Ibiza music: Behrouz – 24 hours in Ibiza

“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.

A major player on the Burning Man scene, Behrouz also spins at hip new island party WooMoon at Cova Santa, where Ibiza’s music scene is experiencing a very welcome change of scene influenced by The Playa itself. “Look where we are: we’re in a beautiful place; there are not too many places left on the island that play the deeper, dreamier, sexy type of stuff, Behrouz says. “Good music is good music no matter what style.”

When asked if he ever plans to return to Ibiza for a full season Behrouz looks contemplative. “Let’s see what happens – there are big things to come with Do Not Sit on the Furniture brand!”

How do you feel as you step off the plane onto the tarmac?
I can smell it. I love getting back to Ibiza so I feel great when I arrive. Even in August when the crowds are crazy I am always so happy and excited.

What’s always in your suitcase when you come to Ibiza?
As a professional DJ I’ll always have the same stuff in my bag and I’ll only ever have a carry on as I’m very set on what I carry with me. Sandals, shorts and DJ equipment.

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive on the island?

I go to the Fish Shack in Talamanca and enjoy a fresh fish by the sea. It’s something you won’t find anywhere else – I love it!

Does Ibiza feel like work or holiday to you?
70-percent work and 30%-percent holiday. When you have a gig to play sometimes you end up going to a villa party afterwards and you end up spinning there – which is work too! It’s tough because coming to the island is all about meeting up with people, hosting people, networking and showing support to friends and fellow artists; sometimes you forget to take a holiday on this crazy island.

Best Ibiza memory?
There are so many! Off the top of my head, a very special and very private villa party comes to mind! Three years ago I played 18 hours straight! You know, I just felt really good, and the music just kept pouring out of me. You can’t plan for those type of things.

Who do you spend time with while you’re on the island?
It’s crazy because I have more friends here than I do in Miami! Friends from abroad come over to visit me, many DJs I am friends with are usually spending the season on the island or are over here for the same reasons as me. Expat friends and Ibicenco friends – I’ve been spending a lot of time with a local artist named Valentin Huedo; he passed me a record and I really liked it. He plays on Ibiza Sonica Radio. There is so much local talent that often gets forgotten under all the big international names coming through…

Ultimate Ibiza track?

FPI Project – Rich in Paradise. So Ibiza, a track of a summer gone by. I’ve also done a remix of it!

How do you feel you’ve got to start packing to leave?

You know, I don’t feel sadness anymore but I used to! It’s different now because I know I’m always coming back – Ibiza will always be a part of my life.

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