More DJ Awards
As the Ibiza season draws to a close, the island’s key movers and shakers gathered at Pacha for the Ibiza DJ Awards ceremony. Well, almost everyone.
It seems like not a week can go by without another award ceremony to stir up a bit of debate. This week it was Ibiza’s turn to get in on the act with the 15th annual Ibiza DJ Awards on Wednesday night. And the industry bash wasn’t without controversy.
Well known for his no-holds-barred opinions on Facebook, Viva Music mainstay Darius Syrossian took to the social network on the eve of the ceremony to question the merit of DJ awards and polls in general. Showing uncanny prescience, he went on to predict a winner and even to suggest that the prize giving was rigged, serving as a form of political backscratching: “i aint gonna go and stand alongside loads of other djs and watch a staged award ceremony that is basically gonna award SOLOMUN the title because they want to entice him over to PACHA next year for a weekly residency, (i bet im proved right on this by the way)” (sic).
Unfortunately we don’t think William Hill were offering any odds on this year’s winners, otherwise Darius (and his Facebook fans) would have made a pretty penny as Solomun went on to pick up the Best Producer gong on the night.
Rigged or not, Syrossian’s comments echo the views of a large proportion of dance music fans. It’s a debate which will surely resurface in three weeks’ time when the results of a certain magazine’s annual poll are revealed. There’s no doubt which side Darius will be on. As he states in his self-confessed controversial rant: “i really dont care for any of that crap, the main thing for me is REAL support and recognition, like the fact that right now as i write this i have three tracks in beatport top 100, top 10 in tech house, and also tracks in deep house and house charts” (sic). Music fans buying music as recognition? Now there’s a novel idea.
Check the full list of Ibiza DJ Awards winners here.