Domus Nova Ibiza Issue 3

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Diego Calvo

What can you tell us about the history of rock & roll on Ibiza? In the 70s there was a boom in Ibiza when rock stars from all over the world chose the island as the place to party, record an album, spend their holidays or perform live. There are many anecdotes and stories of great stars linked to Ibiza – Nina Hagen got married on the island in 1987 in a punk-themed wedding which lasted two days, Freddie Mercury celebrated his famous 40th birthday at the legendary Pikes hotel, and the list just goes on. What were some of the inspirations behind your hotels? Many of the ideas and inspirations for the hotels came to me from the things that have influenced my way of life, such as Route 66 roadside motels, art deco architecture from South Beach Miami and the vintage world in general. I’ve been working in the hotel industry since the age of 17 and have managed to combine it with my other passion, that being rock & roll of course. My party business Rock Nights, which was created in 2005, was also inspired by individuals in the hospitality business such as Ian Schrager, creator of the first boutique hotel group Morgans Hotel Group – he took the industry to another level by making hotels not just places to sleep but also social spaces. You’ve made it clear how much rock & roll plays a role in your life. How does the music genre influence your business spaces? Each hotel has its own concept, essence and history to tell, and the rule-breaking attitude of rock & roll is present in some more than in others. Our office design was inspired by the TV series Vinyl by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, set in the 1970s New York record label world. We have an American Wurlitzer II from 1968 that works with francs, an original Azkoyen tobacco machine from the 1970s and a bourbon bar. So, rock & roll plays an everyday role in my businesses. Can you elaborate on the sources of inspiration behind your Dorado Ibiza Suites? The Dorado Ibiza Suites were created with the idea of ​​opening an exclusive hotel where the theme was revolved around the history of rock & roll. There are 14 suites, each of them paying tribute to a gold disc. In addition, there are books about each