Maceo Plex will launch his own residency at Pacha Ibiza in May.
Though Plex, real name Eric Estornel, has played regularly for Circoloco, ENTER. and HYTE in recent years, Mosaic will be his first artist-led residency on the island. Pacha has given him the Tuesday slot, in lieu of the long-running Flower Power party. Estornel, who has never played Pacha, will head up 20 weeks in a row, running from May 24th through October 4th. No other artists have been announced yet, though the press release confirms that the residency will "play host to a wide variety of quality label brands in the form of 'takeovers" and 'showcases.'"
Speaking to Estornel over email earlier this week, we asked him to shed some light on the season ahead.
Tell us about the concept behind Mosaic.
Mosaic represents art derived from small fragments of colored material. I originally loved the name championed by a favorite artist of mine named Steve O'Sullivan and his Mosaic record label. I thought it fit perfectly to name a party brand that aims to bring together many "musical colours." For years the trend on the island has been to book the same DJs over and over again, and while Mosaic will still feature some of these artists, many will not be from the list of typical Ibiza guests. I'm hoping that with Mosaic we will have a place where we can finally get loose, at least to an extent that feels cozy. There is still room for the island to be the Mecca for tech house beats as well as a place to hear other good dance music.
Pacha is new territory for you in Ibiza. What attracted you to the club?
I've never actually played at Pacha, but I've been there many times and paid very close attention to its tightly compressed and tense feeling when full. It's not like the huge Amnesia Terrace that I'm used to with its muscular tech house groove. Pacha has tables just like any other club, it's inevitable, but I've seen the whole place going off uniformly to some interesting music here and there. It can be done in that space, you just need to go when the right person is playing for the right crowd. The sound is incredible. It's actually a damn good club. They've offered me a night there three years in a row, and I think I've seen enough people on the island groove to something else other than loopy fitness tech house to know that there's room for something else.
Broadly speaking, what will the music policy be?
The Mosaic policy will be simple: good music, interesting decor, lighting that fits the music (dark and warm) and an interesting array of label showcases and takeovers that extend beyond Ibiza's current repertoire of sound. I don't expect it to reach Trouw quality anytime soon, but we will die trying.