The astonishing DJ Jon Sa Trinxa is the heart and soul of Las Salinas Beach, a sun-drenched place located at the southernmost part of Ibiza. He first got there from London 25 years ago after a tumultuous trip: hitchhiked, lost his records, lost his sound system, and even went through a terrific bus accident. Who could have imagined he would still be playing there every day? Still, Jon Sa Trinxa became a symbol of freedom there, having people dance around his stage for over two decades in the best of landscapes. This is where he and his music found home, surrounded by the timeless scenography of the ocean view and its eternal vibe.
Jon Sa Trinxa will bring his Balearic style to the tropical Potato Head Singapore rooftop on March 1, 2019. This show is definitely not to be missed! We had the chance to exchange a few words with the Ibiza legend ahead of his performance with Matty Wainwright and Paul T. Discover the result of this cheerful experience below, as well as everything you need to book your tickets for the show here!
ES: Hello Jon! We’ve been truly amazed by your eventful journey to Ibiza and the way you got there 25 years ago. You’ve been playing on Las Salinas Beach every day since then, dedicating your life to music. You even got your stage name from this story. What made and makes this place so singular for you as a musician, but also as a man?
JST: When I moved to Ibiza, I thought the only way to be successful and fulfilled was to be different. So many DJs fly to ibiza with the intention of playing. Back in the 80s and 90s, they would bring more or less the same music. So I thought to myself: what’s the point in competing? Just do something different! I was lucky to get the job at Sa Trinxa, the last bar at the end of a beautiful beach, very chilled and back in the day people there were naked. I really like to experiment with the music and play as many different genres as possible, also I like to improvise. In doing so I never get bored! Some DJs play the same music night after night, it must get so repetitive and boring. When I find new music, I have the same enthusiasm as I did when I was a kid. If that enthusiasm ceases, then it will be time to hang up my headphones. I would really like to continue working until my final days. This is not a job, it’s a vocation, it’s my life.
ES: More than music, you aim at creating atmosphere with your unique Balearic style and its overflowing sunny vibes. We can feel that in the trailer of your documentary with a tune from José González (see below). How would you describe the Ibicenco feel you’ve been creating and perpetuating with your music at Las Salinas Beach?
JST: Yes it’s sunshine music, and very eclectic. I play to the surrounding environment and blend in with nature. I guess everything sounds better under the sun! Ibiza is also very cosmopolitan: people come from all over the world, which is quite amazing for such a small island, so I like to reflect this in the music I play.
ES: How did the mood & the audiences change in your eyes through the 80s, 90s, 00s in Ibiza? How do you feel about this evolution?
JST: The world, not just Ibiza, is constantly changing so there is no point in trying to hang on to the past. When I first moved to the Island, people were far more understated. Rich people really didn’t flaunt their wealth: it was quite often acceptable to mistake a gypsy for some wealthy person and vise versa. Also back in the day there was very few VIP areas which was great, it meant you could meet all kinds of people from all walks of life. Going out in Ibiza in the 80s and 90s wasn’t just about the DJs and the music, the excitement was also about the people one would meet. Music was breaking down social barriers there. Socially, Ibiza has been amazing for me. I’m really proud to know so many people from all walks of life, colours, classes, religions, … The music unites us all as one. Today, Ibiza has changed and is now geared to entertain the super rich, which is a shame.
JST: Yes, it’s actually a Japanese film production. The director wanted to capture the alternative side of the Island as most films on Ibiza just focus on the nightlife. Of course the nightlife is amazing there, but there are many other aspects of the Island that many films about Ibiza fail to explore. So I hope through the film we will capture many sides of Ibiza! After all, it really is a very beautiful island with some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
ES: Might we see some adorable street cats in it, like on your Instagram?
JST: [laughs] If we do more filming is Asia, then I’m sure street cats will be featured. Before I became a DJ, I was a photographer and I loved wandering around the streets of London capturing ordinary life in the big city. During my first trip to Asia, I was amazed how friendly and tame the street cats were, especially in Thailand and Bali. So every time I go out I keep an eye out for the cats. It’s not difficult since they are just everywhere, especially early in the morning. I’ve actually learned to know some of them, at least I think they recognise me!
ES: You’ll be playing the idyllic Potato Head rooftop on March 1st for what will be a uniquely intimate party with Matty Wainwright (resident) and Paul T from Potato Head Bali. How do you feel about sharing your extraordinary tropical vibe around the world, touring as far as Singapore?
JST: I have been playing in Ibiza for 25 years, and I think now is the time to move on. I like the idea of basing myself in Asia and creating something different in new venues like Potato Head. The Asian market is opening up and expanding, and I feel it’s a good time to move. Change is always good! I’m also very happy to be playing at Potato Head alongside Matty. We played together in Bali a few times and I like his style, so really it’s a pleasure to be coming to Singapore and play in such a classy venue alongside great DJs.
ES: You describe music as your oxygen, and define yourself as an absolute music lover. What is currently spinning on your Funktion-One sound system, and elsewhere in your life?
JST: Life without music… Ouch. I would suffocate! Yes, music is my oxygen or as Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night: “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” Music producers I admire are David August and Be Svendsen. The Music For Dreams label is excellent, also music by Jacob Gurevitsch and Ibiza Air… Quality beach music!
ES: To finish, any absolute classics you’d like to recommend to our readers?
JST: Lol, I’ve been in this business for a long time so the list of classics is very extensive and it’s difficult to pick among them, but I guess if there is one stand out classic then it has to be “Promised Land” by Jo Smooth. The song has simple message that we may all live in peace and as one. Well, call me a dreamer but I like to live in hope. Life is short, through music I feel I have a duty to promote positivity in a world that at times may seem a dark place.
ES: Thank you for all your positive energy. We can’t wait to feel your love for Ibiza and those vibes live in Singapore!