Paradise For The Tribe In DC10

Posted on July 3, 2014

Words: Chris Simpson
Images: NicJ.

Last night saw DC10 open its doors to the hotly anticipated return of Jamie Jones’ Paradise. This year sees the infamous party roll into it’s third year on the iconic white isle labelled, A Tribe Called Paradise. The Hot Creations head honcho has managed to curate one of the biggest line ups of the 2014 Ibiza season for his relatively short 13 week residency, with such names as Marco Carola, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, Dixon, Art Department, Dyed Soundorom, Magda, Eats Everything, Claude Von Stroke and Skream to name only a few, boasting a season line up just as diverse as it is impressive. Residents Patrick Topping, Infinity Ink, Richy Ahmed and wAFF are set to provide a season of solid support. It’s been a busy winter for Jamie Jones, taking his Paradise brand global as he brought it over to the grey shores of the UK and Brixton, for two special dates that was received with great acclaim. Not to mention his solo tours, playing across every continent and countless countries, winning over adoring fans wherever he plays.

Paradise Opening DC10 Ibiza

Upon entry it was clear that DC10 has invested in itself, improving the production and set up for Paradise as this year will see the much loved terrace open for 5 special dates – July 23 when the likes of Maya Jane Coles and Hot Since 82 are set to play, July 30 when Marco Carola is set to headline, August 6 when Art Department and Nicole Moudaber are on the bill and also for the opening and closing parties. Proof that the Paradise force is expanding, as it was restricted to only using the main room in its first year. A brand new lighting rig hanging from the ceiling of the Terrace was also introduced for the opening party, helping to keep the floor lit up with fluorescent tropical colours from start to finish. A large LED screen behind the DJ booth also accompanied this, showcasing Paradise cyphers and symbols all night, transporting dancers to a world far from their own.

Paradise Opening DC10 Ibiza

The main room was as pulsating as ever. I caught a glimpse of Richy Ahmed vs Robert James, playing a booming deep house set to a packed crowd. Chicago house hero, Derrick Carter, was also playing in the terrace. Carter played a range of funky tech house and you could hear that he draws inspiration from old-school disco, soul and jazz, as elements were coming through. A real mix of people formed the Paradise crowd, which just goes to show how universally appealing Jamie’s sound is, attracting listeners and fans from all over the world and from all walks of life. Guti was up next in the main room. Following on within a similar tempo from predecessors Ahmed and James, but taking a dive into a more tech filled vibe. This live performance was entrancing. Guti captivated the room with his mix of deep tech house sounds. Whilst Guti was playing, Viva label boss man, Steve Lawler was smashing it in the terrace. Showcasing to everyone just how he’s been at the top of his game for such a long time as he got the crowd roaring on more than one occasion. This was the first time Lawler had played in the DC10 terrace for 15 or so years and it’s a true shame it can’t be more frequent. A DJ of such calibre who knows just how to get a crowd pumping makes for an even greater set when playing in such an iconic room as the DC10 terrace.

Paradise Opening DC10 Ibiza

By the end of Lawler’s enthralling set is was 4am, and time for the main man Jamie Jones to grace the decks. After a slight hic up as a change of mixers needed to be introduced, Jamie was welcomed to a round of applause and whistles as he quickly fell into full flow. Getting things off to a flying start, he immediately dropped a thumping bassline, which got the feet of hundreds stomping and engaged the crowd instantly. The room quickly became ecstatic; so much energy was created it felt as though the walls were about to cave in. I just about managed to pull myself away for a few moments to catch Craig Richards closing the main room. I’ve been a long standing fan of Richards’ sound and he was putting on a great set, a set that deserved a busier room but it was unfortunate he clashed with Jones as the majority of people went over to the terrace to witness him finish the night off.

Paradise Opening DC10 Ibiza

Jamie displayed a range of his signature Hot Creations sound that’s won over fans from all across the globe, a profound bassline accompanied with some nice melodic synths lead the way. After an hour or so things got a little deeper, as Jamie plunged the dancefloor of the terrace to new depths. He stripped away most of the track so just some swinging hi hats and hypnotising synths enrolled. Creating a nice hands in the air moment. Tension built to almost breaking point. A quick switch of the bass. The track drops and the crowd goes nuts. Jamie clearly had the room in his hands and much of the same continued as he displayed a range of hip shaking techno and funk laden grooves. He was a slightly controversial artist last year as some found his sets to be a little stale, while others couldn’t praise him enough. But one things for sure, if there were any sceptics there last night, they’re most definitely a member of the tribe now.

Paradise Opening DC10 Ibiza

Jones went on to close the night in immaculate style and finesse, ending with a mesmerizing track. Warm vocals carefully placed on top of a calmer bassline lead the night’s outro to a sunlit terrace, a soothing way to end such a hectic night. Needless to say, it was a very strong opening night, with a well up for it crowd, great vibe and production, and fresh, forward thinking music. Big names in the business such as Sven Vath, Skrillex and Steve Aoki even made a swooping appearance in the backroom to show their support and fondness of one the islands biggest nights. It seems this year will be as big as any for Jamie Jones and his Paradise crew, big things to come to DC10 every Wednesday.

Paradise Opening DC10 Ibiza