One of the problems of being at the Summit is that schedule is so interesting and jam packed that it becomes difficult to find the time to write up about what you’ve encountered. This is exacerbated on Day 2 because of the first of the grand finale parties in the evening, held in Dalt Vila, underneath the cathedral, which simply can’t be missed. And then there’s the photos and videos to download and process which takes time, so unless you stay up all night to do it, it becomes impossible to keep up. If you stay up all night, you’re in danger of missing the events on Day 3. So, what follows here is an overview of what happened on Day 2, which will be followed up by a full report with photos and videos which capture the spirit of the event.
Day 2 saw some really special interviews. Starting in the morning with Pete Tong interviewing Nile Rodgers. Nile had his guitar with him, and talked openly about his recent collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii and Chase and Status. He told us about his songwriting process, picking up his guitar and giving us examples as he talked about it.
Nile Rodgers describing his songwriting process
He also talked openly about some of the other people he met and worked with over his career, including David Bowie, Miles Davis and Madonna, giving us many anecdotes in the process. And touched on his reaction to being diagnosed with cancer and how he has dealt with it. He’s an incredibly entertaining and humorous speaker, and had the audience enthralled and laughing for about an hour and half.
The highlight of the session for me however was watching him learn to play ‘Get Lucky’ on his guitar over the record, which he said he hadn’t played since he worked on it. It took him about 30 seconds to find the key and remember the parts, but once he got into it, it was pure magic to experience what must have been his first live performance of this.
After that session, it was hard to believe that anything could be more captivating, but I was wrong, and interesting sessions followed one after another. Paul Van Dyk talked about his approach to his work and the educational projects he was supporting in India and Berlin and then joined a panel session on Social Responsibility in Electronic Music.
Nile Rodgers playing along to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky
Then Nile Rodgers returned to the stage to present the IMS Anthem that he had written, along with Eats Everything who had produced a remix of it. In the session moderated by Luke Hopper, Nile told us about his approach to writing and recording the anthem before it was played to us, and I have to say, it was another Nile Rodgers gem. Then Eats Everything briefly introduced his remix before playing it, and then outlining his approach and what he had done to produce it. It was an interesting insight into the creative process of producing and remixing tracks from the perspective of both parties.
Nile Rodgers talking about composing the IMS anthem
Later on there was a keynote interview with Idris Elba, who fascinated us with stories about his early encounters with DJing from his uncle, growing up in East London, moving to the US, and how his career as a DJ and actor took off.
As if that wasn’t enough, for the last keynote interview and session of the day, Rob Da Bank interviewed Fatboy Slim. This quickly turned into another enthralling session, where Fatboy talked openly about the many facets of his career, from being a punk rocker, to being in bands and the crossover to becoming a huge commercial DJ and producer. Again, we heard many interesting and amusing stories and anecdotes – it was a great way to end the day.
After getting some much needed food, it was then time to head up the first grand finale party in Dalt Vila. Getting there just as the sun had gone down, we watched the lights come up around Ibiza town and in the marina below, and partied to sets from Idris Elba, Pete Tong and Fatboy Slim. A wonderful setting for a party, and an opportunity to see some big name DJs performing out in the open. Fatboy Slim ended the night in true style by finishing with a mix of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ with Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’, which for me was a perfect way to end a long and great day.
IMS continues until Friday May 24. For more info see the website: www.internationalmusicsummit.com
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