No stranger to Ibizan floors, label boss Mark Knight has played three of the island's most iconic nights in We Love... at Space, Pacha's flagship Pure Pacha and Cream's Thursday nighter. But now he's taken the leap and placed his ever-expanding Toolroom brand on the biggest platform the global dance community can offer.
"For those summer months Ibiza is very much the focal point of the whole scene," says Knight. "So many people are coming together from across the world. If what you're pushing does well in Ibiza then that will resonate throughout the globe across the year. As a label, it's a key strategic position to hold."
Teaming up with Armin Van Buuren's established Armada bastion, Knight's Toolroom take over the refurbed terrace on 1st and 8th July, 5th, 12th and 26th August and 9th September. Label favourites Tocadisco, Richard Dinsdale and Martijn Ten Velden will all join Mark in Ibiza.
Mark claims the seeds for Toolroom sailing into Armada were sown when Armin was all over 'Colombian Soul', produced by Mark and D.Ramirez.
"Once we bumped into each other and built a rapport - both business and personal, it kind of felt like a natural thing to do."
Whilst many might place Armada's epic trance sweeps in a different remit from Toolroom's funk-ticked, oft-acid dripped electronic grooves, in reality the sounds are closer now than ever before.
"There's a point where the two sounds meet very clearly," believes Knight. "There's very much a connection between the bigger main room stuff we push and the slower more groove filled work that Armada delve into. If people come from one room to another, the flow of music will work and they won't feel too alienated in either room."
As for this season's Toolroom anthems, Mark and Funkagenda's deep electro grooved 'Man With The Red Face' cover is already causing waves and the pair haven't wasted any time with a follow-up.
"We've been using the old Carrie Lucas sample that Armand Van Helden used in 'You Don't Know Me' but given it a really cool techie backing," lends Mark. "It's a real techie groove but drops into the original disco sample before thumping back in. It's not cheesy, there's real clever elements to the groove but it's got that cheeky hook that will smash the summer floor. It's called 'Done or Dusted.'"
IBIZA DISCO DIARY: AMNESIAMONDAY: COCOON
Techno at its finest, Lord Väth unveils another epic vision with Hawtin, Guy Gerber (live) and Dubfire all signed up for main room voyages. Deeper future-funk minimal vibes on the terrace with Loco Dice, Raresh, Ricardo Villalobos and Tobi Neuman
Armin's good trance ship soars again with Marco V, Markus Shulz and Matthew Dekay amongst those joining the world's No.1 DJ. Toolroom Knights and Yoshitoshi take turns out on the newly kitted terrace.
WEDNESDAY: MADE IN ITALY
Style and cabaret kings Made In Italy have got a bikers theme this year so expect plenty of ripped leather and well-oiled girls. Guests to include Ellen Allien, Lee Burridge, Nick Warren, Sasha and Josh Wink.
For many the definitive big room rush on the island. Above & Beyond, Paul van Dyk and Eddie Halliwell are all in front of the iconic main room ice cannons. Annie Mac, Dave Spoon, D Ramirez and Eric Prydz groove it out on the terrace.
The erotic cabaret and extravagant carnival of Manumission beds in for its first full season at Amnesia. As always, Manumission are holding back on their line-ups 'til the last minute but Lottie, X-Press 2, Jesse Rose and Tom Middleton played last year.
SATURDAY: PEOPLE FROM IBIZA
A night by island DJs for island clubbers... and anyone else who knows how to party. DJs Cesar de Molero, Jordi Villalta, Les Schmitz and Jordi Villalta spin house with a Mediterranean glow and Catalan energy.
Robbie Rivera's Sunday night session of big room groovers. Expect a cosmopolitan crowd shaking it down to DJs like Brian Cross, Seb Fontaine, Funkagenda, Benni Benassi and Brian Cross.
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