Celebrating The Electronic Music Industry With The 22nd Annual DJ Awards

Posted on September 20, 2019

Words: Kane Allen

Photos by Michael Pass, Robert Szczechowiak and Julius Jooste.

With the Ibiza clubbing season coming to a close, this year’s DJ Awards ceremony handed-out the accolades for what’s been another mega summer full of beat-filled memories, breakthrough heroes and big winners. For this edition, we have new awards for Deep Tech and Afro House, with the main theme bringing attention to the effects of plastic on our environment. Here’s who took home the emerald titles at the 2019 DJ Awards at HEART Ibiza.

Breaking through to the top of the scene is no easy task. Ukrainian deep house and techno duo ARTBAT have done exactly that, thanks to their forever-played productions on esteemed labels such as Diynamic, Suara and Fryhide – as well doing the rounds at some of the island’s biggest nights. This DJ and production double-act has been trailblazing a distinct and deep sound, which have seen them take over the decks at world-class festivals like Awakenings and Tomorrowland.

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It’s an ascent they’ve taken on with full force, flying the flag for Ukrainian’s bustling underground music scene. “It’s been a very busy season but it’s been full of amazing experiences, “Artur – one half of ARTBAT – said. “We like that more people are listening to our music and we like to share the emotions of our music and help people dance and celebrate their life. Our music can be the soundtrack of this. We are happy to make people happy with music. The Ukrainian music scene is growing now. Clubs are growing in popularity and the quality is there. Now we have more people producing which is fantastic. We want Ukraine to be famous in the music scene and we can do that by coming to Ibiza and playing on the biggest nights.”

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On the other end of the breakthrough category is the one man who’s done just about everything on this island. From holding down one of Ibiza’s biggest and longest residencies at Space to packing-out Privilege with RESISTANCE; Carl Cox is the ultimate superstar DJ. This year, he picked-up the much-deserved International DJ award. Carl just keeps on getting better. Who knows what next year will bring?

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For the newest categories, German DJ and producer Butch took the Deep Tech award, with Black Coffee regular Da Capo scooping the Afro House accolade. In the other music groups, Together residents Chase & Status secured the Bass prize, Maya Jane Coles won this year’s Deep House award and piano master Kerri Chandler topped the House votes. Solid Grooves has grown into one of the island’s most popular club takeovers, so it was no surprise to many to see Michael Bibi take the Tech-House category. Charlotte de Witte – who’s been playing all over the island this summer – earned the Techno title, with Stephan Bodzin leading the Electronic Live Performance votes and Maceo Plex taking the Melodic House and Techno crown. ONYVAA won newcomer of the year, Shine residents Aly & Fila took home the Trance award and Hernan Cattaneo earned his year’s Progressive House emerald trophy.

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For the industry awards, Kraftwerk’s spectacular island debut won the Ibiza Music Event of the year, with Turin’s Kappa Futur Festival taking the International Festival prize. Israel’s blossoming underground music scene earned it this year’s Dance Nation title. HEART Ibiza’s own Saga took home Ibiza Night, with Francisco Allendes landing the coveted Ibiza DJ of the year award. Defected boss Simon Dunmore was rewarded for his Outstanding Contribution and his own label’s Joys by Italian producer Roberto Surace took home Track Of The Season. Jamie Jones collected Hot Creation’s Record Label Of The Year prize, with online broadcaster Cercle landing the Cutting Edge award. Finally, Drumcode beatmaster Enrico Sangiuliano was this crowned best Producer by the voters.

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But away from the winners, the theme of this year’s edition came with an important message. Single-use plastics are killing our world and damaging the wildlife in the waters that surround our beautiful island. But the Ibiza music industry is moving in the right direction. Initiatives like beach clean-ups by O Beach and the DJ Awards – as well as Pacha’s new commitment to go green – are a few examples of bringing awareness to such an important issue. Awareness is the first step, but it’s down to the millions of individuals who keep this island’s clubbing scene going to take action.

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So that’s it for this year’s DJ Awards, but here on the island, the clubbing season still has some closing party goodness to come. From Music On’s mega Destino to Pacha double-header, two huge nights at Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza – as well as a handful at HEART Ibiza, Amnesia and more. Head to the Essential Ibiza Party Calendar for all the curtain closing line-ups.

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