Winner of Best Ibiza Night at the DJ Awards 2008, Sven Vath’s techno-plus extravaganza Cocoon opens 15th June at Amnesia, and this year will mark their ten year anniversary here.
The Ibiza operation is run by Johannes Goller, a man whose life changed dramatically ten years ago when he decided to abandon his family’s original plans for him to take over their butchers company. He’d already got all the requisite diplomas and was all set to follow in his father’s footsteps before having a radical change of heart after seeing Sven Vath, whose music he already loved, perform here at Space. To cut a long story short, for now, the rest is history.
Johannes works during winter in the offices of the Cocoon family above Frankfurt’s Cocoon club and restaurant. He arrived yesterday for the International Music Summit, and the summer season which sees months of winter planning play out week after week at Amnesia, with wall-to-wall crowds on each occasion. Cocoon has traditionally been the home of the most eclectic club crowd on the island, and is famed for its international melange of both performers and aficionados. After his participation in the brands panel this afternoon at the IMS, I sat Johannes down for a forthcoming interview in Ibiza NOW, during which we touched on the highlights for the coming season…
“We’re ten years on the island, and will be celebrating this every single Monday, so we’ll have special guests all throughout the season with lots of new artists as well as old faces. It’s going to be a very interesting line-up. If there’s anyone on the island bringing new artists, then it’s Cocoon.”
These faces include Guillaume Coutu Dumont, Nick Curly, Cassy, Raresh, Marcus Fix, Zip, Livio and Roby, Radio Slave, Magda, Gaiser, Joris Voorn, Marco Carola, Dubfire, Josh Wink and Federico Molinari. The artists are often chosen by Sven, or by residents Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos and Loco Dice. “Ricardo played at an after-party in Chile, and he found this guy called Uhmo. And he called me when I was in India and said, “We have to invite him to Ibiza, I’ll pay the flights!” so he’ll be playing with Ricardo and Raresh this season.”
Cocoon have always had an open door rule for island residents, and that policy will continue this summer. “As long as you turn up with a Resident’s card you get in for free. There has always been this big connection between Cocoon and the island because of this.”
And for the opening night, June 15?
“On the opening night we have Sven and Chris Tietjen playing the main room, with Cassy and Ricardo on the terrace.”
Cocoon have always had a season’s theme, often with a futuristic bent. So what’s the theme for summer 2009?
“We thought about it. We had the photographers, the creative directors… and we thought you know what? Isn’t ten years with Cocoon Ibiza enough? Isn’t it enough to say hey we are on the island now for ten years, so let’s just stand still, look back and let’s see what we’ve done. We have nine different models, why don’t we put all of them in a pot and do a crazy visual mix of all the images and all the years. Let’s use all those pictures, let’s invite all the performers, let’s celebrate ten years of Cocoon. We have Dita Von Teese coming, we have Rose the snakewoman [Rosalind Bee, the famous contortionist], The Freaks from London – they’re all coming back. Roman from Alter Ego is coming for a DJ set… We’re going to try to make every Monday as special as possible…”
Full interview with Johannes Goller in next month’s Ibiza Now