Techno legend Sven Väth needs little introduction to the people of Ibiza and the world of electronic music. His Cocoon parties at Amnesia are the stuff of legends, a night which helped develop the underground scene and sound of Ibiza into the incredibly strong position it is in today. In a warm and heartfelt interview with IMS partner Ben Turner, Väth opens up in ways many of not heard before
Key topics from Sven Väth:
- Life on Ibiza in 1980, sleeping on a sun chair in the forest, dancing with Duran Duran and Grace Jones to Spanish artists Alfredo and Pippi.
- How the British invasion of Ibiza by superclub brands inspired him to provide something more honest for his beloved Spanish island. "I felt so sorry and felt I had to change something."On life on the dancefloor: "I'm coming from the dancefloor. I'm still a hardcore raver – if the music is good!"
- On VIP Ibiza: "When we started, our VIP at Amnesia was always empty! I don't like to see the VIP's who have with their own opinions about the DJs, and asking for the DJs to be changed. Ibiza was never about the VIPs. I love the hippy feeling and free spirit of Ibiza."
- On the after-hours: "Cocoon invented the after-hours culture – we were doing illegal parties in the countryside. We risked getting in trouble with the police and we didn't care. I am a hippy in a way."On Ibiza 2013: "Who will pay all these entrance fees? Maybe people go for the free tickets which is understandable. Our crowd is from all over Europe – and we have to take care of them. With all these different nights, you can find techno three or four times in a night now. We will see who will survive."
- On being called Papa Sven and being the father figure of the techno movement: "Today it puts a lot of pressure on my shoulders because I feel I am very responsible for the scene, and for the younger generation."