Amateurism

BALEARIC ISLAND DISCS: TOSH OHTA

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Balearic Island Discs - 08
Name: Tosh Ohta

"Tosh is one of those people where despite not seeing him as much as i'd like to (he lives in Bournemouth), I have had the pleasure of his company at many a fine party over the years and he's always been a great friend/disco companion. A real music enthusiast with a very impressive record collection, it's fair to say Tosh knows his 'Balearica'."


Occupation: Technology marketing person by day, music enthusiast on evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

Most useful Spanish phrase: "Dos Fanta limon con tequila por favor hombre, muchos gracias!"

All-time favourite party experience in Ibiza: July 2004. Watching the terrace of DC10 explode when Loco Dice dropped Nitzer Ebb’s Let Your Body Learn – I've always loved the record and had never heard anyone play it out before - the reaction was insane! And then watching Damian Lazarus tear the other room a new fire exit…

Favourite place to chill in the Balearics: For me the best chill-out spot has to be in the comfort of the villa – what more could I ask for when we once had Jonny Rock and Luke Solomon making cocktails, Ewan Pearson selecting from his iPod, Matthew Styles cooking a monkfish paella and Leon Oakey telling tales of West Country raving of the 1980s?

Outside of the villa – just the shade under some trees at Es Xarcu beach early in the morning when no one else is there. Next time I am over - which may well on my honeymoon - there’s loads of nice restaurants that I want to go to... A lot of my friends recommend Sa Capella, which is in the building of a 16th century monastery.

If stranded in the Balearics for the rest of my life I would... Tick off everything that I’ve ever had to put to one side because of the time constraints of having a demanding day job, as well as fitting in loads of extra curricular activities: Fishing, growing food, learning how to cook it properly, take up regularly playing golf, learning to speak/read/write Spanish fluently - I could definitely find things to do!

I'd also definitely build a shed with an amazing view (and invite John Hassay over with some of his Himalayan Pollen).

And, of course, collect more records... Finding the elusive 1% of music from every (well, most) genre of music that is mind blowing but hard to find (extreme Balearia?), then learn how to put it together so it works. Record more mixes rather than the paltry two a year which I do at the moment. I'd definitely like to find a residency that involves playing records outdoors during the day - you can play indoors anywhere in the world. I could go on – I would never get bored.

My luxury item would be... MUSIC! I'd need access to Discogs, Juno & Phonica websites, a reliable/fast courier service to deliver my records, some 1210s and my minidisc recorder. And obviously a boat.

The book i'd take would be... Wind up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami – And the Moro or Ottolenghi cookbook.

My 8 Balearic Island Discs:

1. Taja Sevelle - Love Is Contagious (Ben Liebrand remix) // Buy
2. PFM - One and Only // Buy
3. William Onyeabor - When The Going Is Smooth And Good // Buy
4. Severed Heads - We Have Come To Bless This House // Buy
5. Sugarcubes - Birthday (Justin Robertson mix) // Buy
6. Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck // Buy
7. Mark Seven - Sermon (Seratonin edit) // Buy
8. Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere // Buy