BURN Residency: Straight to Ibiza Sonica

06 July 2016

And so it begins... this summer's BURN Residency contestants finally landed in Ibiza this week. Over the course of July, 26 of the hottest prospects in dance music will be put through their paces by way of a rigorous bootcamp process designed to challenge even the most season DJ/producer. Each contestant will be asked to perform live at iconic Ibiza venues such as Sankeys, Café Mambo and Hotel Es Vive. They'll tour Ushuaïa with founder Yann Pissenem. And along the way they'll be personally mentored by some of the most revered names in electronica music, including Dubfire, Bedrock head honcho John Digweed, Miguel Campbell, Spanish producer UNER, Darius Syrossian, Sankeys owner David Vincent and everyone's favourite techno legend Carl Cox. The prize for the winning contestant? A cool €100,000 to kick start their career...

The first contestants to land on the island are Lorenzo Gainer from Italy, Alex Preda from Romania, and Daniel Vicente Perez from Spain. And all three DJs are immediately thrown into the deep end! Their first stop? The most prestigious broadcasting house on the island: Ibiza Sonica Radio, where Pacha resident Graham Sahara is waiting to greet them.

"Here we are at Ibiza Sonica Radio," Sahara explains. "There's no dance floor, but the contestants will have to play as if the room is full because the island is listening. Each guy plays for 20 minutes and we don't stop."

Lorenzo Gianeri, who plays under the alias Lollino, is first up. He merges vinyl with tunes stored on his USB, starting off on a tribal house tip that builds towards a techno finish, Ipperton's hypnotic Remix of 'Tides' by Beanfield completing the set. "Ibiza is a good place for my sound," Lollino beams after his performance. "Groove is the real power in all types of music. If you have the groove, people will dance and that's the most important thing."

Spain's Daniel Vicente Perez, better known as DVICE, is up next. He plays deep and techy, 'Scala' by Agoria his standout tune. "Any nerves I had just vanished," DVICE explains after dropping his last track. "What an awesome experience. The studio is just awesome, the equipment perfect. I've seen the studio so much on YouTube that it probably made it easier for me - I knew the layout as I've seen it so many times online."

Alex Preda completes the hour long recording. His sound is deep, but more progressive and emotional than the first two contestants. 'Arise' by Victor Ruiz going down especially well in the studio. "I love that track as well," Preda smiles. "It has a nice driving bass and kick, which gives it lots of energy, but also a super nice melody down to the break."

All three contestants impress. But Ibiza luminary Sahara isn't surprised at the quality on offer. "You can see the quality is high," he nods. "When I looked at the list of contestants I was more than surprised. I thought it would be full of people I don't know, but there are actually quite a few names I've heard of. I actually had Alex Preda on my radio show about six months ago! There's another guy from Turkey, Sezer Uysal, who I've met before. So it's going to be a very tough completion to win. But that's fair enough; after all, €100,000 invested in your career is a big prize!"

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