Growing up in Ibiza is like a dream come true for many. The warm Summer’s, the glorious sunny days and for dance music fans, the huge clubbing scene. This was the reality for the Mambo Brothers. A duo who have entered the production and DJing scene, however they are also the driving force behind the notorious Ibiza hotspot Cafe Mambo. Now the Mambo Brothers open up about Cafe Mambo, the constant change on the island of Ibiza as well as what they have planned for themselves as well.
Kicking things off and you both grew up in the clubbing hotspot that is Ibiza. What was it like to grow up on the White Isle surrounded by the clubs and the dance music industry?
We have great memories, and it was really amazing being in the middle of this industry which has changed so much in the las 20 years…
Imagine us as young teenagers arriving at Cafe Mambo after school going for our lunch and hanging with all the DJs and promoters back then!! it was a dream for everyone to live in Ibiza as a DJ or promoter… At that time, the promoters where all in the terrace chilling, working, eating, no mobile phones or email then so they all used to meet and organise all the promotion teams ahead of the party, it was really a dream as you could go to the beach or on the terrace to meet with anyone while having a sangria in the sunshine!
There was a small green phone box behind the DJ booth that everyone used to call in, sometimes I would pick up as it would be ringing for ages and they would ask if Brandon Block was there to talk to or any other DJ or promoter, so I would go and get them, hey they just phoned you!!… this must have been around ’95 or ‘97. Crazy good times…
Growing up in Ibiza then was ace, we got to hang and meet amazing people and real pioneers in music industry!
Ibiza has seen a huge shift in change in the last year or two, including stricter regulations and laws, as well as a huge change in residencies and performances. How have the Mambo Brothers witnessed the changes and what would your opinion be on it?
Ibiza is in a constant evolution as we have to keep up with times, it is true that Ibiza is experiencing an insane growth on visitors, every year it’s a record number of tourist arriving to this magical island. So, we have to adapt and look after the island the best we can. This makes Ibiza have to change regulations on many fields, sometimes to keep everything under control for the long run, don’t forget that after all, we are only a small island… Having changes on residencies is good after so many years of them, it is only refreshing and exiting for the new summer coming!!
Obviously, the Mambo Brothers are also the driving force behind the notorious Ibiza hotspot Café Mambo which has always been a crucial visiting spot for many Ibiza clubbers. For you as owners, how has the changes affected Café Mambo?
We are lucky to be in the place that we are in, Ibiza is in the top of its game now. We love what we do, we have a great team working every day… Cafe Mambo just gets better and seems to get bigger with time! It’s the same as the island really… we now do Cafe Mambo on tour and we’ve visited some amazing places in the world, Bali, Dubai, Tokyo, Korea, Macau, Australia, Miami, Beirut and many more, we are also hosting areas in festivals this coming summer: We Are FSTVL, We Are Together, Defected Croatia, and another big one that we cannot say anything about just yet….
We have started our own Radio Station that you can listen all the time while you are driving your car in Ibiza or downloading our Mambo radio App to listen from your home wherever you are… Saying this is that Ibiza has changed and we’ve had to adapt to a new era with new creative ways of doing things!
In the time in which you have been running Café Mambo, the café has played host to some major names. How would you describe your relationships with other DJs, especially during the Summer months?
We have lots of DJ friends that love to come and play in Mambo. I think it’s very different than their usual gig. Here you can play a much more relaxed set, no need to get the crowd going as its usually a pre-party set and not peak time. DJs get to play whatever they feel like…Sometimes a DJ comes to play for 1 hour and ends up playing 3 Hours. This happens a lot with Eric Pridz & Roger Sanchez as they can play much deeper in Mambo….
Looking towards the Mambo Brothers as a DJ and production duo, the last couple of years saw a number of stand-out hits, including ‘Momento’ on Toolroom Records. What made the Mambo Brothers head into producing music?
I (“Christian”) started to get in to music production many years ago, when I was 17 I left school and my mother put me to work in the building site with the idea I would not like this and that would decide to go uni and all that. I did 4 months of this hard work waking up at 6 am to go to work in cold winter Ibiza. Then decided this was not for me and left Ibiza to get back to studying and do an intense sound engineering course in Barcelona for 5 months and 3 months of training. Did a few productions for small Spanish record label at the time…Then came back to Ibiza to help on the family’s business and got back into production 3 years ago when we started Mambo Brothers project properly….
More recently you have released the new ‘Kasai’ EP on Saved Records, with a remix from Franky Rizardo. Tell us how the track came about and what it is like to work with the label?
We always try to represent the ‘Balearic’ sound that we love from back in the days, and make tracks that are a bit special, that when you listen them you think ‘Wuuuaaaa this reminds me when I was dancing in Ibiza at 7am…’ We think that KASAI is one of these tracks…and about Franky, what we can say…we love his stuff! Plus he’s a good friend…
Can we expect to hear more tracks like this in the coming months?
Yes, we have things in the pipe line. We have been getting our stuff together this winter!
Looking towards the Summer and obviously it’s going to be a very busy time for you. In the run up to this, you’ve a number of shows in Dubai, Manchester, Madrid and other cities. How do you both find the touring aspect of DJing?
We respect DJing as a job much more now , it’s very hard work with all the crazy travelling and mad sleeping schedules. Playing music to a crowd is amazing but you have to learn to pace yourself and get the best and quickest option for the travelling you can, stay short times waiting in airport lounges and get good sleep in the hotel. The full touring DJ thing has been an amazing learning process but now we are getting to really enjoy!
Is there something which you both are really looking forward to this Summer, in terms of the Mambo Brothers or with Café Mambo?
Taking our friends out on our boat and having a great time. Working hard every night at Mambo and enjoying the world’s most famous sunsets!!
This is a question which gets quite a good response from both artists and fans. What would your one piece of advice be for an artist looking to break into dance music? And what would your one piece of advice be in terms of operating a venue such as Café Mambo?
Enjoy and love what you do and embrace it to your team. It is very important to have a team that feel the love!
In a nutshell then, what can fans of the Mambo Brothers expect from the duo across the next few months?
A six pack lol. A lot of cool gigs across the globe and new music of course.
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