Some DJs play meek and insular, absorbed of their focus, studious and unflinching. Others, in the meantime, are the embodiment of the occasion, bursting with power and vibing off the dance flooring.
The following entry in our focus collection positively falls into the latter.
Eli Rojas is a firecracker of a DJ, whose highly-charged units are brimming together with her character. Like her profile emphatically states, she’s a Colombian lady with Jamaican soul and Ibiza spirit. You may by no means accuse her of being an introvert.
Her musical journey started with a background in salsa, reggae and hip-hop. Later Eli integrated home music, discovering a definite sound she dubbed Latin city groove.
Now Eli is a component of a big South American contingent that decision Ibiza their house.
First making her title at International Reggae Seashore bar on Playa Pinet, she shortly grabbed the eye of a few of Ibiza’s largest establishments. At the moment, she counts The Zoo Challenge and Blue Marlin Ibiza amongst her common haunts.
Whereas issues are on the quiet aspect, we used the chance to meet up with Eli and discover out what makes her tick and the way she’s dealing with lockdown.
Hello Eli, how are you doing? What have you ever been as much as?
“Presently, I’m in a technique of transformation and alter – cleaning my surroundings, rising spiritually and giving choice to the vital issues in my life: household, associates, nature and visiting the magical corners of Ibiza.”
Inform us about your Ibiza residencies.
“Blue Marlin Ibiza welcomed me in and now I really feel like an integral a part of their group. Because of them, I’ve been capable of develop myself personally and create my Eli Rojas & Buddies challenge.
This challenge goals to assist the native feminine expertise of our island and promote the Ibiza music model.“
“My different island residency at The Zoo Challenge permits me to be extra versatile and experiment with different kinds. I really feel a very deep connection to the group.
Elsewhere, I additionally maintain a residency at Delirium Sundays, a celebration that takes place in a novel setting in Girona. There I’ve been capable of share the DJ sales space with the likes of Claptone, Jan Blomqvist, Los Suruba and Dosem. It has been very inspiring.”
With the shortage of clubbing in the mean time, your radio reveals will need to have felt like a therapeutic outlet.
“I am doing streams with Ibiza Sonica, Pure Ibiza Radio, Who’s in da home? and the Dance Prime 40 charts.
I’ve remained current and energetic all through 2020 and now 2021. Maybe because of the present scenario, my presence has grow to be extra seen?
We’re within the technique of organising a global tour, which can include its personal challenges. However I am excited to go to new locations.”
Are there any Ibiza events in your want record that you simply dream of enjoying at?
“There are numerous occasions that I’d love to have the ability to take part at. I like the musical model at WooMoon. I’d additionally need to say Stable Grooves, as I am a fervent Michael Bibi fan. Lastly, a session with Dixon on his particular evening can be a dream.”
As you’re from Latin America, what do you make of the recognition of Reggaeton on Ibiza in recent times?
“There is no such factor as unhealthy musical genres. Yow will discover good, common and unhealthy music in all genres.
I respect the evolution of this model and every part it has achieved on our island. The style has advanced with new artists and musical fusions. This has refreshed reggaeton and drawn it away from the violent undertones it had when it first emerged.”
You’ve got a giant presence on social media. How vital is it for you to have the ability to hook up with your followers like this?
“My followers are my confidantes. I can work together with them in a direct manner, choosing music for them, sharing my uncommon black humour, my way of life and opening as much as share my vulnerabilities.
I attempt to reply to all the chums who contact me and I actually admire the assist. Followers on social media present me with the power required to proceed this unimaginable journey that has lasted for over ten years now.”
Other than the language, do you suppose there are another parallels between Ibiza and Colombia?
“After all, the primary level we have now in widespread are the individuals themselves. Every one that leaves their nation is an envoy for his or her land, their tradition, their manner of talking, private remedy, gastronomy and music.
What unites us essentially the most is that feeling of being ambassadors of our homeland.”
Health is one other of your passions. We notably loved the video of you figuring out whereas your canine was being lazy within the background!
“I’ve been into sport since I used to be younger. I competed as a swimmer, taking part within the Pan American Video games. Then volleyball and seaside volleyball turned one other nice ardour of mine. That took me to Miami to play.
I additionally follow browsing, yoga and biking usually. I like producing blissful endorphins and being in concord with my Solar God!“
What does Ibiza 2021 have in retailer?
“2021 is in a cloud of uncertainty in the mean time. Who is aware of precisely what will occur to society?
We should proceed shifting and proceed creating – music and content material, in addition to remaining related to one another and our surroundings.
This 12 months I’m devoted to my growth as a producer and collaborating with individuals from everywhere in the planet.
Musically, I’ve thrilling information coming later this 12 months, as I put together to commemorate a decade plus within the business.
New productions of mine will quickly be seeing the sunshine – each remixes and my first solo EP.”
IMAGE | by David Holderbach
Vaccine roll-outs throughout Europe provide hope for this summer time. The info popping out of Israel and now the UK could be very promising. For the most recent scenario and knowledge on the present restrictions on Ibiza, please read our recent update.
We stay up for the day we will really feel the solar on our face and watch Eli enjoying her Latin rhythms as soon as once more.