Guy Gerber will launch his new night called Wisdom of the Glove at Pacha in Ibiza next month.
The Supplement Facts boss will cover Wednesday nights at the Ibiza institution, taking over from Erick Morillo. The latter's Subliminal event is one of three to leave Pacha for new club Bomba this summer, alongside Defected In The House and Luciano's Vagabundos. Running from May 22nd through Ocotber 2nd, Wisdom of the Glove plans to bring an air of mysticism to the club, combining DJs and live acts with puppeteers, magicians, fortune-telling machines and a $150,000 glove. Week-by-week line-ups are as yet unannounced, but performances from the likes of dOP, Cajmere, Deniz Kurtel, Matthew Dear and Benoit & Sergio have all been confirmed, as well as live sets from Four Tet and Chromatics.
Corresponding via email, Guy Gerber shed some light on the inspiration behind the concept and why Pacha was a natural choice:
Tell us a bit about how Wisdom of the Glove came to be. Was it an idea you've always had or was it something Pacha and yourself collaborated on?
The whole thing has sprung from a ridiculous idea that came to my mind while I was at a party in the jungle during BPM festival in Mexico. There wasn't too much behind it besides trying to tell Pacha that instead of cheesy merchandise, I wanted to sell one glove and put a price tag of $150,000 on it. The more we spoke about it however, the more I decided to look at booking acts that don't belong to any other brand, to be daring with the acts I wanted to book and focus instead on fresh and new interesting DJs that aren’t necessarily familiar to the island. My vision was that if someone like Grace Jones came to Ibiza, which night would she want to attend? It would have to be daring and chic and surprising.
What is the idea behind the concept?
While at the jungle party in Mexico, I was walking around wearing a single glove, Michael Jackson style. The texture inside the glove felt weird, because it was cheap, and I was enjoying going around and touching people on the face with it to creep them out. But after like two hours, I realized that no one was bothered by the glove. When I touched my own face, I realized the outside of the glove was actually soft and nice. So the whole time I was really just creeping myself out.
The WOTG concept involves bringing together magicians, puppeteers, Zoltar machines and hopefully some of the most cutting edge line-ups the island has ever seen. I feel if I was doing this kind of night in one of the more underground clubs, it would come across as very pretentious. Pacha, with its more mainstream aesthetic, makes everything seem a bit more over the top and ridiculous, and that's what I'm looking for.
Musically, what can we hope to expect?
My main idea is that the music has to be entertaining and challenging at the same time. I see Ibiza 2002-2007 as a goal and that means that there should be plenty of melodies - it will sometimes be techno, sometimes indie, but most of the time, it will just be party music. I would like to encourage a dialogue between the visitors of the night and the DJs by way of soulful, hypnotic beats. Something that is missing on the island is the 'track of the season' or the 'track of the after party.' I feel that it's been a while since anyone has spoken about one particular tune or party, one that really fits Ibiza more than anywhere else.
2013 has seen many of Pacha's longest-serving DJs part ways with the club, including Erick Morillo, Tiesto and Luciano. What do you make of the reasons cited by Ricardo Urgell recently in the New York Times that led to such a dramatic shift?
Personally I don't like to interfere in the business of other people. One of the biggest problems in this world is greed, but I'm sure some people might see me as greedy too. I just think that in general it's a free world and DJs should be allowed to play wherever they want, while at the same time, club owners should also be allowed to pay as much as they want.
From talking with Pacha, I didn't feel there was any resentment toward these people. The owners were just looking forward to a time when Pacha would move away from hosting commercial brands and move into doing something more fresh. Pacha was the first club in Ibiza and has always striven to be the first to discover the next new, exciting thing.
I don't feel like they have any bad feelings toward these people, and are still looking forward to working with them, just not on the same terms. It's funny because that whole money thing has become a big question right now in the scene with the emergence of the VIP crowd and bigger venues. Personally I feel that the fact that more money is injected into that world actually prevents some artists from selling out, because you can earn a decent amount of money while still remaining loyal to yourself and to your fans.