rage against on the island. Alternatively, remain calm, put your pens down and stay away from the internet; stop paying attention to such tabloidesque polemic and keep on dancing, preferably at your preferred choice of non-celebrity-hosted night.