Amateurism

BALEARIC ISLAND DISCS: FRANK TOPE

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Balearic Island Discs - 03
Name: Frank Tope
"A self-confessed 'Amateur' DJ, Frank's outlook sits very comfortably on our site. A gentleman with style and taste, as well as playing amazing records, he makes them too for the legendary R&S Records as one half of Wild Geese and does a spot of A&R in his spare time...! We also happen to share the same birthday, which is nice."


Occupation: Director Of A&R @ Universal Music Publishing / Wild Goose / Amateur DJ

Most useful Spanish phrase: “¿Compañero de oi, va usted a jugar esta mierda mínima toda la noche?”

Very handy for extra tedious villa party DJ sets.

All-time favourite party experience in Ibiza: It might have lost a little of its magic nature when the terrace was roofed over a few years back, but most of my favourite Ibiza parties will have revolved around an afternoon on the open air Space Terrace. Hard to pick a favourite – dancing to Stardust when I first went in 1998 (yeah, criminally late, I know) or going mad to totally unbalearic London bassline tunes like ‘138 Trek’ when Basement Jaxx first played there a couple of years later. I was lucky enough to DJ there a few times and the feeling of playing music and looking down at the incredible scene is incredibly intoxicating. The first time I played there I had been warned that the crowd there can be very judgemental if they’re not into the music so obviously I had been practising like mad. Thankfully the set went very well and the sheer euphoria of having pulled it off combined with being there with a massive group of friends dancing in the sunshine has to make it the all time number one.

Favourite place to chill in the Balearics: El Clos Denis in St Raphael is a fantastic restaurant serving a very rustic French peasant style of food – it might not sound totally Balearic but their braised oxtail is incredible. And served in enormous portions, delivered in a Le Creuset pot straight from the oven.

When you need to recover from the excesses of the previous 12 (24? 48?) hours and have finally slept, I do like Talamanca. It's a little less cool and more family oriented than some of the other beaches, but there's a little open air restaurant, well, a shack with a few tables in the shade where you can sit with your feet in the sand and have simple but perfect pasta dishes like Spaghetti Ala Vongole and Spaghetti Al Aglio that will totally sort you out and let your shattered body and psyche know all is right in the world.

If stranded in the Balearics for the rest of my life I would... Well, funnily enough, now I'm a father the Balearics are as likely to mean Majorca as Ibiza. Palma is a wicked town, a proper cosmopolitan Spanish city with its own bar and restaurant scene. Pollensa is a beautiful town that's kind of like Ibiza for breeders like me and there's miles of beautiful hills. I've never been to Minorca or Formentera so, to be honest, even if I was stranded in the Balearics I think there are more than enough beautiful places to keep me from being bored. Maybe I'd learn to sail and travel from island to island with my family having Balearic adventures. I rather like the idea of being a Balearic Adventurer.

My luxury item would be... My entire record collection, a sound system and a pair of decks. And a Bozak mixer. Gold-plated. Obviously.

The book i'd take would be... John Kennedy Toole's 'A Confederacy Of Dunces' is a great holiday read, one of the funniest and most misanthropic books ever written and can stand any amount of re-reading.

My 8 Balearic Island Discs:

1. Elkin + Nelson - Jibaro // Buy (I wasn't there with Alfredo in '87 but, still, obviously!)
2. Mr Fingers - Can You Feel It // Buy
3. Rhythim is Rhythim - Kao-tic Harmony // Buy
4. Candi Staton - When You Wake Up Tomorrow // Buy
5. Karen Young - Deetour // Buy
6. Isaac Hayes - Walk On By // Buy
7. Johnny Clarke meets Mad Professor - Come Back To Me // Buy
8. Basement Jaxx - Be Free // Buy (magical memories of Tayo dropping this deep early Jaxx gem at Space back in the proverbial day)