The talented and eclectic Mr Doris took some time out to tell us about his musical journey since his first arrival in Ibiza as as 16 year old some 20 years ago to holding down residencies a some of Ibiza’s most iconic venues, closing the sun set terrace at Space and being crowned Ibiza DJ.
Congratulations on your winning the Ibiza DJ award.
You’ve been in Ibiza a long time. What ill-advised decisions lead you to reside here?
Haha. I originally came on a ‘lads’ holiday back in ’96 and came every year since, gradually spending more time here and falling in love with the island more and more. When I first saw Dalt Vila, I knew I had to make it my home. That coupled with the fact
people would let me play records of my choice in their venues and even pay me to do so, the deal was sealed and I have called the island home for the last ten years.
You’ve made a name for yourself on an island that is world renowned for house and techno but you play neither. How has your style developed living in Ibiza?
I never rule out any style of music in my sets, but it is true that I am known for steering away from the obvious four four beat. I came to Ibiza with a love for hip hop, funk, soul, jazz, latin and reggae. In short “world music” and I tend to custom my sets according to the venue. The electronic scene here has certainly influenced me somewhat as I have discovered the world music influenced house of people like Ricardo Villalobos and Atish as well as labels such as Cadenza.
You’ve held residencies in some of the most iconic of Ibiza clubs and bars. Is there a particular place where you really feel most at home and is there anywhere left that you would still really like to play?
My daytime musical home for the last eight years has been El Chiringuito in Es Cavallet. It’s a place where I can express myself musically like no other, going on journeys through afrobeat, soul, reggae, drum & bass and even some house. The owners share my passion for music and encourage me to explore which, as a DJ, you couldn’t ask for more.
My night time musical home for the last eleven years has been Space, where We Love, Carl Cox and most recently Glitterbox let me loose behind the turntables. I also have had free reign to book artists through my After Dark project bringing artists like Coldcut, Quantic, Norman Jay, Jazzanova, DJ Yoda, DJ Vadim and many, many more over the last six years.
Space has now closed its doors. What does this mean for the future of your brand After Dark and Ibiza in general?
After Dark is going on tour during the winter with a few select dates over Europe and I am currently in discussions for the brand’s presence in Ibiza next year. If it works out, great. If not, well it’s not the end of the world!
The closure of Space certainly is a milestone in the musical culture of Ibiza but we have to stay positive. When one door closes another opens elsewhere.
After Dark gives you the opportunity to showcase the talents of some interesting artists that we would not normally in the clubs here. Who are some to the local guys we should be keeping an eye on?
Mo’Funk, Kevin Cutts and the guys at Malanga Cafe are fantastic. Not afraid to think outside the box.
Switching the focus to productions, what have you got in store for us over the coming months?
Lots! My remix of the reggae great Sizzla has just been released to great response. Over the next three months I have original work coming out on a hip hop tip with remixes from people like A Skillz, Basement Freaks, Smoove and Nightmares On Wax.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would be top of your wish list?
There are so many! I would particularly love to work with Quantic and DJ Vadim. Never say never.
I’m sure you’ve had some crazy experiences in Ibiza. What is the strangest thing to happen to you here?
Strangely enough I often get asked this question! Over so many years of being here, it all blends into one big blur although for some reason a memory of swapping limes for booze in DC10 many years ago seems to stand out.
Thanks for your time!