The hype around Ibiza, Spain has always been prominent in the electronic dance music industry but it seems that the “mecca of EDM” is somewhat losing its status; according to some big name DJs.
Steve Angello, Afrojack, and Paul Oakenfold, among others, have recently come forward, voicing their disapproval of the club’s current system; taking attendees for everything they’ve got.
While the biggest names in electronic music play in Ibiza each summer, it seems the shows are basically all about star credit and bragging about who you’ve seen and how much you spent on drinks rather than the music.
Afrojack, who is one of the top 10 highest paid DJs in the world, says it has become too VIP.
“I’m playing in Ibiza this year, only because they pay well.”
“The whole magic you used to have on Ibiza is not possible any more because a ticket is 75 euros ($100).”
“I go to Mykonos, play exactly the same thing and you buy a 10 euro ($15) ticket. They are too focused on the VIP.” – Afrojack
As one third of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello has had the opportunity of playing in Ibiza for the past 14 years.
“It was more of a tastemaker, a musical discovery, than it is now.”
“Now it is about selling tickets and big names, it has become what it is everywhere else. The mystique of Ibiza isn’t there any more.” – Steve Angello
Legendary trance DJ Paul Oakenfold admits that the dramatic rise in EDM’s popularity has led to their prices going up and we have to pay for it.
“If you go and see Manchester United and it is full of stars, and every season you want your club to buy the best players, then you’ve got to pay the ticket to go and see them” Paul Oakenfold
With DJs being labelled as the new “rocks stars,” it was inevitable for clubs to shift in the way they operate as a business. Now the question is, what can we expect to see from Ibiza in the next five years?