RICH IN PARADISE
Jamie Jones

by Dan Prince July 2016 MUSIC Read in PDF format N10/2016
RICH IN PARADISE THE WELSH WIZARD AND HIS DC10 GANG GET SET FOR THEIR BIGGEST SEASON YET

You surprised a lot of people with this year’s Paradise lineup – you have really upped your game for 2016 and your fifth anniversary in Ibiza.

“We have come a long way since we began when back then we focused on maybe one or two huge DJs over the season. With this year’s line-up we wanted to mix it up and get some people on board who haven’t played here before or not for a long time at least. Personally, I would love to see DJs spinning four-hour sets, but you have to consider that most people who come to Ibiza are only here for one week and want to see some variety. Danny Tenaglia hasn’t played here for years, I can’t remember ever seeing John Digweed at DC10 and who knows what Daniel Bell will play?”

This year’s theme is ‘Virtual Trip’ – what can we expect from your crazy imagination this season?

“Ha ha, well we always go above and beyond with our set designs and Paradise girls as you well know. Virtual reality is so huge right now and this is our old-skool take on an imaginary world, a Paradise fantasy if you like. It’s going to be amazing.”

Why do DJs love playing at DC10 so much?

“I have been to hundreds of clubs all around the world, both DJing and partying, and have sometimes gone home thinking ‘well, that was a bit rubbish’. But I have never had that with DC10. Even though it is now a global brand it still has that rawness and an energy like no other. That’s why it is known as The Church. From a DJ’s point of view you just know you have to perform as the crowd in front of you are the best on the island and take no prisoners. What’s great is that you can dig out an old house record on vinyl from the early ‘90s and mix it in with a tune you have just found that week and know that if the music is good, the dancefloor will go off to both. People don’t go to DC10 to pull girls or book VIP tables, they are there for one thing only: to dance.”

This summer season will see the most club nights ever in Ibiza. Are there too many? How does Paradise stay ahead of the party pack?

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with the number of parties on the island – if I was a tourist I’d be very happy. Sure, it’s tougher to stand out these days. We are already working on the artwork and line-ups for 2017 but that’s the way the world of electronic music has gone. Yes, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit missing the days of printing flyers at the last minute and sticking them on telegraph poles around the island, but professionalism and business has taken over now. ”

What are your thoughts on Ushuaïa taking over Space in 2017?

“I have very happy memories of Space. It was my first DJ opportunity before my DC10 journey began when I was the ‘substitute’ DJ for Ministry of Sound out on the terrace on Saturdays in the late ‘90s. I had to be there in case one of the superstar DJs had missed their flight or was too battered to play. I got my big chance, I think, when Groove Armada failed to show one morning. My main hope when Ushuaïa take over is that they think about and digest just why Space has been such a success for these past 30 years; you cannot dwell on the past but you can embrace it. Ibiza is a free-spirited island – it’s all about choice and dancing to the best music in the world"

JAMIE JONES PRESENTS ‘VIRTUAL TRIP – PARADISE’ AT DC10 EVERY WEDNESDAY

 

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