Ibiza Club News Radio has been bubbling around in the background for quite a few weeks now. Testing, plotting, dancing to ourselves, preparing for a long winter of great music leading into hopefully the return of summer in 2021. As we celebrate our official launch, it’s time to get to know the residents. This time around, we chat to Snared…
Hey! Nice to meet you. What’s your name?
What made you want to be a DJ?
Henry: I’ve always thought that music is one of the greatest things in life as it has the power to transcend emotions regardless of setting and situation. When I noticed the amount of happiness you can bring to someone by playing the right song at the righ time, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Jack: At the age of 16 I could not stop listening to a mixed compilation album called Addicted to Bass 2009 and, in the same year, experienced a set from High Contrast at V festival who featured on that album. It rained beer and cider in the tent that evening when the first drop hit. I was in shock and awe. It was my first ever close quarter dance music event on a massive sound system, people dancing, screaming, smiling and strangers were hugging me, all sticky, sweaty and covered in booze…it was wild….i was in a state of pure rapture….then I said to myself “That looks like the best job in the world”
Chris: I liked electronic music since my school days – mainly dubstep, glitch hop and house. I was also that annoying guy who loved to be in charge of the music at every party (I hope I’ve gotten a lot better at that now…). One of my flatmates had a cheap Hercules controller at the time and didn’t use it as much so I decided to have a go. I was hooked from then on.
What are your top 5 tunes EVER? We’ll be secretly judging you, so they better be good.
Curtis Mayfield – Move on Up
Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
54-56 Was my Number – Toots & The Maytals
Use Me Again (Carl Craig Rework) – Tom Trago
Under the Bridge – RHCP
Whats your favourite club and why?
Henry: Amnesia, Ibiza. On the right night, it’s the club of all clubs. That terrace, the sound system, people from all over the world united by dance music. I’ve had the pleasure to be around when they used to go on until 10-11am and the place would still be packed to the rafters, with the sun blaring down on the terrace dance floor. An unreal experience.
Jack: Patterns in Brighton (previously Audio) I just love the confined, underground vibe. Banging sound system, cosy DJ booth and nothing beats a small 300 capacity venue. You’re never more than 5 steps away from the booth, the dancefloor or the bar. You never miss a beat or a moment. I had one of the best gigs of life warming up for DJ Zinc there. SO many great nights DJing there and going as a punter. I didn’t care which side I was on.
Chris: Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh. It’s a lovely small club with a lot of history which has hosted some really talented local acts as well as some seriously big names over the last years. Never a bad vibe in there.
Tell us your favourite thing about being a DJ?
Henry: The ability to make other people happy for a split moment. That to me is the biggest reward, as there is nothing like witnessing a collective change of positive emotion all stimulating from just yourself mixing a few of the right songs well and at the correct time.
Jack: The warm up set. Getting an empty dance floor and playing the game of filling it up. Creating something from nothing and feeling that unity between you and the crowed as they start to gel with you and to you’re music. Feeling that bond and trust grow from the DJ to the dancefloor. Smiles appearing, feet tapping, hips shaking and knowing that you’ve made this vibe from scratch.
Chris: Weaving different genres into a set in a way that seems natural. I like lots of different types of music and like to challenge myself by making incorporating as many as I can in some of my mixes and sets. I find it incredibly rewarding and satisfying when you get a good, or (even better?) a surprised reaction from the audience to music that you love.
What advice have you been given in life that you found useful?
Henry: Confidence and self-belief gets you 80% of the way there.
Jack: Take the rough with the smooth.
Chris: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
Lockdowns have been awful for dance music, if you had to make a bet – how do you see 2021 playing out?
All: Like most, we are not not sure what will happen. Spring/Summer 2020 would be optimistic, but we don’t think the dance music scene will be back to normal for a while. However, we are starting to see lots of creative ways to experience music in a safe and positive manner It’s an innovative industry and it will continue to grow, no matter what gets thrown at it. Bring on the outdoor, spacious day raves we say!
Where is the best place for people to check out your music?
As the SNARED collective: Soundcloud
Tell us about this months mix?
We are playing homage to an outdoor street market gig that we played at last week for Bermondsey Street Market in London. Recorded in Jack’s home studio in East London and, for the first time, we finally have all 3 of the Snared crew together for the show. We will recap some of the music we played on a sunny, social distanced afternoon and talk about how nice it was to play outside to some actual people. We literally had to dust the cobwebs off our sound system because it had been that long since we last played out! We have Bear Grooves hosting, a 30min mix from Elixir Sound and Chris Bermudez has dug deep to show the power of the sample and where some modern tracks got their vibe from.