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D’Julz – 24 hours in Ibiza

Circoloco resident D’Julz has been coming to Ibiza since the late 90s, and it is safe to say a special relationship with the island has been kindled. Always musically driven, D’Julz – Julian Veniel to friends and family – explains that during his formative years as a DJ and as someone who appreciated good music and a quality party, Ibiza was always on his radar but wanted to wait until he locked in his first gig on the island to experience it all. It was a gig at Space in 1997 when the legendary terrace still had no roof and the club was renowned for its morning parties that finally saw D’Julz arrive in Ibiza and get behind the decks.

“Imagine seeing the island for the first time with its beauty, feeling the heat and going to what was one of the best clubs in the world back then to spin at an after party,” the Parisian native recalls. “After my debut set we ended up going down to the beach, I think it was Bora Bora, and partying all the way until midnight. I had been sharing a flat in Dalt Vila and couldn’t find a taxi, so I had to walk all the way back from Bossa. It was such a crazy day and looking back, it was the beginning of it all. I had a crash course in what Ibiza could be in one day, beginning to end,” he says when asked about his favourite Ibiza memory.

While D’Julz explains that it took a while for him to find a proper residency on the island, even when he was visiting just once or twice in a season, Ibiza has always had a captivating vibe. Now after visiting Ibiza for almost 20 years and with a successful residency under his belt at the world famous Circoloco party at DC-10, the island has become his place to become musically inspired, to connect with old friends and relax in the outdoors.

Main photo by Natalie Beth Harris

Circoloco photos by Tasya Menaker

How do you feel as you step off the plane onto the tarmac?
I’ve been visiting Ibiza so often for almost two decades now that it is a very familiar vibe. The energy on the island is very distinct as everyone here would tell you, but for me, it strikes me right away and I feel its strength. It’s not always easy to deal with, and depending how you feel, can affect you in different ways. If you are not so much in a good space mentally, or you are in a very good place at that moment – it can amplify everything. It’s a special place.

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive on the island?
Because I arrive early on a Monday, I go directly to the hotel and take a little nap and go for a swim. I am usually staying at Hotel Ocean Drive or Destino, so if I have time, I pop down and eat a fresh fish from The Fish Shack. This is my little meditation before the craziness starts at DC-10, that’s all it takes for me to get into the zone.

What’s always in your suitcase when you come to Ibiza?
As little as possible! My swimsuit, my shades and suncream. My music and a couple of good books; right now I am reading Hollywood Babylon II by Kenneth Anger – it’s a book about the scandals and craziness of Hollywood back in the day during the 60s.

Who do you mostly spend time with when you’re in Ibiza?
Many of my friends live out here for the season and some even year around. I am usually with my agent, friends from Paris or other artists that I am very good friends with such as Cassy, Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia and his wife Sofia.

What’s your favourite part of the island?
When I have the free time to explore, I love to go far into the north and northwest areas. I also love beaches like Punta Galera and visiting small towns like San Juan and Santa Gertrudis. I’m always staying in Jésus, Talamanca or Marina Botafoch, which are super chilled areas but also very convenient to the airport, clubs and Ibiza town.

Does Ibiza feel like work or holiday to you?
I haven’t had a proper holiday here in a while, where I come for two or more weeks and chill out. I am coming so often and usually in the middle of the week, so I can’t extend my stay because I work on the weekends elsewhere. But, in all fairness I try to come for at least three days so that I can have one day to party and one day to chill – it’s a good balance for me.

Ultimate Ibiza track?
I wasn’t in Ibiza back in the years of 88 and 89, but for me looking back at that time is when the real Balearic sound was making waves. There was this track, ‘Sueño Latino’ that was being played everywhere, no matter the DJ or type of music they played. For me it is the ultimate Ibiza track because when you hear it, you feel like you’re in a sunny place with waves of the ocean crashing, and you’re on an island. I once played the Derrick May remix in Circoloco at DC-10 a few years back and it absolutely made sense.

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You have 24 hours on the island – tell us your favourite places to…

HAVE BREAKFAST

Passion Café in Marina Ibiza. It is near where I stay, and they have amazing juices, good organic food and I always bump into a friend there. The maca smoothie and Thai chicken salad are what I usually order.

GO FOR LUNCH

I eat at The Fish Shack a lot, and it’s where I recommend all my friends coming here for the first time to go. Fresh fish down by the sea on the rocks. Super simple, but so Ibiza. The food at El Chiringuito is amazing too.

EAT DINNER

Laurent Garnier told me about this place around 14 years ago, and I know around this time it’s very hard to get a table, but Balafia is an incredible place to eat. It is very local and authentic, and they serve up great meat that is simple but so delicious. It’s a bit of a trek to get to, but always so worth it. Pastis in Ibiza town is a great French restaurant and I am dying to try the new Blue Marlin restaurant near Las Salinas, called Coricancha!

DRINK

Km5 Ibiza is the perfect place to go for a drink! Nice environment and atmosphere and it’s also one of the first places I ever played when I started to come to Ibiza. I enjoy Teatro Pereyra in Ibiza town for its great cocktails and live music. Just recently there was a live band and an American woman singing great jazz; it was a nice prelude to the heavy night at DC-10

DANCE

Always DC-10 for partying and DJing, and if I continue into the night, I love to go to Amnesia for Cocoon… especially if Ricardo Villalobos is playing.

DJ

DC-10 by far!

BEACH

It depends on how long I am on the island. If I had only 24 hours I would go to Talamanca because it is so close. But I love far away beaches like Cala Saladeta and Sa Caleta.

ESCAPE

Formentera. I haven’t been in a while, but when it is off-season, it is absolutely the most peaceful place in the world.

RELAX

Ideally, I try to find a friend with a nice finca in the middle of the island and go chill there! The beaches get so busy during the summer that they are not so relaxing. In the past I’ve been to Open Spa at Ibiza Gran Hotel in Marina Botafoch to switch off.

HANG OUT

I like to walk the narrow streets of Ibiza’s old town, and also just recently Cassy and I discovered this restaurant, Locals Only, in Plaza Del Parque which we enjoyed a lot for the food, drinks and price!

The stylish El Chiringuito on Es Cavallet

The iconic Km5 Ibiza in San Jose

Cala Saladeta on the island’s west coast

Locals Only in Plaza del Parque

D’Julz plays Music On at Amnesia on August 26 and Circoloco on September 12 and the closing party on October 10, 2016