Ibiza clubbing: Enzo Siragusa – The evolution carries on
FUSE London head honcho Enzo Siragusa’s passion for both music and parties runs deep – the DJ, producer, promoter and record label boss has been raving since the early 90s. As a teenager on the dance floor, he was inspired by the immersive experience of clubbing – soaking up the sounds, the sights and the atmosphere but also the feelings of community and belonging that raving encouraged. From cult UK raves and warehouse parties to Ibiza’s notorious 24/7 party lifestyle – he knew from the very beginning this was the path his life and career was destined to follow.
Fast forward to 2018, as his own brand gets set to celebrate its tenth birthday, and Siragusa’s vibrant energy and infectious enthusiasm doesn’t seem to have waned one bit since his days as a teen raver. Nor does he seem to age – his youthful looks belie the fact he boasts more than 20 years’ experience on both sides of the DJ booth. “I always say that’s the raving,” he laughs. “There’s something zen-like about going out, as long as you’re doing it for the right reasons and not doing it to avoid your life. It’s a good, positive thing, like therapy – well, it’s my therapy anyway!”
Siragusa’s very first visit to the white isle was at the age of 18 in 1996, where iconic parties such as Manumission, its notorious Carry-On at Space Ibiza and Bora Bora saw him fall in love with Ibiza and its hedonistic culture. “The clubs were another level of immersive experience,” he recalls. “I was 18 years old and it was all about the parties. I didn’t experience much more of the island until much later. I remember going to Café del Mar and Mambo for sunsets after you’d been partying all day and fell in love with that too.” With rave culture deep in his blood, the logical next step was to relocate the white isle for summer, which happened in 2003.
One of his first DJ residencies in Ibiza was on the famous sunset strip at a bar called Sugar Sea (today known as Savannah) – the place where even to this day, Siragusa experienced one if his most profound memories as a DJ. “I’d play the sunset every night and I was just playing music that I felt was right, from broken beat and trip-hop to deep house, rock music and soul,” he says. “One night I played a Paul Weller track, Broken Stones, and a girl came over to me in floods of tears. She explained her best friend had passed away, and that she’d come to Ibiza because it had been a special place for them and that song had been played at her funeral. She said I’d given her closure… that moment is something that will stay with me for life. I still get goosebumps when I talk about it.”
With so many clubs and parties on offer, Siragusa was in his own personal party paradise, with Space and DC-10 making the most indelible marks on him. “They were places where people just went just to party,” he remembers. “You boiled everything down to its lowest common denominator and it was all about having fun. I remember sitting on the Space terrace and turning around to see Noel Gallagher – at the height of his career – sitting next to me. And this was a rave! Not like an ultra VIP party – things were going off around us and we just sat there having a chat.”
It was the community vibe of DC-10 that most influenced Siragusa when creating his own after party, FUSE, in East London in 2008. “It was very raw,” he says. “DC-10 was an after party and it just had a completely different vibe to other places. The terrace was a real terrace, it had no roof and you’d get there at 6am and stay in there all day baking away with no shade, while people like Jo Mills and Clive Henry played – it was carnage. But it also had this special community vibe about it… and it changed my perspective on what I was looking for in a clubbing experience and also on how I wanted to put on events. I remember being absolutely inspired by it.”
After making his own DC-10 debut in 2011, Siragusa recalls thinking: ‘Could life get any better than this?’ And when FUSE went on to host four parties at the iconic Space Ibiza, things just kept getting better and better. Today he’s a regular headliner on the Ibiza circuit, playing guest slots at many of the clubs he cut his rave teeth at. “Hand on my heart, I can say I still get excited every time I go to these big clubs,” he says. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve partied there. I’ve been the punter, the raver… and now sometimes I have to pinch myself and think, I am actually playing on the Amnesia terrace!”
These days, with the FUSE empire in full swing and his own solo career taking him around the world and back again (including a return to those hallowed decks at DC-10 alongside Carl Cox next Friday August 10, 2018), Siragusa remains conscious of his responsibility to create inspirational experiences, such as his DC-10 days, for partygoers. His fascination with the clubber’s psyche is almost like that of an anthropologist. “Essentially, even though I run a business, I’m still a raver,” he says. “I love going out. I love being around people but now there are people in the clubs who are 20 years younger than me. I remember what it was like, being 20 and being inspired. I want people to have those experiences at our parties.”
“I have this feeling that if people don’t experience clubbing like this, and if it’s all just a business… well, what’s going to keep people listening to music and going to nightclubs? It’s about the community. That’s what’s so special about Ibiza – there’s a reason we all went there looking for something. There was magic about the island and it keeps us coming back every year. That’s part of what clubbing is – it’s not a bunch of people getting high in a club – there’s so much more to it. Especially in Ibiza, more so than anywhere else I’ve been in the world.”
While he cites Ibiza as his community inspiration, Siragusa is humbly playing down the fact he’s created an enormous London-based following around FUSE – a community who are happy to pack up their bags and follow the brand across the sea when they do their famous Ibiza takeovers. “We’ve been doing FUSE for ten years now and we’ve regenerated the crowds over and over again,” he says of the FUSE community. “There are people who are 40 plus, then me and my lot, and now there’s a whole generation of 20-somethings who are discovering it. I always try and engage with these people. I want to know their story, where they come from, what they’re looking for. It’s a beautiful thing when you talk to younger people and they’re so passionate and into it. The feeling is still there, people still love to immerse themselves into the party and this is what it’s all about. It inspires me and makes me want to do it even more.”
When asked what the future holds, Siragusa is very clear he is still on the right path. “I LOVE my job,” he says passionately. “I’m not looking back, I’m looking forward. Last weekend when we did a big event for 3000 people, it was just brilliant and I found myself thinking, what can I do next? I want to put on a festival, I want to do some something else that is inspiring and still has this same vibe about it. Different people are going to come, explore different music and have different experiences. The evolution carries on. I just wish I was 18 again so I could do it all over again.”