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APOLLONIA @ OCTAN IBIZA



Author Valeria Cecolin | Date 20/09/2019

 

Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. First off, how did the opportunity to do a residency at Octan come about? And can you tell us a bit about your relationship with the guys at the club?

Last season we played at the club for Unusual Suspects and it was the highlight of our summer. From there, the club approached us with the idea of a residency. Octan is one of the most underground clubs in Ibiza and this is the direction we want to take. The capacity of the club, the soundsystem that we upgraded (we installed an Italian brand called Audio Factory) and the club’s intimate atmosphere is a great fit for what we are looking for. In terms of our relationship with the guys at the club, there’s a strong feeling of mutual understanding -- we both want to go in the same direction. It’s a good place to be.

 

Can you tell us a bit about the guests? Was there anyone who really surprised you in particular?

We decided to include artists who don’t play that often in Ibiza, to bring something fresh to the island. Artists whose music we love and appreciate. The idea is to deliver a diverse style of music and not just one direction. To be honest, we have been missing this kind of music on the island, so it’s nice to be able to bring back this vibe. All the guests have been great and it’s a pleasure to see that they understand what we want to do with Planet Claire.

 

And what is it about Octan that you feel compliments Apollonia? And vice versa?

Phil [Mandelbaum] the owner of the club, also runs Octan in Malaga, which in itself is a highly respected club. He’s new to Ibiza and he has given us a lot of freedom to curate the lineups. There have been a lot of things to work on in the club and it’s been exciting to be able to do them together in order to go in the direction we both want. All three of us have been on the island for 20 years and we can bring our experience and our vision to Octan.

 

How does a club residency compare to playing festivals etc? Do you have a preference from one over the other?

The great thing about a residency is that you have a foundation to build on. Step by step you can refine the way you present yourself and your party. You get to know the club intimately, the soundsystem, the lighting, the dance floor, the acoustics - and, of course, the crowd. You tailor the environment to your advantage and, when the party is going well, you can really feel the energy from the people. That’s very rewarding because you are responsible for that atmosphere. It’s nice to have an opportunity to work with someone who trusts you, who you can work with closely and try to bring something different to the island - which is our own unique touch. When you play a festival, the feeling is also great but completely different. You play alongside people whose music you may not be familiar with, for example. Being flown in to play for a couple of hours at a festival is obviously very different to building your own party through a weekly residency.

 

Why was now the right time to embark on a residency?

It’s really complicated to do new things on the island because there are a few clubs that have been established for more than 40 years there. The opening of Octan has allowed things to open up a bit more, with the chance to build something new. And for us, it was the right time, after maintaining a long residency at DC10 and spending the two last years with Music On, to start our own night.

 

With the three of you playing at the same time, do you generally plan your sets together or do you just go with the flow and play something that compliments the last track? When for example, do you know when it’s time to change the night’s direction?

We just go with the flow, it’s impossible to plan a set. Of course, we organise and select records according to where we’re playing but even then the selection is diverse because you never know how the night will pan out. The only rule is that Dan starts, followed by Dyed then Shonky, one for one for the whole set. Our tastes are quite similar, though each of us has their own style. Because of this, we can always create a cohesive set that makes sense to the crowd. As experience DJs in our right we always know when to change the mood. That comes from over 20 years of DJing for each of us.

 

Is this something you discuss in the booth together or do you generally just surprise your fellow DJ?

We don’t really have discussions in the booth. It’s funny, we have this deep understanding of each other and the music. We’ve been friends for a long time, playing many many sets together. This allows us to have an unspoken connection. The sets just flow naturally because of this relationship we have.

 

How important is it that you trust one another’s tastes in this regard? Individually, do you often play b2b or b2b2b with other artists and how does the experience differ?

We are very flexible, we love to play on our own or also play b2b with other DJs in order to share music and ideas. After parties are always fun to do after a great night, especially in Ibiza where you have the opportunity to meet other DJs who follow you, or vice versa, and share the decks with them. We are conscious that helping to develop a local scene is important for the future.

 

The Ibiza season is nearly finished - so what would you say have been the highlights of the season there so far?

Our residency has been growing really nicely throughout the season. We’re very proud of the progress it has made. For us, each party has been better than the previous one. At this moment, we still have four nights remaining and we hope the closing will be the highlight of this new adventure.

We’re really happy with the connection we’ve made with the people. The feedback has been great and there’s that magic vibe that comes from the excitement of a new party..

 

And final Q – are you Night or Day?

Night for the party, day for the afters.

 


 

Photo credit:  Julia Fihman

 

@weareplanetclaire

 

Apollonia play at Octan on 22nd September and 29th September (Planet Claire closing party) and on 6th October (Octan closing party).

For more information, check out http://octanibiza.com/

 


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