Ibiza – David Phillips Interview

So, we’ve decamped to the white island for a few days, and ahead of our party at Boutique Hostal Salinas this evening we caught up with co-owner, DJ, raconteur, man about town and all round good egg Dave Phillips…


– how did Boutique Hostal Salinas come about?

In 2007 I joined up with two of my best friends Dusi and Anita to help run their their bar Lo Cura while they were having babies and we came across a long overlooked place in Salinas. At any given time we could think of 11 people who were here for a visit who we knew. This place has 11 rooms.

– How long have you been in Ibiza?

Since April 24th I think, 1992

– why ibiza, what’s kept you here all this time?

I did my teenage years in Marbella down south, and this is a much more groovy version. If you have a good first summer here it can be life changing. Mine was amazing, working behind the bar at Space and now after lot of traveling around dji-ing, having fun but not actually evolving too much, it’s home.

– is it right you originated from the west country?

Yup, born in Bristol, then Torquay, then Spain.

– do you believe in the power of ley-lines?

Is this the whole magnetic Ibiza thing? Well I’m not a disbeliever I just don’t spend much time thinking about it. There is a special energy here, and I’m sure some of it could be down to things like that but also the look of the place and the cultural history has a lot to do with it.

– what sort of shape is Ibiza in now in 2013?

Depending on where you look at it from, great or wobbly and pear-shaped. It’s doing well in the face of Spain’s predicament but not for everyone. There are the super rich here and the super skint. We are lacking the middle section to be honest which is good healthy tourism and the kind which best spreads lasting love. We will be putting up with Hummers and daftness for a while longer but they may eventually realize they really don’t get this weird music, and move on. We will all still be here then, dancing.

– how difficult is it for place like lo cura to survive in ibiza year on year?

Well we enjoy a lot of love and support from locals and people in the know so although the port at night is having a hard time as everyone runs amok in Playa d’en Bossa we can’t complain. Also off season we are one of the places to be and it’s a social hub for catching up after being busy busy all summer.

– its known amongst us & ours as the ‘lo cura time vortex’  what’s the craziest story (for publication) you can tell us about a night there?

Ok it’s been written about that I set Chris Bones on fire, which although being an accident, is true. One particular vortex forwarded us to 8am next morning where builders were digging up the pavement with deafening pneumatic drills. We were inside doing ‘Volcanoes’ where lit-in-the-mouth Sambuca is doused with cinnamon to create sparkly things in the air. Well worth the risk you may agree, but if said liqueur is spilt down a beardy chin it can and did catch alight. While we howled with laughter poor Bones was not well. He got better, bless him. A surreal exit though.

– you’ve got a day off (unheard of i know) where do you go and what do you do?

Head northeast, eat amazing fish in one of the 2 little local places Pou d’es Lleó or somewhere, find a deserted bay and lie in the sun reading and clearing my head with a bit of amateur freediving.

– what do you look forward to doing in the winter?

More of the above, plus sporty things, get fit, read, watch movies, sleep late, catch up on music, loads of home cooking, travel, go dj-ing, visit my family and get ready for feb / March where we set the whole roller coaster back in motion.

– you’re the longest serving resident at We Love? is that right, and do you still get that buzz from playing at Space?

I think Jason Bye was there before me but still. I used to play in Ibiza 6 or 7 days a week and doing the main room was still amazing. Now I’m not a main room guy but hosting our Lo Cura Lounge and playing a back room knees up with my friends is the last piece of a wonderful ‘full circle’ puzzle with We Love.

– Why are We Love the best firm on the island?

Everyone involved is really into and really good at what they do, that’s how they got the job. It’s also essentially built around a family unit with Darren, Mark, Sarah, Charlotte and Andy all closely related. They party like everyone else here but they also get things done and are incredibly well organized. There are no medals here for going mental partying, that is assumed. The respect comes from what you achieve meanwhile.

– big tunes of the summer so far for you?

I’m not in the clubs much because of busy busy busy but my big tunes aren’t probably that new. I got hold of Phil Kieran’s mix of Bush Tetras ‘Snakes Crawl’ which is kind of Rockabilly techno back room house belter thingy…I love it. Then some amazing edits by Jerome Derradji are bridging the gap between Paradise Garage and 2013 sound technology perfectly.

– is it right you have a new Pool at BHS now?

Yup! We love it. It’s a shallow one for lazy cocktails and a welcome addition in this august heat. Come for a dip and a sip!


Greg Wilson headlines the opening night of the Shoom weekender this weekend, looks like a good one to get to if you can…



Flyers, Greg Wilson

Sonar 2013 Picks

Sonar is fast approaching, so here’s a little round up of the off Sonar parties we suggest you check out if you’re in town…  Young Marco, PBR Streetgang, Bonar Bradberry all representing.

Also the Todd Terje x Lindstrom all conquering live show rolls into Barcelona –  so don’t miss that at Sonar by Day. Closing set on the Thursday night.

Greg Wilson – US Summer dates

Greg Wilson heads across the pond at the start of next month taking in a 3 city tour.

Thursday June 6th – Movement Party – Detroit

Friday June 7th – Morgans Pier – Philadelphia

Saturday June 8th – Brooklyn Boat Party  – New York

Also check out Greg’s latest edit of an old Marina Van-Rooy track.

Dr Dunks Update!

Lots bubbling for Eric Duncan right now, the long awaited ‘Fox’ release is out now on Golf Channel & is record of the week at Piccadilly.

Also forthcoming from Dr Dunks is a Bryan Ferry Remix which will be with us soon and he’s just finished one for DFA involving Eddie from (Secret Circuit/Laughing Lights a Plenty)

A new Juno chart now online – Eric Duncan – Lucky 13 for May  and a superb Rub n Tug Mix CD available at LN:CC


Dr Dunks – Summer Madness 2013 – Dates Still Available

Eric is in UK / Europe open for shows on these dates…


21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28


11,12, 13, 14 / 18, 19, 20

hit us HERE for any requests:

If you can’t wait that long you can catch Dr Dunks at East Village in London this weekend for new night ‘Eat The Beat’

and check out a little interview with Eric on the East Village site

Glastonbury 2013

Watch out for The Pool in Pilton this year including…

Greg Wilson, Maurice Fulton, Psychemagik, Bill Brewster, Soft Rocks, PBR Streetgang

and The Pool DJs.

More information coming soon. See you on the farm…



The Pool x Dance Tunnel

We’re back down the Dance Tunnel this month with special guests


Come down & get involved…


We’re back at Dalston’s favourite basement for a Heavy weight double helping of European talent. HUNEE & YOUNG MARCO will be working that system to the bone amongst the smoke & strobes on Friday May 24th.

Very excited to bring the Berlin & Amsterdam flavour to Dalston, with a couple of serious serious record collections. House in all its forms, huge slabs of disco, techno, jack trax, & weirdness = heads down hands up party.

Support from The Pool crew Ben Terry & Rob Needham.

Friday May 24th


Dance Tunnel
95 Kingsland High Street
E8 2PB

£5 before 11
More after

HUNEE is a good eater. He comes from a grey and boring city, where heavy industrialization and green forests go hand in hand. In his teenage years, he used to colour this environment with rap and soul music.
Now being a Berlin resident for almost ten years – he eats bumpin’ disco for breakfast, heats up deep jackin’ music for lunch and slows it soulfully down for dinner. In the night he prefers to spend his time cookin a special meal on the turntables. He is a good swimmer too – when he’s out of the water, he makes records for labels like feel music, w.t. records, internasjonal and retreat.

Amsterdam native DJ, producer and certified dude YOUNG MARCO has been on the forefront of the city’s bustling underground scene for nearly a decade.

Coming up through several now infamous residencies, he quickly gained notoriety for his genre-defying and ballsy DJ sets with a unique take on dance music, playing everything from lost proto-house and raw jaktrax to Libyan disco anthems.

After releasing several records on Rush Hour he soon found a home on Lovefingers’ ESP Institute where he continues to craft his signature zonked out house sound filled with broken drum computers and uncool 90’s new-age synthesizers.

His releases are already becoming sought after collectables, which are getting support from heads like Dixon and James Murphy. His growing number of remixes range from fellow ESP heads Soft Rocks and Michael Ozone to Afro legend Francis Bebey with many more in the pipeline.

Greg Wilson & Danny Krivit

Greg Wilson is back in London this weekend playing ‘The Date’ at Loft Studios in NW10. Alongside Greg will be US Disco royalty – Danny Krivit. Both play 3 hour sets in what looks to be a great party.

A handful of tickets still available at Resident Advisor

& check out a pre gig interview with Greg is online now at DMC World

Quite a rare event to have edit kings from both sides of the pond under the same roof, so we took the opportunity for a bit of mutual appreciation & asked Greg & Danny for their favourite edit track from the other.

Enjoy their picks below:

Greg’s favourite Danny Krivit edit:

Danny’s favourite Greg Wilson edit:   ‘Greg’s titles are a bit elusive, I know there are a lot of things I like & don’t know their names! I Was A Teenage DJ is one I have & like very much’

Greg also included Danny’s Aretha edit in his 2009 Radio 1 Essential Mix, you can listen/download here:

We Love Space – Ibiza

Given the current weather in the UK you’d be forgiven for thinking that Summer is a long long way off, however… the We Love Space opening party kicks off their 2013 Ibiza season in only 8 weeks!

We’ll be back on the Island again this summer, beginning with Matty J in El Salon for the opening shindig alongside Ibiza Town party institution, host with most – Mr Lo Cura – David Phillips.  More details to follow about white island manouerves this year, but get booking those flights…

Here’s the lineup in full:


DISCOTECA – Born Electric


AFTER DARK – Fingerlickin Present 10 Years Of Trickatechnology

PREMIER ETAGE – The Garden Get Together

EL SALON – Lo Cura Lounge



DJ Harvey heads up a stellar lineup for RBMA at the Winter Music Conference in Miami later this month, with support coming from our own party starters PBR Streetgang. If you’re in town, then get involved…