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Back2Live showcase at Hard Rock Hotel, May 20th 2015

May 1st, 2015

backtoliveWe love live music so when this popped up as part of the International Music Summit this year we could hardly not mention it.

After the Back2Live panel on Wednesday 20th May there will be a FREE  live showcase event, featuring a host of brand new talent, representing the spectrum of artists currently breaking ground on the live stage.

20:00 – 00:00

IMS partner Danny Whittle had this to say about the showcase:

This year IMS want to embrace and showcase the live potential of electronic music. We all know there are super talented DJs in our scene but there are also super talented bands and artists. So for the first time ever IMS will be presenting along, with Gibson Guitars, a full live extravaganza on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday 20th May, following the BACK2LIVE panel on Wednesday afternoon where we will be discussing live music in general. Entry to this event will be free to everyone not just IMS delegates to come and enjoy these amazing artists.

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Gumball 3000 Rally arrives in Ibiza

June 12th, 2014

The Gumball 3000 Rally arrived in Ibiza yesterday and so we wandered down to the port in San Antonio to see all 125 cars arrive on the ferry from Denia. It was suitably noisy and lots of very nice and obviously very expensive cars.

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Eihi Records launch party at Delanos

June 7th, 2014

Eihi Records had a launch party at Delanos on the beach in Playa D’en Bossa on Friday June 6th. Starting at 5pm on what was the hottest day of the year so far, being on the beach was a perfect setting to catch the last of the day’s sun, whilst sipping a cold beer and listening to some great house music.

The party was presented by label owner, Edu Garris, and starred special guest DJ Justin Harris, with live performances from Nestor Morales on percussion and Guaybo! Sax on saxophone.

Ibiza based record label Eihi Records, created by DJ and producer Edu Garris, is a place for musicians and artists with long and consistent musical careers within the electronic music scene and big producers of quality House music. Artists on the label include Eddies Matos, Brett Johnson, Jay Tripwire, Justin Harris, Jamie Anderson, Denmarkus Lewis and Deephope – all of whom have worked hard to take House music to where it is today.

The label is named in homage to the god Ihi, whom according to Egyptian mythology is the child god of the joy of music – mirroring the ethos of Eihi Records. The brand philosophy of Eihi Records is simple and honest and its values are transparent – to produce high quality and creative music with an excellent sound.

Founder of the label, Edu Garris, has a gift for blending many musical styles with an excellent technique, refined after more than 15 years of experience and full of good taste – all inspired by quality musicians and producers.

Working only with vinyl, the most authentic and exclusive way of recording and playing music, EiHi Records carefully select each individual record release, with a heavy emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Thus, Eihi Records represent refinement, elegance, maturity and independence, with each vinyl record release packaged in artwork conceptually designed with the music it contains in mind.

Edu Garris says:

EIHI Recordings’ philosophy is our brand, which is simple and honest. It was created as a ‘place’ for big producers of House music. These are people that have worked hard to take House where it is today. EIHI’s values are transparent and include quality, musicality, artistic creativity and of course, an excellent sound. EIHI’s recordings will only work with vinyl, like the old times, since it is the most authentic and exclusive way of recording and playing music. EIHI carefully selects each record release focusing on quality rather than quantity, so it represents refinement, transparency and independence. This is a brand for those that enjoy all the varieties of House music, because House itself is a feeling, a world of its own making. Each vinyl record is conceptually designed with music contained in it.

The first two releases are:

  • BEYOND THE DEEP, by Denmarkus Lewis.
    BEYOND THE DEEP, comes from the house icon Denmarkus Lewis and features two awesome tracks ‘Stokin The Vine’ and ‘Sliding In Deep’. American dance producer, Denmark Lewis, has released over 100 singles and countless remixes over the last 12 years. It is a well-known fact that he has the ability to change sound to fit within a multitude of genres from the deepest of deep house to the most electrifying sounds of Techno.
  • DEEPHOPE, by David Garcia a.k.a. Deephope.
    DEEPHOPE features two breathtaking tracks ´Love Loft´ and ´Day Nursery´. Deephope is a Music Producer and DJ who has always been faithful to the Deep House scene, producing music that is rich in warm sound, whilst deep and full of feelings.

Eihi Records have also confirmed 3 additional party dates this year at Delanos, on 11th July, 13th August and 5th September, all featuring special guests. More information will follow on the website in due course.

For more info see the website:

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1960’s Fender Stratocaster signed by Nile Rodgers, George Clinton & Simon Le Bon for auction

June 4th, 2014

The highlight of The International Music Summit (IMS) 2014 was the impromptu performance of four musical giants, at the IMS Legend’s Dinner in honour of Chic’s Nile Rodgers. Nile was joined on stage by Nona Hendryx best known for her collaboration with Patti LaBelle, Talking Heads, Bill Laswell, and Bootsy Collins. Also on stage Funkadelic and Parliament of Funks George Clinton was asked to take lead but the biggest surprise of the night was Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon flying out that night making an appearance, much to Nile’s shock and surprise. These 4 colossuses played renditions of Sister Sledge’s We are Family and Le Freak by Chic.

The sonic blue 1960’s Fender Stratocaster played by Nile on Stage was then donated to the IMS’s official charity The Hepatitis C Trust. The guitar was then signed by Nile, Simon Le Bon and George Clinton making it one of the most unique Fender Stratocaster’s in musical history.

The Hepatitis C Trust is particularly close to Nile Rogers heart as both his parents had the disease so he knows first-hand the harm caused by the disease. The guitar will be sold online on eBay. Click here for the link to the auction, which will be available to fans to bid on all over the world.

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Ibiza Music Video Festival 2014

June 4th, 2014

Ibiza’s very own music video festival will be back for its second year. Submissions are now open at

Artists are now invited to submit a music video they have worked on in the  past year. These will then be judged in time for the festival’s opening and all winners rewarded at an award’s ceremony. In association with  Talenthouse (the online submissions platform) this competition works as  an essential call-to-action pre-narrative to the festival, creates buzz and  further promotes attendance.

Two-Day Festival:

  • A three-part Academy, with guest speakers, focusing on Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production.
  • Q&A session
  • Interactive workshops/stations showing hands on techniques such as prosthetic makeup, editing software, digital hub, business monetising strategy and a ‘career surgery’
  • Award Ceremony
  • 36-hour content creation competition

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Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza confirms Chic and Nile rodgers for official grand opening

April 25th, 2014

hard rock hotel ibizaEurope’s first Hard Rock Hotel, the highly anticipated Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, has revealed plans for its official Grand Opening on 13th June 2014. Guests, celebrities and VIPs will be part of the debut event to celebrate the property’s launch, which will feature an exclusive performance by legendary disco band Chic, alongside its co-founder and guitarist Nile Rodgers, most recently noted for his collaboration on Daft Punk’s smash hit, Get Lucky. The Grand Opening will kick off at 6pm and finish at midnight.

The opening event leads the way for a series of concerts throughout the summer that will take place every Friday at the new hotel’s outdoor concert terrace. The stellar line-up of international artists includes R&B singer/songwriter Robin Thicke whose song Blurred Lines rose to the top of the charts garnering three Grammy nominations and will take centre stage on 4th July, 2014. International long-time rapper Snoop Dogg, who has sold more than 30 million albums, gained 26 prestigious music awards and has been nominated for 16 Grammy awards will continue the line-up by performing on 15th August, 2014.

Located on the stunning shores of Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza’s most famous party beach boasting a plethora of leisure offerings, the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will bring the iconic brand’s signature vibe, unmatched service and unparalleled entertainment to an island already celebrated for its preeminent music culture.

We’re thrilled to introduce Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza as the ultimate holiday hot spot presenting electrifying headlining entertainment and lavish amenities to fans and guests worldwide,” says Abel Matutes Prats, CEO at Palladium Hotel Group. “With the buzz surrounding the property as the first of its kind in Europe and home to this year’s International Music Summit, we’re certain Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will exceed expectations and continue to intrigue the music world.”
“Ibiza has long proven itself as one of the most dynamic and sought-after destinations for music lovers,” states Josh Littman, EMEA director of development, Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos. “The distinct beauty and rich history of the area, combined with Hard Rock’s undeniable passion for music will surely attract fans worldwide as offering guests authentic unforgettable experiences is paramount to the Hard Rock brand.

Elevating the area’s already vibrant lifestyle, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is a transformation of two former Palladium Hotel Group properties on Playa d’en Bossa. Abel Matutes Prats explains

The island has a long tradition of attracting legendary artists from around the world. In fact, Bob Marley stayed in the old hotel during his 1978 concert visit to Ibiza, and we will be carrying on this musical legacy with world-class live music and DJ performances for our guests.

hard rock hotel ibizaHard Rock Hotel Ibiza is the newest five-star property to open on an island that is quickly developing a reputation for gourmet dining and the highest level of luxury.

The hotel will feature iconic music memorabilia, contemporary décor and signature amenities such as the Rock Spa®, Body Rock® workout area, extraordinary dining and an open-air poolside stage. It will create an idealistic setting for music lovers seeking rock star luxury along with a high-energy, immersive and authentic rock music experience in a chic Mediterranean setting.

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Superyachts, Supercars and Powerboats – Ibiza Gears Up for Summer of Excess

March 31st, 2014

With the Gumball 3000 Rally, Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and an eight million euro overhaul of the Port of Ibiza planned for summer 2014, Ibiza is in for a spell under the luxury spotlight.

First to cruise into town is Gumball 3000’s 16th annual car rally.  Starting in Miami on 4 June and concluding one week later in Ibiza on 11 June, the adrenalin-fuelled road trip will cross five countries in two continents enjoying parties, concerts and VIP hospitality along the way.  Created by ex-racing driver, designer and entrepreneur, Maximillion Cooper, the Gumball 3000 now attracts live crowds of over a million people.  Previous petrol head participants have included Dannii Minogue, Jodie Kidd, Danny Dyer, Rachel Hunter, Caprice and Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay.  Ibiza is an obvious choice for the perfect hedonistic closing party.

Next up is a switch from the open road to the high seas and the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship which was established back in 1964.  Ibiza is a new and exciting venue for this sport, joining Bulgaria, Italy and the UAE for the 2014 season, and will host its three-day Grand Prix weekend from 5 to 7 September.  Regarded as the pinnacle of international offshore powerboat racing, a premium sporting brand to match its Moto GP and Formula 1 cousins, the twin-engined raceboats of Class 1 can reach speeds in excess of 250km/h and the ‘travelling circus’ will certainly make its presence felt when it comes into town towards the end of the summer.

Just one week after the powerboats leave the island, work will begin on the Port of Ibiza’s eight million euro facelift.  The project will demolish the old disused ferry terminal and in its place create a large 5,000m² public square, a 400m² building housing storage, changing rooms, offices, a tourist office and public bathrooms, plus a 200m² street-level terrace.  Road traffic and parking spaces will be restricted to the essential minimum and a cycle path will connect the Port to the City.  Work will commence on 15 September and finish in May 2015, ready for the next summer season.  Chairman of the Balearic Port Authority, Alberto Pons, said that once the upgrade was complete, this superyacht haven would be amongst “the best in the Mediterranean, if not the best”.

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Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza Pinktober campaign

October 12th, 2013

The world-famous Hard Rock brand is going PINK in support of its 14th Annual PINKTOBERT campaign, which provides guests with a variety of ways to show their support for the cause! Proceeds from the campaign will support research and awareness-driving efforts for breast cancer charities worldwide, and Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza could not be more proud to participate in it.

Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza launched its PINKTOBER campaign this past 26th of September with a magnificent concert of 2 great artists: Dover and Macaco, where the volunteers of the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer – the AECC of Ibiza – came to help in the bar during the concert. At the end of the concert, Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza donated 847,14€ to this local group.

Also, to support the PINKTOBER campaign, both artists agreed to sing a pink Fender guitar which will be raffled off at the end of this month. The tickets for the raffle are only 2€ and are available all month at Hard Rock Cafe. All of the money collected will be donated directly to the AECC of Ibiza. The winner will be announced the 30th of October on the Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza Facebook page. (

PINKTOBER also brings the possibility to collaborate with special edition merchandise, including Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER T- shirt, which is currently available at Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza. Part of the total sales of this product will be donated to the local association to directly help those on the island who are most affected with this illness.

Continuing with the agenda of activities, on Thursday 24th of October, Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza will offer a unique concert inside the cafe where 3 local bands – of different generations – “Epsilon”, “Jetlag” and “Uncle Sal” – will also assist with the fundraising by sharing their talent and show for free. This concert will be free entrance, with a suggested donation, and everybody is welcome from 20:00 hrs.

The end of the campaign will be a charity dinner on Saturday 26th of October where Hard Rock will raffle exclusive prizes, all with the objective to collect the most money possible for Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER campaign. Tickets for the dinner are available at Hard Rock Cafe and also from the AECC of Ibiza (

If you would like to join and help with the PINKTOBER campaign with a contribution or idea, please contact:

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

September 30th, 2013


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.


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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