Example and Wire Return To WAR

Posted on June 12, 2014

Words: Lauren Chester

Since its humble beginnings on the sea front of San Antonio bay, Ibiza Rocks has been challenging the clubbing capital of the world, offering an alternative to the four-four beat and evolving into one of the biggest parties of the weekly schedule. Year on year it identifies the hottest new talent as well as bringing some old favourites and at least one classic band back to grace the iconic stage in the heart of the now legendary hotel in the heart of San Antonio. The party has a unique relationship with the artists that play it and one of its close friends is Elliot Gleave, or Example to you and I, an artist that has been instrumental in the evolution of the concept and who played a big part in the launch of offshoot event We Are Rockstars (W.A.R.) alongside DJ Wire and has returned to pack out the new night since. Ibiza 2014 sees the duo return to W.A.R. for four dates throughout the summer and with a new single and album also on the way Lauren Chester caught up with Example to get the skinny…

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You’re back in Ibiza for another summer residency with W.A.R at Ibiza rocks with DJ Wire, what can we expect from this season?
It’s the same stuff we’ve been putting on for years, it’s just a big party really. It’s not like we ever keep it too genre specific, It’s more like we try and do a proper mash up of everything out there, you know so it’s obviously all my songs thrown in there but bits of house and garage and drum & base.

So it’s got a bit of everything?
Yeah but it’s also got classic stuff in there, you know we don’t just play new stuff. We play stuff from 10, 20 years ago as well as bits of rock, metal and grunge and indie music’s in there but it’s all mashed up in a way that you don’t get bored because every 30, 40 seconds there’s a new record. We’ve always done that but I’ll be doing songs off my new album and the new stuff that people have been hearing in the clubs and charts for the last year and since last summer as well as the old hits being in there.

Why do you think your music has worked so well for the crowd in Ibiza, specifically Ibiza Rocks?
I think the thing with Ibiza is that there’s a lot of house and techno and trance available with a lot of specialist nights and originally there wasn’t really anything alternative. Obviously there is alternative stuff now, you’ve got the drum & bass, dub step and plenty of live bands but in the past, you know maybe ten years ago, when Ibiza rocks started it was something quite new and they were all about bringing live dance acts or indie rock bands and we’ve tried to carry that through into the Example and Wire show. Because, obviously I’ve done my live show with the band in Ibiza before and this is the first year were not doing one, just because we needed a bit of a break from it, and just having a year off but I’m sure we’ll be bringing it back next year. The whole idea with these W.A.R shows is to represent the full spectrum of everything that we deem to be cool and party worthy.

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How may dates have you got at W.A.R. over the summer, are you just concentrating on Rocks or will you be anywhere else?
At the moment there’s FOUR with the possibility of adding a few more. But in total there’s NINE, we’re doing a few at Amnesia and Gatecrasher Ibiza (previously Eden).

It seems you have a bit of a love affair with the Island, what is it about Ibiza that keeps bringing you back?
I don’t know really it’s just the same old stuff. Part of it’s like seeing the same people every year, whether they’re the people who drive you, the people who run the hotels or who run the clubs, or fans every year, everybody’s there. Everybody who stands for something in electronic music has a presence there so I think it’s important that we have a presence there. It’s not that we’ve got anything to prove, we don’t need to prove anything but it’s such a magical place, as soon as you land in Ibiza and come off the plane it’s almost like something hits you. The air hits you or something and the party’s started and everyone’s just there for the same reason. I kind of just love being a part of that every year and this will be our 60th show at the end of the summer.

Do you ever get time when you’re here to relax and if so have you got a favourite beach and restaurant?
Well I’ve been lucky enough to see loads of it; I mean I’ve seen pretty much every beach in Ibiza. I was shooting the video for ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’ in 2009 and already that feels like a long time ago, so I got to see a lot of the sights then because we shot the video over the whole island. But then there’s other elements where you’re just happy to just sit on a random clifftop somewhere. You know you can just stop in a car and just sit anywhere and jump into the sea off a rock. There are all the commercial spots as well as nice, expensive restaurants and bars that have got their spots on the beach, but whether you’re sat there or just somewhere completely random there’s always a new adventure to be had there basically.

Obviously everyone knows Ibiza for its schools and rural farming… But have you got any clubs or nights you would personally recommend?
Last year I liked going to Sankeys and saw Skream a few times there, really enjoyed that. I always like DC10. I think DC10’s got a really interesting vibe. Pacha is probably for me, my favourite club in the world and love just being able to sit on the terrace there. But there’s new things popping up every summer so I’m excited to see what’s new this year.

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Your brand new single ‘One More Day (Stay With Me)’ is set to release on the 22nd June. Where did the inspiration come from for this track and your album?
June 22 yeah, well musically I just wanted to channel some of my favourite tunes from the 90s. I think that the whole album is representative of different flavour from the 90s and I kind of wanted it to feel like a compilation album but by one artist. So you’re listening through and there’s a piano house tune then there’s a deep tune and then there’s a trance record and a break beat record. There’s all kinds of stuff so some tracks are inspired by Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Faithless and other tracks are like Technotronic and Baby D or Robin S, so there’s lots of 90s flavour running through the record. The whole album is just about having a good time; hedonism and being in love really. So it’s a party album- whereas my last few albums are always about break ups and therapy and that kind of thing but there’s not really any depressing stories on this album, they’re all quite up beat.

We’ve seen remix’s already from Ibiza regulars MJ Cole, Shadow Child and up and coming Erik Arbores. What do you make of their mixes?
I commission all the remix’s and probably have done since maybe 2007 so I never approve it or release it unless I’m totally happy with it.

When is your album coming out?
The album is out July 7th.

Amazing, well we’re going to love you and leave you but before I do can you tell us the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen or experienced in on the island?
Erm, well everything is weird. I’ve had nights where 14 of us have packed into a Golf GTI in order to get to a party. You can imagine what that was like, two in the boot and six in the back it was probably one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever done. And then I’ve had ones where you wake up on the beach with the driest mouth ever, thinking you’re gonna die, and just trying to hail a taxi. I once went to Ibiza when I was a teenager and we didn’t even book a hotel I just got a locker on the beach and just lived out of that. I literally used the showers on the beach and lived out of a locker. And then there’s other times where you just meet random European millionaires in clubs and they’re just like “Yeah, come back to my place!” and you end up in all sorts of places. I was actually once sat at this place in what I thought was a jacuzzi and I turned to this guy and said “This jacuzzi is amazing” and he said “it’s not a Jacuzzi it’s a fountain.” That’s the thing with Ibiza you meet random people, end up on boats or taking out a pedalo at 5 o’clock in the morning and try and sail to the other side of the world before realising it’s a bad idea.

It seems example loves the magic of our little white isle just as much as we do… Example’s new single ‘One More Day (Stay With Me)’ is out June 22 and the brand new album ‘Live Life Living’ is due to hit the shelves on July 7, but if you can’t wait until then you can hit up Essentialibiza for tickets and VIP tables at Ibiza Rocks for Examples W.A.R residency opening Friday June 27…

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