A Beautiful Soul- an interview with Barbara Tucker

Image*first published in Blue Marlin Magazine August 2012

It’s been four years already since Ibiza’s favourite soulstress first stepped up to the microphone in the Blue Marlin and, for the meantime, she’s going nowhere; she loves it and it loves her.  Her range, her versatility are more than plain to see and it’s her adeptness at switching from freestyle to formatted performance that have bands like P Brothers and Mash Machine hungry to collaborate with the Soul Diva of Ibiza. Not surprising, really, when one glances at Barbara Tucker’s discography and/or résumé. This is a lady with many strings to her bow- from her long list of hits, to her choreographic productions, to her international showcasing of artists…

By her own admittance, Barbara Tucker feels ‘a part of the island’, the American Soul Artist that represents Ibiza, because, as she says, “I don’t see any other soul singers round here’. Having first visited sixteen years ago, but with twelve whole summers already under her sparkly belt, it was high time to catch up with La Tucker at the very same venue that she now calls home…

Back at Blue Marlin, Barbara!

Yes! I’ve already been performing here this summer and there are more dates coming up. It’s a lot of fun singing with the band. I like the versatility of singing with them and then later, coming back and freestyling with the DJ.

Versatility seems to be your middle name- as well as the singing, you dance, you promote…

I’ve been singing for 27 years already, and did my first real recording in December 1985. I also grew up dancing with troupes like Eternal Combustion, C & C, Soul System back in New York, and would put stage shows together for them.  In the 90s, I did the first House Music Awards show for which I choreographed the house dancers for that. I’ve been promoting for years, starting with the Underground Network back in 92 and representing house artists and DJs since then, not only in New York but also around the world. Back in those days, our residents included Lil Louie Vega, David Morales, and François Kevorkian…

Fun days then, being part of that movement?

You just moved, I don’t know about a movement!

But singing has always been in your blood?

Yes. My father still sings with his group, The Persuasions; they’re known as the Grandfathers of A Cappella. His name is Jay Otis Washington and so I get my musical inheritance from him as well as from my mother who also had a group with her two sisters, although they never recorded.

So your training was old school-home school?

I didn’t grow up having vocal classes, I wish I had, but that didn’t mean it was too late for me to explore techniques in later life.  These days, I do a vocal workshop online before I do a show; my range has really opened up and I can hear the difference.

Is there enough soul in Ibiza for you, musical or otherwise?

Of course- I’m still here however many years later! People are attracted to different things.  There are people who follow the masses but I think that when you get to a certain age, you start thinking about lyrics more.  The younger generation just want to scream and dance, but then there’s the mature generation conscious of what they’re putting into their spirit through the music they’re listening to- a track is a track but when lyrics become part of it, it becomes a song…

Words really count…

I’m a Pisces~Aries and we are generally sensitive, sensuous, very emotional and expressive so lyrics speak to my heart. Lyrics change the way you feel, they can tell you what to do, how to act; lyrics can bring inspiration, they can make someone not wanna kill themselves but then, lyrics can flip that too so you be careful about what you listen to because you’re feeding that into your subconscious.

They say you’re a Diva but what does that really mean?

First of all, diva is short for divinity and is a word that describes a woman who commands the stage; you can feel the presence and the anointing of God within that person. Diva doesn’t mean having attitude, being a spoiled baby. I don’t do that; this is my profession. I love it and thank God for the assignment to do it; I’m honoured to have been chosen to sing before people… I’m really humbled and grateful.

Do you see yourself as religious?

It’s not religion I believe in, it’s God. Religion was created by man in order to keep other men in order; it’s not all that it should be. When you are in tune with God, it is a freedom; God is love…

Is Ibiza of God?

The people here are free, but I don’t hear too much talk of God, maybe because I’m not around the people who do. I think you have to meet people individually to find the god within. In this game, they still open their doors to me so all due praises to God for touching the hearts of the people.

Soul is your thing but do you ever sing the Blues?

I don’t listen to the Blues- mainly because I don’t want to be depressed, I don’t wanna be down; I want my consciousness to be lifted so I don’t wanna sing that ‘my man left me, y’all hurt me, you did this, you did that’ because the next thing I know I’d need a drink…and I don’t even drink! And where do you go from there…sitting at some strange bar and waking up next to somebody you don’t even know? That’s somebody’s story, not mine, but somebody’s…

The do’s and don’t s of being a singer the Tucker way…

I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. Plenty of water. Or my favourite ginger tea with honey, maybe lemons. I only drink soy, almond or rice milk…no cows milk – dairy is no good if you’re a singer, all that phlegm…

So, you don’t drink, you don’t smoke- what’s your poison?

Candy. Sugar. Can we get some more cake??  And a double order of shrimp…I don’t eat nothin’ but the shrimp at the Blue Marlin!

What about your downtime?

I like to chill- I read my spiritual books, I love to write; I try to get in the studio, do some background singing. When I’m here in Ibiza, I’m here to sing- that’s why I come. I don’t do too many parties because when you work in the club, you don’t want to keep going to the club.

Where else can we hear you this summer?

I’m back in Teatro Pereyra on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. When I’m there, I get to slow it right down and really express myself without a clock…there’s a lot of jamming, RnB and soul ballads, different to my sets at Blue Marlin.

September 26, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Han sido 15 semanas consecutivos de música en directo y bajo las estrellas en las que hemos podido disfrutar de algunas de las bandas con más tirón de ayer y de hoy. Mañana miércoles Ibiza Rocks clausura su séptima edición de conciertos en San Antonio con el trio irlandés Two Door Cinema Club que se ha ganado rápidamente el reconocimiento de la crítica y acaban de finalizar su gira con NME Awards Tour. Seremos afortunados al escuchar, en el Ibiza Rocks Hotel, algunos de los temas de su nuevo álbum ‘Beacon’ que se publicaba el pasado 3 de septiembre en el Reino Unido y Canadá. La banda, que ya conoce España, ha estado este verano en el festival SOS Murcia, el Día de la Música en Madrid o en el Arenal Sound Festivall de Burriana. Regresan a Ibiza más divertidos que nunca para celebrar, por todo lo alto, una edición más de Ibiza Rocks. Imprescindible.

Para caldear el ambiente, Theme Park, una de las bandas teloneras a tener muy en cuenta, que ya visitaron nuestro escenario en junio, junto a The Maccabees.

 DJs: Ste-V-Something/ Colin Peters/ Nicola Bear



W.A.R! es la adición que le faltaba al verano ibicenco. Durante 16 semanas consecutivas hemos disfrutado de los mejores y más innovadores djs del panorama, además de grandes conciertos, los viernes, en el Ibiza Rocks Hotel. La clausura, este viernes 21 de septiembre, corre a cargo de los dos pesos pesados de esta nueva cita, Zane Lowe y Mark Ronson, junto al incombustible Doorly. Es tu última oportunidad.


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September 18, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

BARON LANDS – a private audience with Baron Wolman..

When we were summoned at the start of the summer to help co-ordinate and promote the first coming of iconic rock n roll photographer Baron Wolman to Ibiza, it’s fair to say we had mixed emotions. The concept of  ‘An Audience with …in this case, the aforementioned Mr Wolman– Rolling Stone Magazine’s very first photographer/editor-in-chief –was one that FIX had already tried to incorporate in the programme of our annual rockin’ rollin’ extravaganza ‘Rock n Mola’ which took place from 18-20 May this year. Changes to the 75 year old legend’s European schedule soon put paid to that notion, however.

But, as fate would have it, on 12th June 2012, and straight off the back of his success at Madrid Photo 4, Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel became the perfect setting for Baron Wolman’s premier Pitiusa presentation..

The following interview was first published in BLUE MARLIN MAGAZINE AUGUST 2012 as the primary feature in that month’s edition and whilst the powers-that-be deemed that the title of the feature be renamed for the magazine, I’m sticking with my original title.



Anyone who has even the least amount of interest in photography and/or music should already know the name and fame of Baron Wolman, and anyone who has even the least amount of sense turned up to see him in person at the recent event ‘An Audience with Baron Wolman’, held at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza.

For those readers for which no bell is ringing on either count, Wolman is one of the most respected guys in his business. An American photographer best known for his work in the late 1960s for the music magazine/revered beat bible, Rolling Stone, he became the magazine’s first editor of photography from 1967 to 1970, effectively, no sooner than the magazine was conceived.

When we think of Wolman, we think of Woodstock, of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash, of George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner- and the list goes on- because this is the guy who was there with them on that rock n roll rollercoaster of the 60s, up close and personal, him and his camera, with the best of the best, the creators of real, live music, back when electronica wasn’t even a concept, never mind a real word in a dictionary. This was the age of Aquarius, the summer of love, the start of the live music revolution.

Behind the scenes, in the dressing room, on the stage, back in the day, Baron Wolman and his trusty Nikon. A totally different scenario from modern times, when it’s a lengthy chore to even secure a press pass for a live gig, never mind the impossible ask of trying to take a photo of a band from the main stage.  Timeless classics, his pictures, and to this day, Baron’s photos exude the exuberance of real rock n roll, the talent, passion and of course, peace and love, man…

Born in 1937, Baron Wolman has spent his long life engaged in a variety of jobs and projects but, as he says himself, photography has always been his main focus (literally).  The best part of his existence has been spent looking through a lens and he has captured images of not only some of the world’s greatest musicians, but also, a plethora of social and cultural events of modern day history- starting with his photo-journalistic report on the happenings behind the Berlin Wall, his first attempt at capturing real life on camera.

Here is a guy who, having served his military time in Germany, came back to the USA and decided to get on with his ‘hobby’- having taken pictures on the frontline of some of the world’s grimmest war sights, it was time for the other side of the coin, capturing some of the world’s most memorable musical moments on 35 mm film for ever.

Wolman’s recent visit to the Ibiza in association with the Duncan Miller Gallery (Los Angeles), Ibiza Rocks and FIX Ibiza on island, was his first , and by his own admission, had been a long time coming, As far as he’s concerned, however, we haven’t seen the last of him yet. We sat down with the Baron Wolman post-event for a private audience of one.

Baron! You’re actually here, in Ibiza…

-I got here, finally! Before we came here, my gallerist, Daniel Miller, said to me,  “Ibiza’s going to change your life, Baron” and he was right. And now, the night before I’m leaving, I’m thinking, why do I even want to go? I should stay…

What impression of the place will you take away with you?

It’s been pretty interesting…You see, for me, what’s fascinating is the connection of the present to the past, how this whole spirit of the island has developed. In the 60s and 70s, I’d heard about Ibiza a lot but I didn’t understand it… had I come and been able to participate in the origins of this amazing place, maybe my life would have been very different…

So, who was talking to you about Ibiza back then?

All my friends would tell me to go there; they would all go but I was very responsible and so I stayed home and worked and worked, shooting for at the Rolling Stone magazine at that time…you know, nobody gave me that final clue, that last piece in the puzzle of why I should actually come to Ibiza. Had I been here, even more recently in the days of Manumission, a party that was so far ahead of itself and of its time, a pre-cursor to Cirque de Soleil in a way, I can’t imagine what fun I’d have had.

Maybe you weren’t supposed to come before…

That’s true, maybe I wasn’t. I’ll tell you something else- last month and for the first time, I went to Jamaica! And so, that was the time I was apparently supposed to go to Jamaica. I should have gone there when Bob Marley was still alive but it just didn’t happen ‘til now and then, shortly after, here I am in Ibiza, also on my virgin visit.

Two great musical islands in one month!

There’s something bigger than just the music going on here, though. Ibiza really is magic. I look around here at Ibiza Rocks House, especially at night, with the lights, the pool, and I can almost see the shadows of the people from the past floating down the stairs. Listening to Tony Pike talking about all the people who stayed here throughout his reign, it’s a chapter in rock n roll history…

Will your time spent in Ibiza become another of your rock n roll anecdotes?

Definitely, and I’ll include Flower Power at Pacha in that story; that was another great experience, a real fun night out with the team behind my ‘Audience with..’ It was another link I had with the past here on the island, apart from my presentation at IRH@Pikes.  I got a real sense of what it must have been like back in the day right there in Pacha.

Even your gallerist remarked on the fact that he’s NEVER seen you dance before, yet at Flower Power, you were a jiving machine!

I should have stayed longer, I think, in order to go to several of the clubs…but I’ve had a tiny glimpse of Ibiza at least. Yeah, we danced in, we danced back out…

What do we have to do to get you back here again?

I’m coming back, don’t worry about that. I have to come back here. Once you see it with your own eyes, its like, really, where have I been?!

Is there a story that you can tell me that perhaps you’ve never told anyone else?

Oh, you want me to tell whether or not I slept with Janis Joplin…

Well, did you?

What do you think? In the book you will read that everybody asks me that same question but I always give the same answer…the one I just gave you.

So, you did then…

What do you think?

Talk to me more about your good old days…

I feel so privileged to have been a part of that time. I cannot express my gratitude enough and the point is, I don’t know who to thank. This was a gift to me, an opportunity to be around and meet all these great musicians, and therefore get close to them even before they became famous, to be able to work with them in the way that I have, I consider myself very lucky.

And photography in itself, is that a gift or do you learn that?

I didn’t learn it, it was a hobby that turned good. Before I picked up that camera, the word was very noisy, full of static; it was chaotic.  When I first picked up the camera and looked through its viewfinder, I began to finally make sense of the world, you know. I began to understand what was going on around me. Until I did that, it really was just that noisy static and so, I began to form the pictures with my own vision as I saw it. And then, everything just made sense.

What’s the secret of a Wolman photo?

For me, it’s about harmony and in the pictures, I really try to capture that visual harmony, and that’s a metaphor for the harmony that I wish we would experience all the time in life, and more than that, a harmony that I know we are capable of achieving.

Would you say that photography has been the biggest love of your life?

Yes, that’s what photography has always been to me. When I walk away from it, it’s always there when I come back, my friend. Some say I’ve been married to my camera for 60 years.

So you really are a natural then?

Remember Mozart, who started to play music as soon as he sat at a piano? Well, when I picked up the camera, it was so natural and I knew right there that that was what I was supposed to do, who I was supposed to be. That may sound like bullshit to you, but it really was the truth.

Life Vs Photography. Discuss…

I’ve done a lot of different things in my life but the photography has always been the one thing that always speaks from my soul. Photography becomes a part of your life. You can be a good photographer if that’s what you do, absorb yourself in it fully.

So life and photography are indeed one and the same for you then?

You wouldn’t believe half the things I’ve photographed.  I’ve had an amazing life and it’s been a lot of fun but more than that, photography has allowed me to understand what life is about. This is the point, if you have curiosity about the world, which I, and we all do, photography is a way to fulfil that curiosity. I worry sometimes that I feel like I already know it all already, which is just not true.  But I’ve seen the killing, the birthing, the destruction of the environment, the preservation of the environment, the music, the peace, the love…and there’ll always something else to do and see- and photograph…

My own personal favourite portrait of yours is your moody shot of Johnny Cash; tell us about the night you took that picture…

I was backstage with Johnny, it was a very strange venue, mainly because it had a rotating stage.  I would take a picture of Johnny and then, off he would go spinning round on the rotating stage and I’d get a picture of his back and then he’d come back round again and it was my chance to get another picture of him. He did a lot of funny things that night on that stage.

They say the camera never lies; Johnny’s expression in that shot seems to say it all..

What was interesting is, if you look at that particular picture, which was taken before the performance, and if you look into his eyes, he doesn’t look as if he wanted to do the performance at all. It’s a very deep, sad portrait. You can really see all the pain that he was experiencing as a human being back then. And then, he went on stage and that moment of deep sadness was transformed into the pure joy of his performance; it was a big surprise for me to see that shift first hand. Johnny Cash really enjoyed doing what he did.

So then, ironically, performing was his escape from his reality, his own fame?

Well, see, I think that’s what performing does for a person, takes you away from your troubles. I think that the other thing that’s really interesting about the whole thing is the concept of being famous. I know people who were big stars but who are no longer stars, and they are so addicted to being famous that they get sad if they can’t be in the limelight and they have to find some way of getting back in it.

What do you see as the difference between the original rock stars of the past and the modern equivalent of today?
Well, these days, I don’t even understand these guys. It’s easier to be a photographer these days, because anyone can get their hands on a camera. It’s also easier to be a musician these days, much easier than it ever was.  I’ve had a look at the line-ups for some of the parties here in Ibiza and, honestly, I don’t recognise any of the names on there. Like, who are these guys?!

Perhaps Tony Pikes, island legend and original owner of Pikes Hotel, is more on your wavelength?

He’s quite a guy. He’s been here forever and he’s got stories, lots of them, most of them shockers! He told me Esther Williams was here way back when; he showed me a photo to prove it.  I loved her as a kid, one of the best MGM actresses of her time, all singing, all dancing. He also told me that Joan Baez serenaded him with four love songs.

A bit like the ‘Concert for One’ that Janis Joplin did for you?

Something like that..

And then what happened?

What do you think…

Anything else I should know?

I don’t think you’d want to know all that I have to tell you. But, as a last thought, I have to thank my gallerist and friend, Daniel, for bringing me to Ibiza; had it not been for him, maybe I’d never have come. He made the whole thing possible, I’m so happy he did.

Yours truly- as photographed by Baron Wolman..

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 Without a shadow of a doubt, tomorrow’s line up at Ibiza Rocks is one of the most highly anticipated of the summer, all the more so considering that is to be headliner NEW ORDER’s first ever live performance on the White Island. Hard to believe, but true… 

One of the most influential and acclaimed formations of the 80s, New Order are pioneers of the electronic music scene and responsible for the opening of the world famous Hacienda Club in Manchester in 1982 and the classic 1983 hit ‘Blue Monday’, one of the best selling singles of all time.

Their fifth album ‘Technique’, partially recorded in Ibiza in 1989, is a perfect representation of Balearic Beat, with acid house influences oozing   the band’s own signature electro/rock sound.

Bernard Sumner, New Order said: “The last time New Order were in Ibiza was the second summer of love. We were there to record an album and didn’t really know what we were walking into. By the time we left a few months later New Order, the Happy Mondays and the Hacienda had collided and fused with the Balearics and Ibiza’s superclubs. Manchester had become ‘Madchester’, and dance music had made a quantum leap.  Although we didn’t spend much time in the studio we left with the basis of our album Technique.  New Order and Ibiza are forever entwined. There’s no going back so instead we look forward -to playing our first ever concert on the island at Ibiza Rocks.”

Warming up the stage and the crowd before that though, and Ibiza Rocks are delighted to bring The Whip back to their stage. The Manchester trio, whose new album ‘Wired Together’ was recently released, is currently supporting New Order on their tour, ergo, hurrah for Ibiza, they are back in San Antonio tomorrow, Wednesday.

 PLUS IBIZA ROCKS RESIDENT DJs: Ste-V-Something/ Colin Peters/ Nicola Bear 

RESIDENTS PRICE: 37,50€ (bring residency/DNI)





WE ARE ROCKSTARS (W.A.R!) is the new dance fuelled, DJ led night that will see an incredible mix of the most influential and exciting names in electronic music take over the famous outdoor ‘Rocks’ stage every Friday for 16 weeks straight from June through to September 2012. 

*this show’s original headline act, EXAMPLE, has been cancelled due to injury.




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September 11, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


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Sin duda, uno de los anuncios de la temporada fue la adición de los reformados New Order para un masivo debut en Ibiza Rocks. Una de las formaciones más influyentes y aclamadas de los años 80, pioneros de la escena de la música electrónica y responsables de la apertura del mundialmente famoso Hacienda Club de Manchester en 1982 y con el clásico hit de 1983 ‘Blue Monday’, uno de los singles más vendidos de todos los tiempos. Su quinto álbum ‘Technique’ (1989) fue parcialmente grabado en Ibiza y sin duda condensa el Balearic beat y las influencias acid house de su peculiar sonido electro/rock. Un momento imprescindible en el verano de Ibiza.

Bernard Sumner, New Order dice: “La última vez que New order estuvo en Ibiza fue el segundo verano del amor. Estábamos en la isla grabando un álbum y no sabíamos realmente la importancia que tenía aquello. Cuando nos marchamos, New Order, Happy Mondays y la Hacienda estaban fusionados con los super clubes de Ibiza. Manchester se había convertido en ‘Madchester’ y la música dance había dado un salto espectacular. Aunque no pasamos mucho rato en el estudio, dejamos Ibiza con la base de lo que sería nuestro album Technique. New Order y la isla de Ibiza han estado siempre relacionados. No hay vuelta atrás, solo queda mirar hacia adelante: Poder tocar por primera vez en directo en la isla, en Ibiza Rocks”. 

Para caldera el ambiente y también desde Manchester, la banda que tanto nos ha hecho bailar desde 2006, The Whip.

DJs: Ste-V-Something/ Colin Peters/ Nicola Bear



W.A.R! es la adición que le faltaba al verano ibicenco. Combustión electrónica de la mano de un increíble elenco de los DJs más influyentes sobre el escenario del Ibiza Rocks Hotel, durante 16 semanas consecutivas, los viernes, de junio a septiembre.


September 11, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


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Ibiza Rocks House celebra la segunda convocatoria benéfica de ‘Freddie for a Day’ mañana domingo 2 de Septiembre, coincidiendo con su 66 aniversario 

Confirmados, invitados especiales que incluyen 2 Mercury BJs, Mark Jones, Lottie, Andy Carroll, Colin Peters, Stray Kitten y Grayson Shipley, entre otros grandes nombres como sorpresa. 

Ibiza, 1 de septiembre 2012 (FIX Ibiza).- Como una cita ya clásica del Ibiza Rocks House en el Hotel Pikes, llega la segunda edición de uno de los eventos del verano. Ibiza Rocks House, el templo del pasado, presente y futuro del rock, donde aún se respira la esencia de la celebración por todo lo alto del 40 cumpleaños de Freddie Mercury, acoge mañana domingo 2 de septiembre ‘Freddie for a Day’. Un evento benéfico cuyos fondos irán destinados a Mercury Phoenix Trust, la asociación creada por los miembros y manager de Queen, tras la muerte del cantante, en su memoria, para luchar contra el sida. Desde 1992, The Mercury Phoenix Trust ha recaudado más de 15 millones de dólares que ha destinado a 750 organizaciones en todo el mundo.

‘Freddie for a Day’ sucederá desde las 14.00h, con el clásico Sunday Roast que el hotel celebra cada domingo para continuar, hasta altas horas de la madrugada, con una programación sorpresa que no dejará indiferente a nadie.

Mark Jones, organizador de esta cita, ha puesto un cartel de actuaciones que incluye a 2 Mercury BJs, Lottie, Andy Carroll, Colin Peters, Stray Kitten o Grayson Shipley, además de las exclusivas actuaciones en directo de Visitors y BB, dos bandas a tener muy en cuenta. Pero eso no es todo, porque algunos nombres de primer nivel en la escena musical estarán también presentes en la segunda convocatoria de ‘Freddie for a Day’, aunque todavía no se pueden desvelar…

No olvides tu bigote a lo Freddie Mercury y ven a disfrutar del primer domingo de septiembre en Ibiza Rocks House en el Hotel Pikes. Encuentra algunas ideas de tu ‘dress code’ en http://www.freddieforaday.com//en/What-to-Wear

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September 1, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.