We’re big fans of Local Lad Manu Gonzalez in the Ibizan office. Manu’s mixes have helped us through many manic Mondays and frantic Fridays keeping us tapping our toes as we’re tapping the keyboards. He brings a certain Balearic something to his brand of beats and bleeps, that groove that echoes the rhythm of Ibizan life. You don’t have to be born here to play it, but it helps.
Who better to talk to Manu on a deserved night out than our own poco loca Ibicenca Nicole Torres. It’s a tribal thing – now there’s a coincidence …
Tribal Sessions Sankeys
I hadn’t been inside the building that is now Sankeys in Playa D’en Boss for over ten years, when it was still called Kiss!
My group of friends and I had a great time, loved the music and ambiance, danced until our feet hurt… and we have to thank one of the DJs, Manu González, for getting us all on the list. Sankey’s has a really good feel about it, great sound and good people. I’m sure I’ll be back for more.
I had a chance to talk to Manu up on the terrace after dancing to his amazing tunes. No need for me to talk you through his set or style—the set is on Soundcloud already so you can listen for yourself. (link at the end)
Born and bred in Ibiza, this twenty-three year old DJ told me he started playing at the young age of 15. We spoke a bit about the last years of his life in which he has travelled all over the world thanks to his music: Mexico, Estonia, Austria, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Switzerland, Romania and many other countries. He was a resident DJ at Privilege for four years and this summer he will be at Sankeys every Wednesday.
Manu has also played at Pacha and Space; sharing the booth with some of the best know DJs on the music scene including John Digweed, Supernova, Mandy and Solomun.
He played the Ibiza International Music Summit in Dalt Vila last month. Manu said he is really happy to be working for Ibz Entertainment and Danny Whittle. We even joked about him having worked at Delta Discos round the corner from where I went to school. Shame I couldn’t take up much of his time, everybody wanted a piece of Manu, and it’s hardly surprising. Apart from the fact he’s clearly heading for big things in his DJ career, he is a really nice guy, down to earth and engaging. Some people let a bit of fame go to their heads, not Manu, you have the feeling he’d be exactly the same Guy if he were headlining Space to playing for his friends in his local bar. That’s the way we make them in Ibiza, good people, but then I would say that ;-)
When not DJing, Manu can be found in his studio producing and editing tracks for prestigious labels such as Natural Rhythm and Novo Music. His tracks have been played and supported by Marco Carola, Maceo Plex, Laurent Garnier, Dubfire, Maya Jane Coles, Luciano and many more who are all happy to work with Manu’s sounds.
Thank you Manu for a great night!
Plastik has long held it’s position as the prime pre-party venue for the discerning clubber, and it starts many a night to remember for the revellers lucky enough to pass it’s doors or astute enough to have asked around.
When you see the place tick you get to realise that none of this is by chance. As with most things in life it’s the little touches that add up to make the difference and make plastic into something a bit more precious than it’s name suggests. I told myself I’d avoid cheesy Plastik to Precious metal analogies so best on with the facts.
If you have not been for a while you’ll notice a lot of cosmetic touches throughout the club—not least of which their new façade which is something special in itself.
The staff are cool cookies, professional and keen to make your night special—small example, we were sharing a bottle and they come by and give you fresh glasses and ice, I know a lot of places that would consider themselves far more exclusive where you don’t get that level of attention. Always seems to be a good crowd—even a celeb or two—note Judges Jules bottom right.
Prices fair, music great (they have pre parties for Kisstory Creche and our fave Speakerbox among others). Most of all Plastik puts a smile on your face. Plastik is what all of San Antonio should be. .
Simon Whitton, AKA DJ horse, has been Dj-ing in R&B club Soul City, San Antonio for around 14 years.
1. Who are you and what brought you to Ibiza?
I’m deejay horse and I came to Ibiza to get away from the UK weather!
2. Favourite place in Ibiza?
My favourite place in Ibiza is the reggae beach bar and soul city (where I’m working at right now).
3. Do you have any advice for people wanting to make it in Ibiza?
My advice is to be a happy person, and chill and enjoy life. Always do what makes you happy.
Hard Rock Hotel
The second offering from the Hard Rock Hotel was Neneh Cherry, coupled with a DJ set from Sasha. In a welcome gesture, Ibiza residents were offered free entrance, and many took advantage of this.
I’ve always liked Neneh Cherry: she’s a feisty lady (she appeared on Top of the Pops pregnant) and has made some great music over the years. But I had never seen her perform live before, so was looking forward to seeing her. Her latest album, ‘Blank Project’, released earlier in the year, is her first solo release for 18 years. She said in a recent interview about ‘Blank Project’, “it’s about reinvention, it’s about a fresh start – I think that it was very medicinal making the record for me”. After the death of her mother four years ago she had to tackle the depression that followed, choosing to do this through being creative, hence the new album.
Following DJ sets from Sarah Main, Sasha and Paul Reynolds, Neneh made her entrance onto the open-air stage at about 11pm, accompanied by Ben and Tom Page, AKA RocketNumberNine who play on the album with her.
Looking striking on the stage dressed in bright orange and her long afro curls let loose, she put her all into the performance. Neneh’s strong voice shone out around the venue, but overall the sound quality could only be described as ‘muddy’ and not sharp and clear. Playing only songs from the new album, for those in the audience who hadn’t heard it, engaging with unfamiliar tunes proved to be difficult and some people left,.
I persevered to the end and was pleased that I did, as the pace picked up towards the end of her set and the on-stage projections behind her got a bit more trippy with it. After a false start and a quick ‘rewind’ she finished with what I suspected most of the audience had come to hear, ‘Buffalo Stance’, but it lacked the pace and funkiness of the recorded single. Confetti and streamers were fired out into the crowd at the end, providing a suitable finale. I was left, however, feeling a little disappointed. It can be a problem going to see someone perform if you don’t know their new music when that is predominantly all they play. Listening to the album after the event, the sentiment throughout is clearly deeply personal. It’s not easy to listen to, and I suspect it would have sounded better performed in a small, dark, intimate club.
Clip of ‘Weightless’:
Clip of ‘Buffalo Stance’:
Playa d’en Bossa is currently playing host to some new, interesting parties. All are free and in great beachside locations.
bWell @ Mumak
New at Mumak every Monday is bWell, offering food, wellness, music and healing. Selina ‘bWell’ Ingram provides the food – jerk chicken and authentic Indian curry and fresh salads. Music is provided by Ibizan DJ Steve Altman from 7pm (Bambuddah, Pikes, Palm Beach). Think relaxing chill-out music and great mixes of classics from 80s/90s legends like New Order, The Clash, David Bowie and Depeche Mode amongst others. A chill zone and healing is on hand in this great location on the beach. Every Monday at Mumak from 11am till late.
Facebook page: Mumak
Main Room @ The Sky Room
Every Monday from June 23rd – September 15th from 8pm till 1am sees the Main Room Agency taking over The Sky Room on the roof at Ushuaïa Tower. Featuring DJs such as Sarah Main, Graham Sahara, Lun, Paul Reynolds, Chronic Cowboys, Cevin Fisher, Jo Mills, Jaime Fiorito, Simonne Cooper, Dazzla, Timo Garcia, Amber Jolene, and Italobros.
Balearic Bliss @ Sands
Sunday June 29 sees ‘Balearic Bliss’ at Sands. Organised by Smartie Partie, it will be a showcase of Ibiza-based live musicians and DJs, including The DrumAddicts, Wizard of Odd, Deep City Soul, Lucy Bee, Lisa Chadderton, Richie Warren (The legend), and Jonny (Balearic Mystique). Starting at 5pm through till midnight, it’s a great place to hang out on the beach on a Sunday evening listening to some Balearic music. It promises to be “a celebration of all that we love about our blissful island and the music and characters that make it so special…”
Facebook page: BaleraricBliss Ibiza
Flamingo @ Santos
Flamingo returns once a month on a Saturday at Santos. From the promoters of Rock Nights, the Flamingo pool party is inspired by the vibe of 80s Miami. Expect a fashion show and music from DJs such as Colin Peters, Ley DJ and Pablo Cebrián, playing an eclectic mix of disco, nu disco, Indie dance and 80s music. Santos is a chic venue right on the beach and the parties take place around the pool from around 5pm. Flamingo is next on Sat July 12th, August 9th and September 6th.