Each summer, a new raft of dance compilations stake claim to represent ‘the real Ibiza’. But, if anyone deserves that accolade, it is José Padilla, who first arrived on the White Island in 1975 and who has been DJling there ever since. With the ‘Café del Mar’ series he is the spiritual father of Chill-out, a title that’ll be reaffirmed with the re-releases of the first three volumes this summer.
José’s celebrated ‘Café del Mar’ compilation series introduced eccentric English pastoral groups like Penguin Café Orchestra, maverick singer-songwriters like John Martyn, flamenco and bossa nova into a seamless sonic canvas of more modern ambient, dub and breaks. 2010 saw the release of his sell-out CD for Cafe Mambo's 15th Anniversary and "Ibiza Classic Sunset". In 2011 the new Bella Musica Vol.6 came out as well as his single "Dragonflies". He is currently working on his new album with Kirsty Keatch and finishing a compilation for Blue Note, plus bringing his dj bag all around the globe.