Wax Da Jam with DJ Shadow at Aura: 03.08.10

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Photography by Gypsy Westwood

For someone who didn’t travel to the north of the island very often, Miss W has spent an awful lot of time on the San Juan road this summer. If you haven’t quite picked up on it yet, it’s because I’ve been clocking up major hours at Ibiza’s hippest garden-restaurant-meets-cocktail-lounge-turned-intimate-club, Aura. And last Tuesday night was no exception!

To some people in Ibiza, this Tuesday may have been just another Tuesday. But to those in-the-know (Miss W included of course), the Tuesday in question was to be the day the legendary DJ Shadow would perform his debut Ibiza set, at a very special free event for Wax Da Jam.

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to Aura we go… again!

I’ve heard Californian-born and bred Josh Davis described as a trip-hop pioneer and a master of fiendish beats and I was looking forward to seeing just what he’d unleash on Ibiza tonight. ‘Hopefully providing an antidote to the usual club same old thing,’ he’d written on his Facebook page the night before the show – Miss W had her fingers and toes crossed!

After a bit of a rushed dinner in the garden restaurant (‘The kitchen is CRAZY’ our waiter kept declaring, when questioned about the whereabouts of our wine/food/cocktails/bill), I headed inside to discover something different indeed. Rather than be set up behind the regular DJ booth, Shadow’s production team had taken over an entire corner, setting up their multi-Mac visual effects booth, plus a mini stage and giant screen, apparently scaled down from his regular gigs, but definitely big enough to dominate Aura!

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Photography by Gypsy Westwood

I’m not going to insult the intelligence of any real music enthusiasts who were in the audience, by trying to provide commentary on Shadow’s clearly amazing skills behind the decks (I’m no expert!), but I will say I LOVED IT! Every single minute of it. Hearing songs like Six Days, High Noon and the seminal Shadow anthem, Organ Donor gave me goosebumps as I relived the industrial electronic sounds of my teenage years (and so soon after I’d just relived them with the Prodigy!), and took part in the sort of sway-dance you tend to do to this kind of music while keeping your eyes firmly fastened to DJ Shadow’s silhouette against the rapidly changing incredible visuals onscreen.

Then it was over to the Nightmares on Wax crew – DJ E.A.S.E. Ricky Ranking and Wolfgang Hefner, for a thumping, bouncing sound system experience that was the perfect antidote, if you will, to the intensity of DJ Shadow’s performance. We danced, and danced, and even sang along until the lights went up and the Aura staff were giving us the evil eye!

The entire experience left me feeling as though I’d just been a part of something really special, one of those nights that will be talked about for years to come and one of those ‘undiscovered’ Ibiza underground events.

‘Learned a lot about Ibiza; there’s more to the island than what you see in the media.’ Wrote DJ Shadow on his Facebook page a couple of days after the event. ‘Thanks to everyone who helped make my intro a success.’

No DJ Shadow, thank YOU! And to Aura and the Wax On crew too. We’ll be seeing you again next week!

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Photography by Gypsy Westwood

THE LOWDOWN

THE GOOD: Being able to relive the experience not just once, but twice as the Nightmares on Wax set was broadcast again on the Wax Da Beach radio show on Ibiza Sonica on Thursday and Saturday. Now, if I could just get my hands on a recording of DJ Shadow…

THE BAD: Miss W knew of a few Ibiza peeps who didn’t attend the event because they couldn’t get a reservation in the booked-out restaurant beforehand. Now while I understand that was completely their choice, I have to say I felt mildly irritated at those who lingered at their tables for the entire duration of DJ Shadow’s set. What a waste of a table setting!

THE GOSSIP: I spy with my little eye, something beginning with… SIENNA AND JUDE! Nestled in the corner of Aura’s enormous DJ suite (exactly why the seating was built, for visiting VIPS and their entourages!), they certainly looked as though they were having a great time… however wouldn’t you know it, Miss W’s camera battery died just as she was about to start snapping pics. Paparazzi karma strikes again!