“I grew up in a little hippy town outside of San Francisco and when I first came to Ibiza, I felt the energy and realised it was the same energy that started during the hippy movement of San Fran in the 60s,” says renowned US DJ Behrouz Nazari. “It was amazing. It was perfect.”
The year was 1995 and Behrouz was coming to the white isle to meet up with good friends Deep Dish, who were playing at Zenith – an old school party put on by the same people know now run Music On – and Pacha. “That’s how I got into the Ibiza scene,” the artist – known in the electronic music world simply as Behrouz – recalls. “I was staying at Pikes in San Antonio… and I loved it.”
Behrouz’s formative years as a DJ were spent during the days when San Francisco was considered the most forward thinking city in the US for house music and he has consistently raised the bar throughout his music career. His talent spread like wildfire and soon after that first trip to the island, he picked up residencies at all of the island’s top super clubs from DC-10 and Pacha to Space and Amnesia and a lifelong love affair with Ibiza began. He was hand chosen to close Space Ibiza six years in a row and nominated for Best New DJ at Pacha’s annual DJ Awards.
Season after season Behrouz returned to the island until he opened his own outpost in his home base of Miami, called Do Not Sit on the Furniture. Most recently Behrouz – often dubbed the DJ’s DJ – took over island favourite BEACHOUSE Ibiza on the shores of Playa d’en Bossa for a one-off ‘Do Not Sit on the Beach’ event. “I started playing there two years ago with Guy Gerber for Rumors and I felt like when I played, I could bring some of that old Balearic sound back that’s got the sexy melodies, and is not so intense,” he says.