Age is but a Number
Producers like Martin Garrix, Dyro, and Audien have rightfully garnered support, partially due to the abilities they have crafted at such young ages, but the older guard among the Ultra ranks can still turn up. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Carl Cox stage, the 51-year-old took to the stage for four hours on Saturday alone, working through hundreds of deep, hard house/techno and probably a dozen sweat rags. The 37-year-old Eric Prydz also kept busy all weekend. Following an after-party with deadmau5 on Thursday, he presented Holo on Friday, and then returned on Sunday as Cirez D to keep the underground faithful satiated with a packed closing set at the Ultra Ibiza Stage on Sunday.
The young guns normally dominate the Beatport charts, as their live sets showcase; on the other hand, they have yet to acquire the wisdom that years behind the tables teach. The likes of Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren, Laidback Luke and Fedde Le Grand (all regular Ultra artists) have spent decades cultivating their encyclopedic knowledge of the DJ craft, and it shows when they have the ability to both entertain and educate a mass audience. Despite the ongoing converge of indie and electronica, the Live Stage’s most memorable sets were delivered by those with a few crows feet — Basement Jaxx bringing an array of exotic vocalists and 2ManyDJs proving that the mash-up can still be an art form.