Ibiza Voice Podcast 540 :: Frank Storm
Ibiza's rebellious streak was in full force this year. From WooMoon and Acid Sundays appealing to the alternative side of the island, to Maceo Plex booking slamming techno artists like Ben Klock or Rødhåd to play the historically housey Pacha, agents of change bucking the trends were present in small but nonetheless vital numbers. Unusual Suspects were another party crew pushing a different sound to the usual Ibiza superclub diet of tech house. Romanian minimal house had a strong foothold at the party as well as acts like Mandar or Thomas Melchior, and it was clear if the wave of vinyl friendly house had a home on the island, Unusual Suspects was it. One of its key protagonists was their Italian resident, Frank Storm. A DJ with a solid resumé of gigs under his belt in his native country that includes some of Italy's best clubs, he has jumped to the next level since moving to Ibiza and is closing the year as one of the island's most promising up and coming acts.
Ibiza Voice: What's new with you?
Frank Storm: Everything’s good. I just finished the summer season and am recharging the battery. I’ve got two shows upcoming for Art Basel. One for Unusual Suspects and one in Heart and a couple of festivals between Christmas and New Year's Eve. An Asia tour is in planning for February and a couple of remixes are coming soon on Decay Records and Leftroom.
How did you record the mix?
I recorded the mix using CDJs and turntables mixed through an Allen & Heath mixer.
Where do you get your music from?
Usually I buy my music from Disco Paradiso in Barcelona or Decks.de and [digital music] from portals like Traxsource. I also get promos from friends. Half of my day is spent checking for new music and half is spent producing.
Tell us about your record collection?
I started in 2006, buying a collection of old house from the 90s and early 2000s. One of my favourite tracks is The Mole ‘In My Song.’ It’s an amazing tune. I played it at an after party in 2016 in Guatemala in the middle of three volcanoes and it was completely surreal.
Tell us about the scene you came up in?
I started working as a DJ in 2005. My biggest influence was Sven Väth. My uncle introduced me to this music by giving me cassettes and I became passionate.
How did you start playing for the Unusual Suspects crew?
Marco Bassi called me one time to play in No Name, his beach club in Playa d’en Bossa and when the season finished he started the Unusual Suspects project in Sankeys and he called me and asked me if I wanted to be part of it.
Why is this party special in Ibiza?
I think because it looks a little bit different from the other parties in Ibiza. People there come for the music and that's it. The opening party last year with Rhadoo and this year’s closing party with Praslesh and Mark Antonio were the two best experiences in the club that I can remember.