THE SOUND OF SUNDAYS

As a little treat ahead of our event tomorrow our three residents Ruf Dug and The Brothers Grim have selected a few songs to get you in the mood. The brothers and Ruf Dug will be playing from 13:00 until 18:00 so if these selections tickle your fancy, come on down and enjoy your afternoon at the most balearic of poolside settings.

Ruf Dug Selects – 

Trio- da da da – 1982, I’m 7 years old and back then cala llonga was pretty vibing, especially for a 7 year old. There were 3 beach bars at the back and they all had pretty raucous atmospheres and loads of wasps around the bins, they felt super dangerous. Anyway each year one tune would be the big tune in all the beach bars and in 1982 this was the big hit, everyone was singing da da da for ever. Also u know it’s pretty raw for a number 2 pop song.

Baltimora – Tarzan Boy – A few years later, Cala Llonga is still the number 1 centre of the whole universe for vibes as far as little me is concerned… got a bit older now and moved from the beach bars to the mobile DJ who’s getting round the various bars in the village. This pleases mum & dad no end because this DJ has basically become our de facto babysitter and I fuckin love this guy, first time in my life I’d ever seen 2 turntables or cross fading or 12 inch singles or anything like that and my mind’s blown. This was the tune that really got me, I had to buy the sheet music when I got home to play on my casio….

Bygraves – Set Me Free – Street Soul from the heart of Moss Side in the early 90s, the bad old days; played by Phil Mison at the Cafe. A transmission from one world to another; the manchester-ibiza axis is powerful but this is perhaps the most unlikely connection of them all.

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You – It’s the ultimate ibiza tune isn’t it? I was here the year it broke. It was almost as big as da da da. Total marmite amongst all the cool lot but what-the-fuck-ever, its fuckin stardust, deal with it. make a tune as big as this and then u can have a whinge ok.”

Brother Mark Selects – 

“Inspirations from my recent trip to Croatia. Love International is probably more famous for the huge amount of disco delivered in a week than any other musical genre but if your lucky and in the right place at the right time (usually on the restaurants terrace) you can occasionally hear some DJs dig a little deeper or as in this case play something thats rather obvious but that’s been put together in a nice way. The DJ played two hours of 70’s hits that had me reaching far back into my memory bank, memories of youth clubs, school discos and of course Top Of The Pops. A breathe of fresh air.”

Brother Andrew Selects – 

“Four of the best from the Summer so far. All big pop numbers that go down an absolute treat whenever they get played. I like to play these directly after Brother Mark has played something more sombre so that I get all the glory.”

If that doesn’t get you in the mood then we don’t know what will, perhaps some fantastic photos from last week’s party will do the trick… Catch our residents alongside Messalina Records cohorts Mushrooms Project and Lucci Capri this Sunday from 1pm until 2am. See you by the pool!

 

 

 

SUNDAY 23RD JULY

We usually try and get these blog posts out every Monday to give ourselves a full week to promote the parties, if you see them on Tuesday it tends to mean that the Sunday was particularly wild. Today is Wednesday. Hopefully that gives you some idea of the fun we had last week. If not check the photos below which will give you a teaser of the afternoon fun in the sun. (The nighttime portion of the party was not suitable for public display!) Thanks very much to Mike Portlock for capturing these snaps.

Our trusty residents The Brothers Grim kicked the day off at 1pm with an extended B2B set with their new favourite DJ Leon Vynehall with the poolside audience reaching fever pitch a few hours in. Brother Mark continued his marathon set with some welcome assistance from Balearic Ben Korbel whilst Brother Andrew went off for his lunch before handing over the controls over to Ian Murphy and Carlo Bragagnini who finished of the outside proceedings before heading inside for the first hour of the Chez Fez knees up. It was then the turn of Belfast’s finest Hammer and Matthew McBriar to step to the decks before handing back to Mr Murphy for the final 30 minutes of fun. Big ups to all our DJs for all their hard work and fantastic music.

This week we’ve got another dream lineup to tickle your eardrums. We have a very welcome return for our newly revealed resident Ruf Dug who plays the second of his six dates with us, he will be playing directly after The Brothers Grim poolside from 16:00. A must see for anyone interested in the new sound of Pikes On Sundays. For the final five hours this Sunday we hand things over to Messalina Records who bring with them Mushrooms Project and the ever incredible Lucci Capri. We’re repeating this lineup from last Summer as it was a massive highlight for us back in 2016 and we’re very excited to be able to replicate it again this week. Expect incredible music & wonderful tales of strange happenings in South Yorkshire all evening long!

The dining room was full from the get-go this week and we are now consistently selling out of Sunday Lunch places by the start of the weekend so act fast if you would like to join us this week. For reservations please give Pikes a call on 0034 971 34 22 22. If a roast isn’t your cup of tea or if we’re fully booked by the time you get in touch we have a fantastic bar menu available all day long with no reservation required.

As always Pikes On Sundays is a free event open to one and all at anytime. We start things off at 1pm and run through until around 2am. We have a kids club operation from 2pm until 6pm for those looking to escape from the little ones for a few hours. To see more of these great photos head over to the full album on our facebook page here. Pikes On Sundays will make you feel good! Gracias amigos!

 

 

 

SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Last Sunday really was one for the history books! Massive thanks to all the DJs that came and soundtracked our Sunday fun. Midland, Ewan Pearson, Ruf Dug, Declan Lee, Ben Korbel and Mark Broadbent, we love you all!

This Sunday Brother Andrew’s longest serving friend Martyn ‘Tinny’ Sheard celebrates his 30th Birthday with us and to commemorate this special occasion we’ve enlisted some of his favourite DJs to come and bring the heat. Luckily for us Tinny keeps good company and so the music will be of the highest order. Irish chums and label mates Hammer and Big Mac (wink, wink) have managed to sneak a few days from their heavy touring schedules to come and give their housemate Tinny the 30 bumps he deserves. King of the North East and captain of the carpet cutters Ian Murphy is back for his third consecutive Pikes On Sundays appearance having played in 2015 and 2016. Next up we’ve got Carlo Bragagnini who will be serving his own signature dish of Italian classics with just a hint of Lancashire charm thrown in for good measure and Balearic Ben Korbel is back on the island and we simply can’t get enough of him. Having made his Pikes debut last week, he’s back for round two this Sunday playing an extended set with our beloved residents The Brothers Grim. A treat for the ears, the eyes and your hearts we’re sure you’ll agree!

As always Pikes On Sundays is a free event and everyone is welcome at anytime. We start the music at 1pm and run through until the small hours of monday morning, moving from the pool to the inside to finish the night off with a bang. If you want to join us for a roast this week then you’d better act fast. Last word from the restaurant was that there were only a handful of spaces left available. Give Pikes a call on 0034 971 34 22 22 to see if you can be accommodated. If you think it’s perhaps a bit too hot for a roast then the bar menu is available all day long and no reservation is required for this.

Gracias amigos, happy birthday Tinny, and see you all by the pool!

 

 

MUSIC MASTERS – RUF DUG

We are incredibly pleased to announce a new string to the Pikes On Sundays bow as we welcome Ruf Dug as an official resident for 2017. This Sunday is the first of his 6 dates with us this Summer and to get you in the mood and to give you an insight into the man behind the music he is this week’s music master. Press play on his fantastic mix below, transport yourself to the Pikes Poolside and have a read of Brother Mark’s talk with the main man.

MARK BROADBENT – The Music Masters part of the blog was set up to introduce people who we love and admire that we’ve worked with in the past and also friends of ours who we think need further introduction to a wider audience. Now although Simon (Ruf Dug) is a new acquaintance to us here at Pikes On Sundays when we found him we realised we had met a kindred spirt. His album (Island) became a much talked about mainstay of our Sunday sessions playlists and off the back of this he came and played with us last summer on what turned out to be one of our favourite shows of last season.

Given that I am away in Croatia for large parts of the summer Simon was our obvious choice as a replacement for my good self and also the perfect resident to compliment The Brothers Grim and our irregular guests when I’m back visiting the home front. If you’re on the island this Summer you are in for a real treat, no, make that six treats as we program Simon across July, August and September. All adding up to make Simon this weeks Music Master.

MB – You have been coming to the island for a long time Simon, when do you think the golden years were in terms of the ultimate Ibiza clubbing experience, builders and beauty queens dancing side by side outside the confines of a velvet rope?

RUF DUG – To me the golden age has to be Alfredo’s glory years at Amnesia and it’s ‘my’ golden age because I was a little too young to go clubbing at the time and never actually went 🙂 This means it can exist wholly in my imagination and be totally perfect. Having spoken to many people who were there it does seem to be very different to anything else…

MB – Was there one club night that particularly stood out for you growing up and was it an island resident Dj or guest Dj experience that you remember most from the nights there?

RD – Well you know what the very first nightclub I ever went into in the world was the Hollywood Discotheque in Cala Llonga in about 1989 aged 14, I was drunk on schnapps and they were showing a porno vid on the TV behind the bar. The Hollywood has long been knocked down (there’s still a beach bar though) but damn it was a really cool club. Could hold like 200 people max, sunken dancefloor, white shiny tiles and mirrors everywhere. The DJ was playing dead obvious stuff cos it was just a resort disco at the end of the day but I didn’t care. It’s a car park now.

MB – I used to hold my weekly PR meetings down on the Sunset Strip in San Antonio and then sit back and listen to the sublime sound of Jose Padilla, I swear that I once saw him draw out the sun from behind the clouds with his programming skills, this could well have been the drugs that I had been imbibing but have you ever had a ‘Balearic experience’ whilst listening to Jose Padilla at The Cafe Del Mar?

RD – Well I don’t know if it counts but I was listening to one of Jose’s Cafe Del Mar tapes in the Caribbean one night during the stormiest sunset and it was one of those incredible moments where everything just locked in – the music, the sound of the rain, the sun, the frogs… magic. Good on you Jose. My last visit to the Cafe was in winter a few years ago – it was closed and we sat on the boardwalk with a spliff and about 5 other people on the whole strip (no Jose though, that would have been very special).

MB – Your album – Island – on the Music For Dreams label fast became a standard at our Sunday sessions at Pikes and seemed as it had been made with Ibiza and more importantly Pikes in mind, was this the case or were you thinking of another island and a different venue when you wrote the album?

RD – I was in Guadeloupe when I made it so it’s probably about 50% Caribbean and 50% Ibiza… there are particular common elements associated with island music from all over the world and the album was sort of trying to hook into that idea a little. 

MB – The album is a very laid-back affair but you also write music aimed well and truly at the dance floor with your Ruf Kutz tracks, which do you prefer to make and which style gives you the most pleasure playing out?

RD – I’ve been able to get away with making a reasonably broad range of music as well as being asked to play in many locations that aren’t dancefloor focused. What matters to me are those moments when everybody in the place is aware that we’re all in here together, that we’re having a shared experience, that this is special and that it feels good. With music you can help make these moments happen and they can occur in all kinds of places – on a dancefloor, by the pool, in a restaurant, on the beach – anywhere there’s a mood to be matched with music then I’m there for you.

MB – Your staying on Ibiza and playing with us for a couple of months this summer, will you be writing music whilst your here and do you have a theme in mind or is this something that comes to you once you are immersed in your new surroundings?

RD – We’ll see – I’ve written a few bits and pieces over the years out here and I’m bringing a small setup but I think the sun is going to win this time.

MB – For one weekend only you are able to travel back in time and space and visit one musical happening from the past, you are also allowed to change shape or sex. Where are you going and what will you be?

RD – I’m going to be Grace Jones at the Paradise Garage and then because I’m Grace Jones you can go fuck your one happening from the past I’m having another one. I’m gonna get on a plane and fly to amnesia. 1987. Cheeers!

MB – You’re from Manchester England, a city that has an incredible musical heritage, which Manchester band said the most to you as you were growing up and which of their albums is your favourite?

RD – Growing up it wasn’t really a band – it was 808 State. Ex:El is their best album by miles. Even now their music seems ultra futuristic, listening to it as a kid destroyed me. 

MB – Meat Loaf famously said “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” What do you think he was getting at and what wouldn’t you do for love ?

RD – This is defo Meat Loaf saying no to a strap-on up the bum. As for me I say you gotta live a little n’ love a little – pass the amyl please x!

MB – How much are you looking forward to joining us at Pikes this summer and have you made any special music for the shows?

RD – I’m so excited that I don’t need any flights to the island I’m just gonna make my way there on pure BUZZ POWER. Yep I’m working on a few special treats to play at Pikes – some horizontal stuff for the day and a few late night dubs… see u all very soon xxxx

Well Ruf Dug we are equally as excited to see yo on Sunday! Simon plays with The Brothers Grim, Ewan Pearson, Declan Lee and a very special guest. Read all about that here. Our Sunday Lunches were completely sold out by friday last week so act fast if you want to join us this week. Give pikes a call on 0034 971 34 22 22 to book. Gracias amigos and see you soon!

 

 

 

SUNDAY 9TH JULY


We love all the DJs that we book at Pikes On Sundays but this week we’ve got something a bit special on the cards with perhaps our favourite line up of the Summer so far. Ewan Pearson, Ruf Dug, Declan Lee, The Brothers Grim and a very Special Guest all performing at one of Ibiza’s most iconic venues and as always completely free to one and all. There’s no better way to spend your Sunday!

Although we can’t say who our special guest is we can say that he entered our lives and hearts back in our days at We Love Space where he quickly became one of our favourite guests. It was instantly obvious that he was capable of tearing the roof of both of the main rooms with his distinctly recognisable selection of unrecognisable records. To have those rooms going-off in the manner that he did without relying on that season’s biggest hits or Ibiza “anthems” was a clear indicator to us that here we had found a true music lover and a kindred spirit. Whilst the music he plays at Pikes On Sundays is acutely different in sound, the ethos remains the same and the standard as high. He was fantastic last year and we can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeves this week!

Next up is another We Love Space comrade and master of his trade Ewan Pearson. Ewan was a firm favourite in the We Love family and his sets and visits were looked forward to with great anticipation each Summer. In a similar fashion to our mystery man, Ewan was very capable of playing both of Space’s main rooms and one of his Terrace sets goes down as one of Brother Andrew’s favourite Space sets of all time. This will be Ewan’s Pikes On Sundays debut performance and we are sure it will be simply spectacular.

And now it’s time to introduce our Ace In The Hole, Ruf Dug. Having delivered one of our favourite records of the year in 2016 we were thrilled when he agreed to play for us last Summer and such was the quality of his set then that this season we invited him back as a resident and we are very happy to say that he said yes! This will be the first of 6 shows with Ruf Dug at Pikes On Sundays and what a way to kick them off! Click here to read Ruf Dug’s Music Masters interview where you will also find a truly fantastic mix from our new resident recorded especially for you with feelings of the Pikes poolside floating through the ariwaves from start to finish.

Completing the selection of guests this week is Declan Lee. Declan was a pivotal cog in We Love’s operations over in Australia and one of our favourite people from the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a very rare thing to get him up this side of the Equator and even rarer to have him in the Balearics so we jumped at the opportunity to lock him down poolside at Pikes to play some of his favourite songs.

We’re sure you’ll agree that is a fine lineup by anyone’s standards. Add to this the usual dash of Yorkshire charm from our beloved residents The Brothers Grim along with the beauty of Pikes, the amazing food and the delicious drinks and you’ve got yourself a recipe for one hell of a Sunday. As always we will be kicking things off at 1pm and running through to Monday morning. Get your table reservations in if you want to join us for lunch and get your head together if you want to join us in Chez Fez after dark 😉

 

 

SUNDAY 2ND JULY

Week 9 already! How did that happen?! It must be true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. And for that reason last Sunday went by in a flash. We celebrated our co-founder Sarah Broadbent’s birthday in fine style, leaping from rooftops, Champagne a popping and all the usual fun of the fair. Many happy returns Sarah, we hope you enjoyed yourself! Big thanks to our DJs too who all brought their A game too. Big ups to Jon Woodall, Simon Morell, Riccio, Phat Phil Cooper and our trusty residents The Brothers Grim.

This week big brother Mark is away exploring the Adriatic so Andrew Livesey has enlisted the best humans around to help fill his missing brother’s boots. First up is Pete Gooding. Pete has been a vital part of Ibiza’s music community for as long as we can remember. As a resident and booker at one of our favourite sunset spots Hostal La Torre, Pete is about as Balearic as you can get. Add to this his own fantastic record label and events series Secret Life, he’s one of the most accomplished music men in the Balearics and it’s a surprise it’s taken us this long to get him on down at Pikes On Sundays. Catch him poolside from 15:30. Next up is everyone’s favourite Kiwi Brydie Tong. Brydie has been part of our extended family for many years and consistently delivers the goods when she plays at Pikes. Brydie will be playing poolside in the early evening and then heading inside to Chez Fez with newcomer Desert Island Dad to take control of things in Chez Fez from midnight onwards. Sheffield’s finest DJ Callum makes a very welcome return to the poolside DJ booth where he will be supplying good stories and great music in equal measure. And last but by no means least Ben Murphy is back again for the third consecutive year of Pikes On Sundays. Ben has very kindly selected a few songs to get you in the mood –

 

 

Chassol – Odissi pt III (farewell) – I First heard this track a few years back at a rare live performance of Chassol’s Indiamore at London’s Southbank Meltdown festival . I love the energy and its a perfect ending to a masterpiece that combines looped film, live drums and piano, well worth a watch if you’ve never seen it.

Maajo – Maajo – One of my favourite tracks from the brilliant Topics of Tulli album that combines West African influences with house sounds and rhythms.

Richard Ace’s version of Stalin Alive – This was released within a few months of the original that everyone knows (loves or hates), a much subtler version and nice one to play at a poolside party.

BJ Smith – Runnin – Great Parody of The Pharcyde’s classic that reminds me of younger years living in Manchester, discovering new forms of music and nights like Electric Chair.”

Thanks very much Ben, lovely songs! As always Pikes On Sundays runs from 1pm until the small hours of Monday morning. Reservations are recommended if you would like to join us for a roast and Ocean Beach is recommended if you are looking for funky house! Gracias amigos.

MUSIC MASTERS – MARK BROADBENT

We’re flipping the fader this week as your favourite residents The Brothers Grim do all the talking for the Music Masters series as Andrew Livesey interviews his brother Mark Broadbent.

ANDREW LIVESEY – Mark is the reason I live in Ibiza, he is the reason I work in music, he is the reason I have the friends that I have and he is the reason I listen to the music that I listen to. All of these influences he has had on my life in some way, shape or form stem from his own life in music and the path his career within music has taken him on. I don’t know anyone with as varied and diverse musical taste as brother Mark, he has introduced me to more interesting sounds than anyone else and now as he enters his third year DJing he’s out there introducing more and more people to the many wonders of the sonic universe. For these reasons and many more he is this week’s Music Master.

AL – Along with our mother and my father you have been the biggest influence on the music that I listen to. Who are the three people who influence you the most when it comes to the music you listen to?

MARK BROADBENT – Really difficult to answer fully as I’ve been so lucky in meeting many musical mentors over the years but I’ll try and keep to the ones that set the tone so to speak.

I suppose the first time that music made it’s mark on me would have been in the long car journeys to Cornwall during the summer holidays with my parents, laid down in the back of an old Ford Escort listening to Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, or Meatloaf’ Bat Out of Hell. Albums anybody my age will probably know inside out.  A life long love affair with music was started right there in the back of that car and although I outgrew my parents tastes they were responsible for the journey’s start.

Simon Haig or Haggis as he was known to me was a guy who used to babysit for me. I must have been about seven or eight years old thinking back to the music he brought round to our house. He was probably the biggest influence on me and shaped my musical landscape for the next ten years, he brought round The Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Cockney Rejects, The Jam, UK Subs, Motorhead, Angelic Upstarts…all the good stuff that a young mind needs to hear in order to find it’s own place in the world. He showed me something incredible with this introduction to independent non chart based music that shaped the way I began to look at life in general. Don’t follow the heard, follow your babysitter and be a Punk Rocker.

Then there was a slight fallow period when I left school and started work, I listened to BBC Radio 1 all day every day in a factory with work colleagues who didn’t give a fuck about music, I started going out with them on a weekend – I was 16 years old at this point – to what were then called ‘fun pubs’ primarily to meet girls. The soundtrack was abysmal. Luckily for me I met Sarah when I was 17 and she had this childhood friend called Dave who was away at Manchester Uni, he used to come home some weekends and we’d go to the pub with him and listen to his stories of going to the Student Uni to watch all these bands i’d never heard of with exotic sounding names. We started going over to Manchester on a Saturday night to stay with him and his mates and he had the most amazing record collection I had ever seen, he introduced me to bands that reminded me of the music I’d listened to as a child / youth. Big Black, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Flipper, Minuit Men, Naked Raygun, Husker Du, Wire, The Fall but also great African stuff like The Bundu Boys or really off the wall music hall and fairground music à la Tom Waits odd and slightly novelty punk like Campervan Beethoven and most importantly Dave introduced me to The Butthole Surfers who remain to this day one of the finest musical discoveries i’ve ever had. Dave now lives in Thailand but continues to influence my musical meanderings via his yearly round-up of whats worth listening to  pretty much the only end of year round up I bother reading in any great depth. 

During the last 40 years radio has been a massive influence, listening to Janice Long, Peel, Annie Nightingale at night as I was growing up showed me that I was not alone in my tastes and that there were other minded people with whom one day I’d be able to communicate and share my love of this music with. I suppose this brings me round to my next major influence. The internet, and more importantly, internet radio or podcasts. The internet made it possible for anybody who had something to say to shout it loud from on high, this is where I have probably discovered the most interesting music in recent years. Bernie Connors show This Is The Sound Of Music, Phil Coopers Nu Northern Soul shows, crazy shit on WFMU coming out from New York, New York, archived late night radio on web only stations playing the most out there sounds from another dimension. Gilles Peterson continues to inform, his is a show I listen to religiously at least twice a week. I can also get lost for days rooting around Bandcamp or Dj History. Makes your body tingle thinking about all the new music still to be discovered.

AL – You only started DJing a few years ago, did you have any inclination to do so at an earlier time in your life? What was the change that made you start doing it and do you enjoy doing it?

MB – I was asked a few times during my time promoting other DJs to get involved but I never liked the idea, I thought that if I were to lay myself naked by playing strangers music that meant something to me personally and they didn’t like it it would just kill me! It took walking away from the job to make me realise that if I was no longer booking people to play the music I wanted to hear whilst I was out on the town enjoying myself there would be nobody to do that and I’d have to listen to badly programmed and inappropriate music everywhere I went. And this was indeed the case for the most part.

After some time of going out and complaining to anybody that would listen about the terrible music being played everywhere a couple of people took pity on me – or simply got fed up with listening to me waffling on about it – and suggested that maybe I should put my money where my mouth was and soundtrack their venues on occasion. Starting out at BHS on a Friday afternoon with you and the occasional other like minded friend was a road to Damascus moment for me, those days playing music to our mates gave me the courage and belief in my own taste in music to be able to share it with a wider audience. I absolutely love doing it now and my confidence grows from week to week. Music’s a very subjective thing but i hope that with careful programming I’m able to introduce people to music they might not have heard before that they then go on to love.

AL – What was the first record you ever bought and what was the last record you bought?

MB – The first record that I bought with my own money was Siouxsie And The Banshees / Hong Kong Garden  from Bradleys in Huddersfield town centre. I was nine years old and I still stand by this being one of the greatest records ever made, sadly I no longer have it and have no idea why. One too many parties with one too many randoms round ours at some point down the line I suspect. People will read this and say “Yeah, thats a rather cool record for the first record you ever owned Mark, are you sure it was that and not The Birdy Song or something by the Muppets ?!?” and the thing is I do have to admit that this is not the first record I owned, simply the first record I bought on my own with my own money. The first record that I owned was the Star Wars soundtrack done by The London Philharmonic that my Gran bought for me one Saturday in 1977 when we were out shopping and I needed to be silenced from going on and on obsessively about Star Wars!

I buy music on a weekly basis so my choices now are not as landmark as they once were to me or to anybody else really, they are generally of a time or for a particular reason. The last thing i bought this week (today) was with this coming Sunday in mind after hearing Jarvis Cocker play it on his wonderful Sunday Service 6 Music show last week. I think it will sound nice placed at the right moment poolside this week. Nancy Sinatra / Bang Bang  it’s rather obvious really but there is certainly something strange about it even though we’ve heard it a thousand times.

AL – We both grew up in Huddersfield but a few generations apart. The music scene that first captured my attention there at an early age was UK Hip Hop which was thriving in the early 2000s; what was the first genre / scene to grab you and how important was Huddersfield’s role in your formative musical years?

MB – PUNK ROCK!  I still fully consider myself a Punk Rocker, it’s not about the clothes you wear or the music you listen to although those were both the entry level aspects for most Punks. Punk Rock and being a Punk Rocker is about being a free thinker, not taking for granted what everybody else is doing or saying as being right, questioning everything and pointing out when you feel that something is wrong. It’s about being an individual. Punk had it’s last stand in Huddersfield and as we were growing up we were surrounded by them, lots of my friends are still Punks whether they know it or not! The first nightclub I ever went to was a Punk club called The Coach House, they used to make you take your Docs off at the door and leave them in the coat check “to avoid any trouble” which was really rather strange as it was the most peaceful fun it was possible to have in Huddersfield town centre during that time period. The Punks used to get attacked on leaving by the beer boys coming out of Johnny’s (classic pickup joint) further down the road. The music was memorable for being an eclectic selection of Rockabilly, old school 70’s Punk, Reggae and the new electro sounds coming from New York… kinda what I play on a Sundays when it gets darker really. It certainly was a major influence on me.

AL – After leaving Huddersfield you stayed up north for a bit and this is where your career in music began. How and where did that happen?

MB – I’d been away in India for a year with my (then) girlfriend Sarah thinking about what we should do and deciding that we’d go home, try make some money to go traveling again, we sent letters home and announced our imminent arrival and found out that Charlotte (Sarah’ sister) had started seeing a guy called Darren Hughes who was running a club night in Liverpool. There was not a lot happening in Huddersfield at this point in time and it proved difficult for me to find any paid work that I really wanted to tie myself down to after experiencing the freedom that travel brings so we decided to go live in Liverpool. Sarah had a previous background in retail so she helped set up the Cream shop on Slater Street next door to the venue and I managed to get myself involved in the flyer and poster distribution for the brand. Working a few days a week dropping stuff off at shops in and around Liverpool, collecting guest lists and generally mooching about the the place making myself useful. Cream at this time was a very big deal, they were literally flying, loads of money about, getting involved is some really interesting things outside of the normal nightclub activities. Sponsoring match balls at both Liverpool and Everton, hosting regular Radio 1 events. This was the peak time era of the Super Club and Cream were leading the charge. We got to know some interesting people, made some money and after six months we’d made enough to enable our return to Asia. This then became a kind of routine, we’d travel for a few months then head back to Europe to work for Cream in Ibiza, get paid and set off traveling again. 

AL – Moving onto Ibiza now; you, Sarah and Darren ran We Love… Space On Sundays for close to 15 years. Which was your favourite year, your favourite booking, your favourite room in the club and who was your favourite resident? Also, you don’t get a mention in Space’s commemorative 25th anniversary book, why do you think that is?

MB – Darren left Cream and started a new venture in London (Home nightclub on Leicester Square), I married Sarah and we moved to Australia to help set up the Home club in Sydney. We stayed in Australia for just over two years during which time the club in the UK had their license rebuked and Darren was once again looking for pastures new. Our time in Australia was coming to an end, home sickness and new management at the club with a tighter grip on the purse strings meant things were not as fun as they once were so we decided to head back to Europe and join Darren in Ibiza.

Arriving back to Ibiza in 2001 after living out of a rucksack for so many years was incredible, we’d found a place we could relax in. Sydney had been a great adventure but it was very hard work towards the end and arriving back to an already established weekly event at Space was inspiring. I’d been feeling a little jaded with the scene in Australia and wondered if we were heading in the right direction but arriving at Space on the first Sunday morning put any doubts I might have had right out of my mind. The first couple of summers at Space were probably the best times in some respects, it was all still fresh to us, we had the energy to fully enjoy what we were doing and you could tell that we were going to have great future there. The music needed some attention as it was – for the most part – incredibly pedestrian handbag house on the terrace and terribly boring prog house on the inside, but this is what the people loved about Space on Sundays so I had to go about changing this very carefully so as to not lose too many of the regular customers that made the Sundays at Space so special. We did this with our choice of resident DJs and we have had so many amazing residents over the years that it’s next to impossible and also unfair on the others to pick one out as a favourite really but if I were forced on pain of death to pick one I’d go with Jason Bye due to his consistency. I know that I can put him into absolutely any situation and know he’d deliver the goods time after time for as long as is needed. 

For me the beauty of Space back when we were really kicking it out the park was the diversity in the programming, it was like going to a mini festival with different styles of music in every room, something for everybody, hidden corners of delight just around the next corner but I would always gravitate towards the darkness of the main room inside. It became my baby, I got to do exactly what I wanted to do in there with the programming and for a time it seemed I could do no wrong, taking the main focus away from the terrace with strange and interesting bookings was for me the highlight of my career with the apex of this being the Grace Jones booking in 2009.

I found it rather strange to not get a mention in the Space book to be honest and at the time it was published I had no idea why they would pointedly do that but thinking about this now I suspect that I never had a very good poker face when dealing with Juan Arenas and he probably knew exactly how I felt about him and what he had done to that once wonderful venue. Fuck em…

AL – There are certain parts of life in Ibiza that both you and I dislike and yet we still continue to live here. For me the good parts of the island far outweigh the bad parts. What are your favourite things about living in Ibiza?

MB – I love the weather here and driving through the countryside, I love the beach life with my wife and I love my old town house. I love sharing food with friends and walking in the winter. I love the fact that everybody seems to take care with how they look but that it does not require pots of cash to look good on Ibiza. I love it when we get the island back from the summer visitors and I love it when they return in Easter signalling the summer ahead… kind of!

AL – What is the best party you have ever been to?

MB – I enjoy parties I’ve put on myself, once you’ve put on a party there’s no going back to other peoples really. I need full access and full control with what’s going on, from the music programming to the drinks tickets. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in some incredible events and have worked with some amazing people over the years who helped make them memorable so it’s very difficult to pick one event out as being the best but I look back at our time in Australia and the events we put on there with very fond memories. The time and place was perfect, the stars were aligned and we were still relatively young. Home Sydney during the lead up to the millennium was off the hook good and probably the best regular club night I’ve ever been to, the energy there on some Saturday nights was the stuff of legend but if I had to pick one party that stands out as being truly amazing i’d have to say Bondi Beach / Millennium Eve. Back To Basics was also incredible and I’ve had some wonderful nights out in Manchester over the years too! Too many parties…

AL – What would you rather do, never listen to music again for the rest of your life or strangle both of your cats?

MB – I would never kill my cats unless they were in terrible distress and this was the only course of action available for me to take Andrew. I’d rather kill a person than kill my cats.

AL – If you could have one person permanently removed from Ibiza who would it be? They get to go live in Huddersfield instead.

MB – I’m not going to be able to truthfully answer this really am I? It would be hurtful to the person involved, all for cheap laughs. It’s also pretty pointless focusing on one individual when there are so many people I’d like to see removed from the island. Sophie Mac used to play the same game. She called it OFF and we played it a few times round hers after Space some Monday mornings when we got to feeling reflective. It was great and raised some interesting points as you had to justify why you wanted this person OFF and then there would be a vote with everybody playing having to have a say either way in defence or against the person suggested. It generally got pretty heated and we had to stop in the end but for a few weeks it was a rather fun distraction. 

Thanks very much to Mark and Andrew for what we’re sure you’ll agree has been a great read. Catch The Brothers and their friends at Pikes On Sundays this week from 1pm – 2am.