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To celebrate the release of our Ibiza 10 Years CD, we’ve spoken to some of the names involved with our parties over the last decade.Today we speak to Lovely Laura, the saxophonist who works alongside the DJs and producers at our events.Can you tell us about your first time in Ibiza?It was 1999 and I was invited over to play at the Manumission Millennium party at Privilege with Pav the percussionist. It was a life changing memory. I was introduced to clubbing on another level and I knew someday that I would have to return.How did you get involved with playing over there?Hed Kandi of course! I was invited over to play at El Divino for their closing party in 2005 where I remember it chucked it down with rain. I still fell in love with the island, though and have had the fortune to return with Hed Kandi every year since.Over the time you’ve been going to Ibiza, what standout memories do you have?India singing at ElDivino for Louis Vega's night in 2008 - tear jerkingly awesome, I was so moved I cried my eyes out! Dressing up for Flower Power at Pacha and meeting my gorgeous fiance Ben Santiago. Playing for Hed Kandi on numerous occasions, including magical ElDivino parties, epic sets on the Space terrace in 2009, being airlifted to play on a big sparkly silver half moon at EsParadis in 2011 and this year playing on a gigantic 10.What is it that makes Ibiza stand out as a clubbing destination?It has some of the best parties, DJs and clubs in the world. It really is an innovative musical hub of inspiration every summer, while also being positioned on one of the most beautiful islands with stunning views, sandy beaches and glorious sunshine. Two hours from the UK and pretty much central in the world, who could ask for anything more?What are your plans for Ibiza this year?Enjoy every moment and spread the love.What do you personally enjoy about Ibiza?Ibiza can give you whatever you want and can cater for any mood that you're in. If you wish to party forever you can or if you wish to slip off to a quiet corner of the island, you can. I love this about Ibiza, she gives whatever you want when you want. For me, a cuppa on my roof terrace overlooking the sea and listening to the birds makes me one very happy lady.What’s your favourite track from the new Hed Kandi 10 Years CD?Man With The Red Face, for obvious reasons.What is your ultimate Ibiza anthem?Chrissy Ward – Right And Exact. Tune.
Laura, 29, aka Lovely Laura, plays the saxophone perched on a giant 10 which hangs from the ceiling.Her fiancé Ben Santiago, 30, from Enfield, north London, is a top Hed Kandi DJ. The pair met through friends one summer in Ibiza and are getting married in November.Laura says: “There’s even more of a vibe about Hed Kandi this year as it’s been on the island for 10 years. I’ve been here since 2005 and it’s incredible to be part of it.“I’ve been so lucky to have these amazing sets which have become such a focal point of the night. So this year I’m in the zero of the 10. I love it.“Years ago when I first started, me playing with the DJ was a background thing. But because I worked so hard, I feel I’m now getting the recognition for what I do.“The crowd is just brilliant and the energy is awesome. When people spot me, and realise what’s going on it’s a fun moment.”Ben, who’s been DJing in Ibiza for three years, adds: “I think the secret to Hed Kandi’s success here is giving the people what they want.“I’m a big believer in the crowd making the party. Without the people coming in every Saturday, none of us would be doing what we do. They are the important ones, the ones who have kept it going for 10 years.“And Hed Kandi doesn’t really hold back. It gives them what they want in terms of music and quality. They go all out.”So when Laura and Ben, right, get hitched in Dorset in November, will this be Hed Kandi’s first wedding?Laura says: “I think there have been weddings in the past with DJs who are no longer working for Hed Kandi but this is the only one in the present day.“I think Hed Kandi will be here for another 10 years, but I don’t know if we will! We’ll probably be at home with some saxophone-playing kids!”
We met Laura and instantly fell in love with her and her music. We love her performances and how she plays the saxophone!!Domenico Dolce
“Her name is Laura & she joins what is now becoming a legion of female saxophonists with distinction.”Humphrey LytteltonBBC Radio 2“Best of Jazz”
“I met Laura Fowles, I listened to her, I looked at her, She is the ”Beauty and the Beat”.Gilad Atzmon
“I have known Laura for a few years having DJed alongside her in clubs and it was from this that I learnt that besides being an awesome saxophonist she is also an incredibly talented singer. Therefore when it came to making a decision on who to offer a support slot on the Beautiful World Tour to, there was only one name on my mind. Having now seen her in action I am so pleased I asked Laura because she has blown audiences away including myself with her up tempo Jazz set and I hope this enables her to further her career because she deserves to do really well.”Howard DonaldTake That
"Every so often a talent comes along who takes you completely by surprise. I'm convinced that very shortly Laura will be appreciated by millions for her fresh and innovative approach. She's the kind of artist who reinvigorates your passion for music. She will succeed for sure."(on Baker Street)"This is a record I've been itching to play all week. The first time I heard it I virtually melted on the spot! A very fitting tribute to the late Gerry Rafferty, I think it's absolutely marvellous..." Peter Young (PY) Jazz FM:
Laura GibsonI’m the saxophonist for Hed Kandi and this year I’m playing at Ocean Beach Club too - I host an acoustic live lounge night there. My first time (in Ibiza) was in 2000 when I played at Manumission. Then I met my husband here and moved out permanently three years ago. In the summer it’s crazy, but my roof terrace in Cala Vadella is my little piece of heaven. Listening to the sea - it’s perfection.