José Padilla, first arrived on the White Island in 1975 and has been DJling ever since.
Jose Padilla’s sunset sets have become legendary and an essential part of the Ibiza experience. His mix tapes evolved into the much-loved Café del Mar compilation albums, conceived and compiled by him initially, his CDs have sold over 5 million copies around the world.
With the ‘Café del Mar’ series he became worldwide known as the spiritual father of Chill-out. With his debut album ‘Souvenir’ and solo tracks like ‘One day in Paradise’ and ‘Agua’ he took those twilight chill-out tones a stage further. His follow-up album ‘Navigator’ represented a new creative peak and sold all over the world after being launched at the Winter Music Conference 2002. Jose was nominated for the Latin Grammys in the ‘Best instrumental’ category and Billboard magazine commented ‘Spaniard José Padilla has shaped a legend across much of the world as a maestro of chill-out/ ambient music.’ A special edition of Navigator (released in the American market by Maverick, Madonna’s label) featured remixes by artists of the electronic music scene like : Paul Daley of Leftfield, Alex Neri a.k.a. Planet Funk, Francesco Farfa, Bent, etc. Even Seal requested to put lyrics and sing to the track “Adios Ayer”.
In recent years he’s compiled the well-received Cafe Solo series and the beautiful Bella Musica CDs.
In 2012 include a special selection of jazzy tunes “Beach Classics” for the label Blue Note Records, the compilation “Ibiza Sundowner” for EMI Germany and “Singita 10th anniversary” CD.
In 2013 he has released two remixes for Norah Jones in Blue Note Records, Say Goodbye and Travelin´On.
He’s just celebrated his 40th anniversary of DJing.
Padilla has recently signed to the highly respected label International Feel, also home of fellow innovator Harvey. He’s primed to release a new single, Solito and there’s an album So Many Colurs released in the spring of 2015. This year as being a bussy year for Jose, being request for gigs around the world like Corona Sunsets in Okinawa – Japan, Punta del Este – Uruguay , Playa del Carmen – México, also play in places like Potato Head – Bali, in the Sky Bar – Singapour, Bodrum – Turkey, Stall 6 – Zurich, Block Club – Tel Aviv/Israel, Le Brain – New York, etc.
Jose Padilla still brings music to the world in his sets worldwide and is musical ambassador for Ibiza, he continues to search out the finest music from around the world to share with all the music lovers.
He’s in great shape, just like the scene he built. Many years a well-known music Awards in Ibiza contacted Padilla with the news he’d been selected for their Lifetime Achievement Award. He turned them down. “I didn’t want it. I’m still DJing and making music and I love it. When I’m retired – then you can give it to me.” After ones he had the 1º Edition prize Music Award.
This year he had the honorary Recognition Vicius Magazine Awards of Music.
This summer he will be enjoying the summer with two residences , Liastí in Mikonos and in The Rooftop NINE – Pikes presents to Jose Padilla every Tuesday from 8 PM in the Sol House Ibiza Mixed By Ibiza Rocks Playa Pinet in the bay of Sant Antonio – Ibiza. Also, he continues to make a Cornonita´s Festivals around the world.