This week I'll be heading to Ibiza for my first Radio 1 in Ibiza experience. As far as Ibiza goes I'm still pretty much a newbie. Last year was my first ever year on the island, the closest I came before that was a badly planned one night trip idea where a friend and I would party through the night and get the plane back in the morning - I was about 18 and my mate's mum was having none of it.
I was born in the early 90s so Ibiza to me when I was a kid was Kevin & Perry Go Large, Fatboy Slim, You've Got the Love, loads of old tanned blokes in white linen, clips of Tiesto giving it Jesus arms to Adagio For Strings and It's All Gone Pete Tong. Those are the images and music videos I saw of Ibiza at the age of 14. There was a lot of Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and 808 State played in my house so from early, to me, Ibiza felt like the holy grail of dance music.
Today I joined Grimmy, Annie Mac, Pete Tong and MistaJam on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show to kick off the weekend. Then later tonight we'll head to Ushuaia, a place I have yet to step foot in, for Radio 1's free party. I'll step up with fellow Radio 1 DJ, B.Traits for a back to back set alongside a stellar mix of underground and big room DJs. This still seems a bit mental to me, Ibiza is the world's most iconic dance music location and to be a part of Radio 1's infamous dance line-up on one of the biggest weekends on the island is crazy. I was still listening to Radio 1 in Ibiza in my bedroom four years ago, so to be playing there for the first time this year is a proper 'pinch yourself' moment. In all honesty I'm a bit nervous, but in the BEST way possible.
Although last year was my first time on the island, all of my visits so far have been short lived and passed by rather quickly. I almost feel like this will be my first proper visit to the island and as I'm yet to have that special Ibiza moment, I'm putting my cards on it coming with my first trip there with Radio 1.
I'll be doing my best to bring all the craziness, atmosphere and music from Ibiza back to everyone in the UK. And maybe there will be a 14 year old watching or listening to me in their bedroom and they are inspired to one day be DJing in Ibiza like I will be!
BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza is taking place 1st - 3rd August. On Radio 1, online, on mobile and via the BBC iPlayer Radio app. Watch live at 7pm on 1st August at bbc.co.uk/radio1Suggest a correction