The Ibiza DJ Awards: Full Review

Towards the end of the season, everyone has that discussion of what has been set of the summer, track of the summer and what DJs have stood out. The Ibiza DJ Awards has become one of the stand out evenings of the season as we all take a moment to congratulate and rewards those who have given us the moments we won't forget or ever remember. We headed to Pacha to find out who won what and of course, share the results through the art of social media. DJ Awards Winners The Ibiza DJ Awards for 2013 involved wine, canape’s and little green rocks as well as a sing along to Sister Sledges We Are Family. This season has been branded as a year of change as Ibiza evolves with the times setting the standard for the world to follow. As the world of electronic music continues to evolve worldwide, new DJ’s from all corners of the world break through and make their mark. The biggest example being Solomun who before 2011 never caught the Ibiza bug. Now two years later, he has two residences and has another DJ award to his name as he walked away with the award for ‘Deep House’. Early on it at the DJ Award pre-party it had a relaxed business feel to it. Ibiza Sonica were broadcasting live, Redbull were one of the many sponsoring the event and a red carpet welcomed everyone with a glass of champagne on entry. Inside the beautiful hotel lobby, everybody gathered enjoying free champagne and each others company. Film crews from numerous electronic news publications were running about working to a tight schedule as some well known DJs made their appearance on the red carpet. You got the feeling the ones who were doing media interviews and press were going to walking away the proud owners of a Kryptonite (a little green rock) later in the night. DJ Awards 2013 As we made our way our to Pacha, stopping off for pizza on the way, we talked about who would win what, making predictions and voicing our reasons why. With Guy Gurber’s Wisdom of the Glove set to take place straight afterwards, Pacha was kitted out ready for the night ahead. Long time Pacha resident Graham Saraha provided the tunes in the background, while a group of stunning males and females posed on the specially built stage right on the middle of the Pacha dance floor. The build up to the awards was spent with more socialising while keeping one eye out for a waiter or waitresses walking around offering nibbles and treats for everyone to enjoy as everyone found ‘their spot’ for the awards ahead. Around midnight, the awards began, hosts Des and Lora took to the stage welcoming us to the 16th edition of the Ibiza DJ Awards. All award speeches were quick and to the point, some more interesting than others, all the nominee’s were shown on the big screen, you could sense who the popular acts were in each category with cheers and whistles as their name came up in lights. The evening began with a moment to think about the efforts people go through on this island as Des mentioned the terrible incident at forced Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance to cancel it’s final fiesta. Due to this, Armin was not in attendance to accept his awards for Best Trance DJ and Best International DJ. Ibiza DJ Awards 2013 - Hot Natured - Best Live Act The big winners of the night were Hot Natured, who walked away with ‘Best Live Act’ in their first season as a ‘band’, Richie Hawtin who’s ENTER.Experience at Space won ‘Best Night’, and Francesco Rossi who’s Paper Aeroplane track won ‘Track of the Season’ beating our tip ‘Finder - Ninetoes’ to the award. Francesco went on to jump behind the decks as Matt Henry nervously performed the live vocals. At every award ceremony, awards are given for outstanding contributions and lifetime achievements. This year, Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge) was thanked for her outstanding contribution while the finder of artists like Nile Rodgers and founder of Atlantic Records Jerry L Greenberg won the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his speech, he talked about his latest project ‘Pacific Electronic Music’ and identified ‘Aristofreeks’ as a duo with a bright future. Aristofreeks earlier on joined Kathy in a live performance of Sister Sledges ‘We Are Family’ as the crowd sang along and busted out some moves. Only in Ibiza! In terms of the other stand out awards, Christian Varela shocked everyone beating Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin and more superstar names to win ‘best Techno act’, Music On don Marco Carola surprisingly didn’t even make the nominees. ‘BPM Festival’ in Mexico won best International Festival, record label Crosstown Rebels won ‘Best Label’, Luciano won the ‘Tech House’ award and 'The Boiler Room' was rewarded for all their hard work with best ‘Media’. This website has definitely changed the way electronic music can be enjoyed around the globe, giving you the opportunity for you too get a close up view of your favourite DJs and producers from your very own bedroom. Other winners included Uner, tINI, Pioneer, Hardwell and Willie Graff. The night ended with a swarm of black outfits in one big group photo as all the award winners were welcomed back to the stage for one final hurrah. For a full list of who won what, see below. Trance - Armin van Buuren International DJ - Armin van Buuren Best Live Act - Hot Natured Newcomer - Uner Media - Boiler Room Record Label - Crosstown Rebels Tech House - Luciano Track of the Season - Francesco Rossi featuring ‘Matt Henry’ Paper Aeroplane Deep House - Solomun Cutting Edge - Pioneer DJ CDJ 2000 (Accepted by Christian Varela) Electro House - Hardwell Dance Nation - Mexico Ibiza DJ - Willie Graff Outstanding Contribution - Kathy Sledge Techno - Christian Varela International Festival - BPM Festival (Mexico) Producer - Maceo Plex Break Through - tINI Life Time Achievement Award - Jerry L Greenberg (Atlantic Records / Pacific Electronic Music) Ibiza Night - Richie Hawtin presents Enter   Words by Andrew Leese. Photography: