Around the time the 1990’s seminal Ibiza documentary, A Short Film About Chilling was first being broadcast, a 13 year old Clara da Costa was vowing to herself that one day she too would DJ on the island she’d been visiting since she was 11. Two years later, the girl who was to become what was possibly Ibiza’s most precocious ever DJ talent had run away from home and secured herself a gig in Es Paradis.
Miss Bisto, as she was then known, soon earned the respect of Ibiza’s movers and shakers as she was entrusted with the residency (Ibiza´s first female DJ) of the Ibiza superclub. By the age of 17 she was Es Paradis’s Creative Director. This was no token or gimmicky appointment: Clara was the principle catalyst in encouraging promoters like Clockwork Orange and Up Yer Ronson to do nights at Es Paradis. These pioneers were responsible for kicking off the British promoters’ invasion upon which Ibiza clubs now depend - the young Clara’s drive and creativity had far more influence than even she could have imagined at the time. The slight confusion and mild amusement some experienced when they first realised such a young girl held such an influential position soon changed when they met her and witnessed her professionalism. More importantly though, it changed when they heard and saw her behind the decks.
In her decade at the club she played with many of the world’s leading DJs, gaining their respect and friendship. This was her springboard to playing all of Ibiza’s clubs and saw her DJing around the world for a number of years. Quite simply, few DJs can boast the Ibiza pedigree of Clara Da Costa... As the new millennium arrived, Clara had her own respected labels, Green Turtle and Dopamine and was producing more and more of her own tracks, which were being championed by the likes of Pete Tong and a host of other DJs, many of whom were grateful for Clara’s help with their own early careers.