I could catch up with Jamie Jones at La Paloma restaurant this summer and interview him for Amnesia Magazine. We talked about his new night at DC10 , his first steps on the island and of course about music.
When did Jamie Jones arrive in Ibiza the first time?
The first time was in 1997, I came on a holiday for a week. I was 17, almost 18. We came for a week, package holiday, San Antonio. I had a life changing experience. Back then, all English people used to go there. We had no idea what we were doing. We’d get a package holiday, hotel, flight, everything included. I came and then discovered it…I knew about the clubs, but I’d never been to a large club like that, I’m from a small town in North Wales. And I’ve been coming every year since.
Were you a DJ at the time?
I bought my first decks when I was 15 or 16. I’d been buying records for a year and a half or so, just learning how to mix.
How did the opportunity to play at DC10 come about?
I’d been going to DC10. I came here to live and work the summers from 2000 to 2005. So I was coming to DC10 every week from 2000, even under rain, whatever, I’d be there. So I kind of became a face there. I was just a kid, I didn’t really know anyone, any of the DJs. I got introduced to Clive Henry in 2004. I had done a mix and he really liked it and I got my first gig there in 2005 or 2006, I played at the closing party. And then they asked me back two or three times each season, and the last two or three years they asked me if I wanted to become a resident.
And now you have your own party. It must be a great challenge.
Absolutely. It’s been a huge challenge. The opening party went really well. It’s like a great weight lifted off my shoulders, it’s been so much work to build the line ups for 13 weeks and when you do your own night in Ibiza so many things can go wrong! It was great to see it finally happen and it was good, so it’s been great!
How did that idea happen?
Well, it came about because I had some offers from other clubs and there was one that I started to consider, but I never really wanted to leave DC10. It was a question of whether I could do the two things. And then, they didn’t want me to leave and so they came back and offered me my own night, quite a good deal for Ibiza. I thought I could make it work. I was going to do 2 or 3 Wednesdays for them anyway, like last year, and then they offered me this. And then I waited a while to make sure I had enough music coming out from the label and I thought it was the right time. And you have to take risks. Sometimes they pay off, sometimes they don’t.
The risk is also exciting.
Absolutely! Nerve-wracking sometimes. I think it was the right moment. Now I can bring some DJs that are established that I never get to see in Ibiza. I’ve tried to book everyone who’s ever had a release on the label for the party. And it’s cool for them because some of them have never been to Ibiza before.
And what artists are you keeping an eye on right now?
There’s a few. From my label there’s a guy, HNQO. He’s just sent me lots of tracks, really cool, 22 years old, still makes his music with his headphones but the tracks sound so good. There’s also a few other guys from Brazil called Digitaria and Funky Fat, they’ve just had EPs but they’re both doing albums. There’s a guy in the UK called Waff whose sending us songs every week. Those are the guys on my label who’re doing really, really well.
And why the name Paradise?
It has to do with the Paradise Garage. I’ve never been, obviously, but buying vinyl I’m a big fan of that music, and the idea of those parties were quite eclectic, musically. Not dark clubs but really good after hours in a club. Weirdly enough, there’s three tracks going around: one by these guys Digitaria, they did a track called Paradise; I had a track on my last album called Paradise, and also Ali Love that I’m trying to sign, she’s just finished a track that isn’t called Paradise but one of the main words in it is Paradise.
So it had to be Paradise.
Yeah! I’m thinking it might change every year and it might be related to the names of my tracks. I might call it Amazon next year and it will be more of a Jungle kind of feel, though we’ll be doing that this year with lots of palm trees
Do you feel that electronic music is now mixed with indie and live instruments and vocals more, that house music is moving in that direction more?
I think that rather than house music moving in that direction, it’s indie music that’s moving in the dance music direction. I listen to a lot of different types of music and the ones that are doing better, the music I’m liking more, they don’t just use guitars, drums and keyboards, they’re using effects and drum machines… they’re influencing people like Hot Chip… house music will always be house music, you know, whether it’s soulful, deep house, electro house, techno, it kind of stays with that core … but I think that indie music and pop music are changing more, we see that all over the world.
You’ve become really popular in the last couple of years. How do you keep the balance between your human side and your social life?
I think what’s most important for me is I have a really solid group of friends who I’ve known for a long time, surviving on bread crumbs in Ibiza and back in London to make ends meet.