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© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker

We met Tasya Menaker in Ibiza and have been friends ever since. Her work is bold and colourful, capturing the energy and beauty of Ibiza, the island she calls home every summer. She is resident photographer at world-renowned club DC-10, and contributes to one of the most respected electronic music websites on the planet, Resident Advisor.

Name: Tasya Menaker.

Age: 30.

From/Location? Russian born, Chicago raised.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Since 2009 I suppose.

Camera of choice? It’s not about the camera but how you use it.

Specialist area of expertise? Ibiza.

Inspirations? Music (or do you mean people? In that case, my father who is the best photographer and inspiration in my life: Igor Menaker).

The selection of pictures? My selection focuses on nightlife and nature in Ibiza. The island has so much to offer!

Where can we see more of your work? www.tasyamenaker.com

Click the images for high resolution…

© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
© Tasya Menaker
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Cosmic Pineapple party at Pikes in Ibiza
Cosmic Pineapple party at Pikes in Ibiza

Our friends over at Cosmic Pineapple are all about conscious living, and informing their readers about the world of spirituality and living in a mindful way, spliced with quality music, all presented in a friendly down-to-earth way. They’re kindred spirits and we share many of their philosophies, life is for living to the fullest, sharing information on self-improvement and trying maintain balance in everything we do. This September Cosmic Pineapple will launch their first series of conscious events at Pikes in Ibiza.

Cosmic Pineapple party at Pikes in Ibiza

The white island has been a hub for spiritual activity since the sixties, a period when hippies fleeing America made a beeline for the Spanish island – though it has always been a place where free thought and expression has existed. Stories about its magical qualities have existed for a long while, with some attributing its allure to its location at the intersection of ley lines, while also being a ‘triple Scorpio’ island, meaning it is “capricious, volatile and like a magnifying glass for your experiences, feelings and emotions.” (from White Ibiza). Whether you’re spiritually-inclined or not there’s no doubt that Ibiza can have a life-changing effect on many of those who pay a visit there, and has been cited as doing exactly that by many of the world’s most famous DJs.

By organising conscious events that merge the party side of the island with its alternative underbelly, Cosmic Pineapple will offer balance and something that just that little bit different, away from the hectic clubs and bars that populate San Antonio, Playa D’en Bossa and other busy parts of the island. With a healing area, appearances from spiritual leaders, an arts and crafts market and a whole host of other wholesome, grounding activities planned (Not to mention all the stars DJs who will be appearing) it’s bound to be a enlightening series of ‘collective experiments’.

For more information head over to the Cosmic Pineapple website.

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BBC Late Night Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Over the years the BBC Proms have always been full of pomp and ceremony. An occasion for the country’s upper classes to revel in the glory of good old classical music and to have a wonderfully patriotic evening at the Royal Albert Hall. Nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, it’s to the credit of the BBC that such an event occurs every year and we should be proud of the broadcaster for keeping it going. This year saw a new side to the Proms come forth, the Late Night Proms, which involved alternative forms of music that attracted very different audiences to those which normally attend the Proms we all know and love.

Because of the alternative nature of these Late Night Proms, and the fact that they were presenting most of their respective genres in a very different context, we thought it would be great to check out all four of them. So that’s exactly what we did…

Prom 8: Late Night With … BBC Asian Network

BBC Proms Asian Network Royal Albert Hall
Credit: Mark Allan

The plush surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall lent themselves perfectly to the delightful sounds presented by the BBC’s Asian Network. Bobby Friction presented, while the BBC Philarmonic orchestra, led by conductor Richard Davis, provided their expertise to support singers Benny Dayal and Palak Muchhal (pictured above). Though not quite as full as it was in the following weeks, there was still a warm buzz ever present throughout the show, which filled the Royal Albert Hall right up to the inside of its dome ceiling.

Special mention has to go to Naughty Boy who enthused articulately and passionately about the presence of the Asian Network at the Proms, bringing Emeli Sandé on to the stage, to perform their song ‘Lifted’, close to the end of the show. Her performance was the perfect way to close out the first ever Proms to support Asian-inspired music.

VIDEO HERE

Prom 16: Late Night With … BBC Radio 1

Credit: Chris Christodoulou
Credit: Chris Christodoulou

The second week of the Late Night Proms presented what was to be, in our eyes, the best of the bunch. Pete Tong hosted a tribute to dance music in honour of Radio 1’s 20th year of Big Weekend events in Ibiza. The ever-impressive Heritage Orchestra, led by the maestro Jules Buckley, turned in one perfect rendition after another, turning the Royal Albert Hall into an actual rave for one night only.

Looking around at the smiling faces, waves of emotion flowed through us as we witnessed some of dance music’s biggest hits recreated by a live orchestra. Dance music has always battled against snobbery from people who dismiss it because it’s made with computers, has a repetitive beat etc etc… But hearing all the elements of tracks like Daft Punk’s ‘One More Time’ or ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless played by real instruments certainly gave credence to the music and, hopefully, proved to some of the doubters that this music has just as much value as more traditional forms of audio expression.

VIDEO HERE

Prom 27: Late Night With … BBC Radio 6 Music

Credit: Chris Christodoulou
Credit: Chris Christodoulou

Infallible 6 Music presenter Mary Anne Hobbs curated this wonderful night, which involved performances by two of her faves; A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Nils Frahm. This was an event that was seemingly attended by many of the electronic music industry bigwigs. Managers, DJs, and plenty of those involved in the inner workings of electronic music were seen hanging around the bars at the Royal Albert Hall in anticipation of an evening of high brow neo-classical electronic performances.

Even a tube strike couldn’t stop the night from being a roaring success. We managed to grab a few minutes with a very emotional Mary Anne Hobbs not long after the event and here’s what she had to say: “It was 11 months in the making and a real labour of love. Nils and I chatted after one of his gigs in Manchester last September and we thought it would be possible to do something radical within the space at the Royal Albert Hall. Very special moments like this only happen once every decade or so. It’s been a really interesting journey for me, I first started to play Nils on my show two years ago, and Winged maybe a year later, I’ve been blown away with how the audience have mirrored my passion for them both back to me.

“In my heart of hearts I had so much belief in what the artists could deliver and the idea that the audience were ready for that, that goes for both the live audience and the online audience. There was such a magic about that night, I’m overjoyed, as you could probably tell!

“I felt we turned a page and made history that night. The Proms, in its absolutely glorious 120-year history, has never experienced anything similar to what went down in that room that night. I honestly feel it’s going to go down as one of my greatest nights on earth.”

VIDEO HERE

Prom 37: Late Night With … BBC Radio 1Xtra

Credit: Mark Allan
Credit: Mark Allan

We’re big time grime fans here at DLTM, following the music since before it was even really known as ‘grime’ – way back when Dizzee, Wiley, Slimzee and many others were tearing up pirate radio in 2001/2002. Almost 15 years on the music is still here, and it’s earned a place on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, bang bang! An all-star line-up of MCs, including Little Simz, Stormzy, Krept & Konan and Fekky, brought an uncompromising vibe to the stage, hyping up the crowd and probably making history with the amount of tracksuits and kicks that were present.

Wretch 32 delivered a more poppy side to proceedings, which to us, and no doubt a few others, was slightly disappointing. While we admire the direction he’s gone in and don’t hold anything against him at all, the night was billed as a ‘Grime Symphony’ and so having a bit of RnB-esque music to fill in the gaps between wasn’t quite what we expected. Nevertheless, it was a fun night and some absolute bangers were dropped on the Royal Albert Hall.

VIDEO HERE

Overall, a pretty much faultless run of events at the Late Night Proms. It’s events like this that really make you realise how important the BBC is to our nation’s cultural exports. Giving underground music a chance to breathe on a stage as prestigious as that of the Royal Albert Hall is something that not many other institutions in the UK could do. The BBC’s support of emerging genres and artists through its multitude of expert presenters is invaluable and feeds back into the music culture of our nation, which remains at the epicentre of global music trends.

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