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Sweet scent of… Winter in Ibiza

November 13th, 2008

Ibiza has a well-earned reputation for its stunning beaches and thriving club scene, but there is more to tease your senses here than just sight and sound. With Ryanair offering direct flights from London, there has never been a better time to experience the full glory of sensual Ibiza – sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. During the next few months we’ll be highlighting some of the unique seasonal delights of Ibiza. Starting with… scent

Scent is perhaps the most evocative sense, powerfully recalling moments and memories. During the summer the hot caress of the Mediterranean sun picks out whisper-soft notes of Ibiza‘s summer flowers and chalky pink dust. But as the days shorten and the pace of life slows the rich olfactory tapestry of the island reveals its boldest hues.

At the seaside

A morning stroll along the shoreline is ripe with the brine of woolly brown banks of posidonia (sea grass), thrown up from the airless salt heart of the sea. It can be overpowering, at times, until relieved by the keen, mineral edge of the waves. Cooler, humid evenings are the perfect time to appreciate Ibiza’s limey, long-needled pines and the robust evergreen notes of its native shrubs.

Late flowers

The seaside is as refreshing as good cologne; inland the primal odours of wood, earth and fruit dominate. Gnarled carob pods cast off a putrid-sweetish smell, punctuated with velvet notes of late-ripening figs and scattered wine-grapes drying on the vine. You may also catch the tang of wood smoke, or stumble upon two of the island’s edible treasures: anise and heady wild rosemary. Whatever you do, don’t rush from hotel to hire car to bar. Take time to breathe deeply – the complex scent of Ibiza will stay with you long after your winter tan has faded.

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Pete Tong Interview

October 27th, 2008

Pete Tong Exclusive Interview

Our gorgeous friend Cila spoke to Pete Tong recently and gave us this exclusive interview.

pete tongHis name has entered the language as rhyming slang for “wrong” but things couldn’t be more right for DJ, impresario and all-around Ibiza legend Pete Tong. At the beginning of the season all the island was a-twitter over his defection from Pacha to San An gin palace Eden. And when people weren’t gossiping about his new night – Wonderland – they were discussing the inaugural International Music Summit, headed up by Tong. Now, as we survey the end of season, it seems only fitting to return to the man who defined the beginning of summer 2008 to fi nd out if it lived up to all its promise.

Pete Tong is a passionate advocate for club culture in general and Ibiza in particular, and brings to the scene a balanced, thoughtful view. He’s seen all the ups, downs and sideways moves of 20 years of rave culture. And he never stops thinking about how to embrace change and progress. We were delighted to get his views on all things Ibicenco…

You started the season with the IMS – what did it mean to you?

We dreamed it up on the terrace at Pacha a couple of years ago and the partners (including Ben Turner, Danny Whittle, et al) were
a little frustrated last summer that we hadn’t got it off the ground. We realised no one was going to come and make it easy for us, so we went for it. The months leading up to it were totally focused on getting it to happen. When we were actually stood at Atzaro the first day we thought ‘wow.’ It was brilliant. It couldn’t have gone any better.

Will it be back next year?

Definitely. It will be the same time – the Wednesday to Friday before Space opening in May. We’ll be announcing ticket prices soon
and they’ll be on sale in the next few weeks.

Will there be major changes?

The format won’t be significantly different, but there will be evolution on several levels. We want to keep it intimate, but increase the size from about 300 to 500.

This year we didn’t have the infrastructure to do follow up, to really reinforce the message, so we’d like to do more of that. Also, we’re working to make it more Spanish, more Euro-centric.

What feedback did the IMS receive from the government?

Paco Medina was impressed with the professionalism of the whole thing. He thought it promoted a good image of the industry. He
was very complimentary. We would like [the government] to embrace us, we want them to feel we’re doing something positive for
the island.

pete tongAnd what of your big move from Pacha to Eden? Did Wonderland go to plan?

It’s been an amazing challenge and I’m very happy. I feel almost 100% vindicated. I stuck my neck out and we’ve done well. You
just couldn’t beat the vibe in the middle of the dancefloor. It was incredible.

What are the biggest differences between Wonderland and Pure Pacha?

I find the biggest challenge is getting people to try Wonderland. I’ve been more successful than I thought I’d be at getting familiar faces from Pacha to come over. Eden has worked hard to accommodate what we wanted to do, but they’ve also taught me about
what it takes to sell tickets in San An. Pacha operates on a different plane from other clubs. They lure the boat and private jet people.

In San An it’s different. You have to work on the street level. But it’s been nice to get compliments from the Pacha people – they’ve been very sweet.

Who were your stand-out guests at Wonderland?

We had Deadmau5 doing his first big Ibiza show and Eden turned out to be a great venue for live bands like The Whip and Pnau.
That’s an element we’d like to continue with next year.

Much was made of you going ‘down market’ to San An – what is your view on the city?

My feeling is that if you give a better product this place will change. People have traded on the existing infrastructure for too long. There hasn’t been much investment, it hasn’t been upgraded. I’d love to see it evolve. It’s not so different from Playa d’en Bossa and in some respects it is much more beautiful. It is an amazing place, you’re just fighting a perception that it is dominated by the English. I just want San An to get better, to continue the regeneration that’s come with Ibiza Rocks, Savannah, Kanya…

How was the Radio 1 Weekend in August?

Fantastic. However, San An is a frustration for Radio 1 because they’ve brought an awful lot to Ibiza and it felt as if the local authorities were quite heavy handed. The Weekend went great, but we had to do it on their terms. We ended up doing most of the shows from the Ibiza Rocks hotel. We would have loved to have done something at Mambo or Cafe del Mar…

pete tongWhat’s your perception of the season as a whole, and the economic health of Ibiza?

No one has any control over the state of the world’s finances and the fallout to our tourist numbers. You can only pray Ibiza stays attractive enough to get our audience back next year. The reality is that it’s a very competitive island.

What can we do? Just do our best. Put on our best show. Offer better value for money. The things that have been good have been really good this summer. Cocoon has had a great year, David Guetta going weekly at Pacha worked, Space has stayed strong. It’s not all doom and gloom.

Clubs are very expensive. Do you think the prices have to drop?
I’d like to see consistency. Ticket prices seem to fluctuate like share prices. Every week it’s different, which is very confusing for the punter. Is it going to be a €40 night? Free? €70?

What about the effect of the changes in the afterhours laws?

It is hard to separate out how much of a negative the changes have been versus the natural decline because of the economy. Ibiza is expensive, for the English crowd in particular. However, people who came had a great year. Unfortunately the perception outside
the island was that it wasn’t a great year because clubs were shut and there was no daytime dancing. It’s hard to know what the fallout of that will be.

I said to Paco Medina: I think killing daytime clubbing is really, really bad. Let it happen on the weekends, or when school is out, or even just in July and August, but don’t stop it completely. It should have been allowed to continue.

Do you think DC10 will be open next year?
From what I hear, it won’t be. But it continues to defy everything. I don’t think anybody wants to see it go. It’s part of the history of the island. Everybody supports (Circoloco promoter) Andrea.

Every year some city or night spot is branded ‘the new Ibiza’ is there a new Ibiza?

Maybe it would be good if there were. Competition could be a good thing. You can’t rest on your laurels. That being said, I can’t
think of any other place that has the infrastructure Ibiza has.

pete tongFor the first time in a long time there will be direct flights to Ibiza during the winter months and various island insiders are working to promote winter tourism. Are you involved in that?

No. But I would be if they asked me. Anything that promotes Ibiza and brings people here in the winter is a good thing. Ibiza is a stunningly beautiful place. There is a lot to enjoy during the winter.

What are your plans for the winter?

I’m off to America for two weeks in October, then India, and at the end of the year Central America, Columbia, Miami, and Brazil for carnival. I’d also like to play more in Europe. I want to do things that will help set up next year [in Ibiza]. I’m a fidget. I’m impatient. I want everything to be brilliant! Wonderland was busy, but we can squeeze in a few more people next year.

What word would you use to describe summer ’08?

Wonderful. It’s been a great year. When you’re doing well it’s hard to challenge yourself, but sometimes it’s good to change. Five years of Pure Pacha was fantastic, I want it to remain as a great memory. But I’m not getting any younger and I want to do new things. I want to make a contribution to Ibiza. Everyone close to me thought I was insane, but I’ve pulled it off. It feels great.

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Es Cavallet to Playa d’en Bossa – Ibiza off piste

August 21st, 2008

The view from the top
View from the top

Ever since someone told me, last winter, that you can walk across the headland from the southern end of Playa d’en Bossa to Es Cavallet I’ve wanted to try it. No real opportunity arose until couple of weeks ago when my little brother was here, visiting from the States. We’d taken the bus to Salinas and walked across to meet friends at Es Cavallet. After a few hours flopped in the sun we were both too lazy to hurry back to catch the last bus from Salinas.

“You can walk around the other way, to Playa d’en Bossa,” I told him, “Fancy it?”

“Sure, why not?” he shrugged.

It was nearly 8PM and off we went, hopping over a low stone retaining wall to gain access to the first swell of rock and pine shrub. I was wearing a mini-skirt, bikini top and a pair of Havianas, beach bag slung over one shoulder. The first twenty minutes or so was pretty easy. I jumped from rock to rock, feet slipping slightly as sweat greased the soles of my feet.

Up we went over one hill to find ourselves on the edge of a 30 or 40 metre cliff, meaning we had to swing inland to circle the notch in the coastline. It was getting steeper, the brush denser. We clambered up to the top of the first big cove and stopped to look back – and down. The waning sun cast everything in a richer-than-normal hue, Technicoloring the inky sea and the dots of white sails on the horizon. For the first time ever, in all my years visiting and living in Ibiza, I felt connected to the wildness of the island. I wanted to stand there and listen to the curling of the waves against the rocks, to tasty the piney air.

On the other hand, as much as I wanted to hang around having Treasure Island fantasies, I didn’t want to be scrambling towards unknown drop-offs in the dark. “What’s the hurry?” my brother wondered aloud as I scampered down the next hill. (Nothing phases him: he has a rugged physical self-confidence inversely proportionate to my extreme cautiousness.)

“I don’t want to be here after dark,” I said.

“Oh, okay.” We trotted on.

A thin gold thread flashed in my peripheral vision. Stopped me dead. “Holy shit! That’s a big spider!” I gasped. I am cripplingly arachniphobic (I once refused to sleep in my room for a week after seeing a freakishly large spider there. My friend removed it but I was convinced there were more, lurking) and the mere thought I might have face-planted this giant critter’s home made me feel a bit queasy.

“Damn, I’m glad you’re in front. I would have walked right into that,” my brother said cheerfully. After picking up a stick and carefully testing the pathway I ducked beneath the giant web and proceeded with care. Apparently the wilds are big-spider central in Ibiza. We narrowly avoided a half-dozen more huge, artful spans flung between shrubs on the putative trail.

Whether or not there is a trail remains open to debate, I think we were following one because, from time to time rough, royal-blue triangles were daubed onto the rocks – a clue or guide of some sort. What they didn’t hint at was how near we were to Playa d’en Bossa. The sun sank low enough to render my shades unnecessary, and they got chucked in the bag in exchange for a vest top, which was quickly wringing with sweat. Sticker bushes and random branches snatched as we passed, sinking cuts into my bare ankles and weals across my upper arms.

One thing I hadn’t expected (apart from the spiders) was the wide variety of rock formations. After crossing expanses of big, smooth, reddish stone we would suddenly be slithering across grey, clay-like rock closely ridged. Ordinarily I am the least-curious of naturalists, but I wished then I knew more about rocks, enough to at least adequately describe then.

More remarkable still was the appearance, at the bottom of a deep cleft that took us right down to sea-level, and across a narrow gulch, of a dirt-bike rider. He nodded as he gunned his engine, mysteriously ascending the path we’d just skidded down.

“Where the hell did he come from?” we wondered. The next leg of the journey left us none the wiser. While there was a definite trail across some points we had to tramp through trackless brush before we finally ascended the hill that overlooks the pirate tower guarding the far end of Playa d’en Bossa beach.

It was almost twilight but we relaxed our pace, ambling down the flattening path toward the cove of boat houses at the end of the beach. Rather than follow the coastline to the bitter end we swung inland, doubling back through a stretch of woods and dirt road until we came out on the sand.

Families were packing their kids into four-wheel drives, wind-surfers putting up their boards, sunbathers sloping towards their hotels with towels flung carelessly over shoulders. It was a relief to put swollen, scraped, sweaty feet into the sea and I was reluctant to let the adventure end. So we traipsed on, through the gentle drift of evening light, all the way up Ibiza’s longest beach till we reached Figueretes.

We stopped off at the fabulous Il Vecchio Molina restaurant in Figureretes for homemade pasta and a bottle of white wine. Rarely has a meal felt more deserved or been more richly enjoyed.

It was a moment to make me fall in love with Ibiza all over again, too. A reminder that even at the height of August craziness this wonderful, multi-faceted island is full of delights just waiting to be discovered. It really is treasure island.

About to scale the mighty moutain
About to scale the mighty moutain

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Carl Cox exclusive interview

August 4th, 2008

carl1.jpgOur gorgeous friend Cila spoke to Carl Cox recently and gave us this exclusive interview with Carl Cox:

Carl Cox is one of the world’s most revered DJs and one of Ibiza’s most successful promoters. His award-winning Tuesday nights at Space are a rare beast – an underground techno night with mainstream appeal: a British-run night that enjoys a fervently loyal Spanish and international following. The erstwhile King Of Clubs kicked off his season of Carl Cox and Friends, which features luminary guests like Josh Wink, on 8 July and the parties run weekly till 9 September.

We caught up with the cheerful, soft-spoken techno maestro as he relaxed in his London home and he shared his thoughts on the state of clubbing in Ibiza, dodging gunfire in clubs and cooking with Laurent Garnier. Buen approveche!

carl2.jpgAnother season is upon us – have you been doing ayurvedic detox and yoga a la Sven Vath to prepare yourself?
[Laughs] I wouldn’t go that far. I can’t even cross my legs! I have a house in Australia, though, and I take a couple months off to ride motorbikes, go fishing, go swimming and just take five.

How hands-on are you with preparing the club?
I book all the DJs and artists. And I’m involved with all the production – it has my name on it! It’s difficult to come up with new colours, new concepts and new decorations. It takes six to eight months but everything is in place now. We’ve managed to pull it off again…

What are your feelings heading into the season? It’s been a quiet start – what are you anticipating?
I’m not concerned. People don’t start to arrive till the beginning of July so we arrive when things start to happen. Space is going to rock ‘n’ roll!

carl4.jpgWhere do you see Ibiza in terms of the global dance scene – is it still Number 1?
It is. Ibiza has stood the test of time, it is numero uno. People have been hoodwinked into thinking Ibiza is over, but it has stood the test of time. If you want a peaceful little island go somewhere with no electricity and catch your own fish… Ibiza has a concentration of the best clubs in the world. The people who live there are very proud of it. I’m an outsider but I feel like I’m part of one soul. Nowhere else has the spirit Ibiza has.

Last year was King of Clubs – this year it’s Carl Cox and Friends. What do your ‘friends’ all have in common?
Most of them stay at my villa in the summer and they all chip in and make food. If you can get Laurent Garnier in the kitchen it’s amazing. He does good casseroles and chicken dinners. There are at least 10 of us at the house at any given moment, so we all lend a hand to make sure we get fed. We get Green Velvet chopping onions!

You experienced a traumatic moment last year in Caracas, Venezuela, with a fatal shooting at your gig – have you ever experienced anything like that before?

No! I’ve been going to clubs for 30 years or more. I’ve seen stabbings and beatings but I’ve never seen anything like that. I didn’t believe it was happening. I couldn’t believe it. It was a sold out party with
7,000 people. The security was pretty lax, there were no metal detectors, but the promoters assured me it would be okay. For security to allow that to happen – to allow three people with guns into a club to find their victim – and for four people to die… was one of the worst things I’ve ever endured.

Would you go back to Caracas?
Would you? The people in Caracas are very, very sorry about what happened. But it’d be stupid to think “I’ll go back.” There’s a lot of civil unrest right now, it’s a hostile city. Anyone would be clever
to stay away. There are nice people there and I had a great time, it’s just a shame how it ended.

You travel almost constantly, which must be exhausting. What would make you consider retirement?
Not much! Travelling is difficult. It becomes harder and harder because I’m going further and further. It takes a toll on your body and mind, but I love doing what I do.

One of your regular summer stops is the SW4 festival in London – what makes a great festival for you?

A great festival is when people are open minded and dancing outdoors. People’s attitudes change in the open air… my sound changes. As much as I love playing clubs it’s nice to play festivals. Plus, SW4 is in
South London, where I grew up. I hung out in Norbury and Streatham and Crystal Palace as a youngster so it’s a homecoming for me.

Two years ago you arrived at SW4 with Brazilian dancers… whose feathered costumes promptly got soaked! How do you cope with those moments?

Yeah, as I went on it poured with rain. All these umbrellas were going up. It just added to the excitement, though. That’s the ethos of festivals. You have to rise to the occasion.

Can you nominate three of your summer anthems?

Guy J ‘Under Pressure’ on Bedrock
Jamie McHugh ‘H2O’ on Underwater
Michel de Hey ‘Simultaneously’ on EC Records.


You must get sent a mountain of music – is the quality getting better or worse as more people have access to digital technology?

I like to think that people are making the best of it. Before, you had to spend a lot of money to get a record onto vinyl and it was a long process. If no one liked your record you’d wasted a lot of time and money. At the moment, I’m getting good stuff.

What are your plans for summer and beyond?

I’m working on a new album, which has been a while in the making. I don’t want the money, attention or fame, or a Number 1 hit single. I just love making music. I’m also making a DVD which is a fly-on-the wall documentary about my life. It’s been fun trying to cram 32 years of my life into a 90 minute DVD.

It has my sisters and nieces and parents telling stories about my childhood and stuff. You get to see behind the scenes, school friends, that sort of thing, rather than just two hours of me rocking the house. It’s an insight into me as a person. That should be out for Christmas.

In Ibiza, where are your haunts away from the club?
I’m not a massive beach person. I’m black already, I don’t like going any darker! But I love Sa Caleta. The restaurant is amazing. They treat me like family. I can go for lunch and spend six hours there. If you’re ever going to see me out on the island, you’ll see me there.

Is the price of fame constant attention?
Oh yes. My face is on billboards all over the island! People want their holiday snap or their tee-shirt signed. People wanting an autograph comes with success. If I didn’t want that I wouldn’t put myself out there. If I were Brad Pitt or David Beckham I couldn’t go to the beach – so thank God I’m not that famous!

Interview by Cila – photos by www.myspace.com/gionastringa

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