Ibiza Virgins Guide to…EDM


Passport – renewed. Hotel room – reserved. Airplane seat – reserved. Congratulations, you are ready for your first holiday abroad. Ibiza is waiting for you. Now all you have to decide is which parts to hit.

With multiple events day and night, Monday through Sunday, it can be a little overwhelming to decide where to go, especially for newcomers.

The secret, whether you’re new or a seasoned veteran, is to pick the nights when you’re most likely to enjoy the music.

Still puzzled? Don’t worry, we’re here to make it easy for you.

This week, we present to you what is commonly called… GED (it’s “electronic dance music“).


Borrowing a term from our American friends, “EDM” has become a catchall abbreviation for all things dance music. It could be Dubstep, Trance, Moombahton… well, you get the idea.

For the purposes of this article and this reading list, what we are referring to could best be described as mainstream dance music or commercial dance music.

Going further, it’s anything with a beat you can dance to, where your parents might recognize the names of some of the DJs – but they’ll probably hate it!

This type of music is often accompanied by big productions: synchronized pyrotechnics, countdowns, stadium-sized crowds and the image of an affluent and ambitious lifestyle.

Still not sure what we mean by “EDM” or “mainstream dance music”? Listen to this:

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Here in Ibiza there are plenty of choices for EDM. Although it is worth saying that these parties tend to take place in high season (late June to late August), when the island has its highest concentration of young tourists. At the beginning or end of the season, this decreases considerably.

Ibiza nights with EDM music:

calvin harris in Ushuaia | Fridays
Nathan Dawe to the rocks of Ibiza | Thursdays

The origins of EDM

Since the early 90s, dance music has infiltrated the charts. The subculture has managed to break into the mainstream, often taking influences from pop music, giving tracks a vocal hook and generally makes them more suitable for radio.

We’re sure you know songs like Rhythm Is A Dancer, Show Me Love, Mr Vain – all old school anthems!

Euro-dance and the like were huge in Europe, but it took until the late 2000s for the giant US market to pick up steam. It was then that a superstar DJ and producer by the name of David Guetta, had the clever idea of ​​recording dance music with some of the world’s biggest R&B and Hip-Hop stars. Suddenly, the EDM exploded! America jumped on it first, before taking over the world.

It’s really funny, considering that modern dance music was born in America with lodge almost 20 years ago…

Hot on Guetta’s heels were other up-and-coming global stars: Swedish house mafia, calvin harris, Skrillex and later acts as chain smokers, Hardwell and a young boy named Avicii.

Even established dance music icons, such as Tiesto and Armin Van Buurensaw a new opportunity and consciously changed direction.


Because us elders are set in our ways and don’t like change, some of our ranks despise EDM and the culture that goes with it. In truth, dance music fans have been waiting decades for their music to be “taken seriously.” As soon as everyone started liking it, we got mad! There is nothing to please some people.

Personally, we agree with Carl Cox’s sentiments:

EDM is a gateway to discovering more underground dance music.” Absoutely.


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