URBAN IN PARLIAMENT!

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‘URBAN IN IBIZA’ set to represent the island as part of LNADJ’s historic event inside the British Houses of Parliament

 Urban in Ibiza co-curator, INKIE, confirms live paint at the event

(6th March 2013/FIX/Ibiza): 

As far as historical turning points go, URBAN IN IBIZA’s recent announcement really took the proverbial biscuit with their unveiling of their charity foundation meets art project ‘SMILE BRITANNIA’, due to be launched today, Wednesday, May 6th inside the U.K Houses of Commons, in conjunction with the ‘Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation’.

The LNADJ event is one that organisers have been planning for quite some time, and which today, becomes a reality. As part of the initiative, Urban in Ibiza’s curator, INKIE, will do a live paint at the event, most definitely the first of its kind to take place in the hallowed halls of the House of Commons, in the U.K’s capital city, London.

Contemporary artist RYCA will also be in attendance with his iconic ‘Mega Smiley’ image. Both artists will be producing limited edition prints for all attendees, as well as large scale pieces for display.

Urban in Ibiza’s creator and partner in the Westbank Gallery London, Paul ‘Dizzi’ Saunders, who has played a key role in the realization of the project, said of today’s fundraiser, “It’s a joy to be involved in such a historic event. Seems like only yesterday we were marching on Parliament for the ‘Freedom to Dance’ movement. Twenty-five years later, I’m welcomed with open arms; walking in the front door with a 2m high Smiley and one of the biggest DJs in house music, all to promote a government backed charity. This year is set to be our biggest yet in so many ways. Sons of Warhol are coming! Onwards and upwards.”

But that’s just the half of it. Step up, Norman Cook, much better known as FatBoy Slim, for he is the main man set to make dance music history by being the first DJ ever to play inside the House of Commons. Backing him up, the world’s most adventurous cellist, Matthew Barley, & young visionary beat poet, Sonny Green. Bryce Fury, the winner of Westbank’s national DJ competition, House the House, will also be showing us what he’s made of in the music department.  Could this whole thing be any more exciting?!

The event is hosted by Mike Weatherley, MP. Former music executive Mike, also champions Rock the House & Film the House competitions.

This is one seriously cool, seriously urban and seriously historic happening.

URBAN IN IBIZA @ HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH 2013

Smile Britannia- and the urban world smiles with you…

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PIONEERING THE IBIZA MUSIC CLUSTER.

London, Jan 2011

Sitting here in my rather poosh hotel in London, a stone’s throw away from Queenie Lizbeth, I’m mulling over my meeting this weekend between the Ibiza Music Cluster(IMC) and Pioneer.  A rather successful meeting, I should add, and one that came about as the next logical step in the rather exciting plans of IMC to take Ibiza’s music industry and all who sail in her to the next level.

But, I suppose I should begin by backtracking slightly.

Back in 1997, when I first arrived on the island to take part in Ibiza Uncovered, the first and definitely worst reality show ever made, I didn’t have a clue about the place or what awaited me. After the shame and bad reputation that that series of programmes generated worldwide, I made it my own personal goal to try and rectify that image as far as I possibly could- after all, I’d had a hand in creating it, albeit by proxy.

On the same but different tip, FIX then, as a PR & Events company, have always been supporters of the notion that those in power on the island paid little or no heed to the ginormous income consistently generated by the music and clubbing scene in Ibiza. Somewhat ironic, one would have thought, all things considered.

The launch of the Ibiza Music Cluster in itself came as something of a hooray moment for us. Steered by the Consell de Ibiza, and currently headed up by Paco Medina, Technical Secretary to the President of the island-Xicu Tarres, the IMC is gathering speed with every passing day.

Originally set up to gather together the music- led folks of the island- the clubs, the pubs, the DJs, the producers and all related individuals and businesses in between, it now counts with almost 100 members, all of whom see this as the way forward for the music industry in Ibiza.

Fast forward to May of 2010, lots of hard grind and several presentations later , and the Cluster was well on the road to establishing itself as a very viable organisation, gaining approval from the local, Balearic and even Spanish Government. The next step was planting the Cluster and its cause firmly in the minds of the international music industry- it was time for the official presentation at the Ibiza International Music Summit. FIX Ibiza were brought back to the table in full force, taking on the role of both the organisation, talent booking and the PR of the Cluster’s appearance at the IMS. Things went on to take a curious turn of events when, only minutes before the mics were turned on, yours truly took on the rather hefty last minute role, and was thrown on to the IMS stage to present and represent the Cluster in the presence of not only the president of the island and members of the Balearic Government as well as a huge cross section of her peers from the island and across the world. Guys, I can laugh at it now, but let me tell you that while I may have drafted the very script I was about to deliver, I certainly hadn’t signed up for assuming the role of presenter, Eurovision Song Contest, if you will.

Skip to the end, and I think it’s fair to say that we had taken one big step for the Cluster, one giant leap for Ibiza.

So now, that brings me to the main point in question in this particular blog piece. The growing relationship between Pioneer and Ibiza Music Cluster.

Some months ago, we were asked to set up a meeting between IMC, the President of Ibiza and several other key players in the Consell with Pioneer, the Japanese electronics company and leaders in DJ equipment.

Taking along our in-house Japanese translator for the ride, the meeting consisted in IMC and the Consell of Ibiza offering Pioneer a big part in the soon to be opened Ibiza Music Academy. The heads of Pioneer Japan, Europe and Iberica were all in attendance and happy days,  they loved the idea, so plans were made to continue negotiations for the 2011 opening of the Ibiza Music Pioneer Academy, a place where students from the island and aboard would come together to learn their skills- a long overdue hybrid of classical and electronic music training.

So, that’s enough digression- for the details are too many to mention. This weekend was the second meeting of minds between Pioneer and IMC and FIX were in the mix- ergo, why I am sat here in a lovely hotel in London. It is time to take things forward, do the nitty gritty, sign an agreement. And whilst I’m not exactly at liberty right here, right now, to spill all the beans, lets just say that this joint venture is looking very good- not only for the Cluster and Pioneer but for the island of Ibiza in itself. A new opportunity for international music students  to learn their skills from the masters- Ibiza-a melting pot of cultures and music, a  who’s who of the international music industry- electronic and otherwise- a place on the island for Pioneer to call their very own, and the start of something very big for Ibiza in general.

Those are the basics of what’s been going on from our end since the Cluster was set up. You can read much more about it by heading straight to the webpage

http://www.ibizamusiccluster.org/

To Be Continued….

January 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.