Anna Tur: International DJ based in Ibiza talks to Unity Radio for the Making Ibiza Series about her experience in the music industry, life in Ibiza and how to get involved in DJ and radio work
How Anna Tur Got Into Music
Lee: Great just a little bit of a quick introduction where abouts are you from and how long you’ve been on the island?
Anna: I’m a native from Ibiza so it’s quite all my life. I went to study in Barcelona for four years and then here it’s my place where I was born and where I develop my present and future and my past too.
Lee: We’re going to be finding out a little bit more about setting up a business here in Ibiza and firstly just take us back to your early career when you were 16, 17, and 18. You were living in Ibiza, what was life like then and how did you start getting involved in music?
Anna: Well my family comes from radio and from music so when I was between 16 and 18 I was discovering this industry, this way of life about the clubbing the clubbing movement ,the daytime the night time. I had the pleasure to do it with my dad who was a business person in the radio industry here in Ibiza for a long time 35, 40 years. For 40 years he was doing radio so I had the best companion to discover that world. Finally when I had the age I went to Barcelona to study publicity and communication and there everything started.
Lee: So is it Ibiza Global Radio actually that you’re involved with for so long?
Anna: Yes I have been involved with Ibiza radio during 16 years maybe a little bit more but managing it during 16 years and it was founded by my dad so you can imagine for me it was the best experience in my life. It was like an experiment no because there was no 24/7 doing electronic music here in the FM and also on the online worlds because at the beginning we didn’t had this online communication but wow it has been knowledge for me, it was my baby. But in May it was the time to do some changes in my personal life and also in my professional life and to be a little bit more focused in my DJ career and new projects.
What makes a successful DJ?
Lee: In your opinion being an international DJ you’ve obviously had a lot of success in your career. What do you think makes a successful DJ?
Anna: Well you need time at the beginning to discover yourself where you want to be. Which is your project of career and then have the good tools to arrive to your objectives. I think the most important is to study, to know how the music comes from how the industry works because sometimes there is people frustrated saying, I do good music so why I don’t arrive to the right place? So the radio channel is one of the good channels to help people and now nowadays working online it doesn’t have borders. It’s very important to have the proper channels also with the social; don’t abuse too much just the right comments or the right posts in the right platforms. Spend your time preparing yourself doing music production and for sure to have a good base to make your own project interesting for agencies or for managers.
What’s the best advice you can give a young DJ?
Lee: A familiar trait that we hear on the Logros Show every week is work hard, focus on your goals. What advice would you give to younger DJ’s now wanting to get into the industry or into the music industry in general?
From your experience what advice would you be talking to young people about?
Anna: The same more or less that I was talking before. So just focus on your dreams and prepare yourself to arrive to your objectives and work hard, study music. Then be around the proper people and the good people. That’s really important because this industry where life goes around music, you meet people in another city and other countries. For your mental health and for your spirit it’s not sometimes the best moment so you have to take care of yourself and some different kind of things that we have to have in mind.
Lee: What would you say in terms of your career you’ve learned along the way and what is some of the best piece of advice that someone has given you? Advice that you thought yes, I’ve taken that on board?
Anna: One of the best advices I had in my life is Anna, okay you are so young and you are in this position but to have the success and the respect from the people you have to respect your crew. You have to make a family around the radio where I was for 16 years trust on what you do and don’t care about pains that others on the exterior can make to you. Just fight for your dreams with respect and with passion.
Lee: That’s great. Again there’s similar kind of traits that we hear all the time about passion; looking after your team as well who you’re working with and following your goals and your dreams.
Here on the Logros Show each week we do ask guests, what would you say the key characteristics and attributes of an entrepreneur?
Anna: Just find the right people to do your projects because sometimes in this industry and also in the music scene it’s quite hard to find the right people to trust or to trust you. So I think to have the family and your friends and the right professionals around you are most important.
Health and Wellbeing in Ibiza
Lee: You were talking off air, there’s a few things that you do that you can share. You do ballet classes online now, how is that going?
Anna: I was dancing classic since I was 5 until I was 20 so quite 20 years later I started again. First online then I go to my personal classes with my teacher from the past, so you can imagine how magic it is and to dance with classical music it’s one of my passions. To balance it with electronic music for me it’s the perfect combination. Also I was discovering a new discipline around the spiritual healing and I think I’m better than before covid in terms of mentally strong. I feel better now than one year ago.
Lee: What would you say then for everybody listening is your top tip for maintaining a positive mental health and well-being in normal times as well as covid? What have you learned most that’s easy to do?
Anna: I love to party, I love to go dance and spend times in the night club and go to after parties but I think it’s super important to take care of yourself and find a way to say stop when it is the time to stop. It’s important to take care of your body and your health and your mental health.
Lee: Thank you very much. We’re just coming up to the end of the show it’s been a fantastic show listening to Anna’s story of being an international DJ and also giving advice on mental health and entrepreneurship.
Finally we’re going to talk about Ibiza, the holiday season is upon us and people may be thinking about what they’re going to do and where they’re going to go.
What would you say and it may be slightly different on this occasion because you’ve lived here all your life, but how would you describe Ibiza to people who’ve never been?
Anna: Ibiza is a small place in the Mediterranean. It’s a paradisiac place, a secure place where you can come to visit us. There is the cultural side in the old town and then the story of the hippies around the North of the island. For sure it’s a party island so come to party but not just parties; discover a lifestyle around the nature around the agri-tourism a scene which is increasing a lot here in Ibiza in the last years. There is a really good combination between gastronomy and more natural adventures and party time.
Lee: On that bit about agro-tourism and all the hotels and a different kind of a Ibiza now that people are experiencing particularly with the with the clubs being closed last year and even when I moved to the island I ended up going to the North. I’ve been to all these places that I’ve never been before even though I’ve been coming here for a few years.
How would you say the island has changed in the last years?
Anna: It was totally massive. it arrived the time before the covid that the island couldn’t let’s say receive not more people but was not preparing the infrastructure of the island to have more people arriving here inside and renting houses wherever because when you have this success there is also a speculation around so, there were in the last times a lot of people coming to the island being not happy with the services with some people trying to make …. I don’t know the words!
Lee: Not with good intentions. Bad intentions are probably a good description, so there are lots of sharks?
Anna: Sharks would be a nice word to describe it. Yes so I think covid was a good time to make a big stop on the island, think about a new beginning, fresher with more natural thinking coming around in the music industry, in the day life in the night life and around the activities of leisure that you can do in the island.
Lee: I guess you must know nearly every restaurant and every place to visit; everywhere to go – what do you like to do in your free time and living here all year round what is the kind of things that you enjoy?
Anna: I love to spend my day in a beach club in a good bed and be served with good fish or paella and around the beach. If not going around the main heart of Ibiza and do some work. I love the Ibiza astronomy so it’s totally Mediterranean food and I love to go around with my friends and have good dinners.
Lee: What are your top restaurant tips then? Where do you like to eat across the island?
Anna: I love for example Yemanja in Calla Jondal for fish paella and a good atmosphere; it’s a lifestyle atmosphere from the island. Also more traditional Ca n’Alfredo in Balears its traditional food from Ibiza. Can Pao in Santa Cruz I love Alba and his family and I go there really often. Also in in Playa d’En Bossa, S’espardell – it’s new but I know this family also since a long time and they do really traditional good food. It’s near Ushuaia and they open it one week before covid so I was spending the summer a lot of time just to enjoy good food and also to support the local people in their business.
Lee: That’s the restaurant front and then beaches, because a lot of tourists English coming over they stay in San Antonio maybe Playa d’en Bossa, there’s so many beautiful beaches across the island.
Which beaches do you like to go to relax out the way and then maybe just have a little bit more of an atmosphere as well?
Anna: For good atmosphere let’s say to meet people its Las Salinas, Playa d’en Bossa. Also San Antonio beach and in the North there are amazing places for swim and more natural and we are in the middle of the Mediterranean so there are good beaches to enjoy all around the island.
Making Ibiza is a series of Live FM radio shows broadcast from different locations in Ibiza with people who work in Ibiza from the world of Business, Culture and Wellbeing.
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