When we think about house music, we often reference Frankie knuckles (RIP), Danny Rampling, Nick Holloway, Paul Oakenfold as the pioneers of the scene. But, cast a thought back to Argentina in 1953 and reminisce over the Birth of the Balearic Beat, the Head Honcho of the ?70?s Hippy movement, Daddy of The Dance floor and Saviour of Space. Alfredo.
Arriving on the White Isle in 1976, not even this immigrant, could have imagined the legacy that would follow his arrival. Holding down residencies at Amnesia as well as the legendary Ku Club (now known as Privilege), Alfredo and Faruk Gandji threw, now infamous parties, at the open aired, poolside, dragon enveloped arena. The parties at Ku were debauchery at its most devilishly misbehaved, the anything-goes attitude and pulsating balearic beats provided the soundtrack to a scene that would not be out of place in DantÚs Inferno, regular guests included Grace Jones, Steve Strange, Boy George, George Michael along with rumored appearances by certain aristocracy as well as Prince Albert of Monaco. 1987. Things changed. Music was evolving and so was Ibiza, more so, Alfredo.
Influenced by the hip-hop rooted house beats, coming from Detroit and Chicago, along with the techno influences of Kraftwerk in Berlin, the music scene on the White Isle began to morph into how we see it today. Around this time, there was a legendary ?boys-tour? by 3 UK Dj?s, Rampling, Oakenfold and Holloway. What followed? The Acid House Movement. NUFF SAID!
1988. Alfredo accepted the role of Artistic Director for Amnesia and this was the beginning of the scene as we know it today. The 7-day a week, 6 hour part, became a mecca for those still out and up for it. He held this position for 2 years, before heading over to Pacha (1990), (See mix below) where the DJ took the helm, however, this was not his only residency. In the same year, he travelled to Singapore, to lead the wheels at Zouk. A club still acknowledged as the best club in the whole of Asia. Andy and Mike McKay were next to take hold of the presence that it is Alfredo. Alfredo?s move to the ?Biggest Party On Earth?, Manumission, arguably, the most notorious party since ?Fantasy? at Ku, with its live sex shows, cabbage throwing dwarfs and venomous door whores, moved the scene into a new, darker, hardcore, hedonistic vibe. More importantly. The After-party. Before DC10 and its loony clown took the helm of King Of The After-party. Space (Ibiza), held the official ?Manumission Carry On?. Pepe Rosello, director and owner of Space, took Alfredo under his wing and soon, Alfredo hosted his own Tuesday Party. However, most of us will know him for his sets at We Love Sundays. The weekly party, in which Alfredo is a resident on the Space Terrazzo, have given the Ibizan veteran a platform on which to express his musical talents. To see him play live is an experience. Completely free from genre stereotype, Alfredo, is known to ?play to the crowd?, jumping from deep house to hip-hop and back to house, via a smidgeon of disco. Expect the unexpected. The last time I witnessed him play, he took us from ?3 Of A Kind ? Ben Sims? to ?Walk like an Egyptian ? Bangles?.
His sets are mesmerising and unpredictable. Alfredo is due to make an appearance at this years Ibiza Carnival and will be one of the highlights of this years calendar of events. As May rocks on and August is ever nearer, WeCant wait to drop some foot, with a TRUE legend, a man who has seen and played to them all, a true Ibizan Veteran. DJ Alfredo. The Ibiza Carnival ? tickets now on sale -
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