THE RED BULLETIN: You’ve made your career documenting Ibiza’s biggest clubs and most exclusive parties. What’s so different about the nightlife on the island?
FARIS VILLENA: The incredible lineup of DJs. After Berlin, Ibiza is the most important place in the world when it comes to new dance music trends. But, unlike in Berlin, here you can go to the beach for a swim after the club.
How long do Ibiza nights last, then?
Until the following afternoon, usually. The best parties get going at 7 a.m.
Seriously. Most package tourists are tucked up in bed at their hotels by then. So what’s left are the locals and people who are really interested in music.
“As well as the DJs, entertainers, dancers and artists form an important part of the island’s nightlife”, explains Madrid-born Faris Villena. “At Pachas’s Flower Power night (left), Ibiza celebrates its hippy roots here every Tuesday”.
What’s your tip for connoisseurs?
Go to Underground in San Rafael. There’s free entry, the drinks are cheap, and you get acts like the Martinez Brothers and DJ Sneak dropping in to perform spontaneous sets.
Many of your pictures show people dancing with a complete lack of inhibition. How do you capture that?
My aim is to capture the energy of the night. For that, you have to be part of the party yourself. So I just dance along until people forget my camera.
“A typical night at Under-ground, which is a mecca for electronic music. You always meet beautiful women here.”
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