Daddy’s Girl – the story of Silvana Perré…

silvana at blue marlin

There are certain individuals that one meets on the Ibiza scene that really do stand out. Not just because of, on the first glance, their exceptional beauty, but also, on a closer look, because of their amazing energy. 

Silvana Perré

is one of those people. Beautiful inside and out, she is a well-known face on the island, an undeniable fixture of Ibiza summer time– as dancer cum PR for one of the longest running and most loved Ibiza parties- La Troya.

German by birth, Spanish by right, the daughter of a liberal journalist who spoke ten languages and travelled the world and the sister of NYC’s well-known street artists/twins, How And Nosm, Silvana’s early life could hardly be described as conventional. Brought up in San Sebastian from an early age, schooled at an English College, befriended by the local gypsies, she first visited Ibiza twenty years ago “for a week”.

It didn’t take very long before she succumbed to its magic, coming back every year since then to do what she does best- show La Troya’s best side to the island and the rest of the world through her dual role with the Ibiza party institution.

Back in those early Ibiza days, finding her feet, it wasn’t all fun & games, Silvana says, “I lived in a house in San Mateo that had no water or electricity, I had to shower at the gym and get dressed in the changing rooms at Pacha, ready to work as a dancer”.

By her own admittance, Silvana is clearly a chameleon both in her professional life as model, actress and dancer as well as in her personal style. “I like the whole pin up thing and I’ve always been a fan of the fashion from the 40s & 50s. I like the classic actresses- Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, movies with Rock Hudson and my favourite, Marilyn Monroe…but I’m also a bit of a rocker as well as having some hippie in me- different styles but always being true to myself…”

Perhaps it’s that ability to adapt that first led the TROYA team to focus their attentions on Silvana, twelve years ago already. Nowadays, she is a pretty much permanent part of the Troya Family, and considers Brasilio “almost like a second father – he is the firm base to the party and adored by the Troya people; they are so loyal, with another philosophy on life”.

“The thing with La Troya is that as long as you’re creative, they will give you a chance to prove it. There’s a lot of freedom at the party as far as our costumes are concerned, for example, and if you like to improvise then it’s the best place- although there were times in the early days when they sent me home to get changed because my outfit just wasn’t up to scratch”.

One part of her look that she won’t be changing anytime soon though- her incredible spread of tattoos.  Following in her father’s footsteps, she has a deep love for body art and travelling- and it shows, literally. Apart from the numerous smaller etchings covering her body, she “had always wanted a big piece, an accumulation of stories from my life, because having the pain of my feelings tattooed on my skin is my way of therapy”. Seventy hours later and she admits the breath-taking tattoo on her back “will never be finished, just like the process of life”.

A practiser of Buddhism, Perre is keen on Yoga and Pilates and believes that the balance of Mind, Body & Soul is the secret to a happy life.  A free spirit, again just like her father, she is also pretty sure that “the island keeps you young”.

Talking of long life, does she ever see herself settling here for good?  “Someday I will, but right now, my winters are spent caring for Daddy in Alicante,” she admits, “but I’m passionate about this place and I’ll never get fed up of it. I love visiting my favourite places, Cala d’Hort is one of them; I never get tired of looking at the sea, breathing with it…and as for Es Vedra, I love its energy, like a giant wave”.

And that’s not all she loves about Ibiza, in fact, the list is endless- the local artisans, the caves, Atlantis, Cala Conta, the villages – just a few examples.  More? The gipsy lifestyle, the moon, the light, the Old Town, the concentration of music and the musicians, the performers, The Troya Family, Anna Maria and the Dome, KM5 and of course, Sundays at Blue Marlin.

“The passion that I feel when I land on the island is indescribable; something in me awakens when I am here. I am in love with Ibiza”.  It becomes pretty obvious that Ibiza is love with her, too.

January 17, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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 :       http://www.bluemarlinibiza.com/news/tom-crane/

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. 2 comments.