José Padilla dead: Legendary Ibiza DJ dies after colon cancer battle aged 64

“In those days, a DJ played all night long… My first wages as a DJ, I was 19, something like that.

“It was £15 a week – 3,000 pesetas, I always remember. It was good for a 19-year-old guy,” he added in an interview with Red Bull Music Academy.

The DJ began working in Ibiza from the age of 21 in 1976.

He went on to say: “When you’re that age… I was fighting with my family, so I was escaping from [them].

“I didn’t want to do the job they wanted me to do… the usual teenage thing. I ended up there and I’m still there.”


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