This year we partnered with Identification of Music: the online community that leaves no track unidentified, to discover a new wave of talent.
To win their own set at Dimensions 2019, entrants were tasked with creating a mix with the Ballroom stage in mind. The heart of the fort, The Ballroom is by far one of the most unique on-site. A mere 80 capacity, it’s a firm favourite with artists and revellers alike…
We’ve been blown away with the quality of mixes turned in – a big thank you to everyone who entered the competition. We’ve narrowed it down to a top 10 finalists, and to celebrate their standout mixes, we picked one attention-grabbing song from their mix & asked them:
“Why does this song mean ‘Dimensions’ or ‘Ballroom’ to you?”
1. Chille Jnr
Ebi – Kai (1994)
“This song means Dimensions to me because it’s a mixture of many quality music elements such as acid, techno, house just like Dimensions itself. It’s from the ‘romantic’ time when music was more about feeling and not just industry or business driven, again, just like Dimensions.
Moreover, this song is perfect for listening in open air spaces.”
Ludwig A.F. Röhrscheid – Firefly
“It was so hard to pick just one song to be honest but I think it has to be Ludwig A F Rohrscheid – Firefly. It happens fairly early on in my mix but definitely sets a change in tone for the tracks going forward. It’s got a real summery vibe and to me always indicates that things are about to get a little deeper. Perfect for those Croatian summer time evenings.”
3. Ian DPM
General Ludd- Garimpos
“This tune is one of my favourites to play with because it’s a killer track by itself but it’s also versatile enough to work with anything you put around it, no matter the genre or energy. It’s dynamic, unpredictable and can’t be easily defined. Like Dimensions I guess!”
4. Tom Jay
Aaron Arce – Pressure
“A solid track on Dub-A-Records from 1997 – Proper happy day-time vibes here, evoking warm feelings of dancing in the open air sun, feeling a bit weird, with the bouncy energy needed to lift a party, in the day or night.”
Shcaa – An Ungrateful Death
“The combination of the vocals, guitar & mind bending rhythm, really makes this track stand out. Dimensions is about pushing boundaries to make people’s lives and tastes more exciting and fulfilling, & there isn’t a better place to hear this track than one of the most unique stages on-site – The Ballroom.”
Emerson – Sending All My Love Out
“It was the punchy, energetic opener that I needed to start the mix with, and this track encapsulates Dimensions perfectly; strong vocals that honour the incredible live performances across the festival, coupled with euphoric, rising synths and a relentless energy that has become synonymous with the Ballroom stage.”
Escape Artist – Signs of Life
“Dimensions last year was very inspiring for me, finding a new love for breaks and electro. I picked this record up not long after and It’s been in pretty much every set i’ve played since. It would only feel right to include this track in my set in the ballroom.”
8. Benedict Priddy
Overmono – Catapult
“Dimensions to me is a literal fort from all the noise of the outside world which I felt this track reflected euphorically. The vocals to me reflect everyone that’s passed through the fort, and to me is a really fitting homage track as the last Dimensions festival in the Fort Punta.”
“This track makes me think of Dimensions Ballroom because it’s captivating and bass heavy, which would sound great within those stone walls, yet it’s also smooth, deep and hypnotic. More suited to the classier Ballroom setting rather than say the ruthless Moat. It’s perfect for closing your eyes and experiencing transcendence within the circular open-air dungeon under the stars of the Croatian night sky.”
10. Luke Machine Roberts
Magnifique – XXX
“People of all nations dancing together” – sums up Dimensions in my opinion and is what I would hope to see on the Ballroom dance floor!
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