How do you feel as you step off the plane onto the tarmac?
It’s a feeling that’s never changed. Whenever you land here, there’s a feeling… well, it’s more than a feeling. And I only get that feeling when I land in Ibiza. Still to this day, even though I have been here so much, it never gets boring. There’s also a certain smell. I’ve heard stories that the smell is a combination of the salt and all the rosemary on the island.
Is there anything you always make a point of doing here?
It might sound weird, but one of the things you have to do when you live here is remember to do things like go into San Antonio. For me, because that’s where all my very first memories of the island were made, it’s important. As soon as I step foot into San Antonio, I feel like I am on holiday again. Even when you’ve settled into a routine of living, you’ve got to make yourself venture out and do things that make you remember you are in Ibiza.
What’s your favourite part of the island?
The island offers so much, but I love it in the middle of the island. In the winter, my wife and I go cycling on all the bike routes and we end up at places like La Paloma in the afternoons. We cycle through parts of the countryside and see old ladies with acres of land and orange trees, growing all their own vegetables and fruits who wouldn’t even know there were discos on the island, let alone its club culture. That still exists here, and the only way you see that is if you know someone who knows the island or you venture away from the obvious.
Do you have a favourite Ibiza memory?
That’s a tough question, because there’s been a lot of amazing moments here. On the more hedonistic side, it was when I owned my villa and twice a year I would pay for all of my friends, about 15 of us, to come over and stay. As soon as Space finished, we’d go back there and we’d still be partying on Wednesday! We’d do the whole thing, Bora Bora, Space, DC-10 and it was just crazy. They are some of my fondest memories. We had so much fun it was unbelievable. On the other side, for very different reasons, it’s been spending time with my daughter on the beach – seeing the island through her eyes. Just seeing her as happy as she is, as free as she is, makes me so happy. I still find time for party moments, but it’s important to keep the balance.
Ultimate Ibiza track?
Something that always reminds me of Ibiza is an ambient track called Autumn Leaves by Coldcut. It reminds me of the year when my wife and I got together. Groove Armada did a free CD that came with Mixmag and it was on there, and we used to listen to it all the time. It’s just… this island.