One DJ’s name is synonymous with Ibiza and that is, Space resident, DJ Jonathan Ulysses.Jonathan is, of course, recognised worldwide for being one of Space, Ibiza’s main residents, with 11 seasons under his belt, his up-tempo, driving, electronic, pumping house style sees him play some of the best set times the club has to offer to a 2,000 strong crowd every week.
However, Jon’s DJ career was no overnight sensation.
Over the past 15 years his love of all things dance has helped him build a stellar reputation as a top house DJ. After leaving school, Jon formed a Sound System called Soul-Plus playing reggae, soul and rare grooves and competing in sound clashes across South London. This led to him being invited to DJ for a friend over in Ibiza, and his making appearances in Ibiza’s super clubs Amnesia, El Divino, Pacha, Es Paradis, Eden and Privilege and, of course, Space and for the past 9 years indulging in his passion for music as the Space resident. It is understandable that Jon describes his residency at Space as “living the dream” playing regularly alongside luminaries including Eric Morillo, Sasha, David Guetta, Darren Emerson, Laurent Garnier, Tom Novy, Carl Cox and many more.
Space not only won “Best Club in the World” Dance Star 2005 and “We Love Sundays” at Space “Best Club Night”, but the House Music Awards saw Jon representing Space and collecting the prestigious “Best Club 2005” award on its behalf in London.
Always staying true to his own style but never pigeon holing the music he plays, he keeps his CD case suitably eclectic.
Globally, Jon takes control of the decks at countless major clubs, playing in every continent in every country. Pacha in Munich and Morocco, Kristal Club in Romania, Redlight in Paris, Love Parade, Berlin, Attica in Singapore and Voltsgarten in Vienna to name a few.
Back on home turf, his bookings take him from Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher, Pacha, the Egg and SE1 (London) to Garlands in Liverpool, Sankey’s in Manchester, Byblos, Glasgow and Kiss Da Funk in Leeds and the Hat Club.
Jon is no stranger to radio either, making numerous appearances on Radio 1, Peter Tong Essential Mix, Kiss 100, Ministry of Sound and Galaxy (Manchester/ Bristol).
In recognition of his hard work and passion for music, 2003 saw Jon nominated by DJ magazine for “Best Ibiza DJ”. 2004 he took part in the live filming of the “Gate to Ibiza” tour (MTV), spanning Ibiza, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in conjunction with the mix CD “Gate to Ibiza”, mixed with DJ Henry.
Jon DJs regularly for the infamous “In Bed With Space World Tour” parties, a part of the German maestro, Mind Group. He has also worked on a number of the highly successful and popular “In Bed With Space” compilations spanning 2003-2007 (see discography). He also plays globally as main resident on the Space World Tour.
The “World Tour” album was mixed by Jonathan alongside David Morano. Both Jonathan and David can be seen on the accompanying Space album 2005 DVD being interviewed alongside Carl Cox, Jon quotes “to play at Space is like playing to God”. He has mixed 3 of the Space, Ibiza compilations 1999 – 2001.
Some of past years highlights include Jonathan DJ’ing on the Space float at the Berlin Love Parade which made a welcome return from obscurity being the biggest event ever, playing to a million a half strong crowd and later at 90 Degrees in Berlin and a 25,000 strong crowd watched him entertain at the Paradise Music Festival in Malaga.
Production now takes up a chunky slice of Jon’s time. He works with various producers including Tom Neville, Phil Allen and Matt Schwartz of the Destined label.
2008’s production diary is ever growing, tracks being produced with Juan Kidd aka Jason Herd, Daley Padly, Reza and Peter Brown. With a track set for release in the summer called ‘Panic Attack’ Jonathan Ulysses/Juan Kidd.
This summer sees the release of the “In Bed With Space Series 10” CD (mixed by Jonathan Ulysses), and the “Ibiza Opening Party” compilation, downloadable exclusively from i-tunes in conjunction with UMM Records.
Finally, you can catch Jonathan this summer at “Salvation” in El Divino, most Sundays at “We Love” in Space, Ibiza and Wednesday he plays the “In Bed With Space” parties with Barbara Tucker on the terrace.