And when Oakenfold drops the Daft Punk-meets-disco flavour of Stardust's 'Music Sounds Better With You' (his prediction for Tune Of The Summer), the whole venue hits Spinal Tap's fictional "eleven". Suddenly everyone's mouthing wordlessly at one another like dazed goldfish in a bowl of neat vodka. Later, we meet on Amnesia's outdoor balcony, watching the sunrise and Oakenfold asks, "What did you think?" At first I think he's after some kind of approval (from me?). But then I realise he's just checking I've had a good time. That desire to share once again. The truth is that Oakenfold is still preaching the music gospel. Not house music. Or club music. Just good music.
"I grew up on pop music," he says. "Because of that I'm open-minded. If you're only into one sound then where do you go when that sound dies? In all kinds of music there's a lot of crap. It's just a question of knowing what's the best of each type. And that stems from coming to Ibiza ten years ago when the DJs were brave enough to do that."
Of course Ibiza's very different these days. Oakenfold's memories of way back when are littered with references to long-forgotten bars, a time when Café Del Mar was off the beaten track outside San Antonio and the term 'superclub' was used only of Manchester United or Real Madrid. And there are regrets too: the rampant commercialism, the attitude of some of the Ibizencos and the attitude of the English lager boy/thug element.
"I have an on-off, love-hate relationship with this island. Like last year I was here for six weeks and my Dad died, Princess Di died and I saw a kid killed in front of me, knocked off his motorbike. I've finished with girlfriends here. A lot of relationships have fallen apart. Mixed emotions. But Ibiza has changed my life. It touched me deeply and continues to draw me back."
Listening to Oakenfold's 10-year-old memories outside Amnesia (apart from the obvious irony)
is a melancholy experience; kind of like looking at the baby photos of British popular culture.
But the proud father is ever optimistic.
"The whole scene's still growing. Divisions in music are breaking down. Kids who buy Oasis also buy the Chemical Brothers, my mix of U2 outsells the original, turntables outsell guitars and, musically, everyone's eyes are on England." And Ibiza?
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