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LIL'PAUL DJ



Author Christian Dori | Date 09/07/2019

 

Name.
My name is Paolo Mercanzin but everyone calls me Paul, and my stage name is Lil'Paul DJ.

What are the events you've organized in Ibiza and Formentera during the summer?
This year's season has been spectacular. I think I was the only promoter in Ibiza who's organized 57 parties on the island, 54 of which as a DJ too.
I am the owner of MASHmeUP! and UNPLANNED, two parties that have been resident in Swag Ibiza for three years, one of which is also in Formentera. This year I’ve also added two new projects: MAMACITA, a Latin party of which I am co-owner in Ibiza, and a new party not only urban named FOOAAM for a special date in August. I’ve also become the promoter and organizer of the historic Amnesia foam party that we’ve called ESPUMA URBAN.
So far urban music is at the heart of my events, but each event has its own characteristics that differentiate each single format and make it special.
MASHmeUP! was launched at Pacha Ibiza on 17th May 2017, and has continued its summer residency at Swag, with me, Lil'Paul DJ, Sergio Vicedo and Nico Aloisio as resident DJs. In just two years it has toured 7 countries and invited Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Gue Pequeno, Atomic Otro Way, Scratchator of Busta Rhymes, DJ Delta, DJ Jay K, DJ TY1 and many others.
MASHmeUP! has become well-known in Ibiza, in the Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, in Great Britain in Liverpool, in Madrid, in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany... and is soon coming to London, Shanghai and Dubai.
UNPLANNED, which has almost completed its second season in Ibiza, is a very young product that includes a mix of hip hop, trap, with Latin hits and dance music.
It has already hosted international artists and producers such as Da Brozz, DJ Delta, Andrea Damante, Rudeejay and Ludovica Pagani, who have been able to bring out my new music concept.
MAMACITA, an Italian Latin party, landed this year in Ibiza with two dates at Amnesia, inviting two famous Italian trappers, Salmo and Ghali.
FOOAAM is my new project with Amnesia which, invented in just three days, almost sold out in the Main room on a Wednesday in August.
My real news for the season 2019 has been the SUNDAY with “ESPUMA URBAN”, born thanks to a message received on Instagram on behalf of Amnesia’s owner, Martin Ferrer and the Marketing manager Sergi Blaya, who came to listen and see the promo I did for MASHmeUP!, hosted in the Main room during the legendary Lovin Ibiza Festival on May.
With a few tricks, a good brainstorming and the best strength of every part involved, we were able to recreate the unique identity of the party, with me, Lil’Paul DJ with Jason Mata as resident DJs, artist friends like our showman Capitano, Micah the violinist, Rubens with the sax, and our team of professional dancers.
I think I was able to show that to organize a party that works and to fill a club, you don't need to invest only in super artists and turn nightclubs into concert halls, but with good communication and a lot of heart, you can go back to the old Ibiza of fun and exclusive parties.

And what evaluation can you make today?
I can say that working in Ibiza today is certainly more complicated than many years ago. Tourism has declined in recent years due to the high prices of hotels and airlines, and I think, also because of the approaches of some giants of the island that led to change the type of clientele.
As far as my business is concerned, I have been statistically in constant growth and, by rolling up my sleeves, I still see excellent opportunities for development.

What are your events like?
Regardless of the musical genre or location, the fundamental and unique characteristic of my events is the selection of those who come to work.
From the DJ, to the singer, the performer or the dancer, everyone comes because they have fun, and don't need to check the time to see when their shift ends.
There are clubs that let you do more things and others less, but the philosophy is always the same: a well-organized mix of special shows and good music are the key ingredients of my parties.

Urban music is now increasingly present and widespread even in Ibiza, the island of electronic music par excellence. What do you think this important change is due to?
The urban music par excellence is hip hop. The r&b, funk and soul sounds are part of the same genre, and for some years Latin influences have also introduced reggaeton, that comes from reggae and dancehall. These typically Caribbean sounds keep an electronically produced syncopated base coming from hip hop, and often also add up to Spanish rap.
I am really fascinated by all kinds of music, each of them has its own audience and secrets.
In the last few years urban music has spread because, in my opinion, with some simple vocals and rhythm, not too fast, it manages to be close to a greater number of listeners.

How do you see the next 5 years on the island?
Nothing is missing for the island to go back to being the same as always, so I still foresee a couple of difficult years and then a great revival.
Ibiza has a splendid sea, with clubs suitable for any type of artist or event, and has always been a pioneer of music, a showcase for all DJs and artists worldwide, and must continue to keep this special feature.

And off the island?
Outside the island I am already seeing a strong urban expansion in all its nuances, but in many countries I still have the pleasure of seeing all genres consolidated. The secret formula, in the world as well as in Ibiza, is not to waste time criticizing the changes and finding the right balance for all tastes.

Your favourite place in Ibiza?
The restaurants! As I work hard, good food is what makes me feel on holiday every day.
Ibiza is also full of beautiful coves or places with fantastic views.

Define urban in 3 words.
Style, street, communication.

Tell us about your radio programmes...
I am the contact person for urban music at Playasol Ibiza Radio 92.4fm, where I host three programs; COMIENDO URBANO, on Thursday and Saturday, and CENANDO URBANO on Tuesday evening.
In addition, this year I am the director of Loca Latino Ibiza, the 89.4fm frequency for the Balearic islands of the national radio.
We have just reformed the studio, there are so many interesting projects ready to go.
In a short time we've managed to get an important audience in the area.
This summer on Monday we had Jason Mata's Music Chaos, "Urbana" will soon be back, my programme with friends like Sergio Vicedo, Nico Aloisio, DJ Kace, DJ Mastie, DJ Kaboo, DJ Delta and our other invited friends.

Plans for the winter?
Planning international dates for MASHmeUP! and UNPLANNED. Meanwhile I’ve been contacted for London, Dubai and Shanghai. At the end of the season I will have more time to plan an expansion and settle partnerships.
Another great news for the winter is the exclusive rights for the creation and management of the tour ESPUMA URBAN with Amnesia. This winter I will continue the commercial development of DISCOTICKET.COM, an online project that will involve the whole of Europe, which has all the features to become an essential tool for both tourists and workers.
You can already sign up, the first ones will always be the lucky ones.

And, finally, are you Night or Day?
To be safe... always both!

 


 

Photo credit: Jonatan Ferrer

 


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