We caught up with Mambo Brothers to chat dream festival line-ups, what’s on the agenda for 2017 and what it’s like being the first Ibicenco-born DJS to have a super club residency in Ibiza.
Hey guys- great to chat to you again, how’s it going?
Good thanks, and you?
You grew up in Ibiza watching world-famous DJs from an early age- what are your first memories of music?
Well… our grandfather used to play the trumpet! As a good Scotchman, he used to play at every family dinner party – after a few whiskies of course!!
When and how did you first get into music?
Christian: When I was about 8-9 I used to listen to all the tapes my dad had in his car. Back then you’d collect tapes! I remember listening to the beginnings of acid house back in ’92. I was fascinated with Strings of Life by Rhythm is Rhythm. I also remember listening to Nina Simone.
What’s the best part about performing as brothers?
It’s amazing because we get to travel together, see cities around the world… We’ve been to places like Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Punta del Este, Rio de Janeiro and so many more – and it’s really to be able to hand out, work and travel all at the same time.
Who are your musical influences?
Lately we’re really into Nic Fanciulli, Hot Since 82, Black Coffee, Kaz James, Guy Gerber. Shazam is on non-stop when we go see them!! We’re also really influenced by the Balearic sound. We always try to go up to Hostal La Torre to listen to the DJs who play sets there, we discover news gems with true Ibiza spirit that can add into our sets.
How do you juggle running a business along with being world travelling DJs?
It’s tough! But we tend to keep the travelling for winter and stay in Ibiza in summer. We’re lucky to live here – Ibiza is the place to be for DJs! We still travel a bit though in summer. We’re going to Creamfields in Malta, we have a residency in Barcelona, we’re DJing for Corona sunsets in the UK… It’s always nice for us to leave the island for a day in the craziness of summer! We’re lucky we have a team that can run things smoothly when we’re not here – without them it would be impossible!
Growing up in the iconic Café Mambo, you’ve met some huge names in the music industry- what has been the craziest moment for you?
The first time Idris Elba came to Café Mambo to DJ was pretty crazy – it was nuts to see someone you’ve seen in so many films rocking a DJ set at Mambo. Surreal. And even crazier is the fact that he is going to play with us on August 27th at our new residency at HÏ Sundays in Ibiza!
Outside of Ibiza of course, what is your favourite place to play?
Melbourne hands down. The vibes, the weather, the food – what is there not to love!!
You’ve become the first Ibicenco-born Djs to have a super club residency on the island at Hï Ibiza. How does it feel to have made Ibiza history?
It’s very exciting. It all happened so fast. We’ve been working so hard for the last few years, and to have made it this far is amazing. We’ve been to the club a few times since it opened and it’s really going to be amazing. We can’t wait for July 2nd – our opening party!
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Armand Van Helden. We love him and everything he does!!
Who’s on your dream festival line-up?
Well, that’s really hard to say but it would include Eric Prydz, Hot Since 82, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Martinez Brothers, Guy Gerber, Nic Fanciulli , Felix da Housecat, Tensnake, MK…
Other than Café Mambo of course, what are your favourite places on The White Isle:
Hï in Playa den Bossa, Pacha in Ibiza town and Eden in San Antonio
To listen to new music?
Fridays at Pacha with Hot Since 82 and his night Labyrinth, Thursdays at Hï at In The Dark with Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn and Luciano, Tuesday at Hï with Eric Prydz…
To chill out?
Cala Gracioneta Beach. It has an amazing restaurants, and a few sunbeds – we love spending the full day there when we can with good friends, a bottle of rosé wine or two and some amazing food!
La Cava in Ibiza town. It’s been around for a while, but this winter it has been completely changed. The food is really nice – and make sure you order a coffee – they are as good as in Australia! It’s a great pitstop if you’re spending the day in Ibiza town shopping or checking out the Dalt Vila castle.
To go for a cocktail?
Hostal La Torre in Cap Negret. Hands down.
What advice do you have for those wanting to break into the music scene?
Work hard but don’t forget to party and have fun along the way – the scene is all about getting yourself out there. And don’t forget to update your socials along the way!
Ibiza and the music scene in general is constantly changing- how do you see Café Mambo evolving over the years?
Since we opened in 1994, we’ve always tried to keep with the times, keeping up with the newest artists but never forgetting to give quality music. And that sunset moment, of course! And it has nothing to do with the music scene but perfecting our strawberry daiquiris has been crucial!
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017? Where can we see you play?
Well we are very focus in our residency in Hï so during the summer we are just leaving the island for couple of festivals (Creamfields in Malta and Corona Sunsets) and our summer residency once a month in Barcelona. Then we have just signed with UTA agency worldwide, so we are now working in our Q4 calendar…
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