Jamie Jones Presents Paradise: Boiler Room Ibiza Sessions – Ibiza
If I told you that when I first entered the villa to host Boiler Room’s latest Ibiza session that I was greeted by a woman in fancy dress serenading me on a swing; and handed a bag of sweets and a map, you might assume this wasn’t the usual affair…
You’d be right. On the 13th August, Boiler Room returned to the White Isle to invite a Paradise take-over for one night only.
Since their early days of gaffa taping a camera to the wall in 2010, Boiler Room have come a long way since their weekly London hangouts. As one of the founders Blaise Bellville told us at IMS “we started to see ourselves as a keyhole into a remote music scene, allowing people from around the world to experience the music.” To return to Ibiza for the second year running seemed like a natural choice.
As always the party location remained a secret, so at 4pm me and my partners in crime rocked up to the remote San Agustín Church on the way to San José to await our transport – which we soon found out was a shuttle bus with the interiors covered in white felt. Fluffy halos hung above many of the seats, although strangely enough there was no halo above mine…
While we waited patiently outside the grand villa gates in the middle of the countryside, some bizarre characters started to emerge from the woodwork – a clown casually paraded around with a stop sign and I soon learnt that we were about to enter the villa of Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil.
The grounds were breath-taking – amongst the vast stretch of private land, everything from a Stonehenge replica to it’s very own healing field could be found which made it feel like we’d just stepped foot into a festival. Pop up bars had been placed to cater for everything imaginable – from Mescal infused drinks to cleverly imagined Ballantine’s whisky cocktails, various brands of champagne on ice not to mention fresh health-kick juices for those attempting to stay sober. The mango caprioska I stumbled across was dangerously addictive.
A fresh sushi bar provided some of the finest that I’ve tasted on the island so far, a hog roast on a spit could be found nearby a chocolate fountain if a sugar hit was needed at any point in the night. It quite easily felt like there was pretty much anything you could want to cater for your needs.
The DJ booth and live set-up were rigged up right next to the pool, with beautiful views of a private beach and the ocean providing a picturesque setting. First on the bill was Kate Simko – I’ve heard that her live performances alongside the London Electronic Orchestra come highly acclaimed so it was a pleasure to be able to see her live in such an intimate setting. Ali Love stood by on the vocals, as they performed tracks like ‘Go On Then’, her release on Leftroom last year and a live version of Hot Natured’s ‘Benediction’.
Next up was wAFF – this was his debut set for Boiler Room, who got us straight into the party vibe and swinging high hats aplenty with tracks like Josh Butler’s ‘Let Me Hold You’ on Cajual Records. As the cocktail-sipping crowd started to ease their way into camera view, Richy Ahmed took over. His set was seasoned with tracks reminiscent of 90s Chicago house, plus some classic acid-laced gems such as House Master Baldwin featuring Paris Grey’s ‘Don’t Lead Me’.
Taking some time to explore the grounds, you could see the Cirque du Soleil theme in full swing – skilled jugglers and dancers throwing hoops and various characters in stilts and masks were ready to jump out at you from the bushes at any given moment. I reminded myself that I must come back and explore again at nightfall as who knows what weird and wonderful sights I might see…
Back at the pool, Jamie Jones was behind the decks spinning a blend of his own Hot Creations signings mixed with Strictly Rhythm classics like CLS ‘Can You Feel It’ before The Martinez Brothers arrived for the last set. It was now dark; the pool lit up by a heart-shaped disco ball. Dressed in their usual cap and basketball vest attire, the Martinez Brothers kept the energy high, getting appreciation from the crowd as they played fellow islanders’ the Acid Monday’s track ‘Watching Eastwood’ amongst other jams like Kerri Chandler’s super jazzy ‘Deeper’.
Over by the Villa, light projections hit the trees with trippy images and fire dancers with red flames performed on top of the roof which was an impressive sight. For the last hour Jamie jumped on the decks for a B2B2B with the Martinez Brothers much to the crowds delight, and as the Boiler Room crew began to shut off their laptops and pack down their cameras, we were ready to make our way down to DC-10 for the official Paradise party.
As I returned to the bar to get another drink, I bumped into a friend who told me that an islander who’s been on the scene before the days of Manumission told him “parties like this only happen once a decade.” I guess I didn’t need to be told twice that we had experienced something quite special here…
The last Paradise party of the season at DC-10 is Wednesday 24th September with Jamie Jones, Dixon, Cajmere, Âme, Deetron, KiNK (live), Silvie Loto, Richy Ahmed, Infinity Ink, Robert James, wAFF, Russ Yallop and Mark Jenkyns.
Words: Anna Wall