We celebrate more Balearic beats from the Dubai DJ as he talks to Time Out about his career so far and his plans for the future.
In this second and last of his letters from Ibiza, Dubai’s Dasendri talks tunes, bans, indie music and sunbathing.
Give us five tunes that are making big waves out there this year. The Ibiza anthems are the ones that holidaymakers can buy when they get home. One of these is ‘Pjanoo’ by Eric Prydz. If you haven’t heard this then you’ve probably been living on the moon. It’s a huge piano breakdown and could be an all-time classic in the making. Another is ‘Shingaling’ by Jean Claude Ades and Vincent Thomas. This is pure Ibiza; big electro beats with a Latin-style breakdown, simple vocal and then kick back into the bassline.
This is this year’s ‘Heater’. Also, there’s ‘Man With The Red Face’ by Funkagenda and Mark Knight. It’s another remixed old tune, but this one is much more subtle, with no heavy electro basslines and, as such, it seems to have more credibility with the less commercial DJs. Finally, ‘Baditude’ by Dave Spoon and Paul Harris is another big electro tune. It’s the dub version that works in Ibiza, but the version with Sam Obernik’s vocals is the one that will take it up the charts. This is possibly the one that will challenge ‘Pjanoo’ at the end of the season. Of course, all the promos are starting to come out now, so things could be very different in September.
Openings between 6am and 12noon are now banned; have you noticed any knock-on effects? The weather has played more of a part in where people go after the clubs; it’s been raining every other day, so even if there were after- parties, people just want to get home. However, there is now a pair of legal boat parties on Wednesday and Saturday mornings under the banner of Shipwrecked. They start at 7am and finish at 10am. Also, certain hotels have late licences, so expect Es Vive and Ibiza Rocks to be busy after 6am. Villa parties will be popular too, and as long as people respect noise restrictions and do not charge, then they should be OK.
Do you have any predictions for how this will affect venues? A couple of morning bars have closed, but these weren’t particularly nice places anyway. We Love Space will continue as the longest party on the island, but will now be ‘just’ 14 hours long, and DC10 will be a shorter party from 4pm-12midnight. They will lose some revenue, but the clubs will survive, the island will survive and people will just adapt.
Is there any alternative music? Try Ibiza Rocks at The new Ibiza Rocks Hotel in San Antonio, where the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Dirty Pretty Things and Arctic Monkeys will be playing throughout the season. Or Flower Power every other Sunday at Pacha: think Beatles and Stones.
Outside of the club, where are your top three places? For eating, there’s a little tapas bar called Destino in San Jose, which has a great selection of reasonably-priced food. It’s definitely worth a visit for anyone coming to the island, and only a short taxi ride from either San Antonio or Ibiza Town. To chill out, try Savannah. It’s a great place relax and watch the sunset. And to sunbathe, catch a ferry from Ibiza to Formentera. It’s an absolute must: complete relaxation, golden beaches, turquoise waters and hardly any noise. This is how Ibiza was 20 years ago, before the house explosion changed it forever.