Back in the mid-1980s, before the world discovered its raving feet, Ibiza and its DJs like Alfredo pushed a musical belief that eventually became known as Balearic Beat. The only rule of Balearic Beat, was that there was no rules: so long as it moved you anything went in a DJ set. For an artist like Chile’s Luciano, who has been a DJ on the island for many years, that spirit of openness comes as second nature. Luciano first landed in Ibiza to visit his friend Ricardo Villalobos. So blown away was he, by the island’s unique culture and parties, that he decided to stay. Before long, he was DJing at small underground events. His first official gig was with Cocoon. Then he landed a regular slot at Ibiza’s notorious afterhours club, Circoloco at DC10, where he remained a resident DJ for six years. During his time at DC10, Luciano became famous for his magical, mind-altering sets that combined warm-blooded Latino rhythms, futuristic techno and rough house grooves. In 2009, when DC10 was shut for the summer, Luciano was determined to bring back the underground spirit to Ibiza by hosting a free outdoor party at a little known beach bar called Ushuaia. From a one-off event, it exploded into the biggest party of the summer, and such was the success of Luciano’s parties, that they helped lead to the launch of Ibiza’s glitzy new Ushuaia hotel-club complex in 2011. Ushuaia is now Ibiza’s most famous outdoor venue, and Luciano has been a resident DJ since it opened. Following the success of Luciano’s Ushuaia parties in 2009, all of Ibiza’s clubs were clamouring for Luciano to play for them. In the end, he chose Pacha as the perfect destination to express his musical vision and in the summer of 2010 he launched his Vagabundos concept at the opulent club. The parties were a runaway success, with Luciano and his fellow Cadenza artists playing to a packed Pacha every Sunday night throughout the summers.
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