It is as simple as logical, all in life is based on Mathematics and so is the phenomenon of the ever growing number of tourists that attend our nightlife in relation to the music that gets played and the vibe that comes out of it.
Every year more people visit the island, there are new venues opening constantly as others close down, and the existing ones try to amplify their capacity continuously. But what does that mean for the average clubber? Don’t get me wrong, everybody has the right to party, we do fight for that for so many years, but there are simply not enough ‘real’ party people to maintain the high standard that Ibiza is known for. Going out lately I find myself between hordes of smartphone users (already wrote about that extensively in the first edition this year) doing nothing else than taking pictures and videos of an event to then ‘share’ it on any social network, not enjoying the moment and certainly not enjoying the night with the others around them.
On top they content themselves with a certain music style that is played by a growing number of ‘DJs’, I call it the ‘break disease’, doing nothing else than playing soulless music that sounds all the same, turning down bass and mids for sometimes half a minute to then kick them back in, expecting the hordes to throw their hands in the air and celebrate this ‘unique’ moment that repeats every two minutes – and the horde does exactly what is expected. Great tracks that tell a story are ‘synced’ to death in a meaningless and disrespectful manner by selecting only their peak moment and squeeze it through the same setup over and over and over (and over) again. Hello?
If you add to this the sheer volume of some sound systems that force you to wear earplugs in order to not seriously damage your eardrums I have to say this is not what I call a good party, this is simply idiotic. If the whole club wears plugs then why not turning down the volume to get the right sound?
Fortunately there is a whole bunch of great ‘real’ clubs and club nights that respect music and attract the right crowd, but to find them is becoming more and more difficult, they almost have to be kept secret to not overcrowd them, as Mike Manumission said, a good party is not defined by the number of people that attend but the quality of them.
So if we want to maintain our reputation to be the number one party destination on the planet we have to work hard to defend it and deliver quality, otherwise we will drop back, or maybe we need a return to concentrate on the essential – to create perfect parties.