Ibiza by night meets Alfonso Leòn, a young and talented Dj from Chile, that plays in ibiza since few years.
Last summer Alfonso Leòn (in the pictures below) played in many locations as Ushuaia and Booom, this winter was already guest at Mood up and is considered one of the most interesting young Dj from Chile!
Ibiza by night met Alfonso Leòn to talk about music, concerts and..of course.. the special relation with Ibiza!
IBN: Alfonso Leon and Ibiza, how has started the relationship?
Alfonso Leòn: “I first went to Ibiza in 2007, I had such a great time that I ended up going a few more times over the years on vacations and finally lived there for a couple of seasons. What I experienced on the island helped me decide to pursue a career in djing, I had been making electronic music for some years, and had been playing in Chile in a really underground fashion, but I was also studying Biology and had a great love for science. Finally I told myself I can´t be in both worlds, and bearing in mind the madness of trying to make a living out of music, I just went for it. It was a big risk, but the island responded and I was given opportunities which would never have happened had I not been there. At the end of the day, an island is empty without the people in it, so if I owe to someone it is to those who supported me and influenced me in the process. Ive made a great deal of good friends and have really great memories in the island, I don´t think I will be ending this relationship any time soon“.
IBN: You play in Ibiza in sumertime and also in wintertime, recently at mood up.. which is your perception of the island during the winter? Do you like the amosphere of Ibiza in wintertime?
Alfonso Leòn: “My perception is what my friends living there have always told me, that its a quite and relaxing place, perfect for recharging your batteries from an always hectic summer. I myself lived in a small town in the south of Chile for a few years, so I imagine it musn´t be so far of. Personally Id much rather walk through playa d’en Bossa during winter than during summer, if that answers your question“.
IBN:Last summer you played in many prestigious locations in the island.. as Ushuaia and Booom..which are your favourite places in Ibiza?
Alfonso Leòn:”To me its more about the party than the specific location. Off course its nice to play in clubs with great sound systems, friendly staff, beautiful designs etc. But this is the body, not the soul. I’ve been fortunate enough on playing in parties which I feel close to on a personal level, like “Vagabundos”, Luciano & Friends”, “Next Wave”, where I know first hand how those involved have poured their hearts into it, and these have been the best experiences for me. Be they held in Ushuaia, Booom!, Pacha, Privilege or anywhere, it doesn´t matter“.
IBN: You played both in South America and in Europe.. are there big differences with the sound, the relationship with the crew?”
Alfonso Leòn:”I couldn’t speak for South America, but I think in Chile there is a difference in sound to what Ive heard elsewhere. It is and island of sorts, due our geographical boundaries, and there is a very tight knit scene since the beginning of the 90s. The first generations of Djs and producers where really influential to those coming after, and so forth. There also exists a lot of influences from Chilean and South American music. So there is bound to be a difference, and maybe a proportionately larger presence in underground music than what I’ve heard in places like Ibiza, Barcelona or Buenos Aires“.
IBN: Cadenza and Alfonso leon.. tell us something about your cooperation…
Alfonso Leòn: “Since Luciano founded Cadenza almost ten years ago I’ve been closely following its progress. I just love so many releases from the label. Our cooperation works this way, in a nutshell, Cadenza offers me opportunities which I try to respond to with the best of my abilities. I hope some day to fulfil my dream of releasing my music there too“.
IBN: Alfonso Leòn Dj and Alfonso Leòn producer..which are the differences? Do you prefer the studio work or the club atmosphere?
Alfonso Leòn: “The big difference is that in the studio I can be selfish, but in the booth I cant. I mean, I can be a bit selfish sometimes, but its a more social part of me that comes in play. I am in real time trying to make people dance, its my job, and what makes my job satisfying is that people dance to the same tunes I like, so thats where I achieve a connection with the audience. in the Studio, the connection is with myself. Both aspects breath life into each other, their both different and complimentary ways of expressing myself through music“.
IBN:What about your future projects? Can you give us a preview of your concerts for next months?
Alfonso Leòn: “Right now my main priority is finishing the projects I’m currently working on so as to start releasing them on a regular basis, I’ve also got great collaborations with friends coming up too. We founded a little collective with my friends in Barcelona, called “Minoria”, which is a project that will keep us busy in the city as we make weekly sessions. For my upcoming gigs, I’m always posting my presentations on my social pages, so follow me for the latest news! But to name some, Im looking forward to play in Cromie for Luciano & Friends in South Italy, as last year it got cancelled due to Cyclone warning in the area, and a our three man Minoria warm up for Zip in his upcoming presentation in Barcelona“.
For further infos about Alfonso Leòn: http://www.alfonsoleonmusic.com/