Davide Squillace Talks Ibiza

Posted on September 26, 2017

Words: Iain Thomson

Davide Squillace was at the centre of one of our favourite Ibiza moments in recent years as he mesmerised the garden during Circoloco opening to such an extent he had them all sitting during a track breakdown before erupting into action! The prolific producer has been an influential character since he burst on to the scene; delivering numerous club bangers on labels such as Ovum, Desolat, Get Physical, Moon Harbour and Hot Creations, to name only a few.

One of the busiest artists on the international scene; when he is not at home spending time with his newly extended family, he’s either in the studio on a solo project, collaborating with peers on other productions, in deep discussion with fellow This And That label/ think tank members or touring the world, keeping up with the massive demand for his services behind the booth. Talking with Davide, it’s clear he has a deep love for what he does and a drive to be the very best he can be. Connecting with the crowd plays an important role in his inspiration, whether he is sitting alone in the studio working out a bassline or face to face with the dance floor, driving the musical journey.

Davide has been omnipresent in Circoloco’s Monday Ibiza party in DC10 Ibiza in recent years, enjoying a unique relationship with the party hardened, partisan crowd that regularly fills the underground venue. As he gets set for the closing party on Monday October 9, we caught up with Davide at his home in Barcelona…

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You’ve enjoyed huge success playing at Circoloco on a Monday in Ibiza for a decade; what is it about this particular party that inspires such loyalty from its army of fans from around the world?
I think it’s that every single music lover, writer and anybody in the industry or party lover goes to the parties. It’s great as a DJ as the crowds are deeply electronic music and come there to engage with the music. It’s not the kind of party where the crowds come to just get intoxicated, so everybody is really interested in what you’re playing. It’s the perfect time as a DJ to really show what you’re about and the music you have found.

If you had to pick a moment from the last ten years at Circoloco that sticks out for you, which one would it be?
It would have to be the first time I played at the party. It was the first time I had ever been, it was a blast for me as you can imagine.

You were at the heart of one of those Ibiza moments when the crowd at Circoloco all sat down during one of your breakdowns before leaping up as the track kicked in. How important is it for you to have that connection with your crowd?
It’s phenomenal. I think I’m getting better but I am the type of guy that if one person looked like they weren’t enjoying the set, it gets me down a little bit but then I realise that maybe that person has had a bad day so I really shouldn’t care about that. It’s really important for me to deeply connect with almost everybody on the dancefloor – you can’t please everybody – but get them up with you and feel what you’re actually feeling.

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Pushing the boundaries of performance is something you are known for, your Blender concept was instrumental in taking things to a new level of interaction between artist and audience; what is it about dance music that has an ability to offer the crowd an engaging, emotive experience?
I think nowadays dance music is an entry point for listeners to get closer to music. My Godfather used to get really emotional and this euphoric feeling when he was listening to classical music. It’s not about the music itself, it’s about the listener. Any type of music can trigger that feeling in you.

Is that something you are thinking about when you are in the studio producing a track, about making that impact on an individual listening to it?
When you start producing a track it’s about you and the music but as you get deeper into the business, you begin to think about the crowd and how they will react to it. It influences your choices sometimes which is good because the music I’m producing is for the club, so it’s not just for yourself. You want to be able to enjoy it with the crowd. Bottom line is that when I’m in the studio, I think about myself playing the track and being on the dancefloor listening to the track so I have the two aspects that will decide if a track will work or not.

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You created This & That as a label/ think tank to develop creative projects in music; how happy are you with its evolution?
It was more about bringing this new spark into our team. We wanted to get more people on board and give them the opportunity to interact with us creatively. It was really exciting as any passion or job can get not boring as such but tiresome as there isn’t much going on and you start to feel less creative. So, bringing another medium into the platform gave us another space to seek inspiration and creative energy.

What’s the thing you are proudest of in your musical career?
I think it would be the fact that I have been lucky enough to play back-to-back with artists that inspired me as a teen. The artists that I would be eagerly going to buy their record after school. I’ve always loved these artists and somehow have ended up in the position where I’m playing with them. It’s surreal.

You’ve just become a father; how does that change your attitude to life in general and how you go about your craft?
First of all, it’s like a double shift. Once you’ve finished your passion work, you go home and you’re greeted by your second job. It’s complicated because you’re touring for all this time and you want to come home and relax but then your kids want to play. I think the first hour that you get back, it’s overwhelming but then you remember why you have children. They give you another kind of energy.

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What was the first Ibiza dance floor you found yourself on and who was playing?
The first time I visited a club in Ibiza was when I played Amnesia. I can’t really remember who was playing now as I’ve visited the island so many times now and it’s all blurred into one.

How does the Ibiza crowd compare to others around the club world?
The Ibiza crowd is the sum of all the crowds from around the world. When you visit a country like Tokyo or Italy, it’s the locals that come and see you play. However, when you play in Ibiza it’s a mashup of cultures. The way that people percept the music is different as it’s based on how they live their life and their manners – each culture is very different in the way they interact with music. In Ibiza, you are faced with so many different cultures at the same time.

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