Nightclubs are notorious for their fleeting lifespans, but Pacha stands out as an exception. The now-global clubbing franchise started as a small Barcelona discotheque in 1967, but has gone on to dominate the scene at the Spanish party island of Ibiza and has expanded to 11 worldwide locations. The Ibiza spot alone – famed for its house music – has held many hedonistic all-nighters in its five dance rooms, hosting top electronic artists from around the world from David Guetta to Steve Angello.
This past January, Pacha made its’ first Asian outpost in the new and glamourous hotel – Studio City Macau. With a 1,000 square foot dance floor, outdoor terrace and pool that can fit up to 3,000 partygoers, Pacha brings glitzy island vibes and top notch international DJs to Macau’s emerging club scene. We take a look back Pacha’s rich rhythmic history and the top DJs that have walked through its doors.
Swedish House Mafia
Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso are world class DJs in their own right, but combined as the electronic powerhouse Swedish House Mafia, they’ve released hits such as ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ that debuted at number six on Billboard’s Top 100. The trio started out as resident DJs at Pacha Ibiza during the summer of 2009, spicing up Monday nights with their Masquerade Motel-themed gigs, complete with masks and a Moulin Rouge-esque vibe.
French DJ David Guetta is no stranger to success. Known as the ‘grandfather of EDM,’ the music producer and two-time Grammy Award winner is the driving force behind collaborations with high-profile vocalists like Sia and Kelly Rowland, producing hits like ‘Titanium’ and ‘When Love Takes Over’. Even before he achieved mainstream success, Guetta was already a resident at Pacha Ibiza, throwing his notorious ‘F**k Me I’m Famous’ parties there annually since 2004.
No DJ was ever as ready to party rock at Pacha than Redfoo, half of the EDM duo LMFAO. The DJ captured the attention of worldwide audiences back in 2011 with his outsized character, crazy hair and infectiously catchy tunes like ‘Party Rock Anthem’ and ‘Sexy And I Know It’. Fresh off the release of his solo album Party Rock Mansion, Redfoo took to the stage of Pacha Macau this summer to carry on his antics all night long.
Credited for the exponential growth of electronic dance music worldwide, Dutch DJ Afrojack is famous for remixing popular artists from Beyonce to Madonna and producing mainstream viral hits like ‘Hey’. Afrojack’s dynamic artistry allows him to comfortably shifts between genres, making him one of the most coveted collaborators in the EDM scene. He graced the dance floor of Pacha Macau this past April, giving audiences a taste of the world’s top DJs.
As famous for his avant-garde undercut hairstyle as his skills at the turntables, Skrillex is one of the most talented DJs to come out of the US in recent years. The eight-time Grammy Award winner started out playing the guitar for punk band From First to Last but has since found his calling in electronic music, producing hits such as ‘Where Are You Now’ with Diplo under their group name Jack Ü. Skrillex gave a stellar performance at Pacha NYC last Halloween for the club’s Pier of Fear event, warranting a second appearance during the soft opening of Pacha Macau that December.
Canadian DJ A-Trak is half of the DJ duo Duck Sauce, owner of Fool’s Gold Records and a skilled turntablist in his own right. But he’s most renowned for working as Kanye West’s personal tour DJ since 2004, performing his mix of rap and electronic music alongside Yeezy at the Grammys, MTV awards and concerts (come find out Kanye West’s other collaborations). This May, A-Trak hit the tables of Pacha Macau to show Asian audiences some authentic mixes.