Twenty-Ten - It's Been a Good Year

Words by: Cila Warncke
Posted: 10/12/10 12:01

Twenty-Ten - It's Been a Good YearI am trying, not very successfully, to cope with the fact we've almost finished the first decade of the 21st century. Where the hell does the time go? It has been another action packed year and the dance music world is no exception.

So, I'd like to take the time to appreciate some of the exciting developments of the last 12 months - and nod to the ongoing ethos of club culture. In no particular order, here are a few of my favourite things. Read on and post your comments about the great and good of 2010.

Ibiza: I haven't spent nearly as much time in Ibiza this year as I would have liked, but the island is still, in a very real sense, home. The beaches, the bars, the sunshine, the easy Ibicenco culture - there is nowhere in the world like it. Every year brings change and there are always favourite parties, or places, that fade from the limelight and are replaced, but the underlying spirit never changes. You can still go to Ibiza and feel free, happy, and be who you want to me. What more could you want?

Dubstep: The year the music journalists' favourite underground genre went properly overground as the likes of Magnetic Man stomped up the charts with bass bombs that thrillingly evoke old school rave anthems. The likes of "I Need Air" wouldn't have been out of place at a warehouse party in '92, which is at least half the fun.

Involvement: One of the things that first attracted me to dance culture is how participatory it is. I love that people don't just turn up, stand in the crowd, and then piss off home; when they fall in love with the music, they get involved. To every new and aspiring producer, DJ, writer, photographer or club tycoon - cheers. You're what makes clubbing great.

Pop madness: 2010 was a fantastic year for pop and therefore a fantastic year for dance. I spent the first half of it in the States, where if the radio wasn't pumping out Guetta & Akon's "Sexy Chick", or "Feel It" by Three 6 Mafia & Tiesto, it was hammering terrific dancefloor savvy pop tunes from the likes of Lady GaGa, Britney and Beyonce. Some people get sniffy about chart hits but for me, the proof is in the dancing. If it makes you want to move, it's all good.

Free thinking: In Britain and, increasingly, in Ibiza, clubbers are viewed with suspicion. No matter how sound-proofed, licenced, or cash-rich we are, what we're doing still makes authorities nervous. Which is fucking brilliant. I love that just by turning up at a party, by losing it to our favourite DJ, by choosing to be happy and to celebrate life and friendship, we can freak out the denizens of law and order. Viva la revolucion

Friends: Friendships that started as random chat are now the mainstay of my existence. I've moved around a lot the last couple of years and my best friends now live in Shanghai and Cardiff, but the bond we forged on sticky dancefloors is stronger than ever. And I'm sure every clubber has a similar story - even if we could imagine life without dance music, we couldn't imagine life without the friends we've made because of it.

Happy end-of-2010... see you on the other side.


Roberto Capuano
Politics Of Dancing
Ralph Lawson