Jean Claude Ades chats to Dubzy about his event Be Crazy and Lio Ibiza.
For listeners who are new to your name can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Jean Claude Ades, half German and half French, Dj and producer. I grew up in Italy and I lived in Munich for the last 20 years. I was based in Ibiza for the summer for 8 years now and moved here 2 years ago.
How did you first get started in the music industry?
As a producer I wrote for other people in the pop business. Then I started producing for myself and ran my own club for 1994 to 1999 and had the chance to book many DJs for my events, so that’s how I got into Dj’s and started loving it of course. After having a lot of success with my own records I played all over the place almost every weekend since 2001.
How would you describe your style and its progression over the years?
I’ve been producing for over 2 decades, so I went from soulful house, progressive, electro, techno, I’ve always had my signature style but wanted to try new things. Now i’m into a lot of House and Deep Tech but with a new formula.
With all the artists you’ve had at your parties throughout the years and different events you’ve played, have they played a big part in your style?
Of, course if you start playing different places and different countries you have a global view and become more flexible and adapt to different crowds and size rooms.
In 2012 you started your own events ‘Be Crazy’, what made you want to do this?
My brother was always doing events in Germany back in the day. He moved to Ibiza 10 years ago and I followed 3 years after and after making contacts we decided to start our own event (Be Crazy).
Was it hard at first to get it started?
Well nothing’s easy now days there’s a lot of competition. You need to know the right people on the island to make things happen and to make something new and unique.
What do you think made your event successful and stand out at the time?
We thought it was time to have an intimate, sexy club night I can play deeper stuff and with Lio Ibiza which is such a stunning venue. Combined both great music and a great venue.
What makes the venue Lio, Ibiza so special to you?
I like the area at Lio Ibiza has an incredible view and has half open air which is amazing in the summertime with people inside and outside. It has a great sound system and a big DJ booth I can fit 40 people, the energy is great with a packed DJ booth.
Would you say it stands out from other venues In Ibiza?
Of course with the view, it also has a different concept with a big dinner with outside dining .At 1 o’clock we start playing warming up bringing people inside. It’s a journey, people who are going for dinner at 10pm might end up staying and dancing all night till 5am which is a great venue.
Could you run us through how one of the “Be Crazy” nights would be from start to finish?
They have dinner and lots of entertainment like acrobatics and other performances. At 1am our own program starts and people come inside and dance and be themselves. It’s very packed and intimate. It’s a mixture of older and younger crowd, VIPs to Hipsters, it’s a very spicy mix of people, which makes the night very special.
With so much going on at the Lio’s Ibiza events, how do you pick who performs?
I do a weekly podcasts; I listen to lots of music. Once in a while I fall in love with new artists, I check them out and if I get the chance I listen to them live and then book them because I love their production and their music is going to fit into my musical concept. I also work with people that have being working with me for the past few years. They really impress me so I book them again. I try to extend my line up every year.
Looking back to the last four years, what has your highlights with Be Crazy been?
I remember in 2012 we had two open air events, we completely opened up the club and we had a DJ crew on top of the pool area which was really a highlight, unfortunately it s impossible for us to do that because of the noise but we did like two big ones outdoor and indoor. There was 2500 people, the windows were completely open and I was spinning on the pool table. We had boats around the club because there is a big parking space for the yachts it was an incredible set up.
What’s still to come for this season will Be Crazy, any plans you want us to know about?
I am going to repeat what I did in the previous winter – touring as artists and with my Be Crazy events world wide. I am always happy to play for all my followers and fans in their home countries in winter, whom I normally see during the summer season on the white island. For example I´ll continue with our Be Crazy events at Wall Miami on Halloween and New Years eve again.
What’s the plan for your personal project?
I just finished a three track EP that is going to be released hopefully by the end of August. I have also signed stuff for other artists who are working really hard. I am looking forward to the releases.