Belgian techno supremo Amelie Lens has risen rapidly over the past few years, thanks in no small part to the community feel she has built around her renowned EXHALE parties, which she started in Hasselt in Belgium in the middle of the last decade.
Now she’s bringing EXHALE to Ibiza, to the celebrated DC-10, for Wednesday nights through August. DJ Mag Ibiza caught up with the Lenske label boss to talk about her White Isle experience, plans for her EXHALE nights, and supporting new and other established artists.
What were your first visits to Ibiza like? What’s your favourite memory of the island?
“In the summer of 2017 I visited the island for the first time with my agent (who is also a very close friend) and his family. My agent loves Ibiza, so he was the perfect person to show me around. We visited some clubs and I got to know the island and completely fell in love with it. My favourite memory was my first gig ever, Circoloco at DC-10. I played super-early, but people came early to support me for my Ibiza debut and the energy was amazing.”
So, your Ibiza experience is relatively new, how has that impacted you?
“I think Ibiza is an island that fits with every mood you have, whether you feel like going alone to a beach or going hiking, or maybe you want to go out to meet a lot of people. Whatever mood you are in, you can always find the perfect thing to do in Ibiza. I often hear that the island has changed a lot over the years, but I still think that Ibiza has a huge impact on the new generation. Even when the older generation says it’s not how it used to be anymore, but the energy is still magical. Like anywhere you go, it’s always what you make of it.”
Are you staying on the island for the season?
“Yes, I am living on the island for the first time this season, and it’s been extremely busy! It’s almost impossible to rent a car or even to get a reservation at a restaurant. Because I’m touring so much, when I’m home on the island, I don’t feel like going out that often. I’m just enjoying the positive energy, excitement, the sun and the beach! Like I said, I’ve learned the island can fit any mood you have.”
Ibiza has always championed the spirit of discovery, do you think DJs and records are still discovered here?
“For sure, it’s true that most DJs and records are discovered online these days, but I think a lot of people who visit Ibiza, especially the older generation and fellow DJs, might discover new sounds or artists while being there. This is another reason the island holds its own magic. A lot of people choose their holiday dates and then check out which parties are going on, versus the other way around. This pushes you to discover or go to an event/set you wouldn’t normally see.”