Ibiza’s influence on radio and music

Ibiza’s influence on radio and music

Whenever we think about the radio as a communication method and mass media invention, Marconi automatically comes to mind. He was a bright Italian who filed the patent in 1904 and won the Nobel Prize five years later. That’s how the history books about the great inventions of the 20th century tell the story. Many fought over this “great idea” including Popov, Tesla and even Brecht, however, the newsworthy fact that many books fail to include is that the human voice was first broadcast between Ibiza and Alicante, more specifically from Sant Josep to Cabo de la Nao by Julio Baviera, a Spanish engineer neglected by the global history of the radio. Since its very inception, radio has enjoyed a major presence as an informative communication method and a broadcast channel for musical culture too. With the dawning of Radio Ibiza in 1959, broadcasting from the Santa Cruz church, almost thirty years would pass before a “competitor” would come to the island in the form of Radio Ibiza-Cadena Ser, Radio Diario, Onda Cero, Antena 3 Radio and Última Hora Radio and others. It was the 80s and music was booming in Ibiza.

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Ibiza and music: a look back at the past

Looking back, we can’t forget about the immense musical milestone marked in Ibiza with the legendary concert played by Bob Marley in the former bull ring in 1978. An event that strengthened—because this, ladies and gents, had got off the ground a decade before—the role that the white isle would play in the global history of music and its place as an inspirational setting for the most relevant acts on the music scene such as Oldfield, Frank Zappa, Nina Hagen and many others.

When electronic music subsequently burst onto the scene—let’s not forget important events like New Order recording their album Technique on the island in 1989—, Ibiza became a highly desired destination for creatives: fashion, music, dance, freedom and excess. At the end of the 80s, this mélange of different styles gave way to a musical style called Balearic Sound, eclectic house sounds exuding passion amidst beautiful sunsets, during endless nights of legendary parties and—ultimately—the most hedonistic sounds. Who were the leading figures? There’s no doubt that the Brits had a huge influence with names like Trevor Fung, Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling; and places like Café del Mar and Amnesia. Equally relevant are the Spanish players in the genre such as César De Melero, DJ Pipi, José Padilla y DJ Alfredo; their style dominated Ibiza’s most important clubs.


Radio stations with the Ibizan seal

Many radio stations arose from the emergence of the radio, but it was at the beginning of the 21st century when the range of electronic music options began to widen. The winds of change are blowing on the white isle with the rise of R&B, reggaeton and festivals playing sounds other than electronica. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time before we see the blossoming of radio stations with their HQ on an island that laps up these sounds.

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