Panama's DJ Vane has been crowned as 2017's Miller SoundClash champion.
The Panamanian DJ – who has been DJing since 2006 – overcame fierce competition to win first prize after impressing the judges with an authentic and distinctive performance that combined Latin and percussive influences in a cohesive set that won over the Las Vegas crowd.
A visibly excited DJ Vane was presented with the award by Miller SoundClash partners, The Chainsmokers, at an awards presentation before performing ahead of them at XS Las Vegas.
We are now into the final few weeks of voting for Top 100 Clubs, powered by Miller Genuine Draft. For one of our final scene profiles, we are in Panama - Central America’s southernmost country and the home of a diverse music and nightlife scene…
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sitting on the water in a century-old warehouse, Amsterdam’s Panama club has remained a beacon in one of clubland’s busiest cities for over a decade. That’s thanks in no small part to its tireless attitude towards improvement, having undergone extensive renovations in the last year. “We renovated the entrance to incorporate a new chill out area, and made efforts to improve the sound in room two with new amplifiers and processors,” says Panama COO Niall Dempsey. “But the biggest change has been the main club, where we installed a new and extended stage and decór, as well as an all-new lighting system, so we ensure we always stay in time with the rapidly changing music industry.”
2018 saw a wide range of artists come through Panama’s doors — including Paul van Dyk, James Zabiela, Steve Lawler, Roger Sanchez, Benny Rodrigues, Coyu, Hector Couto, Dennis Cruz, Heidi, Pfirter, and Ferry Corsten, amongst others — to play key nights like industrial techno concept Tram 10, trance night Luminosity, and weekenders like Jungle Dam, Cutting Edge and Abode. And with its continued focus on local talent, and its restaurant for pre-club fine dining, there’s almost nothing Panama doesn’t do well.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Panama is an expansive warehouse space that once was a Port Authority building overlooking Amsterdam's tourist attraction, Oostelijk harbour. In the evening it serves as a fine dining restaurant, and by night invites a variety of international DJs to play by the waterfront. Over the past year the club’s invited the likes of James Zabiela, Dennis Cruz, Ferry Corsten and Rhadoo to test out their mammoth Pioneer soundsystem. Residents include Marco Bailey, Egbert, and Secret Cinema. As well as the DJ bookings that encompass house, techno and trance the venue is also a well applauded exhibition space — currently displaying art by the prolific graffiti artist Laser 3.14.
Along with the vast balconies that overlook the main dancefloor, for variation there’s also a second room that’s powered by a Martin Audio soundsystem that once graced the main stage. Panama has close ties with ADE, each year putting on a plethora of events across the conference weekend. Last year it hosted parties by Toolroom, Tram 10, Luminosity, Sudbeat and Soundgarden, plus a closing finale with Cutting Edge and Cumac. The warehouse has definitely earned its stripes amongst Amsterdam’s competitive nightlife scene, this year marking 16 years in operation.