Deep Dish Plays Historic Set At Pacha

Posted on July 14, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Tamara Sini

It has been 20 years since Deep Dish sent music critics into meltdown with their ground-breaking debut album Junk Science, and, coincidentally, the summer of 2018 also marks the 20th anniversary of the electronic music duo’s first set at Pacha Ibiza. So last night’s triumphant return to the home of the twin cherries – the act’s only Ibiza gig of the season – was a very special occasion that had music connoisseurs flocking from all corners of the island.

The Essential Ibiza crew turned this juicy musical treat into a real occasion by meeting for cocktails and dinner beforehand, over which we discussed our favourite Deep Dish tracks and the Grammy-winning duo’s incredible achievements. Little were we to know they would throw us a sonic curveball – more on which later! Booked as part of Hot Since 82’s Friday night residency ‘A Labyrinth Story’, the evolution of the British DJ and producer’s successful 2017 debut ‘Labyrinth’, securing Deep Dish for a one-off exclusive is testament to Daley Padley’s impeccable industry connections and the artistry with which he has curated the line-up for his concept, a night that has not been shy of pushing the boundaries.

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After a quick pitstop to get groovy in Strangers In The Night, Pacha’s second room hosted by The Original Funky Room crew which included island icon DJ Pippi, Willie Graff and Paul Powell on this sweltering Friday eve, we entered the newly remodelled main room. Bathed in a red haze of lights for the occasion and decorated with huge, spinning heads painted with neon-glow tribal patterns, Nick Curly had the honour of warming up the crowd ahead of Deep Dish, taking over from Maze who had cut the ribbon on the night. As the dancefloor continued to fill up, he got the crowd going with an energetic and driving set macerated by expertly teased builds that the eager audience lapped up.

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A few minutes after 2am, Deep Dish took to the booth, greeted by frenetic whistling and clapping. Made up of Ali ‘Dubfire’ Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi, the long-time collaborators shared a hug in the booth before kicking of their hotly anticipated set on a deep, hypnotic tip. But the immersive, mesmerising soundscapes soon took on a dirtier edge as the two turntable icons took expertly manipulated the mixers and decks between them. Surrounded by Pacha’s fierce dancers, decked out in colourful tribal-inspired costumes for the occasion we soon found ourselves right in front of the booth to watch these two masters at work (no pun intended).

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It was a pleasure to see the duo so utterly at ease not only with each other, but also in the hallowed halls of Pacha, and they didn’t miss a trick as they sent us on a sonic journey that at times sounded like we were at the bottom of the ocean; deep and mysterious with sound effects that reminded us of submarines and whales, and sent our fantasy into overdrive. At others, the set bordered on upbeat, almost funky and completely infectious before shredding basslines and distorted vocals pulled us right back into the imaginary realm of a grimy underground club. More credit to Deep Dish for not relying on firing out one old classic after the next, instead delivering – and owning – a thoroughly captivating and current set that will go down as ‘simply epic’ in our books.

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After Deep Dish’s two-hour musical tour de force, host of the night Hot Since 82 took over the booth at 4am and was greeted with a confetti explosion and eager cheers from the crowd. Far from wanting to put their dancing feet up, enthusiastic revellers pushed to the front of the dance floor to give every last ounce of their energy to the night. Padley, of course, didn’t let them down, by now a seasoned ring master who knows exactly how to keep the energy in the room sky high up until the very last second. Limping home on aching feet, we concluded that A Labyrinth Story is most definitely one of success.

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May 2018

FRI 25 MAY 2018
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  • Labyrinth Opening Party@ Pacha Ibiza

June 2018

FRI 08 JUN 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza
FRI 15 JUN 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza
FRI 29 JUN 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza

July 2018

FRI 06 JUL 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza
FRI 13 JUL 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza
FRI 20 JUL 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza

August 2018

FRI 03 AUG 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza
FRI 10 AUG 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza
FRI 31 AUG 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza

September 2018

October 2018

FRI 05 OCT 2018
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  • Labyrinth@ Pacha Ibiza
FRI 12 OCT 2018
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  • Labyrinth Closing Party@ Pacha Ibiza