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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