It’s hard to believe, but there is just one Carl Cox’ Revolution at Space left – not in this season, but forever. Once it’s over, Tuesdays in Space will never be the same, and the club itself will never be the same either under a new ownership. On September 20 Carl decided to play all night long in the Main room, so there were only three DJ slots left for the other big dancefloor, which is the Terrace. One of the chosen ones turned out to be DJ Sneak, the second one – Nic Fanciulli, and the third one – tINI (don’t you ever talk again about gender inequality in music!). To be precise, tINI won’t be the third – vice versa, her set will be the opening one for the night.
I feel very sad about the closing, because it is a very important club for Ibiza, & Carl Cox himself is a very important person on the island as well...Successful DJ, proud author of Tessa album (2011) and the heart of tINI & the Gang party series found some time to talk to us just one day before the emblematic gathering. We discussed the meaningfulness of Carl Cox’ Revolution for the clubbing landscape of Ibiza, the adventures of tINI & the Gang project and the essence of living a high life on low heels.
A very predictable question: how do you feel about the closing of Carl Cox party at Space and the closing of Space itself?
I feel very sad about the closing, because it is a very important club for Ibiza, and Carl Cox himself is a very important person on the island as well. He was the first one to bring me to Ibiza: my first ever booking on the island was for his party, I was opening the Sunset terrace. Ever since, I’ve been playing every year for him. The end of Carl Cox’ Revolution means an end of a big era for the whole Ibiza.
The end of Carl Cox’ Revolution means an end of a big era for the whole Ibiza...Back in the day, how different was Carl Cox’ party from what it is now?
Actually, it’s almost the same. Carl’s energy is eternal; it didn’t change at all with the course of time. His night is one of the very few ones that has always been a blast, year in year out. I’ve never seen it having hard times or any sort of troubles.
Carl himself is going to play vinyl for the first time since 2006 at the closing. What about you, do you prepare anything special for that party?
I think I will be playing my music as always. I’m very excited because I’m going to open the Terrace this time: usually, when I was playing for Carl, I was opening the Main room – but he is playing there all night long this time, so I’m opening the Terrace.
What will you do after you finish your set? Will you stay in Space to listen to Carl, or will you need to fly away from Ibiza to another gig?
I’m definitely going to stay on the island. I will go to listen to Carl, and also there is an afterparty planned, so I’m going to participate in that one for sure. I’m staying in Carl’s house for this week until Friday, so I’m going to hang out with him, we will have a barbecue and so on.
The island is always changing – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse...You are so lucky! And what do you think of Space Ibiza opening in a new location in San Antonio? Do you think it will work?
Is this the real information, or just imagination? I don’t know the future, and I don’t know if it’s going to work. Possibly, it will, but San Antonio is a different market – to be precise, not market, but a different area.
There are clubs there, but they never worked as well as the ones in Playa d’en Bossa or, for example, Amnesia. However, everything is possible; the island is always changing – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
So we moved to Lips Beach Club, but it also turned out to be impossible! They also had no license...Earlier this season there was a big disappointment: tINI & the Gang party at Lips were shut down. Can you tell us what exactly happened there?
The problem started last year, when tINI & the Gang were taking place at No Name – the venue didn’t have a license. We started our event there without knowing of this missing license. One day police came, raided the venue, confiscated the soundsystem and shut down our party.
We couldn’t continue with No Name, so we moved to Lips Beach Club, but it also turned out to be impossible! They also had no license – café concierto I think this type of license is called. There are a lot of speculations on why and how it happened, but I would basically say that the police had a solid reason for closing us for the lack of a license.
When you decided to make just 5 parties per season instead of doing it weekly, did you have this potential trouble with police in mind?
The plan was to party at Lips Beach Club in daytime and to carry-on at Underground at night. So it would be basically not 5, but 10 parties – one in the day, the other at night. Instead of doing it weekly, we would have focused on both diverse sides. Eventually, we were allowed to do one of these two events only, but even in this format it was a tough decision, because I tour a lot in summer.
But one thing is for sure: tINI & the Gang will definitely be back next summer...I’ve been doing a weekly event in Ibiza for two years, and it used to take a lot of time, preparation and energy. This season we were not able to pursue our usual beach format – instead, I focused on nighttime, not compromising with quality. For next summer, I haven’t made up my mind yet regarding how I will handle it. The possibility is that it would be weekly. But one thing is for sure: tINI & the Gang will definitely be back next summer.
How was it at Underground?
It was really great. I’m happy we found such a nice home! Underground is absolutely my favourite club on the island, it’s simply unbeatable. There, you can take your time on the terrace outside, and when you feel like party you go inside. It’s not a typical club where you can’t sit anywhere – it’s the other way round, there are plenty of seats. You don’t have to pay for your entrance; you can just come and go for a drink. There are so many trees around, even on the dancefloor.
Underground is famous for its special approach to bookings which suits very much to the concept of tINI & the Gang...There is a very deep vibe about the place. Underground is famous for its special approach to bookings which suits very much to the concept of tINI & the Gang: we don’t book huge artists. It’s all about having a good party with lesser known underground DJs instead of rinsing big names over and over again.
How do you select the artists to play for tINI & the Gang? Do you rely mainly on personal friendship, or do you like to invite unknown people whose music you somehow discovered and liked?
Both the music and the sense of the relation are important for me. Sometimes I invite artists whom I don’t know so well, but it will never be a completely unknown person. Among the people playing for my gang there are many newcomer artists whom I discovered through different sources. The main principle is that their music should match the concept of the party.
This summer you also played for Cocoon in Amnesia, and one of the gigs was your debut in the Main room…
Exactly. This year I’m a resident for Cocoon, and all the past years that I played Amnesia was always on the Terrace. This summer I played for the Main room for the first time, and I really enjoyed it – it was so different from the Terrace!
I will have one more party coming up on September 26: it will be my last Cocoon event for this year...I will have one more party coming up on September 26: it will be my last Cocoon event for this year, and I will play the middle set in the Main room.
In Instagram you accompany many of your posts by #highlifeonlowheels. Where does this hashtag come from?
I don’t remember where exactly it comes from, but I’ve been saying this for many years. I think it might have been a fun comment of a friend of mine. I would never wear high heels in my life – its low heels for high life! I also have a tattoo on my leg that confirms this.