Seminal US house DJ Todd Terry remembers first hearing the buzz about Ibiza over 20 years ago. “Everybody was talking about it: Ibiza, Ibiza, Ibiza!” It was a Ministry of Sound gig at Eden circa 1998 that first got him on a plane to the magical Mediterranean island, and he’s been returning multiple times per year ever since.
“I was expecting absolute craziness, and when I got here it was absolute craziness,” laughs the Grammy Award winning producer known as ‘Todd the God’ at his earliest memories of the island. “But really, it was glorious, going to Café del Mar, the sunsets, the whole thing.” Todd says he’s seen Ibiza change a lot since then, comparing the island’s expansion to that of New York transcending into Brooklyn.
2016 sees Todd hold residencies with Glitterbox at Space Ibiza in addition to The Redlight at Sankeys Ibiza, plus guest slots at Pacha. “The last three years have been humungous for me in Ibiza!” he says, pondering the idea of using the island as a summer base in the future. Having recently re-launched his 90s label Freeze Records to much fanfare, he plans to launch his own Freeze party at ADE, with the potential to expand into Ibiza in 2017.
“ADE is full of DJs vibing off each other, so it’s a good place to start, but here in Ibiza it’s more of a vacation feel,” he explains. “Everything is sporadic, spontaneous, random and spread out here – we’ll catch up next week, let’s go to dinner over there, see this person, that person. It’s cool, but hard to organise anything. But you can’t ever really beat it,” he says knowingly.
Main photo by Natalie Beth Harris