What has been some of your biggest highlights to date, remixes and gigs wise?
Some of my biggest tracks are ‘I Begin To Wonder’ ft. Danni Minogue, I’ve also remixed Deadmau5 ‘Not Exactly’, Pussycat Dolls ‘Don’t Cha’ and Whirlpool Productions ‘From Disco To Disco’. I’ve played at Amnesia, Blue Marlin, Pacha Ibiza, W Hotel Barcelona, W Miami, Blue Marlin Dubai, Cocoon, FM, Pacha Sao Paulo and Provocateur to name a few, and of course my regular weekly event ‘Be Crazy’ at Lio in Ibiza every Friday!
Tell us about your new Lio residency and why should people go?
It’s right next to the harbour and has the best view in Ibiza Old Town, it’s so beautiful. Every night at Lio will be unforgettable, with high quality deep house, beautiful people and amazing weather in a fantastic venue. It’s set to be a series of really special nights.
Are you playing anywhere else on the island? Any after parties/day parties?
There will be a ‘Be Crazy’ after party in a new venue that we’re currently sorting out and planning, there are a lot of nights coming up for me. I’ve just played at Blue Marlin and I’ve also played at Pineta on Formentera with Boy George! Keep checking my Facebook for other things coming up, there’s going to be loads!
What is the concept behind your ‘Be Crazy’ nights?
I was going for a Studio 54 atmosphere. It’s an evening where you can decide your own fate, choose the ending to your ‘Once Upon A Time’ and create your own surreal fantasy. It’s a new style of partying, it’s emotional and in touch with doing what you want to do. ‘Be Crazy’ gives clubbers the freedom to be who they want to be!
I hear that Rony Seikaly and Vanjee mirror your sound and style of DJ-ing perfectly, is this the case?
Exactly. Which is why they are playing with me! Of course, every one of us has his own individual style but we complement each other perfectly. Rony is a bit more a deep and sophisticated in his musical style, while Vanjee is more uplifting and I’d say I’m bang in the middle.
What are the big tunes for you this year, the ones getting the best crowd reactions?
Ornette ‘Crazy’ (Noze Remix) out on Get Physical
Kellerking – ‘Backflash’
My style has definitely adapted and changed over the years but I’ve always got that signature sound. For me producing is always a totally natural process and it’s clear that in the last few years as I’ve grown older my sound has matured. I still love to use nice melodies and vocals and I’m always in search of new ways to produce things and create different sounds.
Apart from your own nights where should we visit and what clubs and DJs are really hot for you in Ibiza right now?
Ushuaia for Luciano on a Thursday and also Sundays at Pacha. Kehakuma at Space, Blue Marlin every Sunday, and of course the timeless Ibiza destination DC10 on a Monday. You can’t miss it! The DJ’s I’ll be enjoying are Luciano, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and the amazing Art Department.
The ‘East West EP’ that I produced with Rony is out now. With Rony’s Miami influences and me with my Munich and Ibiza sounds, we’re bringing the continents together.
There are three tracks on this EP. First up we have ‘Oh Yeah!’ which is a beautifully crafted deep house track packed full of retro synth sounds and big warm bass lines. There are instrumental sounds which are smooth but pack a real energetic punch. Next ‘Perfect Match’ which is another sophisticated deep house instrumental with 80s sounding synths, rolling back beat, emotive breakdowns and infectious melodies. Lastly ‘Mood That I Love’ is saying what the title points to, thanks to its unique underground feel. This one is bouncy and retro sounding with a beautiful female vocal, a slice of perfection in any house set.
On the 23rd of July the single I’produced with Vanjee ‘Mend’ featuring Elisane will be released including a great Kellerkind Remix. The plan is to release a single every month during the summer. I’m also working on my new artist album which is scheduled for October! There will be a mix compilation ‘Be Crazy’ at the end of the season with all the hot tunes that I will have played throughout summer to keep everyone warm during the winter.
Listen to Jean Claude Ades & Rony Seikaly ‘East West EP’
Listen to his Global Radio Show in Ibiza – Every Friday morning between 2 – 3am.
INTERVIEW: Toni Tambourine