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BALEARIC ISLAND DISCS: BEN PISTOR

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Balearic Island Discs - 05
Name: Ben Pistor

"Helping London's house-heads grow disco-beards for the past few years, Ben (alongside Damon) is your host and resident DJ at one of the capital's finest soirees: Disco Bloodbath. And let's be honest, anyone who captures the magic of NYC's early underground disco scene below a tiny Caribbean shack on Amhurst Road has to be a dude. He is."


Occupation: DJ @ Disco Bloodbath

Most useful Spanish phrase: “Gracias!"

All-time favourite party experience in Ibiza: It was in 2003 and the last day of the holiday. Brilliant afternoon at Space (Laurent Garnier played Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby on the terrace) with all the gang carrying on the party back at the villa round the pool until we had to be picked up to go to the airport - the flight home wasn't the best but it was definitely worth it... I got back to London, the kitchen sink was on the floor, plates everywhere, it was raining and The Shining was on the telly. I sat on the doorstep and waited for the Ibiza massive to rescue me and go to the pub.

I won a holiday there through work when I was 19 (1996, big tune on the island was Professional Widow), they booked us on a package holiday with a tour rep and a hotel in the West End. We weren't in to it so we did our own thing and went to Pacha (amazing Ministry night, CJ Mackintosh playing, really flamboyant older European crowd), Amnesia (Sasha, Danny Rampling, dry ice canons) and finally Manumission (dwarfs, girls from Pinner). I don't remember much else apart from all the notes slipped underneath our hotel door from the tour rep asking where we were.

Favourite place to chill in the Balearics: Last year I sat on some rocks somewhere in between Figueretas and Ibiza Town, no one else there, just me and my mate having a couple of Estrellas and trying to bounce pebbles off the last two rocks and then in to the sea. There's a lot more picturesque parts, but that was ace.

If stranded in the Balearics for the rest of my life I would... Build a hut and fill it with all sorts of different canoes so I could run a canoe hire place.

My luxury item would be... A jet ski.

The book i'd take would be... 101 Dog Tricks.

My 8 Balearic Island Discs:

1. Ottmar Liebert - After The Rain // Buy
2. Braxton Holmes - 12 Inches of Pleasure // Buy
3. Malcolm McLaren - Madame Butterfly // Buy
4. Propaganda - Frozen Faces (Maxi version) // Buy
5. Night Communication - Lose Control // Buy
6. Sueno Latino - Luxuria // Buy
7. Willie Colon - Set Fire To Me (Inferno dub) // Buy
8. Tears For Fears - Pharaohs // Buy

It's the first Disco Bloodbath of 2012 this Saturday with special guest Phil Mison joining in the fun - get down!