Jose Padilla Returns To Cafe Del Mar After 15 Years
Marking his 40th anniversary as a DJ, the hugely influential DJ that soundtracked the 1990s with his sunset sets at the Café Del Mar, announces his return to Cafe Del Mar after 15 years as well as a partnership with cult imprint, International Feel.
“It was the only place, the beginning of something new, a great crowd, a magical time of unique circumstances.” Jose Padilla on Cafe Del Mar
Jose Padilla is the Godfather of Chill-Out. He has sold six million albums and inspired everyone from Madonna (who selected his Café Del Mar compilations as her ideal desert island listening) to Bestival’s Rob Da Bank and Andrew Weatherall. He’s in demand as a DJ all over the world, bringing his trademark selections of widescreen electronica, gorgeous house music and dubbed out ambient to a new generation of devotees.
Where could be a better home for Padilla than International Feel, the label that also managed to persuade DJ Harvey out of studio retirement. He’s set to release a new single, Solito in July 2014, and there’s an album coming in Spring 2015.
“International Feel fly the flag for Balearic music in the right way. They’re Balearic from the beginning and it reflects on the label. They have substance.”Jose Padilla
He’ll also be cherry-picking his favourite cuts for his only compilation of 2014 on Secret Life Music this summer and a brand new radio show coming summer 2014 following on from his phenomenally successful Ibiza Sonica radio shows which will be syndicated worldwide.
Padilla began DJing in Barcelona during the repressive Franco dictatorship when much music was banned. He had to dig deep for classical music and local folk because of the scarcity of international sounds – and because DJs at that time had to play all night.
“We played from 11pm to 6am so we had to play different styles or repeat the tracks. We had to keep the crowd going whatever we had. That’s my roots. Even today I still do that. I can’t do a set of two hours at the same tempo. Impossible! Even if you lock me in a room and beat me. That’s where Balearic came from.” Jose Padilla
He moved to Ibiza in 1976 and started DJing in San Antonio, making tapes of his sets and selling them at Es Cana market. On the first day he sold out in an hour. On the second day, he sold sixty tapes. By the late 1980s he was living in a house next door to the Café Del Mar and selling 500 tapes a day. In 1991 Café Del Mar asked him to step out of his house and into their DJ booth, where he played until 1999 in front of a hand-made sign saying ‘TAPES’. Secret Life Music will be collecting and digitising all of Padilla’s iconic tapes, the perfect resolving chord that heralds the start of a new Balearic summer.
May 23rd – Cafe Del Mar
June 20th – Cafe Del Mar
June 20th – Secret Life Music at Pikes Hotel alongside Greg Wilson, Pete Gooding, Phil Dockerty, Robot 84, Violent Romance, Hara
Friday 5th Sept – Secret Life vs International Feel at Pikes Hotel alongside Pete Gooding & Phil Dockerty plus special guests
Solito will be released on International Feel on July 7th split over two 180g vinyl releases, featuring the Original and mixes by Bubble Club and Wolf Muller
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