What’s more Balearic than listening to a DJ spinning house music, while the sunsets? Well… Quite possibly, it’s listening to a DJ spinning house music while the sunsets, while live saxophone freestyles along with it! That’s exactly what you’ll get with Lovely Laura & Ben Santiago… Here’s what they had to say when we caught up with them!
LAURA: Completely by chance! A fellow saxophonist on my degree course asked if I wanted to take over a local gig, which involved him jamming with a DJ. I’d never seen this concept before but the music was awesome to improvise to. Deep, soulful funk grooves that I loved.
From that moment on I was hooked and gradually more DJs and promoters asked me to go and play with them, which ultimately brought me to Ibiza. Never did I think I would have had such a successful career out of it – I owe that guy a massive drink!
LAURA: I’m loving playing our own track, ‘Just Want Your Body’ at the moment. Everyone seems to love it, which gives me such a buzz!
BEN: I’ve got so many but one that I absolutely love and cannot stop playing is the Sebastian Ingrosso remix of ‘Swimming Places’ by Julien Jabre. It’s an incredible track that is timeless and works every time. I think it’s well over ten years old now, but I cannot stop playing it.
LAURA: Plenty of feel-good, uplifting sax house – perfect for the best pool party atmosphere you could wish for! We also have some amazing guest DJs playing for us so we’re feeling really excited musically about these shows.
LAURA: Hahaha! I actually don’t know where it comes from as when I go for the ‘blow’ test at the doctors I’m really bad! I suffer from asthma too so theoretically this shouldn’t work. I put it down to the feeling in my heart when I play. If I’m moved on a deep, soulful level then it’s easy to find the energy. Regarding winding down after a gig, a nice hot shower and a cup of tea is my heaven!
LAURA: I was doing this way before Ben and I actually met so I guess I already knew that DJ and sax was a good combo. The only difference with playing with Ben is that now we can prepare music in advance so that when we hit the stage it’s a more polished performance rather than the old style of me jamming along to another DJ and hoping his tracks will work with my sax. Having said this Ben tries to keep things fresh and change things up a bit musically depending on the crowd, so that keeps me on my toes!
BEN: I really like the Amnesia booth because the monitors are above you, which is definitely the best place. And the hospitality at Hï is second to none…