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Veteran Record Exec Jerry Greenberg & The Aristofreeks launch new Pacific Electronic Music label

September 30th, 2013

pem-trans-white-400LEGENDARY SINGER KATHY SLEDGE IS FIRST SIGNING, LAUNCHED IN IBIZA AT THE 16TH ANNUAL DJ AWARDS

Veteran Record Executive Jerry Greenberg has formed a new worldwide music company, Pacific Electronic Music (PEM) with Ibiza based electronic producing and DJ duo, The Aristofreeks. PEM’s first signing is Kathy Sledge, lead singer of Sister Sledge. The company will have headquarters both in Beverly Hills and Ibiza and will focus on releasing electronic dance music with global appeal. It will be distributed globally by Kobalt Music’s AWAL distribution arm.

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PEM launched the label at the 16th Annual DJ Awards in Ibiza, September 25, 2013, with a live showcase of The Aristofreeks and Kathy Sledge performing “We Are Family”. The Ibiza DJ Awards presented Jerry Greenberg with the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of hands-on shaping the music of generations. Furthermore, the organization also awarded Kathy Sledge the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award for her work both inside and outside the music industry.

Greenberg who at 32, became the youngest ever major label president when he was elevated at Atlantic Records will serve as Chairman of PEM. At Atlantic Greenberg signed classic rock acts Genesis, Foreigner, and Whitesnake, among others. He oversaw the massive success of both The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, to name a few. In addition to his successes in the rock genre, forming this new company marks a return to Sledge and his dance music roots. Greenberg not only signed Sister Sledge to Atlantic but also engineered their massive success with disco classics like “We Are Family” and “The Greatest Dancer.” Read the rest of this entry »

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16th DJ Awards, Ibiza, 25/9/2013

September 26th, 2013

dj awardsNow in its 16th year, the DJ Awards were held last night in Pacha. The evening’s proceedings kicked off with a press party beforehand at the sumptuous Ocean Drive Hotel, where the world’s media jostled for photos and interviews with the nominated DJs and producers who were present.

The award ceremony then took place at Pacha, with Ibiza and Pacha resident DJ Graham Sahara spinning the tunes before and after the ceremony proper. Hosted efficiently by Des Paul and DJ Lora, each award and the nominees were announced, and the winners took to the stage to collect their DJ Awards Trophy, made from green kryptonite. Part way through, we were treated to a live PA by Francesco Rossi, who performed ‘Paper Aeroplanes’ which won the award for ‘Track of the season’.

kathy sledgeBut the highlight of the night for me was the PA by Kathy Sledge (the youngest of the infamous Sister Sledge sisters) who in recognition of her ‘Outstanding contribution award’ performed to Aristofreek’s remix of ‘We are family’. Kathy has just signed to the newly launched Pacific Electronic Music label, so there’ll be plenty of new music and remixes coming from her soon.

The Lifetime achievement award was presented to Jerry L Greenberg, who at 32, was the youngest president of any major record company in the recording industry as President of Atlantic Records in 1974.

aristofreeks & jerry greenbergJerry was responsible for breaking artists in the US such as Chic, The Trammps, Shannon, Abba and rock acts The Rolling Stones, Genesis and Led Zeppelin amongst others. Jerry announced that he has formed a new worldwide music company, Pacific Electronic Music (PEM) with Ibiza-based electronic producing and DJ duo, The Aristofreeks, aka Lenny Ibizarre and Max Martire.

At the end all the winners appeared together on the stage proudly holding their awards for photographs – a nice touch.

It was actually a great night. I expected it to be a long and drawn out affair, but it wasn’t, and it was great to witness a live performance from Kathy Sledge, in what has seen the resurgence of disco in Ibiza this summer, thanks to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ getting a lot of airing on the island and Chic playing live at Ibiza Rocks earlier in the month.

Here’s the full list of the winners: Read the rest of this entry »

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Ibiza Music Video Festival, 11th October 2013

September 24th, 2013

Music video award winners to be announced at first music video festival in Ibiza
International filmmakers lead jury for music video awards

The submission process opened this month for the new music video awards being launched at the inaugural Ibiza Music Festival taking place next month on 11 October.

Music video filmmakers and producers can submit their work for the awards to be considered by a jury of leading international filmmakers and creatives including:

  • Andy Gulliman – Broadcast Director for the Saatchi & Saatchi group of companies and behind multi-award winning campaigns such as Levi’s Twist and Xbox Champagne;
  • Ben Sullivan – producer of TV commercials and music videos and Grammy award winner for the Best Music Video as produced of Rhianna’s ‘We Found Love’;
  • John Perez – the director of photography for Rihanna’s ‘Te amo’, Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind’, and Beyonce and Lady Gaga’s ‘Video Phone’;
  • Lisa Gunning – film editor who made her directing debut with the promo for Goldfrapp’s ‘Drew’, the first of five series of films to accompany the ‘Tales of Us’ album;
  • Nick Powell – Director of the internationally renowned National Film and Television School which produces many of the world’s leading filmmakers and formerly behind setting up some of the most progressive British film production companies such as Palace Pictures and Scala Films, and Virgin Records with Richard Branson;
  • Ron Wisener – the legendary music producer who has worked with Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight and The Pips, and programmes including the 25th anniversary of BET, The Soul Train: The Dance Years, Michael Jackson Tribute and most recently Chaka Khan’s Legends of Fame at the Apollo Theatre.
  • Ross Anderson – a former video commissioner, now CEO of his own production company Nice & Polite, and behind the award-winning music videos by Snow Patrol, Kaiser Chiefs and Take That, as well as many others; and
  • Tareq Kubaisi – a director at Nice Shirt Films and award-winning production company Hammer & Tongs whose creative experience encompasses films such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambo and music videos for Oasis, Madonna, Radiohead and Coldplay. He is also the owner of the post-production house, Raised by Wolves.

Other industry professionals involved in the event include music video and film directors Alma Har’el, Huse Monfaradi and Jay Smith (MTV).
Rupert Bryan, co-director of the Ibiza Music Video Festival and the Awards says, “The music video industry has long produced some of the most exciting creative work both visually and technically that reaches audiences worldwide. As well as creating a valuable part of an artist’s repertoire, many music videos directors and key creatives on their crews go on to work in the commercials, documentary and feature film industries.

“Ibiza will be a wonderful launch-pad for the first music video festival and the awards as it offers great production facilities and locations for making music videos as well as being renowned as the dance capital of the world. The enthusiasm and ideas for this one-day inaugural festival has been overwhelming and we are already considering building in more days for the next one.”

Elizabeth Fear, co-director adds, “In addition to public screenings, we are also hosting industry-only events for music video producers and production executives which will include discussions, Q&As and the demo screenings. The festival will culminate in an awards ceremony followed by a party.”

The festival is open to emerging and established music video talent with the sole objective being to showcase the best of music video talent. Entrants are invited to go to talenthouse.com ‘to upload their video, nominating themselves for a maximum of three categories ranging from best director and best production design, to best styling, colouring or VFX.

The festival is open to all music video professionals to attend, not just those who are submitting music videos for the festival or the awards.

The industry programme includes presentations with experts such as Ross Anderson, a former video commissioner and now owner of his own production company, Nice & Polite, who will share his experience on how to win a commission as well as sessions on storyboarding and treatment writing. Attendees can also look forward to practical kit demonstrations from Manfrotto.

To register to attend the festival go to wish4ticket http://www.wish4ticket.com/booking/event.aspx?eid=89

To submit a music video for the awards go to house.com http://www.talenthouse.com/film-for-the-ibiza-music-video-festival?tab=0

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Foals and Jagwar Ma, Ibiza Rocks Closing Party, 18/9/2013

September 22nd, 2013

This was the last gig of the Summer 2013 Ibiza Rocks season, with Foals and support from Jagwar Ma, and it promised to be a good one.

Australian’s Jagwar Ma, aka Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma with the addition of recent recruit Jack Freeman on bass guitar released their first album earlier in the year to much critical acclaim. With an intro of the Stone Roses – I am The Ressurection, as soon as they arrived on stage they had everyone dancing to their hypnotic, dancey, guitar-fused, vocal-laden tunes.

There was much dancing from the stage too, always a good sign in my opinion. As is often the case with the support bands, their set was all too short, and before we knew it, they were off. If you haven’t heard them and like guitar-infused dance music, then check them out.

Foals have been getting lots of praise from their festival sets this summer and the five-piece band from Oxford put on a great show for the packed Ibiza Rocks crowd who were all there for the last gig of the year. Frontman Yannis strutted across the stage with his guitar throughout the set, joining the club of several other performers this year who have ventured out onto the exit tunnel roof to play mid song. An impressive light show was also on offer, with spotlights shining out from the stage into the courtyard and lots of white lights and strobing from the back of the stage, which added to the atmosphere and the show emanating from the stage. There was a nice touch at the end of the last song in the encore when two members of Jawar Ma joined Foals onstage to provide drumming and dancing. The up-for-it crowd lapped it all up, and it all added up to another great Ibiza Rocks gig, albeit the last one for 2013. A great end to a great season of live music.


Unusually, just before Foals came onstage, the photographers were informed that they were not allowed into the pit to take photos during the first three songs, which is the norm granted by most performers. Instead they wanted photos taken during the encore. With no briefing of when this might be, we consequently have no photos of Foals performing, just some videos.

Ed: The beauty of taking photos of bands you like is that you do the 1st 3 songs in the pit, take some more photos around the venue etc and then you can go enjoy the gig and come out with a positive attitude of the band to everyone. I’m not sure which is worst, the insistence on deep red or blue back-lighting in 1st 3 songs, the odd last-minute change or just saying no… but I did enjoy it in the end and was a good ending to a good year of live music by all the Ibiza Rocks team. Some great headliners and some brilliant choices of support bands. And of course the closing after-party at Pikes didn’t disappoint…. near enough “last to leave”…

Looking forward to next year already – cheers !

p.s. One special mention to the Wok On team next to the hotel – kept everyone fed and watered with a smile :)

Foals played:

Prelude
Olympic Airways
Balloons
My Number
Providence
Spanish Sahara
Red Sox Pugie
Late Night
Bloom

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Franz Ferdinand, Ibiza Rocks, 11/9/2013

September 13th, 2013

ibiza-rocks-2013-franz-ferdinand-For the penultimate gig of the summer at Ibiza Rocks we had the wonderful Franz Ferdinand. This summer has flown by, but Ibiza Rocks have saved some of the best bands till last this year. I’d never seen them live before, even though I like their music, and I’m really liking what I’ve heard from their recent fourth album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ that was released a couple of weeks ago after a four-year break since the last one. To coincide with the new album they’ve been playing a string of gigs and festivals recently, so have been getting in plenty of practise playing live.

The venue is packed and there’s a much larger Spanish contingent in the crowd than we’re used to seeing at Ibiza Rocks. My expectations are high and I’m pleased to see that the art-rockers have the words ‘Thoughts’, ‘Words’ and ‘Action’ displayed on their amp speakers. We’re all ready for some action.

As soon as they appear onstage, I know that we’re in for a good gig: when you have three guys fronting the stage wielding guitars and wearing black skinny jeans you know you’re in for a proper live band experience. And that’s exactly what we got. Opening with ‘No You Girls’, the songs kept coming thick and fast for the next 80 minutes, mixing old favourites with tracks from the new album, all of them sounding undeniably like Franz Ferdinand classics.

ibiza-rocks-2013-franz-ferdinand-Recent single ‘Right Action’ was followed by ‘Do You Want To’ and the crowd went wild, singing along at the end. Meanwhile onstage, Alex, Nick and Bob are feeding off the crowd’s energy as they strut around the stage and jump in the air. During ‘This Fire’ guitarist Nick goes out onto the roof of the exit tunnel to play, much to the delight of the crowd in front of him, and there’s a great moment during the opening notes of ‘Take Me Out’ where Alex and Nick are jumping up and down in synch next to each other. They are undoubtedly enjoying themselves playing live again.

At the end of the set Alex carefully lays down his guitar on the floor of the stage before he leaves, signalling that they’re coming back for an encore. The crowd cheers and guys at the front wave their shirts in the air, and it’s not long before they’re back, with Alex asking “Ibiza would you like to hear another song”. A silly question, but it gets more cheers.

Appropriately they start with ‘Jacqueline’, which includes the line “It’s always better on holiday” which obviously goes down well. They finish with ‘Outsiders’ with them all congregating around and playing rhythmically on Paul Thomson’s drum kit for about 2 minutes at the end. It doesn’t sound exciting when you try and convey it in words, but it really was when you experienced it live, and it was a great climax to a great gig. After thanking the crowd in Spanish the band go to the front of the stage, hold hands and take a bow. A touching end to a fantastic gig from a great live band, which was without a doubt, one of the highlights of the summer 2013 season.

Words, photos & videos by ClaireB

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White Island Music Festival, Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town, 07/09/13

September 12th, 2013

The second White Isle Music Festival took place in Ibiza on Saturday 7th September. This year it moved to the spectacular setting of Bastion St. Pere in Dalt Vila. With a line-up of up-and-coming bands from the UK and musicians living in Ibiza, it promised to be a great little festival, and it was. Only the forecasted rain threatened to spoil the proceedings, but in the end it didn’t!

We arrived just as the sun had set behind the hills in the distance leaving a pinky glow lighting up the sky from behind, providing a great vista from the site. The stage was in front of the huge walls of Dalt Vila – an amazing backdrop for the performances.

Opening the festival were Lost Podenco, which saw Ibizan resident Phil Dobie playing live for the first time with a backing band. Phil’s melodic tunes really came alive with a band and they soon had the growing crowd down the front of the stage to watch them. The heavens started to open during the last song, but they managed to get through to the end of it, with the help of someone sheltering Phil under an umbrella. Fortunately that was the worst of the weather for the night.

In between the bands DJ Spider played some tunes and kept us entertained. Next up onstage were Hot Ice, who funked it up a bit with their fusion of soul, jazz, spanish, rock and african music.

Plum aka Scottish singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Shona Maguire took it down a notch, accompanied by a bassist and a bank of electronic samples. She recently won “Best Electronic Act” at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (2013). Her soaring vocals over the electro beats were very atmospheric, especially against the backdrop of the now floodlit Dalt Vila walls. She experienced a few technical problems throughout when some of the samples didn’t want to play, but it didn’t spoil what was a great and moving set.

Switching musical genres again to something much more rock ‘n’ roll, next were 4-piece band Burning Beaches, who announced that they were from London, England. Wielding their guitars across the stage, they upped the pace and got the crowd moving.

Whilst the stage was prepared for the next band we were treated to an unscheduled acoustic performance from local Rick Bargiel, in place of Pixie Ramsey who unfortunately couldn’t make it. Rick played a couple of blinding songs he had written the other day and got a great reception for them.

Last but by no means least were The Black Tambourines, a 4-piece band from Cornwall. Their bio said that they “lace grunge-ridden garage rock with surf pop sensibilities” and that’s exactly what they did. And apparently they’ve been tipped as “ones to watch” by The NME, so keep an eye out for them playing near you soon.

All in all, it was a really enjoyable festival, with a diverse range of live performers, who all played great sets in a fantastic setting. Roll on next September, to the White Isle Festival number 3.

Afterwards many of us went on to Grial for an impromptu after party and carried on partying into the early hours of the morning, courtesy of the great music played by DJs Colin Peters, Stephan Weidner and Serg.io.

White Isle Music Festival website: http://www.whiteislandfestival.com/

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Chic ft Nile Rodgers, Ibiza Rocks, 4/9/2013

September 6th, 2013

This was the gig that I had been waiting for all year – Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. I saw them last year in Ibiza at the 123 Festival so I knew what to expect – they really put on a great show, playing hit after hit and getting everybody dancing.

Before they came onstage for an extended set (according to Ibiza Rocks standards) we were treated to a series of disco sets from Ste-V-Something, Colin Peters, Doorly and Skream. We heard tunes from The Gibson Brothers, Three Degrees, Cerrone and Dan Hartman amongst others – I was in disco heaven.

The crowd was noticeably different from recent weeks. Slightly older, more locals and most had dressed up for the occasion. I spotted some natty Hawaiian and patterned shirts on the guys and lots of sequins and sparkly numbers from the girls. Such is the wide-ranging appeal of Chic that two of my friends took their mums along with them!

Just after 10.00 pm we got the announcement that we were waiting for and the band took to the stage, followed by singers Folami and Kimberly and they launched into ‘Everybody Dance’. The Chic ‘family’ as Nile refers to them is a big one. There’s 9 of them on the stage: two keyboard players, drummer, bassist, brass section of trumpet and sax, the two female singers and Nile, who takes centre stage. All the men are dressed head to toe in white, whilst the ladies dazzle either side of Nile in complementary silver Lycra.

ibiza-rocks-2013-chicNile and Chic obviously have the hits to play, but they play them so well. The band has been playing a constant stream of gigs and festivals around the world over recent months, and it shows. They’re tight, professional and they clearly enjoy performing and doing what they’re doing, which comes across and is infectious.

Next up was ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ but no-one needed encouragement – the audience was already a mass of grooving bodies, smiling faces and arms waving in the air. Another request from Nile with ‘I Want Your Love’, but he already had it.

Before launching into a medley of Diana Ross tunes, ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘Upside Down’ Nile also requested that as well as dancing he’d like us to sing along to the chorus, but we didn’t really need to be asked. Hit after hit followed, which Nile had either written or produced, including some for Sister Sledge, ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’, ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Lost in Music’, Duran Duran’s ‘Notorious’, Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’, INXS’s ‘Original Sin’ and David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ (sung incidentally by the drummer).

Nile clearly enjoyed being centre stage, leading his band through their vast repertoire of hit songs and revelling in playing frequent guitar solos, whilst Falomi and Kimberly took lead vocals between them for most of the songs and danced their synchronised disco moves, bringing a touch of style and glamour to the Ibiza Rocks stage.

ibiza-rocks-2013-chicNo Chic concert would be complete without ‘Le Freak’, which was accompanied by instructions on the LED screen in the background to “Awwww Freak Out”. No problem!

They ended the set with ‘Good Times’, joined onstage by members of the audience, and brilliantly integrated bits of ‘Rappers Delight’, which famously sampled the bass line of Good Times, and before we knew it we were all responding to the calls from the stage to say “ho” and scream.

The stage clears, ‘Get Lucky’ is played over the PA and the musicians all come to the front of the stage and dance along. For a few seconds they all gloriously dance in synch just like the Motown bands did in the 70s (look at the video clip). Pure magic. The crowd love it and sing along and dance a bit more.

It was a great finale, and visually and aurally the whole show was fantastic. For one night only Ibiza Rocks was one big open-air disco under the stars, and everybody danced. How could you not dance to Chic and have a good time!

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Dizzee Rascal, Ibiza Rocks 28/08/13 – Photos

September 2nd, 2013

Another great night at Ibiza Rocks with Dizzee Rascal – it may have rained but it didn’t dampen the crowd …

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