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Solomun's White Isle Journals #10: It's High Season in Ibiza

"Ibiza saved my life."
Welcome to my White Isle Journals, where you'll get an inside look at my life in Ibiza during my Solomun +1 residency this summer at Pacha.

Every week, I'll bring you deep inside Ibiza life, up-close and personal and behind the scenes. Then, I'll pick my own +1 from the island to show you the beating heart of the White Isle––the people. Lastly, I'll pick the track that took over the airwaves for me that week. There's so much going on, and on this party Island, you tend to forget fast. That's why I wanted to write it all down, so I can remember it all and share with you.


Last weeks gig with Butch was honestly one of the best ones of the season. The club was rammed, everybody was in the mood to party. I mean, okay, now it's high season, and if the club wasn't packed, then you would have a problem! But what I really enjoyed what my friend Butch offered us musically. It was really, really good­­––his set and the b2b at the end.

And, yes, you guessed it. Afterwards we all went into this infamous basement club where we went on b2b until noon.Last year when we both played together at Robert Johnson, we had our b2b premiere. We're gonna do this again at Robert Johnson this December.

At Thursday then was the next round of my +live-residency at Destino - and again it was an amazing evening until midnight under the moon and the stars.

Introducing Ivo

More than two years ago a good friend of mine showed me the work of an artist who lives and works in Ibiza. He made, inspired just by my name, a nice painting, very simple, like from a child's perspective. He played with my name: Sol, for Spanish sun and the English moon.

I instantly liked this idea. It was so simple and pure. I decided to make it my Facebook profile picture for quite a time. I was very surprised and happy that Ivo really visited me at Pacha, because he does not live in this party world at all. Ivo lives quite a solitary life. He is a very sensitive guy, very open for all kinds of vibes.

Ivo welcomed my manager and good friend with the words: "Hello, you are a good person?" So…Who am I to disagree?


Ivo's artwork displayed in a magazine.

What's your name?
Vivo Gal Grabby

Where do you come from?

Why Ibiza?
Ibiza saved my life. And that's why people started to call me vivo here.

Why a Solomun party?
I am feeling something in his music, something really special, his sound has the potential to really change something, maybe one day.

What will you do after finishing this interview?
Make some bbq-dinner for my family and afterward I will bring my kid into bed and I will read the bible.

Ivo on Partying with Solomun

I was already in the club before Solomun started to play. The music was great, the other DJ also, but please don't get me wrong but I had the feeling it was more like a regular party. But shortly after Solomun started to play, there was a big change in the atmosphere. I only paid attention to the vibes in the room, and this is what I felt: A strong energy in the lower abdomen chakra which was wandering to the heart and then exploded.

I was not sure: either Solomun is really good or they use some secret Japanese technology for those kinds of vibrations. And when we were introduced and hugged each other, I felt the energy of an older brother.

And talking about the Sol-o-Moon-drawing: Back in the days, a good friend of mine called me and said: "close your eyes and think of Solomun. What do you see?" I didn't even know what or who this Solomun could be, but I painted what I saw. And honestly: I didn't know anything about him, but I strongly felt that it must be a strong artist with a mission.

Track of the week: Butch & Hoberg - "Losing Gravity" [Diynamic]