Smokin Jo blazed her trail from the UK club scene to the island of
Ibiza, determined to become part of the fabric of the island she would
drag her records round numerous venues, carving a niche for herself in
the island’s evolving party scene. Nowadays she is one of the most
popular spinners in Ibiza and has opened doors that many of her fellow
female DJs have walked through since.
What is it about Ibiza that makes it so special?
The vibe the island has, it has extremes, tranquil and totally nuts.
Does Ibiza still play a role in breaking a new tune?
I think the days of breaking a new tune are over to be honest, but if a
tune gets played by a lot of Ibiza DJ’s it’s gonna be a hit.
How important is Ibiza to the building of a global club brand?
Very, I think if you can make it big in Ibiza you are pretty much set,
if you play your cards right.
Describe your first Ibiza experience?
It was in 1992, one of the best times of my life, I had a Spanish friend
who took me around and showed me the island so from the start I knew all
the hidden secrets. I thought it was magical, I loved the fact everyone
seemed to be a real character, lots of gays, trannies, freaks and cool
people, I loved the 24 hour party thing, and that you could bowl up to
Space any time, any day and something amazing would be happening. I had
only been DJing fpr one year but I got to DJ at Space inside and on the
terrace when the decks were behind the bar, it was hilarious and so much
fun, and I also played at Pacha.
Away from the club how do you relax on the island?
I go to Formentera on a mates boat, go to the beach and eat a lot!
Which is your favourite beach?
Es Cavellet, for the sand, the sea, the energy and the location.
What are you listening too chilling on the beach?
I actually listen to audio books on my i-phone, last summer I also had
Massive Attack’s album on non-stop.
You’ve got a night off, where do you head for food?
La Bodega, amazing tapas in Ibiza Town.
Name three essential items needed to survive your Ibiza trip?
Sun screen, sunglasses, a sense of adventure.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen/experienced on the island?
An orgy on the beach, one woman and about 10 men – eewwww!