How do you feel as you step off the plane onto the tarmac?
When you get here, there’s a sense of excitement. There’s adrenaline. It feels like fun is going to happen – I think that’s the best way to put it.
Does Ibiza feel like work or holiday to you?
It’s both. I can be working in a club but the next day I might go to the beach with my friends. In Ibiza it’s like you’re in a whole different world. You can be surrounded by thousands of people chanting and singing as you’re playing your music and then the next thing you’re on these rocks looking out over the amazing water around Es Vedra. For me, there’s no place else like it. It has everything and every day is different.
Where do you stay when you’re in Ibiza?
I like staying near the Marina, where everything’s close and there are things to keep everyone entertained. It’s nice to be near the stores and the restaurants – we’re city people, you know? We don’t want to be up in the mountains! Though there is a time for that…
Who do you spend time with on the island?
My wife, Anane, and our son, of course whenever they’re here. Otherwise I have some great friends from Miami and New York who live in Ibiza every summer – they’re my hangout crew. I’ve been coming here for 22 years and I’m friends with a lot of wonderful people. It’s almost like you have to pace your time with your friends here.
What’s your favourite part of the island?
I like being near Es Vedra, like at Cala D’Hort. I’ve been there by boat too, and just being near that rock is really wondrous. There is definitely an energy there – it’s powerful.
Do you have a favourite Ibiza memory?
I would say my adventures around the island and going to beaches by boat. You see the island from a different viewpoint – it’s so beautiful. You explore and you can stop anywhere to swim – there are even caves you can go into. I’ve had some wonderful experiences – one I’ll never forget was when I was with Anane and we went to this place with 30-foot high cliffs. We jumped off the boat to climb up to the top and I said I didn’t think I could do it. And she said, ‘Well I am!” and she just jumped off! I still didn’t do it…
Ultimate Ibiza track?
I always remember back to playing Black Gold of the Sun, which is a record we produced for Nuyorican Soul, when I played at Café Mambo for the sunset. I cannot believe that was made 20 years ago!
How do you feel when you have to start packing to leave?
Oh man, it’s always sad! I live in New York City and also Miami, so I have a taste of the warmth and the beaches, but Ibiza is really special. It’s something I always really look forward to.