It’s 3.45am at Sankeys Ibiza and the Basement is throbbing. Tonight is the final VIVa Warriors of the season. For the last few hours I have been in the company of Detlef and Steve Lawler, I’m right in the middle of one the best atmospheres I have felt all season but its time to leave.
Luckily I am not going far, I head through the shuffling crowd, past the main entrance of the club, through a dark walkway and up some steps into Sankeys second room ‘The Lab’. Unlike The Basement, The Lab has a raw warehouse feel, it’s dark, the ceilings are higher and the production behind the DJ dominates the room. There is a spotlight in the centre of the dance floor that spins and rotates shining bright onto the DJ in the booth. I am probably the only one on the island to say this but this is my favourite Sankeys dance floor. I’m stood between two ‘Hacienda’ inspired polls, to my left is a terrace that overlooks the dance floor that works as a one way system feeding in clubbers who have taken to Sankeys outdoor area for a cigarette or some fresh air. I like dance floors to have levels, think of Space or Amnesia Terrace for example, the atmosphere and the quality of music in The Lab in 2014 has taken Sankeys Ibiza as a venue to the next level.
It’s now 4am and the DJ I am here to see is about to take to the decks. Phillipp Maier aka Santé has the tough job of following one of the scenes best live acts ‘Mathew Jonson’. Sometimes I feel the crowd can get lost between live acts and DJs, especially in Ibiza but tonight this is not the case. Santé is one of the rising stars of the house and techno scene, he resides in Berlin and is the man behind emerging label Avotre. On the 28th of this month his debut album ‘Current’ is about to drop on that very label, an album he describes as “a cross between music I wanted to make and music for the dance floor.”
Santé has become a regular mainstay on the VIVa Warriors roster this summer. Lawler’s Sunday night party has gone from strength to strength and has become a place for names like Santé find a home on an island that is dominated by super clubs who continuously book the same DJs year after year. Many were shocked when Lawler made the move from Space to Sankeys but thanks to the popularity of VIVa the party has put the club on the map in Ibiza and proved that it isn’t all about the same headline names. This year the party has evolved and moved away from the workers tag that loomed over many of Sankeys parties last summer with ticket sales up from last year.
Image by Elliot Walsh
“This is my second season playing alongside Steve at VIVa, it’s been an incredible year. I love the feel of Sankeys, the crowd is mainly British and I love playing in clubs in the UK. Sankeys Ibiza has taken the feel of the club in Manchester and brought it to Ibiza”. Sankeys Ibiza is the only club Sante has played but the ambition to play at other clubs like Amnesia and Space is there. “My sound is more suited to the Terrace of those clubs. I’m really looking forward to playing in The Lab, I think my sound is more suited to its surroundings.”
Earlier in the week I saw Santé play alongside Sidney Charles on the final Lost In Ibiza boat party of the season. With the weather being unpredictable throughout the closing party period, there was a doubt that the party would take place. With the duo playing back-to-back for over three hours I got to see a number of sides to Santé’s style. The duo are responsible for one of the anthems of the summer, as of this being written ‘All Night Long’ on Hot Creations sits at number three in the Beatport Tech House charts a month after its original release. This track gets the biggest reaction on the boat that is mainly made up of Brits and workers who are keen to make the most of the sunset after the thunderstorms just hours before.
In The Lab Santé’s style is more raw and energetic, more like what I expect from the German. Tracks from Wade, DVS1 and Gary Beck featured in a set that got heavier as the morning went on. With Lawler in fine form in the Basement it is a credit to Santé that he held a crowd until the close. The crowd at VIVa and Sankeys is becoming more knowledgable about their music and this was proof that VIVa has had a fantastic season and has grown into a party that has become one of the best underground parties on the island.
After four dates in Ibiza this summer at VIVa, expect Santé to become an even more permanent fixture on the island for years to come. With VIVa easily expanding over three rooms this summer maybe there is the chance of Avotre to even become a regular mainstay in The Lab next summer.
Santé’s debut album ‘Current’ is out October 28th, check out the lead single ‘Awake’ with a stunning remix from Agoria below.
This post was originally created by Andrew Leese for Ibiza Club News Magazine – see here.
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