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Seven DJs tell us about the Ibiza sets that changed their lives

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  • Mixmag Staff
  • 22 May 2015
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Mark Jenkyns on Ivan Smagghe

Cocoon Amnesia 2005: "This was when minimal was becoming prominent at places like DC10 and Cocoon – 'the less music in the music' was the motto – and Ivan just came and tore the rule book up by blowing the roof off Amnesia with house , techno and even some banging disco edits! It sticks in my mind to this day."

Dan Ghenacia on Tania Vulcano

DC10 2001: "The first time I went to DC10 it was a revelation: all female DJs, the atmosphere was completely crazy, no security, outdoor vibes with no roof. Tania's set was in the second year I'd been going; she was playing the terrace with the sun shining, you could feel such a strong communal vibe, such a unique moment, everyone smiling and happy and such a feeling of freedom. It was raw, almost like a Mad Max movie, and it was so hot the vinyl was melting under the heat of the sun. She played a track I really love, 'Westchester Lady' by The Space Invaders. That track symbolises a lot of deep house from the nineties, it's one of my all-time favourites."

Patrick Topping on Luciano

La Plage (now Ushuaia) 2010: "It was an intimate venue, rammed with people who seemed astonished to be seeing Luciano play such a personal set in a beautiful, beach-side venue. We were presented with top hats upon arrival, which helped set the tone for one of the best nights I've ever had. He played for three hours and had us all in the zone. It was the first time I heard Josh Brent 'Dicargo', which has been one of my favourites ever since; he ended with Inner City 'Big Fun'. Perfect."

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