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Doing music is much safer than doing drugs. Although that might change if the United States has its way and via the RAVE Act deems participating in a subculture a sin and starts chucking everybody in jail.
The main problem with a bad tune habit is finding the time to get hold of the good stuff. Which is why we should be so grateful to career dealers like Rosanna Maldonado.

Rosanna @ Saturday Best, 20.09.03

Magnet @ Saturday Best 20.09.03

If you felt like a gust of Yank zeitgeist, or maybe taking a few cuts from a bleeding edge Euro-producer, the only place in Ibiza 2003 to go was the back room at Privilege from about 3am on a Tuesday morning.
The classically-featured Ms Maldonaldo explains: "I’m quite selfishly looking at djs I’d like to book and I like to listen to and that I think would work well and bridge that kind of house and electro sound really. And the bands that are making waves and doing something fresh and different.”

The lineups have been consistently attention-grabbing – there’s been regular performances by Mixmag luvvie Har Mar Superstar, a one-off rawk-fest from the Rapture, and the room has also featured other enticing acts like Princess Superstar, Ewan Pearson, Audio Bullys, Fannypack etcetera, as well as rascally residents Tim Sheridan, Colin Peters and Dave Phillips.
Obviously tonight is your last chance to dance till Rosanna & friends bring over a next year's exciting new selection. Ms Maldonado, in her own words last Wednesday.

How’s your day going?
Pretty mellow really. The day after the party as it were, or it’s kind of the day after the day after. Luckily being September and all it’s drawing to a close so it’s not as hectic as it was. I’ve had a good day. It’s a nice feeling, September, a really nice feeling. There’s good people here in September. A lot of the London crew come out. Just as well it’s not the other way round because I wouldn’t have much time to spend with them. You physically can’t, or one would suffer. Either you wouldn’t see your friends or the work wouldn’t get done.

Maldonado sounds like an interesting name- anything exciting in your family history we should know about?
It actually translates as badly given. Which is probably not working to my benefit. My father’s Spanish it’s quite a common Spanish name. He went to London and met my mother and I was born in London.
There’s a weatherman in Spain called Maldonado, and a weatherman in England called Michael Fish who’s got the same birthday as me. So I think there’s some kind of synergy going on between me and weathermen like I’m destined to marry a weatherman.

Have you met any nice ones?
No, I haven’t met any weathermen. So if any want to come forward on the site…

Did you first go raving in London?

How old were you?
If my mother doesn’t read this I can tell you it’s 15. It was a small club on Shaftesbury Avenue called Shaftesbury’s, and the night was Kinky Disco. It was kind of just on the end of the rave scene in the fields, the whole kind of sunrise thing, or it was about that time. You’re talking early 90s, Kinky Disco was a small club, kind of that transition from rave to club, probably about 600 I would say. It was great, fun people but obviously not on as big a scale as it is now.
When I was at school we used to hang out in the local record shop in our lunch hour and free periods, when we bunked off I suppose and the guy that owned the record shop had a friend that djed there and I used to go with him. That was my introduction.

Music Box resident, the upstanding Tim Sheridan

Rosanna, carried away @ Space Carry On

When did you first start working in the industry?
I started doing guestlist jobs, that happened by accident. The first job I had was doing a guestlist in London. Then when I came here I worked in a bar actually I didn’t do anything to do with music, then when I started my degree I came here in the summer and a friend of mine asked me to help promote one of the nights here and that’s how it started. I’ve been continuous since then. Then when I finished my degree I got to know a lot of people in the music industry and I studied languages but I came out here not really knowing what to do and I’d already tapped into a lot of music contacts so it just happened by accident really. Instead of starting out fresh and not knowing anyone and having to climb up and meet lots of people, I already knew those people so it was a lot easier.

Was getting into the industry a conscious decision?
You don’t really know where the time goes it just happens. When I left university I started working with home which was a whole project that was leading into obviously the scene here and the homelands festivals then there were plans to do world tours and all the rest of it but then four years ago it went tits up.

Do you feel like you’re in a cool job
The novelty’s worn off a bit. No, it hasn’t really, but it’s good to have a change. When you change from doing one thing to doing another thing that’s still exciting. Moving around and doing different elements makes it more exciting.

I’m not directly working for Manumission. I work for a company back in England called PRO which is a record, promotions and events company run by Caroline Prothero and Gary Blackburn’s involved as well and I work with them in the winter doing record promos and events there and over here. I’m working for Manumission doing a weekly party in the Music Box and then I’m as project managing the Sunday Best parties as well as running a record promotions company. I guess that’s what I’m representing here, the Music Box.

It was a really nice change to have musical direction because at Space I didn’t have musical direction towards the end. I’ve got to be careful how we word this actually. It has been really nice having almost complete control over the Music Box, and doing the bookings and with Andy as well.
I decided to come on board with them only a month before the season started we wanted to do something different that’s why we’ve worked with a few live bands in the back like the Rapture and the Fat Truckers and then on Monday we had Fannypack. It’s great bringing over bands and doing something completely different. And most of the djs I’ve brought over haven’t actually djed in Ibiza before. It’s a new breed of djs I’m working with, moving towards that whole electro thing really.

What is it about that scene that appeals?
It’s fresh, the music’s exciting, it’s reflecting basically what’s going on in London, Berlin, Paris, really, which has been happening for the last couple of years really but I think Ibiza’s been a bit behind picking up on it. So it’s really nice bringing djs here that really want to be here they’re not demanding and happy to be here and hungry for it as well.

Why do you think Ibiza does take a while to pick up on certain trends?
I just think it’s because it’s a party island. I don’t think it moves as quickly, a) it’s an island, b) it revolves around the summers and every one here’s having a good time and they’re not as discerning. That’s not an insult in any way they’re just not as discerning as maybe the people in major cities.[center]
The Rapture

[/center]How are the new acts finding it?
They’re absolutely loving it. Especially the live bands I don’t think they ever thought they’d come to Ibiza. But why should Ibiza just be there for house djs? It’s been quite an inspirational year, with what Pacha are doing with their back room, musically that’s really cool. It did start to happen in ’98 when I worked with the Ministry in Pacha. When the whole big beat thing was blowing up we were using that Global Room there and that was exciting then and I haven’t had that feeling of bringing something new to the island as I’ve felt this year. I’m getting that feeling again, it’s looking to the future a bit.

I’m quite selfishly looking at djs I’d like to book and I like to listen to and that I think would work well and bridge that kind of house and electro sound really. And the bands that are making waves and doing something fresh and different.

Were you involved in getting Har Mar Superstar on board?
No, that was Andy’s shrewd move. It’s worked really well, everyone loves him he’s fitted in to the Ibiza scene really well I think.

Har Mar upside down
Har Mar is offered congratulations by a Manumission Girl & Mike after his performance in the Music Box

another Superstar
[/center]Are that Manumission lot as crazy behind the scenes as they are in front of them?
No, they’re just a great bunch of people, a lovely family to work with. Full respect to them, and they respect me as much as I respect them. We’ve both been on the island for ten years and it’s really nice we’ve both reached our tenth year and now we’re working together.

What’s the difference between working for We Love Sundays and Manumission?
The difference is I was working solely for them [We Love], this year I’m more freelancing. I’m not working for Manumission I’m working with them. It’s more of a collaboration.

[center][/center]How was the Miami Winter Music Conference?
The Winter Music conference is not as big as it was. Before when the record companies had a lot more money than they do now they could afford to send a lot more people out. Unless you’ve got something specific to promote you just don’t go, it’s too costly.
With PRO we did a party for Positiva’s 10th anniversary, we did a pool party it went really really well. We did Dancestart aftershow party with Ben Turner and we did Misdemeanours Southern Fried and Sunday Best kind of collaboration at the Shore Club on a Friday.

Is it weird getting paid to party?
From the outside it looks like you’re getting paid to party but the reality is a lot goes into it. There’s a lot of organisation and you have to be on the ball, on your toes all the time you can’t just let it slip. You have to put on a party face, people just think you go turn up and lark around but it’s not really the case.

What are the elements of a good gig?
You have to make sure everything’s sorted out with the venue, you have to build a good relationship with the venue otherwise you can get stung. You have to make some rules and you have to make agreements and they have to be firm agreements and you have to organise a deal how the door’s going to work, who’s letting who in. It depends what kind of party you’re doing, whether it’s a VIP party, who’s working the guestlist getting that together, doing all the pre-promotion for that, booking all the djs, the programming, the press…

Mr Peters, another Music Box denizen

What the difference between the scene here and the UK?
The scene here is people are coming here on holiday, apart from the workers like us, everyone comes out here to party, and is on holiday and it’s an every night affair. And it’s an every night affair in England but everyone’s got there own schedule whether they’re studying or working.[center]
Dan, of Twisted Hip - witness the 2nd Coming tonite in the Music Box @ Manumission Closing

Tom Bully
[/center]Where do you think the industry is going?
I think it’s good that it’s diversifying. The combination’s good, to have different scenes kind of merging, people moving on to different things, just to keep in fresh and lively and not get boring because it can get boring unless there are these changes and new people coming to the forefront.

Where’s Ibiza going? Is it going to fall over in a couple of years?
No I don’t think that at all, I just think it’s going to open up to other markets. If more live bands for instance come to the island peope who would never have envisaged coming to Ibiza will start coming. Just with the Sunday Best parties they’re just so lovely because you’ve got children that can come and visit and that’s really rewarding and it’s nice doing something different and giving something to other age groups I think that’s really nice. It’s just a shame that whoever it is trying to stop these parties happening, because it’s only working to the island’s advantage.
Why they’re trying to denounce all the bars I don’t know because when we’re doing them on the Saturday’s there’s absolutely nothing it competes with. If anything it puts people in a good mood to go to a club that night. I think they’ve been a bit blind, I just don’t think they like money going into other people’s pockets.

Do you find yourself working against this a lot here?
Especially when you’re trying to do something outside the main clubs, yeah. And that’s really annoying. I guess the argument is they want to contain the clubs, and they want to attract more young clubs to the island, but the Sunday Best clubs are an example of something that encourages that anyway. It’s just really stupid they haven’t seen further than their noses with that.[center]
Saturday Best again, 20.09.03

[/center]Where do you see yourself in five years time? Still in the industry?
I always want it to be a part of what I do, maybe not forever. I’d like to move into other areas. Ultimately my dream is to have a little vintage clothes shop in several cities around the world, I like putting parties but when I’m 45 I don’t think I’ll be doing a weekly party.

Words by Mike Stuart