Ibiza music: Cassy – 24 hours in Ibiza

Cassy Britton’s first trip to Ibiza wasn’t about DJing or dance music. It was 1995 and she’d been invited to stay at the childhood home of a friend from her London drama college for the Easter holidays. “When I went back to Austria and asked my mum for the money for the flights, she was like no! But I really felt strongly that I had to go to Ibiza. I don’t know why I found it so interesting exactly. It wasn’t for the clubbing. I just wanted to come and see it for myself.”

Ultimately, Cassy talked her mother around and came to the island to stay in a typical Ibicenco farmhouse (”I have no idea where it was!”) with her friend, who had been born on the island to German and American parents. “He was one of the first people I ever met who actually grew up in Ibiza,” she says. “He’d had a very different childhood, privileged, but kind of nutty. When we stayed on the farm, I found all of his mum’s friends really interesting and cool – there was a club owner and a really eccentric but lovely German lady. It made a super impression on me.”

Years later, in the early 2000s, Cassy had moved on from drama and into DJing and producing music. Ibiza was still ‘the’ place to DJ however she felt reluctant to return. “I kept thinking – do I really have to DJ there?” she reminisces. “Everything I heard from other DJs sounded just a bit tedious, the after parties and the who’s who and who goes where… the scene. But then when I came, what was actually really cool for me was the clubs and the experience of DJing and listening to music. It was a very different experience to that first time.”

Main photo by Natalie Beth Harris

Over the years, Cassy – a much-loved resident DJ for Circoloco at DC10 – travelled back and forth from the white isle from her various home bases of Berlin, Paris, New York, Amsterdam and London and eventually felt the calling to set up a more permanent base in Ibiza. She spent a season living in Playa d’en Bossa before a calling to live in the heart of Ibiza’s UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site led her to a beautiful apartment in Dalt Vila, where she lived for two years, all-year-round.

“I’d been coming here, in and out, loving it, hating it… and I knew it would be nice just not to have to always bring so much stuff, to have a base here. I wanted to enjoy the experience of being in Ibiza and having a really nice home. I stayed the winter, though I was travelling a lot, and I loved my place in Dalt Vila. I loved going home!” The desire to move again came when Cassy fell pregnant, which meant the trek up and down the cobbled hills of the old town was no longer as romantic as it had been in the beginning.

In 2016, Cassy – who recently released her debut artist album, Donna – and her young family set up base in the Marina Botafoch area for the summer, a place that was much more practical for the comings and goings of a family with a small child. As the season comes to an end the family are preparing to move back to Cassy’s hometown of Vienna. “It’s been voted the second best city in the world, so I can’t complain,” she says. “But I will be sad to leave Ibiza.”

How do you feel as you step off the plane onto the tarmac?
Right now… tired! As a working mum who travels on the weekend, living in Ibiza is not practical because the connections aren’t direct. But it does feel like home, and I feel safe here. Ibiza is good for me, it helps me grow – there’s just something about the whole place.

Who do you spend most of your time with when you’re here?
Mostly my boyfriend and my son. But a lot of people from all over the world come to visit, which is nice, because I get to see people I may not see otherwise. When DJs come in who I’m friends with I’ll always try and have dinner with them too.

Best Ibiza memory?
I liked living in Dalt Vila. I rented a beautiful apartment and spent two years living there. And now I also have the memories of being here with my family.

Does Ibiza feel like work or holiday to you?
It doesn’t feel like a holiday, especially not now I’m a mother! I don’t have time to go to the beach, spend time in the car, in traffic… it can feel stressful. You have to learn that you can’t get too many things done in one day here. It takes a lot of focus and patience and time if you want to do things. When I think about taking holidays, I like to leave Europe.

Favourite part of the island?
I like the San Jose area, and the southwest. I had never really spent much time there before, but the more I go, I like the feeling there. I prefer it to the north.

Ultimate Ibiza track?
The song I would most like to hear in Ibiza is David Morales’ Needin’ You. I didn’t experience it in Ibiza at the time it came out, but for me, this is really Ibiza. You see it in the video and I wish I could get that feeling. The parties aren’t like that anymore and the music isn’t like this anymore. I want to get that real, dance music feeling – not the stylish hyped thing, but that more joyous sound. Those songs are missing today, those moments when everyone knows the song – you don’t have to know anything about music, you don’t have to be cool, you don’t have to be VIP, you just know it’s a cool track. That’s why I want to go to Glitterbox, to experience that music.

How do you feel when you’ve got to start packing to leave?
This year I will feel sad, definitely, because I am moving back to Vienna. I’ll always come back, and I think you shouldn’t be attached to things or places, but I will be sad to leave.

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