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.”