Does Ibiza feel like work or holiday to you?
I always say to people my average day is like most people’s birthday and Christmas wrapped into one. I have a fantastic standard of living. In general, I am what the Americans would call ‘blessed’. When I’m actually working and DJing, I really enjoy it. I’m dancing, I’m playing music I like, people are happy… I’m an entertainer. Even if the sound system breaks, I’ll start telling jokes. [Ed’s note: Harvey’s ‘showstopping’ joke was j-u-s-t a little too crude for publication!]
Where do you stay for the duration of your residency?
At the moment, I’m balling as they say in America! I’ve got a room at Pikes and a room at Hostal La Torre. Sometimes it gets noisy at Pikes so I’ll go over to La Torre, and other times I want a full English and to jump in the pool so I’ll come here. It’s really nice and thanks to everyone at La Torre and everyone at Pikes for the hospitality. I definitely don’t take it for granted.
Who do you mostly spend time with when you’re in Ibiza?
It tends to be quite transient as people come and go. I see Tony Pike every day for breakfast. I’ve got a small group of buddies, people who are residents out here, bartenders and restaurant staff that become friends. It’s truly an international crowd who come through to visit. I’ve had friends from Japan, New Zealand, England and Bali – literally from all over the world.
What’s your favourite part of the island?
I love to take a little Zodiac around to Es Vedra and Atlantis. You can rent a yacht for 3000€ an hour or you can get a Zodiac on the beach at Cala D’Hort for 300€ and I’m very happy in my little rubber dinghy just zooming around, in contact with the sea, having the time of my life. You go around the outside of Es Vedra and the colour of the water is truly beautiful. It’s like – THAT is navy blue! Now I know why it’s called navy blue. The power of the rock, the magical place of Atlantis, where it looks half Egyptian and half from outer space – it’s amazing stuff.
Ultimate Ibiza track?
Number one in my ‘Balearic top 100’ is quite a strange record: William Pitt’s City Lights. It’s the kind of record that really wouldn’t fit in anywhere else. The guy’s got a strange accent, it’s a strange subject matter and it’s quite a bizarre tune. You wouldn’t think of it as a dance record, but in the context of Ibiza and the Balearic atmosphere, it’s absolutely perfect. A lot of people are unaware of it, especially if you’re under 40. But once that song rings true to you, there’s nothing else quite like it…
How do you feel when it’s time to start packing to leave?
[Laughs] Relieved! I would have been here a couple of months and there’s a big world out there. I looking forward to getting back to LA and seeing my Chihuahua and my girlfriend, getting back to out to Bali and Hawaii. But I’ll always come back. Hopefully this year will be just as successful as last year, and I’ll be able to do more of the same, be more established, call the shots more and just ‘perfect-ise’ things.
Portrait photography by Natalie Beth Harris