Equally at home performing in front of underground crowds as he is DJing at spectacular glitterati events, Be Crazy frontman Jean Claude Ades spent the winter dropping deep techy grooves at Wall in Miami, in addition to appearances at Paris and Milan Fashion Week or Cannes film festival where he entertained a jet-set crowd who are now just as passionate about their electronic beats as the rest of us.
“We have many global followers that know us from Ibiza,” Jean Claude explains. “Everybody flies in for these global events and we see a lot of familiar faces on rotation. Right now, there’s a real movement about this music. People are really hooked into deep tech sounds.”
It’s common knowledge that festival-goers everywhere are shifting their allegiances from EDM to techno, but this wider trend is also being mirrored on the world’s most exclusive dancefloors. “There’s been a huge transformation in the last few years,” Jean Claude continues. “In central London, for example, more and more people want to hear deep sounds. Clubs like Charlie Berkeley Street, Cuckoo, Beat, Tape – they’re all booking proper house DJs. It was rare to hear this kind of music before in places like Mayfair. You had to go to the Egg, to Ministry of Sound, to Fabric in East London. But not anymore; even these private members clubs have big line-ups.”
Over the winter season Jean Claude was also active stateside, taking his Be Crazy party concept to South Beach, Miami. “I played during Art Basel Week, New Years Eve and WMC at Wall,” Jean Claude explains. “Next winter Be Crazy Miami will be monthly. And Wall is currently expanding in size. The club will have a bigger dancefloor and a bigger capacity.”
Now back home in Ibiza, Jean Claude is eager to get started at Lío. “Lío is a stunning venue,” Jean Claude smiles. “You’re definitely going to see a different crowd to the other venues on the island: very beautiful people and everyone is super-well dressed. From the hipsters to the guys who have their yachts moored outside, they all fit the Be Crazy concept. It’s a vibrant mix of energies and most importantly they’re coming to have fun and listen to good music.”
Better known as a high-end dining establishment with stunning views of Dalt Vila, Jean Claude and Be Crazy have been realigning Lío’s afterhours reputation since 2012.
“I don’t think of myself as a festival DJ,” Jean Claude concludes. “I love playing smaller, intimate venues like Lío or outdoor spaces like Blue Marlin Ibiza or Beachouse. When the DJ booth is full and people are around me, I feel like I’m inside the party and this is what I really love.”
Tag 1: Guest DJs including Henry Saiz, Fur Coat, Guy Mantzur, Tiefschwarz (Ali) and Frankey & Sandrino will perform alongside Jean Claude Ades this summer as Be Crazy celebrates its 5th birthday in Ibiza every Thursday night at Lío from May 26th.