Peyton – 24 hours in Ibiza

Growing up in the deep south of America, soul singer Peyton had never heard of an island called Ibiza. He didn’t listen to house music – he was surrounded by gospel. However in 2003, while working on a self-penned track called ‘A Higher Place’, his producer suggested they try creating it in a soulful house style and submit it to the popular label Hed Kandi.

“I had certainly never heard of Ibiza,” reflects Peyton. “But I thought, ok and then weeks later it was signed to Hed Kandi and went to number one in the dance charts all over the world!” At the time, Hed Kandi held a popular residency at El Divino (now Lio), and Peyton was flown out to Ibiza to perform his track, which had become a summer anthem.

That was how his Ibiza story began, touring regularly with the house music brand until he met his future husband Boris, while living in London. Boris happened to live in Ibiza and as their relationship grew, it was clear one of them would have to move. For Peyton, a sea change to Ibiza was an obvious choice.

“It made sense with my work in the summer, and in winter I use the island as a base while I travel,” he says. Now happily married, the couple live in the island’s south, in Es Codolar, where daily life involves plenty of time spent outdoors, working on his new pop album (described as a cross between Adele and Sam Smith) and planning daytime parties for like-minded lovers of house music. That’s in between touring the world!

Main photo by Natalie Beth Harris

You spend a lot of time travelling – how do you feel when you’re on the plane, flying back into Ibiza?
I’m always looking out for Es Vedra! You never know which flights will pass it, so I’m always hoping I’m sitting on the right side and then once in a while you get that moment – ahhh, there she is! Home…

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive on the island?
I live just five minutes from the airport, so I always come straight home and our cat, Puss, runs to the gate like a dog to greet us. The first thing I do is pick her up and rub my face in hers and tell her how much I miss her!

What is your favourite part of the island?
The west. There are so many gorgeous little coves and the sunset is just amazing. You can’t define the entire west by San Antonio – I’ve spent a lot of time over that way and still find new places. Just recently I discovered Cala Moli, where I saw the most stunning, deep red sunset I have ever seen and there were hardly any people on the beach.

Ultimate Ibiza track?
My impression of Ibiza was formulate in those early days with Hed Kandi, so it has got to be Fade [Solu Music featuring KimBlee]. It was such a big anthem for them. And A Higher Place, of course, because I was singing it every time I came over here!

What is your best Ibiza memory?
My wedding! We had 250 people from 57 countries come together for what we called the ‘Festival of Love’. It went for three days starting with a barbeque at Boutique Hostal Salinas, then the ceremony and performances at Can Xuxu, followed by a big paella party at Es Vive. We just had an amazing list of ingredients: my parents, who are just extraordinary people, like beacons of light. My father is a Pentecostal Holiness preacher, which is an evangelical denomination, so to have him at a gay wedding in Ibiza giving a speech about love, and my mother performing the service. And we had our own incredible love story, we had Ibiza, and we had all the amazing friends and my incredible musical family from all over the world… It was a mind-blowing, supernatural experience.

Download Peyton: Ibiza House Sessions here or order the CD online.

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