Take 5: Judge Jules
NG: Quite a lot happening since we talked in April?
JJ: Yes it seems the last couple of years we’ve been quite late finalising plans. BCM Majorca Judgement Night Tuesdays carries on—business as normal there.
NG: Life outside Ibiza; did I see it was number 5 in DJ Mag’s top 100 clubs?
JJ: That’s right, it’s a great venue and we have a really long association with them. This year along with Danny Howard Judgement nights include Eddie Halliwell, Aly & Fila and Ferry Corsten
NG: We were starting to think Ibiza had lost you, then last week Es Paradis was confirmed for Judgement Fridays. Back to where it all started.
JJ: Ha ha, yes Es Paradis and the Clockwork Orange parties back in the mid 90’s. It’s quite funny how it’s all turned out really. We’d been looking at Es Paradis for a while now, even before the changes at Eden. I have always been determined to keep the allegiance to San Antonio. The town has been really good to me over the years and I value that association. One of the attractions is that of all the big clubs Es Paradis is the one that has retained that traditional Spanish feel. OK Eden has a superb sound system I can’t deny that, but as everything has become more, how can I put it, corporate in the club world, I like that Es Paradis still feels like one of the clubs that attracted us all here in the first place.
NG: And of course the water party.
JJ: Yeah, brilliant, you can’t get more Ibiza than the water party, you know this has all reminded me what a great venue it is, back to my roots.
NG: Will we find you soaking wet at 5a.m.?
JJ: Ha ha, if I can find my Budgie smugglers.
NG: And talking of back to your roots I see you are headlining the Clockwork Orange anniversary.
JJ: That will be a really special night for sure.
Thanks Jules, and that leads us nicely into …
Take 5: Danny Gould
NG: It’s an overused term in Ibiza, but I think in your case it’s warranted, there’s quite a buzz about the Clockwork Orange 20th Anniversay.
DG: Mate it’s gonna be huge, we’ve already sold 500 tickets by word of mouth (this chat was taking place during Danny’s 30 minute walk home back in April)
NG: It is a famous name, or should that be infamous, for those that were not around tell us a bit of the history.
DG: It started off back in London in 93. We wanted to start a party and we’d been messing around with a few ideas for names—mainly around the idea of “how will it help us pull the birds” but then we walked into a shop and there was this photo of a bloke in a bowler hat and we just looked at each other and said “Clockwork Orange”. After building it in London at venues like Camden Palace we came over to Ibiza and by 98 we were the top promoters—we were pulling in 3,500 with no advance ticket sales. It was huge. We ended up holding 150 parties, but for me it wasn’t about the money, it was all about having fun. I was interested in 3 things only, getting off my head, shagging birds, and doing Clockwork.
NG: You are happy for me to print that.
DG: Yeah mate, it was a different time. I’ve been sober now 11 years, and I mean sober. I haven’t touched a drink, drugs anything. I’m a married man with a daughter. But back then that’s the life we were living. I was a bit over the top really. I was a biter. Ask anyone who knew me back then, I used to bite people, it was my thing. (I have since asked one or two people who have described Danny exactly as he describes himself, one of the old guard saying “thank God he is sober, to be honest he was pretty hard work”) .
NG: But it was all fun?
DG: For sure. We used to look at it like Space was for posing and looking cool, Clockwork was for just being happy, having a laugh. Come with a good attitude and you’ll have a great time, guaranteed.
NG: So what prompted the return?
DG: Well by 2001 Ibiza had changed too much, it was getting like i-vegas, everyone just worried about money, we’d had enough and called it a day. Then years went by and we talked about holding a reunion party in London. It was a blinding success and we’ve done a few of them now. We were out there (Ibiza) on holiday and it was the same again, just started talking and one thing lead to another, before we knew it we were booked up at Es Paradis and raring to go.
NG: So what can we expect, will it be a night of nostalgic 40-somethings?
DG: Definitely not, sure we’ll hope to see all the old faces but the London parties have been really mixed. Funny thing at the last one we were taking a break outside and these two girls came out, really sweating, y’know you could see they’s been really going for it, I said to them “you look really hot girls” and one of them answered “this is nothing, you should see my Mum and Dad” .
Brilliant, so we’ll take that as a suggestion for all old skool clubbers, this is the night to take your kids out on the dancefloor. thanks Danny
Clockwork Orange 20th Anniversary Ibiza Weekend kicks off at Mambo 25th July at 3pm straight through to Es Paradise from 10pm then followed Sunday 27th by the Clockwork Beach Party at Sands.
It sounds like a cliché, and it is, but Ibiza really rocked last Wednesday when Haim headlined at the opening gig of the 2014 season at Ibiza Rocks. Now in its 8th year, Ibiza Rocks has been putting on weekly live bands each summer and providing the island with a welcome alternative to the dance-fuelled clubs. The gigs are now held in the middle of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel in San Antonio, underneath the stars and next to the pool – a great setting.
First up were South London’s Art-Rock band, Breton, who released their first album ‘War Room Stories’ earlier this year. The five piece band’s synth-laden, very danceable tunes provided the perfect soundtrack as a warm Ibizan day drew to a close and turned into night. A backdrop of stunning images added to the atmosphere. Ending with a frenetic strobe-lit finale, it was a memorable climax to a great performance, which warmed up the appreciative audience for what was to follow.
Haim’s set started with darkness and flashing lights as their drummer and keyboard player took to the stage first. Then the three Haim sisters appeared, accompanied by much screaming from the crowd, and launched into their single ‘Falling’. From the moment they entered the stage until they left it, they put on a stunning show, with their rock-chick chic style, flawless singing, accomplished musicianship, dancing (or as Este called it arse shaking), headbanging and hair flinging.
On record they are much more melodic, fusing pop with soft rock and R&B influences, which belies the band’s live delivery, which is pure, energetic, rock and roll, as the videos at the end of the article testify.
The third number in the set saw them ‘jamming’ – something they said they like to do together. Rocking out even more than they had done already, for me, this was one of the (many) highlights of the night (see the video).
The sisters have a great rapport together onstage, happily sharing the singing and other instruments as the song demands – there’s no sign of sibling rivalry in their performance. During the set, each of them played drums or percussion at some point. They’re a perfect live band: they sound good, they look good, they put everything into their performance and there’s always something going on to keep your attention.
The show ended with them all pounding the drums together (drummer included) – presumably a nod to their drum-playing father – the second great climax to a fantastic performance of the night.
What a way to start the summer season of live bands, on now every Wednesday until September 17th. That gig will surely go down in the Ibiza Rocks history books as being one of the greatest, and one that people will talk about for years to come. It has set the bar really high for the rest of the summer – it’s going to be a tough one to follow!
Jumping on the ‘Rock and Ride’ minibus service afterwards to The Ibiza Rocks House for the inaugural ‘Rock Nights’ after party, the celebrations continued into the early hours of the morning. All in all, it added up to a great opening night! If you haven’t been to Ibiza Rocks and you like live music, it’s a great venue – you won’t be disappointed.
The finale of Breton’s set:
Haim take to the stage with ‘Falling’:
Hard Rock Hotel
Most of the line-up for the weekly live performances at the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday nights has now been announced. The new hotel on Playa D’en Bossa has its opening on Friday June 13th, with Nile Rodgers and Chic kicking things off, which is sure to be a great party. Most of the gigs will be held in the outdoor purpose-built stage area at the Hard Rock Hotel, with the larger acts performing at the nearby Ushuaïa Beach Hotel.
June 13th: Chic
June 20th: Neneh Cherry
June 27th: UB40
July 4th: Robin Thicke
July 11th: Icona Pop
July 25th: Jason Derulo – Ushuaïa
August 8th: Ellie Goulding
August 15th: Snoop Dogg – Ushuaïa
August 22th: Kylie
September 5th: Pitbull – at Ushuaïa
September 12th: Placebo
September 19th: Closing party, act TBC
Ticket prices depend on the act and start at €30, available from:
With summer here, there’s nothing better than listening to some cool tunes whilst relaxing on the beach, around the pool or getting ready for a night out. Here’s some new music to come out of Ibiza this summer.
If you like house music and you like it on vinyl, then read on. A new label has just been launched called ‘Eihi Records’ (named in homage to the god Ihi, who according to Egyptian mythology is the child god of the joy of music). The Ibiza-based label created by DJ and producer Edu Garris will only release on vinyl, and feature musicians and producers from the electronic music scene creating quality house music. Artists on the label include Eddies Matos, Brett Johnson, Jay Tripwire, Justin Harris, Jamie Anderson, Denmarkus Lewis and Deephope – all of whom have worked hard to take House music to where it is today. The first two releases are from American dance producer Denmarkus Lewis ‘Beyond the deep’, featuring the tracks ‘Stokin The Vine’ and ‘Sliding In Deep’, and from Deephope a.k.a. producer and DJ David Garcia, featuring ‘Love Loft’ and ‘Day Nursery’. Eihi Records had a launch party at Delano’s on the beach in Playa D’en Bossa on Friday June 6th. Music was provided by Edu Garris, and starred special guest DJ Justin Harris, with live performances from Nestor Morales on percussion and Guaybo! Sax on saxophone. There will be three additional parties later this year at Delano’s. More info at:
‘Sketches from an Island’ is by Ibizan resident Mark Barrott, on his own International Feel Recordings, which has been releasing vinyl and CDs for over 4 years. It takes its influences from the music that came together to form early Balearic Chillout music, including the widescreen, afterhours sounds made famous by José Padilla’s sunset DJ sets at the Café Del Mar and Alfredo’s legendary sets at Amnesia. ‘Sketches’ takes its references from there and aims to contextualise Mark’s own version of what Balearic sounds like to him. It features nine tracks, which paint a picture of the island, the people and the magnetic beauty that pulses through it. Recorded in Ibiza’s northern hills using “weird percussion, some slide guitars and a few borrowed synths,” it’s a melodic and mysterious representation of a place steeped in a rich and rebellious history. Opening track ‘Baby Come Home’ radiates with carefree tropical sounds and upbeat harmonies. The blues-soaked melodies of ‘Essene’ perfectly navigate the tension between heart-bursting happiness and melancholy, and ‘Go Berri Be Happy’ is like Prefab Sprout gone to Ghana. Its colour smudged hazy emotions swirl between Brian Eno, Penguin Café Orchestra and Compass Point vibes into a free-flowing cascade of live playing and synthesized sound, perfectly epitomised on the future classic ‘Formentera Headspace Blues’. International Feel has worked with DJ Harvey, Daniel Baldelli, Todd Terje, Quiet Village and many others and Mark has contributed releases under the names Rocha, Young Gentlemen’s Adventure Society, Boys from Patagonia, Flights of Fancy and Bepu N’Gali. More info at: