Brought up on disco, funk and hip-hop in Dijon in eastern France, DJ W!ld took his name from the seminal 1983 hip-hop documentary Wild Style — adding the exclamation mark for extra effect. After moving to Paris, his main influence in his early days of DJing himself was Laurent Garnier, and the impeccable way the French pioneer put together house, techno and all manner of other styles of music in his magnificent elongated DJ sets.
As it approaches its 20th year, DC-10 finds itself on a White Isle in a huge state of flux after the 2016 season. But through its two long-standing residencies, Circoloco and Paradise, the converted airport hangar remains Ibiza’s most iconic underground nightspot. Having helped incubate the minimal scene through the noughties, the Playa D’en Bossa club continues to nurture the careers of discerning selectors from across the house and techno spectrum, with the club’s roll call of residents and regular guests boasting the likes of Seth Troxler, Apollonia, The Martinez Brothers and Luciano. It also welcomes a third night in 2017, as Disclosure bring their Wild Life concept to DC-10 for four Fridays through July and August.
Split into three dance floors, including its large outdoor sun terrace, there are few experiences in global clubbing like the chaos of DC-10 in full swing. The space, which lies off the end of Ibiza’s airport, also boasts one of the best soundsystems on the White Isle, and as the increasing VIP culture continues to suffocate parts of Ibiza, DC-10 remains a defiant antithesis to the island’s cavernous superclubs — a bastion for the true magic of the world’s most revered party island.
It may not be the longest running or the biggest of Ibiza’s famed club empires, but for many DC-10 is the pinnacle of the island’s dance thrills. There are plenty of venues around the world that feel hanger-like, but DC-10 literally is a converted aircraft hanger on the road heading into and out of Playa d’en Bossa — augmented by a second room and large outdoor area to enjoy the sun during its daytime portions.
Few would argue that one party, Circoloco, put it on the map, the essential Monday throw down which helped incubate first the sound of minimal (which dominated throughout the noughties), then its disco and house infused predecessor. Last year it hosted everyone from Jackmaster to Kerri Chandler at an extended 13-hour opening.
Since 2012, however, DC-10 has also played host to Paradise, a weekly Wednesday night venture set-up by Hot Creations’ heads Lee Foss and Jaime Jones. The spiritual heir to Circoloco, Paradise draws from Hot Creations extended roster with a familiar roll-call, including wAFF, Richy Ahmed, Russ Yallop and Rob James, plus Foss and Jones themselves, joined by guests such as Maya Jane Coles.
All of which means that DC-10 packs in twice the weekly fun that it once did, keeping it top of the must visit list for plenty making their annual summer pilgrimage.
What do you, P-Diddy, Sienna Miller and Kelis have in common? Simple. You all like to get deep, down and dirty at DC-10, probably Ibiza's most hedonistic club. With CIRCOLOCO every Monday (launched 26th May) and Jamie Jones' PARADISE (Wednesdays from 2nd July), everyone's favourite air hangar with a meaty VOID soundsystem is undoubtedly one of the island's most popular — for obvious reasons.