It’s the morning after the night before as hundreds of happy fuzzy heads drift through the streets of Ibiza Town after the Opening of Amnesia, it’s a sight Mark Herman has seen many times before on the white isle and just another spectacle which brings him back here year after year.
“I have been coming here for over twenty years now” he giggles as we sit at Croissant Show in the sunshine watching everyone doing the dreaded walk of shame home. “For me that first trip here was like stepping onto a film set, it was like Disneyland’s dance floor, full of the most outrageous fashion, the coolest people and of course the best music.”
This summer alongside joining Ibiza Style with his writing prowess, Mark Herman is here as Creative Director/Producer for Glitterbox, the Friday night party on the Space Terrace straight out of the Defected Records stable starring the likes of Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim and Louie Vega. “This might be, my finest work yet” he smiles as he shows me the season’s stunning artwork from original Trade artist Mark Wardel and a video of one of the night’s stage performers Sink The Pink…20 outrageous drag artists from East London with beards. “I really feel Glitterbox is going to be the most talked about night in Ibiza this summer.”
Strong words indeed coming from the man who at one point in the 90’s was hosting the doors of the four biggest nightclubs in London – Ministry of Sound, Hanover Grand, Café De Paris and The Cross, to put it bluntly, if you didn’t look incredible you were not getting in. What made him so good back then at such an early age I ask him, why were your nights filled with the most beautiful, outrageous people where even celebrities, famous footballers and supermodels couldn’t get in?
“I believe I have a great eye for people, it’s as simple as that. I am drawn to creative individuals, I love people with attitude, the more outrageous and weirder, the better as long as its done tastefully. And I know what makes a club rock.”
Working at these venues helped Mark compile one of the most enviable black books of contacts in the world, going onto promote a string of his own nights including Future Bitch, Uninvited, Fiction and Pooldisco alongside fashion consultancy for the likes of Religion and Idol, a job he still still enjoys to this day.