Sam Divine has paid her Ibiza dues; she has been a resident on the island for a few years, playing in various locations and resorts. Last summer saw her take up residency in Ushuaia on the Saturday night as the outdoor stage in Playa d’en Bossa redefined the clubbing experience on the island. Having captured the hearts and ears of clubbers from all over the world through numerous flawless sets throughout the season, 2012 saw her return to the beach and a new, improved stage, with more visuals, dry ice and confetti cannons and even more production. Essentialibiza caught up with Sam as she continues to grab the headlines in an island full accomplished DJs…
You enjoy a great relationship with the Ushuaia crowd, how have Saturdays been for you this summer?
Uhsuaia has a very special place in my heart, I’ve been the Saturday night resident since they first opened their doors last summer so I’ve been able to carve my sound over the past two seasons. Saturdays are a great night on the island and it gives me a free reign to play the music I truly love.
What is it like playing on that stage looking out over the crowd?
Every party feels like a mini festival every week. Ushuaia put a lot of time and effort into the parties sound wise and visually. There’s always something to look at, be it the visuals behind the DJ booth or ice canons and fireworks or go go dancers on the stage or giant robots walking through the crowd. From a DJ point of view all I see is thousands of people with their hands in the air and smiles on their faces. It’s a pretty incredible feeling to see this week in week out.
Which other parties/ DJs have you been checking out this summer?
A Saturday night wouldn’t be a Saturday without going to Defected in the House at Pacha. Dennis Ferrer, Solomun and Simon Dunmore have all played stand out sets for me. Paradise at DC10 is a new night on the island this summer and has been going from strength to strength, they’re booking some great acts and also bringing new talent through.
Where can people catch up with you once Ibiza has closed for the winter?
Wintertime is just as busy as my summer schedule and there’s no signs of slowing down this side of Christmas. I have lots of European gigs lined up in some of my favourite countries such as Switzerland, Italy and France and I also have a tour coming up in Brazil which I’m really looking forward to.
Describe your perfect 24hrs in Ibiza…
My friend Caroline makes the best eggs ever so it would be breakfast at her house then head to the beach for a few hours. A tapas lunch in the old town followed by ice cream in the port and a siesta by the pool. Sunset and Strawberry daiquiris at Mambo, play at Ushuaia, dinner at Bambuddah Grove then finish off at Defected at pacha. Pretty simple but it’s a marathon not a sprint in Ibiza.