Is Paris Hilton really leaving Ibiza to make a "techno-pop"album? For the sake of the island's music scene, please say yes.
Five years after her controversial Foam and Diamonds party began, various press outlets have announced this week that Paris Hilton will not be returning to Amnesia for her residency this year.
If you’re pumping your arms in the air with joy while reading this, please forgive us for not being surprised. Few mega celebrities evoke the ire of the average music fan quite like Paris Hilton and dance music has had a particularly grievous axe to grind with the 36-year old hotel chain heiress since she set up shop in Amnesia five years ago.
Countless miles worth of Facebook hating flowed in the wake of the announcement of her residency at Amnesia five years ago and she was crucified in a flood of internet memes that lambasted her for daring to pick up a pair of headphones. Quite often the vitriol went too far and dance music site, Wunderground went as far as describing her as a “hotel whoress.”
That hasn’t stopped her becoming one of the most well paid DJs in history and a symbol for the VIP culture on the island that has been hotly debated by the dance music community.
But has time been finally called on her party? Mixmag triumphantly declared this week that Hilton was “finally” leaving the island and cited an expat magazine in Mallorca as the source of the story. Which is about as unlikely as a source gets in the press game.
The statement has been circulating the online news sites for a few weeks but the Mail Online claimed in January that a statement announcing her departure was “bogus.” Again not exactly the likeliest of dependable sources, so who is to be believed?
Amnesia have not responded to our email requesting a confirmation of the story but if the reports are true, it will be the end for one of the most controversial parties the island has seen.
Foam and Diamonds, a glorified version of the kind of West End foam party horror shows that have come to epitomise the cheesy side of Ibiza, marked the tipping point where dance music’s crossover into the mainstream had gone too far.
Maurice Fulton and wife Mutsumi Kanamori had a club hit in 2005 with this amazingly weird track inspired by Hilton.
Hilton has been visiting the island since arriving for a holiday with friends as a teenager in 1997 and Amnesia was one of the first clubs she visited. She has been often spotted at DC10 over the past decade and regularly cropped up at Hï IBiza’s parties and Music On in 2017. She has DJ friends. “I am really into Damian Lazarus, he is one of my good friends,” She told My Ibiza website. “Dixon is another one of my good friends. Solomun is so good. I used to go to his night every Sunday last year. I also love Marco Carola, Adriatique and of course, Black Coffee, he is like my homeboy.”
But for all her industry friends and undisputed love of Ibiza’s club culture however, her night has continued to be a persistent low point for the island’s scene and a source of ridicule for those who believe the island's heyday has passed.
We can probably blame technology just as much as VIP culture. The sync button let the genie out of the bottle for DJs like Hilton, who famously played an EDM mix of Oasis ‘Wonderwall’ at her party, the video of which went viral.
What used to be the preserve of the drunken clubber having a mix after a night out behind closed doors, suddenly became a celebrity at the controls of one of the world’s most influential superclubs.
Her residency in Ibiza has made her one of the clubbing world’s most well paid DJs. She regularly tours the world, sometimes earning up to $1million a set, playing for the super rich in places like celebrity club Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City in the US or rich list hangouts in Vietnam, Shanghai, or Paris.
It’s a development that has been difficult to stomach for dance music fans and challenged the notion of artistry in the world of DJing. An art that traditionally involved decades of music collection and thousand of hours worth of practice, has been usurped by a celebrity with a huge social media following and a Denon digital DJing console.
“Having her in any position to handle the music is a real fart in the face to anyone who has invested time and passion into their music and into being a real artist,” one producer Thomas Mezey commented on social media summing up the anger of many.
Her party’s presence on the island is another example of how Ibiza is becoming a bizarre social experiment, where normal people, the underground and the one percent are trapped in the most awkward of confined spaces.
The social media bile that unearths at the mention of her name in dance music circles is just a sign of the lurking contempt that the average man or woman on the street has for one per centers like Hilton. To some, her party on the island is a symbol of dance musics' crossover potential and Ibiza’s prestige as an iconic hotspot for wealthy tourists. To others it's a sign of how far the island has gone down a potentially irreversible road in the pursuit of a pay day.