As a person with an internal sensor for anything upcoming and happening, Mark Broadbent - director of nocturnal operations at 'We Love...' - is reflecting on another year done and dusted. As usual, the infamous Sunday party at Space Ibiza consistently delivered some huge residents (Paul Woolford, Carl Craig, Derrick May and James Zabiela) but it is also much hyped for filtering in bright young talent from the depths of tomorrow. In the 14 years since conception, 'We Love...Sundays' has changed the face and perception of clubland in Ibiza and beyond, firmly establishing it as a global brand and a genuine force for good in this crazy, freaked-out world. Mark allowed us a brief but captivating glimpse into the mind that makes this heart beat...
So we’re just about to draw a close to another year and currently in the midst of an Ibicenco winter. After another fun-filled summer, I suspect you’re planning some far-eastern wintering?
Bloody right I am! You have actually caught me doing my packing and uploading "homework" onto my IPod. We head off to the jungles of Burma for two months next week. I am really looking forward to getting away this year despite how "amazing" the winter here on Ibiza is I prefer my Christmases in the warm sunshine.
I would guess you’ve been through the full range of Thai/Indian fasting and colonic flushes. Any secret and exotic detox tips from the past to keep our tired, aching bodies on the straight and narrow for the next 12 months?
Ha-ha! I'm actually so not that type of person, or certainly haven’t ever been before. I have however been training with an instructor this last eight months and it has got me thinking much more about my overall general health so I guess it's only a short step away from me sticking pipes up my ass in some third world guest house right! I find that totally getting away from your work i.e. leaving your phone at home and staying away from the internet is the best form of relaxation and detox. I have over recent years put a reign on my partying spirit and the most toxic part of my life is now the simple day to day stuff I have to deal with. I am very lucky in the fact that I can clear my mind of these troubles within a week of being away from them.
After the vortex of summer, what does your average post-season day consist of now, in the build up to Christmas and the New Year?
I travel about a fair bit in November and December. I have meetings with the managers and agents we work with to discuss the successes and failures of the previous summer. Bounce ideas about with friends that live off the island, go see live shows, check out new Djs that I've heard about from the guys working with us over the summer months.
It's a bit of a whirlwind couple of months but the perfect remedy to the starting feeling of detachment you get after spending the last six months locked down on Ibiza. The office is now open year round so we are in there Monday to Friday looking at our gigs around the world, sorting out new residencies and as seems to have happened in recent years, starting to plot out the next summer programing. Putting things to bed or getting things ready basically.
‘We love…Sundays’ just keeps growing from strength to strength. What’s your secret?
The secret is having the passion for what we do and a hard working team supporting that passion.
You’re doing an event at Snowbombing in early 2013 with James Zabiela and Paul Woolford - your debut out there in the snow. Tell us how this all came about and are you sure you can handle the freezing temperatures after years of sunshine?
Myself and Sarah have been going to Snowbombing as punters for the past five years and have in fact been asked to get involved for the past five years by the organizers but we were always having such a fantastic time there that the last thing we wanted to do was work at the event! Anyway, it got to a point that our refusal to get involved seemed a little rude so we threw in our lot with them. The guys there have a very similar booking policy to ours in the fact that it's always a very eclectic and fun line-up. We have lots of friends from the industry involved in one way or another and it just feels like a home for us in the snow. As well as Snowbombing we are doing another winter snow based festival The Black Weekend in Chamonix, France on the 10th of March, 2013 that if last year’s event was anything to go by this will be amazing. You may well start to see a pattern developing...We love...Skiing!
Apparently, Luciano can make a fine soufflé and Paul van Dyk’s chocolate fondant is to die for. You fancy yourself as a bit of an aficionado in the kitchen. If you were to take part in come dine with me Ibiza, who would be your ideal (or worst nightmare) dinner guests and what gastronomic delights would you dish up for them?
I do love cooking and there are few better things in life than serving friends and family something good to eat right? I suppose I would stick to what I’m best at and what not a lot of people from my experience are very good at and that would be an Indian feast. Anybody can knock up a quick curry but the extras are what make up a truly fantastic Indian meal. I do a whole lamb leg that has to be marinated for two days before being slow cooked. That’s pretty amazing and always goes down well with guests and making your own bread is always a winner with people. Guest wise I think I'd stick with people I like and ask them to bring somebody they thought I might like to meet.
You used to rampage from party to party. Have things calmed down a little and how civilised are things now?
I have not "rampaged" for some time now. I think the last time was probably at the start of the millennium. I love going out to listen to music and hang with friends, meet new people etc. but if you do this all the time it loses some of the initial reasons you enjoy doing it. It gets so boring ending up fucked up again in the same bar you always end up in every weekend with the same people having the same conversations so I've tried to find other things in my life to enjoy alongside my "after dark" personality. My life is a little more civilised now than it was five years ago. I do sleep on the weekends now.
What were the risky curveballs from your programming that worked out for you musically this year?
The whole "after dark" sunset terrace thing we did with Mr Doris was a huge success and I was a little unsure as to how that might go down. It is never easy putting on non-house or techno artists in a big room on Ibiza and we had massive success with a few acts on there this summer gone. The b2b sessions that we did with Paul Woolford were also a huge personal highlight for me, Ben Ufo, Untold and Appleblim were all Ibiza debuts and played music that is just not heard here in a big room and they tore the place a new ass hole. The closing party is always the date I have most fun with, we can afford to book acts that we personally want to see due to knowing that the true music loving crowd will be at that event. This year I was really happy to get Shackleton and Modeselektor on board as their albums this year were exceptional and happily the crowd enjoyed the performances for the most part !
Hoping that the Mayans are numerically dyslexic and we’re not all engulfed in a massive fireball later this month, after rejuvenation in far off distant climes, the 2013 season looms. How do you approach the New Year? Do you keep the same perspective and just fresh things up a little, or some years do you have grand plans to shake it all up? What’s on your radar for next summer?
Now that would be telling you too much but it always has to be a delicate balance of the two things to keep it successful and interesting for us to do. We obviously look at what has been successful and keep that in mind for the following year but it's really important to keep things fresh too with our style of party.
We do not rely on one or two "big name" acts that we can fall back on their popularity to draw a crowd, our party is a sum of all its parts and more like a festival in that respect so we have to be ahead of the game a little and try and think what’s going to be hot next summer or stand strong by our convictions of what we love and push that.
Next summer will be our 15th of hosting the Sundays at Space so we are asking back some of the acts that we have really enjoyed over the years to get involved and there will of course be a lot of new faces in and around the various rooms at Space.
From where do you take inspiration?
Punk rock , acid house. Same same but different!
It’s going to be ‘We Love…Sundays’ 15th year in 2013. From that circa 1997 pale and skinny rogue that first stepped foot on this Isle to the handsome, tanned, and dare I say, ‘hench’ individual we see before us today, what are the main professional lessons learned over those years and what guidance would you give to any young pretenders just starting over?
Ha-ha! I might not be the best person to give out any advice as I have pissed off a lot of people and missed a lot of opportunities due to this but I've had a lot of fun doing it so two bits of advice I’ve tried to remind myself of over the years are - use not abuse and always travel your own path.
Any juicy rumours you’d like to start regarding your 2013 line up?
Hate that shit! I hear so much about what people are going to do next summer and it's always bullshit for the most part! I believe it when I see the posters on the walls.
Do you live Zen-like and in the moment, or are you a dreamer with one eye on the future? What do you need to cross off the list in your next five years on this planet?
Not sure as I have dual personalities, one of them is a planner of sorts and the other is pretty carefree or lazy. I've got some things that I'd like to follow up on over the next few years that will determine my future and that in itself is exciting as I've been doing a similar thing for the last five years which is a first for me for a while.
What are your favourite aspects of winter on Ibiza?
Quite beaches, streets and bars when everybody has gone home after the summer and only the faithful remain. Long drunken lunches with friends. Trying out new recipes. The first open fire at home. Putting the duvet on the bed. The cats winter coat. Red wine at grumpy's corner.
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