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Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... House music

The sound of the island.

Ibiza is known for its dance music the world over, but that is an umbrella term for various different styles. Our series on the genres of music found on the island helps identify the parties, clubs and DJs best suited to your tastes.

This week, in honour of Defected's Ibiza launch for 2023, we're re-introducing you to House by republishing the first in our series. The pure House label and party series returns to Eden every Friday this summer from 28 April. House, House and more House! You could say, it's all about it.

Indulge in our playlist below to get a firmer grip on House.

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Ibiza parties where you can get a good dose of House in 2023:

Defected at Eden | Fridays
Claptone presents The Masquerade at Pacha | Saturdays
Amnesia Presents at Amnesia | Mondays
Joel Corry Pool Party at Ibiza Rocks | Wednesdays
LoveJuice Playground at Ibiza Rocks | Sundays in June and July
The Ritual with Anané & Louie Vega at Club Chinois  | Wednesdays

Although it's Disco heaven, you will also find a fair dose of House at Glitterbox at Hï Ibiza on Sundays. Wednesdays at Eden are WNDRLND, which has music across the board from Pop to Rock, but plenty of House music too.

You will also find soulful, vocal House music in abundance most days at O Beach, but in particular at D4 D4NCE, House In Paradise, Pool Party, Soul Heaven, Kinky Malinki, Paravana and Jack Your Body.


Overall, House is the most prevalent genre of music found on the island. The sun and House just go hand-in-hand. That's an understatement - they're a match made in heaven!

Ever since legendary DJ Alfredo imported records from the USA to play during his sets at Amnesia in the '80s, Ibiza has taken House music to its heart.

We're sure you'll be familiar with songs by names such as MK, Duke Dumont and Meduza. Well that is House music (at least at entry-level, in its broadest terms - and that's a good place to start!) Later you can learn about Lil' Louie, Marshall Jefferson and DJ Pierre.

More about House

House music originated in America's Midwest, namely Chicago. Widely-regarded as the mutation of Disco, at the beginning House was the preserve of marginalised Black and Hispanic communities. DJs such as Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles were the early pioneers.

At first House enjoyed success at a local level, but after it found its way to Europe, that's when things really took off. Rave culture exploded in the UK and then across the continent.

But what is House music?

House is a form of dance music typified by a repetitive 4-bar loop. Originally, DJs such as those mentioned above, made their own edits of tracks, to make them easier to mix in and out of. This often meant extending the intro and outro and adding beats where they were previously missing.

Typical bpm (beats per minute) range: 115 - 129


Of course, there isn't simply "House music", but an ever-growing family tree of sub-genres that fall within the remit of House.

Tech House

Tech House is a sub-genre of House, which borrows elements from Techno. Compared to straight-up House music, uplifting components, such as piano riffs, are stripped away, leaving Tech more steely, perhaps even moody. READ MORE

Deep House

Deep House is silky smooth. It features softer pads, spacious percussion and more muted basslines, which tend to roll - there's less "drops", making it a less aggressive form of House. This distinction might lead some to see Deep House as a more organic sound. READ MORE

Afro House

Featuring native instrumentation and musical elements from African culture, Afro House adds tribal tones to Deep House. The most obvious example of this style of music, is Hï Ibiza's Saturday night host Black Coffee, who has taken Afro House to the global stage. READ MORE

Find here our other music guides:

Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Disco
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Minimal music
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Techno
- Melodic Techno
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... EDM
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Reggaeton
Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Garage


This article is part of our Ibiza Virgins' Guides, packed full of information on how to get the most out of your stay on Ibiza. Check them out.

Tickets to all 23 Defected dates are on sale now and available below. All qualify for our free-cancellation policy. Change your mind for any reason at least 24 hours before the start of the party, and you're entitled to a full refund.

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