Solomun Ready For Ibiza 2016

Posted on May 12, 2016

Words: Iain Thomson

Solomun is ready for Ibiza 2016. Having taken a couple of months off at the beginning of the year to recharge his batteries, he has been back on the road, keeping up with the global demand for his talent and doing what he does best – rocking dancefloors.

It promises to be another big year for the Diynamic Music boss, with the label celebrating its first decade and a compilation of remixes to celebrate. ON the island, Pacha Sunday beckons with another series of ‘+1’s’ to look forward to – Richie Hawtin makes his debut alongside Solomun and there’s a return for Sven Väth, Dixon and Amé, to name only a few. Solomun Plus Live sees the talented spinner embrace the open air once more, sharing his time between Destino and Ushuaia. His Ibiza summer season gets underway nice and early, from Sunday May 22 at Pacha and we caught up with him as he goes through his final preparations for what will be a long and exciting season…

Solomun

Ibiza 2016 is almost upon us, your commitments outside of the island are pretty extensive, taking you all over the world. How do you prepare for the Pacha residency pre-Ibiza?
Yes, I can feel it, summer is coming. During February and March I took some time off to recharge my batteries. In the last four weeks I have been back on the horse and in three weeks, when we will have our opening party at Pacha, I will be more then ready for a long season in Ibiza.

Plus One has been huge for you, who are you looking forward to playing alongside this summer?
I am happy to welcome Richie Hawtin for the first time and I am happy that Sven will return, as well as my old friends Dixon, H.O.S.H. DJ Koze and Ame will come as they have done since day one. I also have some ‘+1’ first timers like Damian Lazarus, Black Coffee, ANNA and Joseph Capriati, not forgetting Mano le Tough, Adriatique, Michael Mayer, DJ Tennis and Dubfire! You see, it’s gonna be a fun summer.

Which of your previous Plus Ones have surprised you musically?
It was really interesting to see Sven last year playing with me at Pacha. Dixon and Amé are always thrilling, biggest surprise? Maybe Michael Mayer, because he played a really different sound, with lots of more unknown tracks.

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Your guests all have a varied musical style, do you tweak your set accordingly?
Of course. Especially when you play back-to-back at the end of the night. You play a different B2B set with let’s say Dubfire then you play it with DJ Tennis. That’s what I love so much about those +1-concept: that every Sunday night I can merge with another artist and nobody knows where the journey will end. One thing all my guests have in common: huge musical understanding. And this makes it so interesting and special for me.

You return to Destino with Solomun Plus Live this summer, as well as adding three dates in Ushuaia, does the outdoor element affect on your choice for the line up?
This year Solomun+live will have a split residency, at Destino and Ushuaia. The +live-concept is perfect with an outdoor venue in my opinion. Talking about the line-up: let yourself get surprised, all will be announced soon.

They both offer different elements but do you prefer the open-air venue or a packed club? Do you prepare any differently musically for both?
On a big stage you cannot act like in a small, sweaty club. This is the job of a DJ in my opinion, to find the right access musically to the party and to the crowd.

Solomun+1 by la skimal
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It’s a big year for Diynamic Music, celebrating ten years, has the label lived up to your expectations?
Oh yes, more than that actually. Not in my wildest dreams I would have thought about what could happen when we founded Diynamic Music ten years ago. We all feel very blessed because of this, and we don’t take it for granted.

What have been the defining moments of the last decade for you with Diynamic?
First talked about release: Feuervogel by Stimming and myself
First #1 overall on Beatport
First residency in Ibiza: 2012 with our Neon Nights at Sankeys
First own Festival: Diynamic Festival in Amsterdam 2013

You have an album of your remixes coming out, how difficult was it choosing which remixes made it in?
That was really tough because there were quite a few and I had to bring them into an order. Now it’s 24 tracks on 2 CDs (or 4 Vinyl).

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What do you look for in a tune before agreeing to remix it?
I have to find musical access to the original track, that’s all. If I find it, then I can try to do a remix. But if I don’t find it, it makes no sense to try.

What are you most looking forward to from Ibiza 2016?
To being back in Ibiza.

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