One DJ’s name is synonymous with Ibiza and that is SPACE resident Jonathan Ulysses…
Voted "Best Club in the World" at 2001 Dance Star Awards, it’s understandable that Jonathan describes his residency as "living the dream". Playing alongside luminaries including Erick Morillo, Sasha, David Guetta, Darren Emerson, Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox and Arman Van Helden and many more, Jonathan has also mixed three terrace selection sides of the SPACE CD series and DJ’s globally as main resident on the SPACE World Tour.
However, Jonathan’s career was no overnight sensation. After leaving school, he formed a sound system called Soul Plus and fancying himself as a bit of a ragga MC, competed in sound clashes across South London. In 1989, he started working for a holiday company in Corfu where his stage presence and crowd control training served him in good stead as a DJ. Once the season was over, Jonathan returned to London and spent time DJ’ing around London until the following summer, when he was sent to the Balearic Island of Ibiza.
In Ibiza, he found himself being pushed to DJ at certain times and events, this is where Jonathan realised his true vocation. Taking a small record box of R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Drum ‘n’ Bass and very little house, Jonathan returned to Ibiza the next summer solely to DJ.
He went to work for a friend who had taken over a small venue and for the next six years this was to be Jonathan’s training ground where he perfected his mixing skills and got to grips with the industry. Jonathan’s presence there, complete with his MC’ing antics, dancing on the bar and varied musical selection transformed the venue into one of the best places to be, where he played the coolest music to packed crowds every single night.
This resulted in Jonathan playing stints at the islands’ major clubs: Amnesia, Pacha, Es Paradis, El Divino and Privilege and, of course, SPACE. The bars were no stranger to him either, as he clocked up Bar M, The Rock Bar, Mambo, Kanya, Star Cafe, and Savannah. Then, in 1998, Jonathan started a residency for Twice as Nice who were at the time small promoters from London, the rest as they say is history…
Although Jonathan has built up a stellar reputation as a house DJ, he still does not like to pigeon hole the music he plays and keeps his record box suitably eclectic. He describes the majority of his house style as very pumping with an electronic and uplifting sound. Throughout his twenty year career, Jonathan has played every genre of dance music. His aim is to educate the crowd rather than play only the obvious commercial tracks, this has helped him break boundaries and receive the acclaim he deserves. In recognition of this, summer 2003 saw Jonathan being nominated by DJ Magazine for Best Ibiza D.J.
Never having stayed in one place long enough to secure a regular radio show, Jonathan has made appearances on various radio shows, such as Galaxy (Manchester and Bristol), Kiss 100, Ministry of Sound, Key 103, Thump Radio (San Francisco) and Radio 1, Pete Tong Essential Mix. He also has an ever-growing production CV (see discography attached). Past productions have seen Jonathan work with various producers, such as Tom Neville, Good Rhyming Bass on Nukleuz and French producer Laurent C of Paris, 21st Century Party People on Cyber Records. Most recently working with producer Matt Schwartz from ‘The Drill’ fame and finishing a track "Electro Sex" under the name Nine Lives, signed to Destined Records.
Six years on, 2004, saw Jonathan’s DJ’ing in further demand, when he was filmed live, touring with MTV in Ibiza, Germany, Switzerland and Austria for the ‘Gate to Ibiza Tour’ in combination with the mix CD ‘Gate to Ibiza’, mixed with DJ Henry.
Since 2005, Jonathan has firmly made his mark, establishing himself at SPACE as one of the main residents playing some of the best set times the club has to offer to a 2,000 strong crowd every week, going from strength to strength and continuing to break boundaries and implement a solid reputation as one of music’s fundamental house DJ’s.
SPACE has not only won "Best Club in the World" Dancestar 2001 and "We Love Sundays"@SPACE winning "Best Club Night", but it has also, at the House Music Awards this year, won "Best Club 2005" with Jonathan representing SPACE and collecting the prestigious award in London.
Jonathan has worked on a number of highly successful and popular compilations, the In Bed With Space compilation album mixed by himself and Javi Munoz and in July mixing the ‘World Tour Album’ alongside David Morano. Both Jonathan and David, can be seen on the DVD accompanying the Space Album 2005, being interviewed alongside Carl Cox, he quotes "to play at SPACE is like playing to God!"
The new SPACE terrace saw Jon performing with Barbara Tucker live at ‘In Bed with Space’ a great success story, however, the highlight has to be his much publicised closing set on the terrace of SPACE which has earned him the admiration and respect of many of his peers…