- Night Name
- Judgement Sundays
- Music Policy
- Main Room - Trance, Room 2& 3 - Varied
- Judgement Sundays Ibiza 2013
- Judgement Sundays Ibiza Location
60 Seconds with Judge Jules - Ibiza DJ
Judge Jules is the driving force behind Judgement Sundays in Eden, San Antonio. With a house on the island, he spends half the year in Ibiza, Essentialibiza catch up with him to find out what that's like...
Judgement Sundays has been one of the most popular parties on the island for over a decade, what would you attribute that level of success to?
I think having a great team of people on the ground in Ibiza is a big part of our success. We all believe in Judgement Sundays and treat it like our baby. A lot of time gets spent perfecting the night on a week-by-week basis and constant evolution is essential. Now in our 12th year, we never run out of ideas to keep Judgement a notch about the rest and maintain our proud accolade of being San Antonio's busiest night!
How do you maintain your enthusiasm for the project year on year?
By week 16 of the summer I'm just about ready to kiss goodbye to the Island for a few months, but as soon as April/May comes along I can feel the excitement bubbling up uncontrollably inside me. Any DJ who isn't overwhelmed with excitement about Ibiza should be doing another job!
Does it get any easier to programme your summer season; given you have done it so many times?
One can't rest on any laurels. Although there are a certain number of DJs who've been with us for many seasons, the key to our success is in spotting and blooding new Ibiza talent in the three different rooms of the club.
Which guests are you looking forward to hearing this summer?
We have a couple of massive breakthrough artists playing their first Ibiza shows with us this year. Russia's Arty and UK producer/DJ Mat Zo. Both are really doing the damage at the moment and I'm very excited to see them play. Also, new backroom residents the Squatters fit like hand-in-glove with the party spiritedness that we're all about.
The economic state of the world is no secret but Ibiza continues to go from strength to strength, what is it about Ibiza that captures the imagination of the tourist?
If you're into gambling you go to Vegas and if you're into music you go to Ibiza. The island hasn't been immune to the global recession, but its unique position as the global party capital makes it much better protected than most. Ibiza is just about the only European tourist location that has appeal right across the social spectrum, which is part of the magic. Although it's not cheap, it manages to attract both the wealthy and the less-so, and this social mix is a key part of what makes Ibiza totally unique.
What are the main changes that you've witnessed on the island during your time here?
This is the first year that the smoking ban has properly been implemented. For Ibiza it's a major change. So far I haven't noticed as much difference as I did when the UK introduced its smoking ban in 2007. Time will tell how people respond. On a wider scale, I've witnessed the island's infrastructure and the general level of development improve out of all recognition. Whilst some might consider this a shame, like any other product, Ibiza needs to compete with other tourist destinations, and the improvements have permeated through every aspect of the island, including roads, the airport, the development of new 5 star hotels and new beach promenades.
Does Ibiza still play a role in breaking a new tune?
Absolutely. Each season there will be a few tunes that stretch across the genre spectrum that you will hear every DJ playing on the island. These usually go on to be the massive global dance hits of the year, played first in Ibiza.
How important is Ibiza to the building of a global club brand?
For us it was everything, Ibiza is the home of Judgement Sundays and no matter where the brand goes on tour people know exactly where it all began.
Describe your first Ibiza experience?
I was brought over by a British promoter I worked for in London to play a night he'd put together in Pacha. It was roughly twenty years ago, so I was very young. Like most people's first time in Ibiza, that's about all I can remember- the rest is a haze.
Away from the club how do you relax on the island?
I love to eat out and try plenty of new restaurants, which leads to my other time filler in Ibiza - running. I try to run at least 5 kilometres a day to keep this Ibiza belly at bay. Seriously- Ibiza has some of the world's best restaurants, in tandem with the gradual recognition of Spanish cuisine as being amongst the finest in the world.
Which is your favourite beach?
Cala Conta is one of my favourites. It's not far from my house, isn't too pretentious, and has everything one needs. A fantastic beach bar (Sunset Ashram), a good restaurant (S'illa Des Bosc) and just about enough space to move.
What are you listening too chilling on the beach?
I have a large collection of Café Del Mar albums plus lesser-known chillout tunes and laidback movie soundtracks on my iPod, which are essential afternoon listening.
You've got a night off, where do you head for food?
My local restaurant Es Pi D'Or serves awesome Galician cuisine and has the advantage of being open all year round, which many restaurants on the island aren't.
Name three essential items needed to survive your Ibiza trip?
A game plan, the open mindedness to drop the plan and go with the flow and a holiday once you get home.
What's the strangest thing you've seen/experienced on the island?
I exaggerate not when I tell you that I have seen it all. Not a day goes by in Ibiza without some kind of surreal experience.