Heart Factory Ready For The Ritual

Posted on July 6, 2017

Words: Iain Thomson

Heart Factory has established itself as one of the most exciting of the HEART Ibiza residencies on the back of some outstanding collaborations over the last couple of years. Ibiza 2017 sees that philosophy continue as Heart Factory takes on Tuesday night and invites some of the world’s best artists and concepts to join in the fun. We have already ventured into Candyland courtesy of Heart Factory and on Tuesday July 18, it opens its doors and invites The Ritual to takeover the booth.

The Ritual is a vibrant concept from Grammy winner Master At Work Louie Vega and his hugely talented better half Anane. The duo have curated a series of parties for Heart Ibiza’s Tuesday night, playing out themselves, performing live and inviting a series of world class artists to join them in offering a unique party experience. NYC based production combo Soul Clap are the guests for July 18, bringing a slightly deeper, darker edge and promising yet another memorable encounter with one of the island’s most forward thinking venues. Louie Vega and Anane need very little introduction, the duo has a pedigree that has seen them perform at the very highest level, whether that is laying down a cool soundtrack for the dancefloor or performing live on stage. Working closely with your partner can be challenging but rewarding experience, we caught up with the duo to finds out who’s in charge of the booth come The Ritual and what we can expect from its latest Ibiza residency, Tuesday nights in HEART Ibiza…

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What is The Ritual, how will the shows unfold?
We have an amazing lineup for our residency so every week will have something different for everyone. The Heart Ibiza show while people are dining is an awesome experience and the finale is a wonderful rendition of our song ‘One Dream’, which we composed, produced and performed for Cirque de Soleil at the Superbowl in 2007. This year marks ten years of ‘One Dream’ by Elements Of Life featuring Anané so to us it means something very special and what an honor to have it performed every night this summer with a full on show! So imagine coming out of this, then we enter the DJ booth on stage and have our fun with the crowd, and on top of that we have our guests weekly. A full-on night of high-end entertainment, giving you top quality music by Anané & Louie Vega. 

This summer sees The Ritual take up residence in HEART Ibiza, what makes this venue the perfect place to hold your party?
Heart is the perfect place for us because it has everything we need to give an incredible Ritual experience. Sound is top of the line – meyer sound using its new speakers here first at HEART Ibiza. Lighting is immaculate, the production is top, what more could you ask for, the team is perfect! The venue is just beautiful! 

One of the most technologically advanced of the Ibiza venues, does HEART’s ability to offer an immersive experience allow you to be more creative with your show?
Oh yes, it is the most advanced technologically in Ibiza. The video mapping will be out of this world, we will be bringing NYC culture in all forms, visual art is also a key factor. The days of punk rock, disco, early hip hop, Keith Haring, Jon Bisquat, Andy Warhol, you will be breathing the NYC culture for a night.

You both have a rich history in the music industry, who can we expect to see alongside you on stage?
Our lineup includes Soul Clap, Moodymany, The Martinez Brothers, The Kings Of House NYC (David Morales & Tony Humphries), and E.O.L. Soulfrito live band. Our season of music will be rich in history as well as giving you the new current feeling of the underground. But be sure it is different every week! You will want to come out to all the events to experience each one in a different way. 

What were you thinking when assembling your line up and how difficult was it to leave some people out?
It was very difficult because we have many friends, but if this goes well there is always next summer for them. We worked very closely on this line-up, we feel very confident that we will give you the ultimate journey. 

The Ritual is about bringing people and music together in a beautiful atmosphere, and creating that shared musical journey; is that an artform that has been lost in recent trends of booking multiple DJs and giving each an hour to express themselves?
Oh you’ll see how it goes, when we have our guests they are entering the family zone, its spontaneous and cool things just happen on the spot. We can’t wait! 

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How does it feel to travel the world as a couple, sharing your idea with people and experiencing different clubs and countries?
It’s the best thing in the world to me to be able to travel with my life partner and share these moments together and be creative at the same time with music and art. When we play music together you can feel passion and love, it’s true emotion. 

You are both accomplished artists, is there a boss on tour or are decisions made as a team?
Louie says “Anané is the boss! She is an amazing person inside and out, she really gets it and has a savvy business mind, she is sharp. I have full confidence in her. Her fashion and visual senses are on point!  We always do anything Ritual together and trust each other’s instincts and decisions.” We work great as a team and sometimes we may need one to rely more on something but it’s with mutual feelings always in the end, we decide together, we work as one!

What was the first Ibiza dancefloor you found yourself on and who was playing?
Louie Vega; “My first Ibiza dancefloor was at Pacha, between 93-95. It was DJ Pippi on the decks.”

How does the Ibiza crowd compare to others around the club world?
The Ibiza crowd is an international crowd, so you get all sorts of people. There is a party and type of music for whatever you fancy on the island. It’s a magical place so everyone comes in good spirits to enjoy, release, and have a great time. So the vibe finds you! And let’s not forget the lovely local people of Ibiza, when they come to your party then you know something is right! 

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What advice would you give to young DJs/ performers looking to make their mark in Ibiza?
Work hard on your skill and music, learn the roots of Ibiza. If you are really good you will be recognised eventually in the right place and right time. But go out and experience the island first. Live and feel the island a little, talk to locals, do your Ibiza homework, check out the successful parties and clubs and networks out there, keep an open mind, but keep it real! These are just basics. 

Is it still possible to make your mark on your DJ talent alone, or does the modern DJ have to be a producer too and marketer?
Yes, it definitely helps if you are a producer and marketer (you are your best marketer with social media these days, until you get that machine behind you). Making music feeds your audience and is a part of your identity (as well the music you play is another part of your identity).
Having drive is important! Networking, meeting people, there are so many interesting characters in Ibiza, and you never know where you will end up when meeting people out there.  

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May 2019

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June 2019

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July 2019

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August 2019

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September 2019

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