Mr Doris – 24 hours in Ibiza

Arriving to Ibiza on a cheap ‘lad’s holiday’ at the tender age of 16 – attracted by the promise of clubbing and girls – Mr Doris instantly fell in love with the island that was to eventually become his home. The year was 1996, and his own musical tastes leaned towards UK garage, but once he was exposed to the energy of the house and trance scene on the island, Mr Doris was hooked on Ibiza.

It wasn’t just the music. As so many other island residents will say, Ibiza has a distinct energy, and Mr Doris made the pilgrimage to the white isle every year, with each trip getting longer until he eventually did his first summer season in 1999. It was in 2002, when Mr Doris – a qualified archaeologist – first laid eyes on Ibiza’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Dalt Vila, realised this was the place he wanted to be.

“It had everything I was into. History, architecture, music. And although I was into garage and trip hop, which didn’t really have a place on the island at that time, I knew I had to find a way to make it work.” He got his first residency playing eclectic beats on the beach in Playa d’en Bossa, followed by a residency in a small underground bar in Sa Penya. Then in 2005, Mr Doris’s unique style caught the attention of an influential Defected promoter and he was offered a slot on the esteemed Pacha rooftop. Things started falling into place, as a residency at Space quickly followed.

Main photo by Natalie Beth Harris

Today, Mr Doris showcases his eclectic and chilled musical selection by day at some of the island’s most stylish and sophisticated Ibiza restaurants and beach clubs: El Chiringuito, BEACHOUSE Ibiza and Cotton Lounge Club. It is these lunchtime sessions that have seen him play to the likes of Luciano, Sven Vath, Martin Solveig and Bob Sinclar, all of whom make a point of stopping by the DJ booth to compliment him on his different take on a beachside soundtrack.

By night, you’ll find him in the hallowed booths of Space for Glitterbox and curating his own After Dark project in conjunction with Carl Cox and Space on Sundays, Flower Power at Pacha and the all-new Applebum hip hop party at Sankeys Ibiza. “I feel very lucky to have found people throughout the years who employ me not to play the usual tech or deep house found in the clubs,” he says. “This is what’s ultimately kept me on the island.”

You spend a lot of time travelling – how do you feel when you’re on the plane, flying back into Ibiza?
Home! Even though my family and a lot of my friends are in the UK, Ibiza is the only place I miss as soon as I leave, and the only place I feel completely at home when I come back.

What is your favourite part of the island?
I don’t have a favourite part. They’re all different. I choose to live in Ibiza town and I absolutely love Dalt Vila and can’t imagine myself living anywhere but here, but I also love authentic places like St Agnes when I get the chance to spend time there.

Ultimate Ibiza track
George Benson – The Ghetto / El Barrio. A stone cold classic cover of Donny Hathaway’s original hit from 1970 that changes direction into a fantastic Latin version halfway through. It reminds me of lazy days on the beach… and raises a few eyebrows! Timeless.

What is your best Ibiza memory?
I have so many great memories because I’ve spent most of my life here, but I have to say one that changed the course of my life was getting a phone call from Mark Broadbent of We Love Space offering me my first gig at Space. It was in 2005, I was at a pretty low point and felt like I was hitting my head against a brick wall. I was frustrated because, not being a house music DJ, I wasn’t able to play my music. I was even considering leaving the island. I’d met Mark and given him a mix CD – and he said he’d probably never listen to it as he had so much music – and then the next day he called me and said he loved it. It’s funny how this island works…

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