Settling In- An interview with Tom Crane

*first published in Blue Marlin Magazine, July 2012

London boy and island Resident DJ Tom Crane on his new Ibiza life and love of Blue Marlin.

 16 years in the game, a couple of awards in UK, why Ibiza now?

– Yep, I’d been playing in London full time from the age of 18 and didn’t fancy the thought of playing in the West End in another 20 years, so Ibiza called. It’s the Mecca of House I guess, so the obvious place to really get stuck in, you know. I’ve gone about as far as I think I could in London, and was lucky enough to win Best DJ in 2008 and 2011 so thought was time for a change.

Going back to the start, how did Ibiza first rope you in to its mischief and magic?

– I was coming on week long holidays over the summer about 5 weeks a year so thought I’d give it a go for a season, I was getting fed up with London in general to be honest, the weathers always sh*t and it costs a fortune so Ibiza it was for me.

You’re fairly new round these parts, how’re you finding it?

– Love it, the lifestyle is perfect for me; DJing in the sunshine is really important to me,  sunshine in general. I love daytime parties. and the food here is right what I’m into, late dinners with friends and so on, LOVE it!

What do you think you can bring to the island’s music scene that others don’t already?

– I play whatever’s needed in certain situations depending on where I am but tend to keep quite soulful with a lot of vocals and instruments in my house music, still deep and techy but more musical, I hope

What have been your favourite bits so far? How was winter?

– Winter was cool actually, very chilled so I was flying back to London for gigs most weeks but the rest of the time here was cool, lots of studio time and movies, sometimes a bit boring but after last summer a much earned rest was needed.

Is this you on island for the season now or are you in and out?

–       Pretty much here. I will pop back to UK for a couple of one-offs and festivals, More details on the website :

What do you think of the island as a festival destination, think Ibiza Rocks, Rock n Mola..

– Well, Ibiza can be for everyone so I don’t think it’s a bad thing, it can only be a positive thing to have some huge names here as long as it doesn’t go too commercial…

You’re quite a dapper dresser. Does Ibiza cater for your fashion needs?

–       Ha. No, sad to say I wait t’il I’m in London to buy clothes.

Where did this ‘Two Shoes’ nickname of yours come from and what’s your perfect shoe of choice for Ibiza…?

My nickname came from a mate in London years ago because of my taste in shoes and amount of shoes I have; I spend a lot on shoes but then always tend to  wear my trusty Vans; can’t knock a pair of Vans. The ideal Ibiza shoe for me is a Van or a flip-flop, you don’t need shoes out here it’s a beach life…

Life at Blue Marlin- how is it being a bit of a musical beach bum of sorts?

– This is why I’m here, Blue marlin has a great soundsystem so playing in the sun, listening to tunes is right up my street. Notting Hill Carnival was always one of my favorite parties, dancing in the sun and Ibiza has that same vibe everyday.

Surely the view you’ve got from the Blue Marlin DJ cabin has to be the best ever. Are there any other particular beauty spots you’ve played at in Ibiza?

–  I’ve done some amazing villa parties here, some of the villas are ridiculous here so the afterparties tend to be the same.

What’s your recommendation from this year’s Blue Marlin menu?

-All the fish dishes are amazing and I cant stop eating the olives here, I’m easily pleased…

Stepping away from the decks, what else are you listening to?

-I’m a soul boy so anything that would work at a BBQ works for me in my spare time, lots of Motown, soul, funk and reggae gets played in our apartment.

Have you made any special Ibiza musical discovery since you’ve been here?

-The Ibiza style of house can be quite different to what’s played in London so I’m enjoying listening to new stuff everyday definitely.

Gotta ask. Word on the grapevine is that you’re officially single. Are the island goddesses throwing themselves at you yet?

-Haha.. No comment!

Fill in the blanks:

Blue Marlin is…pretty much got it down perfect for my taste, the beach, the music, the food

Ibiza is…home

Tom Crane is…learning Spanish finally…

October 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized.


  1. Sean moloney replied:

    I listened and meet Tom at blue marlin. It was so cool and my first time to ibiza at the ripe old age of 46. That’s what happens when you get married and have a family. Ibiza was everthing I dreamed about and looking out the window in London in a wet day – oh I wish I wa there now. Great tunes tom.

    • FIX Ibiza replied:

      Thanks for the comment, Sean. I’ll pass it on to Tom for sure..
      Here’s the thing about Ibiza- it doesn’t matter what age/sex/race/creed/colour you are or when you get here. If you get what Ibiza’s about, you get it. More to the point is if the island’s gets YOU! ! That’s the decider. Come back soon!

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