Ibiza clubbing: Jean Claude Ades – Be Crazy! evolves
Anyone in Marina Ibiza on a Thursday night knows there’s only one place to be and that’s Lío Ibiza, a sparkling jewel of a venue that plays host to the glamorous European jet-set and boasts unbeatable views over to Dalt Vila. People come here to rub shoulders, but also to catch the Be Crazy! main man, Jean Claude Ades, in action.
Now in its sixth season, Jean Claude started Be Crazy! with the aim of bringing his vision for the perfect night into fruition. “I always wanted to create an intimate club night with a kind of a Studio 54 feeling, where people could go to dance without being pushed around, and to enjoy deep sounds,” he says. In a nutshell, that’s exactly the kind of event he’s been putting on ever since at Lío Ibiza, the two concepts seamlessly working in unison from the start to create the kind of club night that delivers sexy, soulful tunes in a stunning, unique environment.
“It’s an amazing place where you can dance but also have time out on the terrace, so you can enjoy the amazing views of Ibiza’s old town and see the boats passing by,” Jean Claude continues, firm in the knowledge that the setting adds to the night’s wide-ranging appeal. Venue aside, it’s the music that does most of the talking. “I make sure our regular crowd gets fresh music each and every week,” says Jean Claude, and while that’s thanks in part to his exclusive ‘plus one’ policy of only one DJ playing alongside him, it’s also due to his own evolving standards.
“It’s a big challenge to deliver new sets each week,” he says. “But that’s what my crowd wants so I try to improve every week.” Of course, he’s joined by a host of top talent to support him along the way, with the spotlight shining on one additional guest each week. According to Jean Claude, this year the line-up is the best it’s ever been, with the likes of Ruede Hagelstein, Chaim, Guy J & Konstantin Sibold all signed up to appear. “I pick my guests by looking at their DJ skills, their personality and their productions,” he says, a move that has visibly paid off.
This summer, Jean Claude will occasionally fly the Lío nest to get behind the decks at Blue Marlin Ibiza, where’s he’s been booked for five Saturdays across the summer season. Promising to deliver productions of exclusive, avant-garde, energetic sounds, it’s a move set to catapult Jean Claude, and the Be Crazy! brand, further into the limelight. “Be Crazy! became an institution on a Thursday night – almost everybody knows each other,” he says of the decision to use what he’s created with Be Crazy! at Lío Ibiza as a blueprint for his Blue Marlin concept. “People who come to our party know what they get now – a beautiful crowd, good music and good vibes!”
Having been in the business of parties for many years now Jean Claude Ades has his own definition of the aim of his ultimate night. “To bring people from every angle together to have fun without any form of prejudice – all sharing the same idea of fun and dancing together.” The spirit of Ibiza – and now in not just one club, but two!