Interview: DJ E.A.S.E, Nightmares on Wax

DJ E.A.S.E, Nightmares on Wax

Photography by Gypsy Westwood

In 1988, 18-year old Leeds-based lad George Evelyn had j-u-s-t scraped together enough pennies to board his very first plane and head to warmer climes. Destination: Ibiza. Having returned to the island every year since, the celebrated musician, aka DJ E.A.S.E. of Nightmares on Wax and Wax On Records head honcho now resides in Ibiza full time with his family, having set up home, studio plus many musical projects around the island, including a residency at the all-new Aura, weekly sessions at iconic sunset spot Kumharas and a weekly radio show on Ibiza Sonica.

What made you decide to relocate from Leeds to Ibiza?
I got married five years ago, and when we came back to our ‘dream home’ in Leeds, my wife and I both said to each other, ‘This is just bricks – it’s not who we are. Where do we love? Ibiza. Well, why don’t we move there?’ I feel like I’ve come home in some sort of mystical sense. When we first talked about moving here, everyone thought it was because of the music and clubs, but it had nothing to do with that. I was moving here for quality of life and to make music in a different space. Now I don’t envisage being anywhere else.

Tell us about the concept of your radio show Wax da Box?
The show’s grown over the last three years, and as a DJ it keeps me fresh – being able to combine my own music, label music and music I get sent. I’m playing records I would sit in my room and play (not that I have records in my bedroom anymore!). Ibiza Sonica are so passionate it’s unbelievable. It’s not about money, it’s about music and I love that about them.

And then there’s Wax da Beach?
It’s our fourth year, but the second season we’ve done weekly sessions. Kumharas is the only sunset spot in Ibiza that’s still got the kind of magic that was there years ago. It’s got the hippy element, it’s rustic and we have to remind ourselves how amazing it is to play in front of a sunset each time!

So what’s different about Wax Da Jam at Aura?
We don’t know what we’re going to do on the night, we just feed off the crowd. Basically, the underground club, basement or illegal warehouse party was built from a West Indian background of sound systems, which were self-created speaker boxes with self-created amplifiers with MCs. I come from that background and now I’ve incorporated my band within a sound system set up.

Can you imagine doing something in a major club in the future?
I can’t see it. I’ve got a lot of respect for the clubs of Ibiza but some businesses are just so big the music side of things is only a small part. To me, it feels like a natural progression, to grow with a venue like Aura… and the beauty of everything we do here is that it’s free to get in. I love that.

Can you describe the kind of music you’re working on?
It’s definitely full of soul and I don’t think that soul is a genre of music – it’s a feeling you can get in any kind of music. I’ve gone full circle, I’ve gone off the beaten track, I’ve done all that adventure and I don’t regret any of it, but I think the music I’m making now is the music I really want to make. There’s an overall master plan to take the new album we’re recording to Budapest in October, and re-record it with a 60-piece orchestra. They’ve still got traditional studios where they used to record radio stations… Scenes, trends, they come and go, but originality lasts forever.

Can you see yourself playing a gig here in Ibiza with a 60-piece orchestra?
Definitely! There’s a stage in the middle of the park in Santa Gertrudis where I take my daughter, that’s got to come up one day!

This story was published on August 1, 2010

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Photography by Gypsy Westwood