Ahead of the last ever Space Ibiza closing party, we chat with some of world’s biggest DJs — from Booka Shade to James Zabiela — to ask the question: “What’s your most memorable moment from Space Ibiza?”
"There have been many amazing moments for me playing Space but I think the most poignant was when I played with Frankie Knuckles two years ago at what would turn out to be my last time seeing and playing with him, as a few months later he had passed on. The set was soulful and full of energy and the crowd loved it."
“The first time we ever went to Space Ibiza is our most memorable moment. It was 2002 and we accompanied our buddies M.A.N.D.Y to their first ever Ibiza gig. We were so excited and proud of them to be the first ones from the Get Physical camp to play there. We felt like the new kings of techno, taking over the world, and now we would take over Space, too! They played on the terrace, which back in those days had no roof — you would hear the wonderful noise of the airplanes flying over the club. We were going crazy on the dancefloor, in love with the techy disco sound that M.A.N.D.Y. played, until the real headliner, Fatboy Slim, and his crew entered the DJ booth — and threw the boys out. And I mean, really threw them out — followed by their records and cases. It was crazy and funny at the same time!”
“My first time playing at Space was last year for Carl Cox's party, which is one of the best parties on the island. I felt so privileged to have been asked to play for Carl Cox on his penultimate year at Space. I remember when I went to Space for the first time in 2014, I thought to myself ‘One day I will come back and I will play here' — then the next year my dream came true. It feels amazing to have been granted the wish to have been part of such a legendary club.”
“Just one memorable moment is absolutely impossible for me to say because playing there for so long marks the journey of my career as a DJ. From warming up for Sasha in the early days, to learning how to fill (and clear) a dancefloor, to then headlining and going on to support real musical legends such as Aphex Twin and Jeff Mills. I played on my birthday one year and was spoiled with a line-up of my choice, which comprised of Apparat and Pearson Sound. Not your average Ibiza billing, but in that main cavernous room at Space it somehow worked. Just as Aphex somehow worked (twice)! The memorable moment that night, though, was leaving the club in the boot of someone’s car to carry on the party in a field with a herd of sheep, a farmer and a Martin Audio soundsystem. I will miss that club, it was an integral part of my education and I’ll probably be having a little cry in one of its many corners when the closing party comes around.”
"One moment that will remain in my mind forever is when I got to play on the terrace during one of Carl Cox’s nights. I remember I was quite excited as it was one of my first big Ibiza gigs and I really wanted to deliver. I had spent so many long nights on the dancefloor as a customer with my friends, and being able to play in that actual room was something I still can't believe. I started with the very first tune looped on a brass sample for five minutes! Five minutes with no kick and bass in a club at peak-time sounds like infinity. I used some reverb and delay here and there, plus a cut-off filter but it was still a simple loop of brass. I still remember the crowd’s reaction when I released the loop and the beat dropped in — mayhem! A superb way to start my set."
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