Ibiza music: Lauren Lane – 24 hours in Ibiza

“I was DJing just for fun back then,” recalls US DJ and producer Lauren Lane of her first time on the white isle. “I came here to see what the fuss was about and fell in love with the island. That summer I decided I would pursue DJing on a professional level.” The year was 2008 and the former journalism student was living in New York City, where she credits renowned nightlife promoter and music director of Pacha NYC, the late Rob Fernandez, for giving her a first shot at DJing. “Rob played a big part in my career,” she explains. “He told me to come to Ibiza, so I did. Years later it’s my favourite place in the world.”

Since that fateful first trip, Lauren – who is now based in LA though says her life is more like that of a nomad – hasn’t missed a beat and has visited the white isle every year since, with her well-travelled French Bulldog Bijou (who boasts his very own hashtag #lifeofbijou) in tow. Using Ibiza as her Mediterranean summer home base for the last three years, while also travelling the globe to play the world’s most famous clubs and the international festival circuit (most recently returning from a stint at Burning Man), it’s evident island life suits the laidback, free-spirited Lane, who describes herself as a ‘hippie at heart’.

A self-confessed perfectionist in the studio and impulsive and instinctive DJ, 2016 has really been Lauren Lane’s year, as the talented artist scored gigs for at Paradise at DC-10, ANTS at Ushuaia Beach Hotel, Abode at Sankeys Ibiza, Elrow at Space Ibiza and and is also a resident at Guy Gerber’s Sunday night party, Rumors at Destino Ibiza. She has also been announced as one of the seven revered artists (dubbed ‘Defenders of the Underground’) to play the mammoth Ushuaia Beach Club Closing, appearing as a cartoon superhero version of herself in the artwork.

“Ibiza is a magical and wonderful place that I come to get creative, see new and old friends, relax at the beautiful beaches and eat in delicious restaurants,” she says enthusiastically. “I just love it!”

Main photo by Natalie Beth Harris

How do you feel as you step off the plane onto the tarmac?
When I’m in the plane and flying over Cala Jondal or Es Vedra, I just get so excited. It feels like a mixture of coming home and returning to summer camp where you get to see your friends again from all over the world.

What’s always in your suitcase when you come to Ibiza?
Sunglasses. You can never leave home without a pair in Ibiza, even if you don’t plan on going out at night. You’ll be happy you have them in the morning when you’re coming home! I also bring a variety of hats, colourful sundresses and a lot of funky jewellery.

Where do you stay when you’re here?
This summer we’ve been staying at a villa in Can Furnet, which has been nice. I also love staying in Talamanca or Marina Botafoch for convenience and also because there are lots of shops, restaurants and things to do in that area.

Who do you spend most of your time with when you’re here?
Because I play at Rumors on Sundays at Destino Ibiza, I spend a lot of time with Guy Gerber – he’s one of my very good friends. Jamie Jones’ girlfriend Chia is a great friend so we also hang out a lot when she’s here. I have many friends in the industry and also have plenty of people from New York, Los Angeles and all over the world coming through Ibiza – it’s always changing!

Best Ibiza memory?
The first summer I came I was invited to a special villa party at Can Soleil, the home of Cirque du Soleil owner Guy Laliberté. During the day it was full of families and children and everyone was dressed up like magical fairies and then when the sun went down it became a little wilder; there were acrobat shows and DJs playing. I was with all my best friends and remember thinking, ‘there is nowhere else in the world that is more incredible than this right now.’

Does Ibiza feel like work or holiday to you?
In the past it’s been hard to get work done but this summer has been better. I’ve been in the studio with Acid Mondays because we are working on a collaboration and I’m usually DJing twice a week. The hard part is there is always something going on so it can be difficult to resist the FOMO (fear of missing out)!

Favourite part of the island?
I really love Jésus! It’s so charming and such a cute little town. I also think the north of Ibiza is so beautiful and relaxing – you get a glimpse of what the island used to be like.

Ultimate Ibiza track?
It would have to be by Love Rehab by Chaim, an artist on Guy Gerber’s record label Rumors. I hold this track near and dear to my heart because every week Guy plays it near the end of his set at Rumors. I’ve been to Destino Ibiza almost every week so it’s very special for me – I have a lot of nice memories to that track. What’s funny is that originally the track didn’t even have a title for the longest time. Whenever I listen to it, it makes me realise how much love I have for this island.

How do you feel when you’ve got to start packing to leave?
I definitely feel sad because I will miss it and have to wait a whole winter to come back, but also really happy because every summer I spend here I accomplish a lot of personal goals so I leave feeling satisfied.

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