In 1998 the very first DJ Awards was conceived by Jose Pascual – On Wednesday the 25th September 2013, the 16th Annual DJ Awards will be held at Pacha Ibiza…
The DJ Awards which is a non profit organisation was created to recognise and celebrate the talents of the greatest DJ’s. The fundamental philosophy of the DJ Awards is not that of a competition, as we are dealing with an art form whose merits are purely subjective and therefore there is no best. Rather the DJ Awards focuses on the celebration of the electronic dance music scene, and seeks to let the world know that the art of DJ’ing is a respected craft with world-wide impact. This annual event is the only international DJ awards ceremony to be held in Ibiza which becomes the dance music capital of the world, during the summer months. It is also one of the longest running award ceremonies in the world, whilst enviably still retaining the same ethos as it did when it first started; to honour and celebrate DJs and individuals who have influenced electronic dance music across the globe.
Each year the DJ Awards team works together with a panel of electronic dance music finest; from managers, promoters, venue owners, media moguls, record companies, music pr companies and ofcourse the DJs themselves to help compile the list of categories & nominees.
It’s an unenviable task, a complicated business, especially today where DJ´s known over the years for one defining music style, now are multi-tasking to an extent that most DJ´s can fit into at least 2 or 3 different genres.
We cant say that everyone will agree with us, its subjectivity at its best. However if our list of nominees brings about some healthy debate, then bring it on; this is afterall the nature of the beast!
The DJ Awards each year launch via their social media networks a selection of categories and nominees. All the nominees within the music genre categories open each year for the public to vote for their choice of DJ, the voting is also supported heavily through all the nominees social networks.
The voting is usually open for a short period, and attracts voters worldwide. The winners are invited to be presented with their award at a grand ceremony held at Ibiza’s most famous and stylish nightclub Pacha. The most celebrated DJ’s worldwide have won awards from Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Deadmau5, Erick Morillo, Sven Väth, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Seth Troxler and Ferry Corsten amongst many others.
There are also a selection of awards which are not open to voting, these awards are decided by a panel. The various special awards celebrate individuals, musical talents, productions, which often are groundbreaking.
What is the Award?
The DJ Awards Trophy is a piece of green kryptonite. The word kryptonite embodies Crypto (The code and mystery of life) and Nite (The nightlife and its culture). This draws together the sense of adventure and surprise that lies ahead as the sun begins to set and the children of the night spring to life. We have no better explanation for this than Hausman’s famous quote: “Life is not a riddle to be solved, but a mystery to be experienced”.
So who’s behind the DJ Awards?
Here’s a sixty second catch-up with the people behind the awards…
60 SECONDS WITH…
What do you like the most working for the DJ Awards?
I think the best thing working with the DJ Awards is the opportunity to turn my passion of music into my day job.
What is your musical influence?
I think that my music influences growing up in Ibiza were quite diverse, i always considered myself lucky as i can appreciate music from many different genres, but i guess that growing up in Ibiza my major influences where free outdoor psytrance parties and Techno and Minimal, Cocoon and Dc10 were my temples
What’s surprised you?
Two things – One is how hard communication can be with some managements, and the other one is to find out how big Trance is nowadays! This was the only genre i didn´t know much about before working for the DJ Awards.
What do you think about the future of electronic music?
I am not too sure where it is going but i hope that people will care more about the music, in my opinion sometimes I feel people don’t go out for the music, even Dj´s, makes me very sad to see when they don´t care.
60 SECONDS WITH…
Have the categories changed over the years?
Yes! Music evolves so we need to reflect this in the categories, more and more the lines of the genres are becoming less distinguishable, and artists themselves are also moving into different music zones, its head spinning but keeps it interesting!
How do you compile the nominees?
First we enlist help within the industry to advise on the categories, once the music categories are confirmed we start receiving in suggestions from our panel and from our team in-house for all the nominations per category. Then, starts the long road to research each nominee even the most obvious artists, against a list of criteria. Once the draft of the year’s list is done we then send back out to the panel for their final comments. This process takes us from between 3-4 months.
What obstacles do you come across when organizing the DJ Awards?
Many! But with organising an event with so many different angles to consider obstacles are parts of the job, as long as we come up with the solutions!
What is your view of the future for the DJ Awards?
Take the brand across to different territories around the world, starting small just as the DJ Awards did back in 1998, every year we have many invitations, so the time is coming to start accepting them, need to spread the DJ Awards wings!
What was your first introduction to electronic music?
I have spent most of my life in Ibiza and my generation grew up with it.
What was your best concert this summer?
Without any doubt, Chic with Nile Rodgers at Ibiza Rocks.
What is your most interesting part of your job?
Everything is very interesting especially because there is no routine, everyday is different! What really surprises me is how nice and helpful working with the press has been so far, and how people I have met this summer. They are all amazing!
An interview that you would love to make
Nelson Mandela; for me is the leader for the struggle of human rights.
How do you see your future with the DJ Awards?
It is difficult to define long term, but I would like to remain part of the team and to bring new ideas and events to promote the brand all year round.
Why did you create the DJ Awards?
Due to technological advancements reached, I realized that the DJ’s did more than just playing music; they demonstrated their depth of knowledge of music and their creativity by using this technology. So in the absence of any such recognition, I decided to create these awards as a way to recognize their talent.
When did you discover electronic music?
It was because of my friendship with some musicians called Ricky and Nelson, brothers from Colombia who themselves had great success in the ’80s. Nelson surprised me with something he had discovered: it was a small box containing a lot of buttons capable to emit different sounds. Then I realized you could really create a new sound of music that later would be called electronic music.
On the other hand, Brian Eno, Co-founder of Roxy Music and producer of several music artists such as U2, was the one who introduced me into the electronic music but as an intellectual way showing me his productions.
How did you get the name of the DJ Awards?
Lenny Krarup, and I always thought that these 2 words DJ and AWARDS must remain in the title somewhere, so finally it was simple put them together and this described the type of awards we were considering as there were no others in existence.
Have you seen any unofficial DJ Awards around the world?
When you manage good and successful ideas, there is always someone who wants to copy you and in this way it’s a complement of recognition.
Why do people call you “PAPY”? Explain.
This came from my South American wife. She always called me “PAPY” because this is how they call the partner in a nice way, but she also says that I am the “PAPY” of the DJ Awards since i was the one who had the idea; and later Lenny would help me to realise it.
For further information on the DJ Awards: www.DJawards.com