Massive super club Privilege is so huge that one of its side rooms the Vista Club, alone is enough as a club in itself—and a great one at that, too. Tuesdays at Privilege, the Vista Club has turned into a top-of-the-line trance heaven. Running for two months this season, the event has seen none other than stars MARKUS SCHULZ, Paul Oakenfold, and Gabriel & Dresden as residents, plus weekly guests amounting to so much talent to blow anyone away. With Ibiza Town as as a backdrop, Vista Club holds a unique spot, as not often does one get to dance the night away with Dalt Vila and the Mediterranean as the view. Half the club has floor to ceiling glass walls offering the most amazing natural decoration to a night of blissful music in an intimate setting. Whether one loves trance or not, anyone who loves music should check this night out, as it exceeds musical genres into the realm of blissful music in and of itself.
Hosted by different recording labels every week, last week saw Coldharbour Recordings bring out some of their best talent. Mr Pit, to start, pumped up the growing crowd with some wicked progressive. Next up was Slovakian trance DJ NIFRA and her superb progressive trance. Nifra went at it full on and had everyone with "Cafe del Mar," the beginning of a back-to-back high-energy trance set, which included Dave Neven’s “Drifter,” Mark Sixma’s “Stellar,” and Dan Thompson’s “Stealth” to start with. With a style all her own, the “Queen of Coldharbour” brought in some oomph with a combo of high-energy tunes, including some of her own outstanding music, which turned out to be exceptionally impressive. From hard-core progressive to heavenly mystical sounds and feel, Nifra ought and promises to be up there with the big ones, even more acclaimed than she already is, already having worked with the biggest names in the industry the likes of Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, and Andy Moor. And it’s easy to see why. The perfect lead-up to one of this season’s most notable acts, Nifra brought it on.
Markus Schulz took to the console at 3:00 a.m. greeted by the liveliest welcome—and with reason. The guy did not skip a tune, keeping it underground while playing some of the best music out there. Hands in the air, everyone was dancing with a passion for a change, something that is not always a given these days. Whether everyone in the crowd was a huge Markus fan or not, the music was simply outstanding and had everyone going hard for the rest of the night. Markus’s was pure unjustified lavish trance, neither sold out to commercialism nor too hard to ride its waves. Unlike most superstar DJs, he has not given in to commercializing his set or discography, keeping the spirit of trance thriving in his sound. Interspersed throughout his performance were a mixture of new releases, classics, and his own productions. His set overflowed with idyllic tunes, such as Artisan’s “Ethos,” Arkham Knights’s “Blackgate” and many of his own tunes and remixes: “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The Spiritual Gateway,” “Remember This,” “Rotunda,” “Perspective Space,” “Loops & Things” with Ferry Corsten, and then, pulling ADINA Butar herself in the DJ booth with him, his remix of her "Crashed and Burned," as well as an amazing recreation of his “Perception,” as the entire venue lost it led by the hot go-go dancers in their glittery turquoise monokinis. With too many to list, Markus did not let up for the entire duration of his two hours, for a dazzling performance and unreal set.
In complete honesty, I was going to stay only for the beginning of FISHERMAN & HAWKINS’s set but was then so utterly captured that I found myself actually moping when everything stopped and the lights went on a few minutes before 6:00 a.m. Dutch duo really worked it out, with some seriously banging tunes, sometimes bordering on psychedelic. Absolutely over the top, Fisherman & Hawkins left a mark. Ending with a re-elaboration of timeless classic "Beautiful Things" remix, they ought to be looked out for.
Connect, Markus, and co. took it away as a trance act this season. Among the best trance music in Ibiza so far, the night flew by, as time lost its meaning. Perhaps this very sense of detachment from time is part of why electronic music events and the whole underground subculture as a whole have become so insanely popular and why clubbers love the experience so much: because we finally get to let loose, set aside part of our sense of identity for a while, and reconnect – or Connect -- with our wilder and freer side that's too often cast away in our daily routines. Among electronic music genres, trance provides a sense of uplifting joy, optimism, and potential. With the intimate feel, spectacular views including a full sunrise, and superb musical talent in the Vista Club on Tuesdays, the enchantment is complete. Rest assured if you haven’t experienced it yet, though, as two dates remain to the season. For more information visit http://privilegeibiza.com/parties/Connect-Ibiza
Photographs by Jonatan Ferrer