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Jean Claude Ades – 24 Hours in Ibiza

Be Crazy curator and resident DJ Jean Claude Ades first came to Ibiza in 1994, a rite of passage holiday organised by a publisher from Warner Chappell Music. “It was the beginning of August and we stayed in Hotel Montesol for two weeks – two weeks of no sleep – the walls were so thin we could hear every scooter, and of course we were going out every night!” he says. Upon returning to Germany where he was promoting events, house parties and running a club, Jean Claude explains that the trip opened his mind, from the way clubs promoted their nights to the music being played, giving him a lot of inspiration

After many years of holidaying in Ibiza, experiencing the music on the dancefloor and honing his DJ craft, Jean Claude started to become a regular player on the DJ scene in 2008, making the island his permanent home. He played at luxury beach club Blue Marlin Ibiza and San Rafael hotspot El Ayoun, moving onto Pacha and then his own residency at Lio. Today, Jean Claude’s own soulful and sexy house music party, Be Crazy, is in its fifth season – taking place on Thursday nights at Lio.

“I love the balance Ibiza gives me by living here during the winter,” he says. “After crazy weekends of touring in other countries, I find a great balance; it brings me down and it’s grounding. No traffic, great weather – it’s 20 degrees and I can still have lunch on the beach. It’s a healthy time to focus on myself, music and production.”

What’s in your suitcase?
USB sticks, laptop, headphones, aspirin and all my toiletries in reduced size. Even when I go for three to four days I am good at managing everything clothes wise. Always hand luggage – I hate waiting for luggage!

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive on the island?
Go home! Sometimes if I arrive early on Sunday evening I go straight to have a late lunch somewhere on the beach. I love Sa Caleta, La Escollera or Yemanja.

Who do you spend time with on the island?
My wife and my Labrador Lily. I have so many people visiting for holidays, so I try to mix it up and see everyone but sometimes it’s impossible. I have friends on the island, but I see them more during the winter as summer is so busy for everyone.

Anything special that you make a point of doing when you’re here?
I have a membership at Ibiza Gran Hotel so I try to go there as much as I can. They have a nice terrace, a pool on the rooftop where I like to chill out and have a drink. I train in the gym, I use the spa – this is my balance, what brings me back to life.

What’s your favourite part of the island?
Cap Martinet, Talamanca and the Marina are the places I feel most comfortable. In a different direction, I also love Es Cubells.

What’s your ultimate Ibiza track?
DJ Rolando – Knights of the Jaguar.

Best Ibiza memory?
I would have to say at Tagomago, a private island close to the north of the island. It was a private party that went for 24 hours, and I played 16 of those hours…

Main photo by Natalie Beth Harris

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You have 24 hours on the island. Tell us your favourite places to…

HAVE BREAKFAST

Ibiza Gran Hotel has an amazing brunch, and it’s so convenient. Heladería Sant Jordi for fresh juices and nice breakfasts or Passion.

GO FOR LUNCH

El Chiringuito. I love that place! Or at home – I love to stay home and cook or grill on the barbeque when I am not working! I have a great roof top terrace.

EAT DINNER

Macao Café in Santa Gertrudis. Can Balafia if I feel like eating meat or I head to Marina Botafoch, where there are lots of little places like Trattoria del Mar or El Giardinetto… and Ricky’s Pizza in Figueretes – we just discovered it – I ate there three times last week! Actually, my favourite dish is a half roasted chicken and a really good Italian pizza.

DRINK

I don’t really go just for drinks, I prefer to go for dinner at smaller places like KM5 – I am good friends with Josh, the owner there and afterwards we will have some drinks and dance. There is a little club inside that we go to.

DANCE

I like smaller venues like HEART Ibiza on a Sunday, for Acid Sundays. It’s kind of chill, you can find your own space in the club away from the crowds, you can chill on the terrace and it’s not too dressy.

BEACH

Es Torrent – the bay is amazing, it’s not too overcrowded, the food is amazing at the restaurant.

SWIM

Formentera on the boat!

ESCAPE

When you go to Salinas and pass Sa Trinxa, there are about ten to 15 little bays – if you keep going further it’s definitely a place where you can find your quiet spot. Especially off season, there is no one around and it is away from it all. You can even swim naked.

PARTY

I like to go to BEACHOUSE Ibiza on a Sunday, it’s a nice atmosphere, very chilled – it’s different from last year. It kind of becomes a journey, I’ll go there for a drink, then I check out HEART Ibiza, and sometimes I head to Pacha afterwards. All in one night – and then it’s done for a week! Of course, I love Thursdays at Lio – the atmosphere, the beautiful crowd, stunning venue and the music is a really nice experience.

Buffet brunch at Ibiza Gran Hotel

El Chiringuito on Es Cavallet

Iconic lounge bar Km5 Ibiza

World famous concept club Lío

Jean Claude Ades plays Be Crazy at Lio every Thursday night throughout summer