Every religion needs a creation myth. For the UK’s Balearic beat boom of the late ‘80s, it all began with Alfredo.
Rampling, Holloway and Oakenfold became disciples after discovering his seamless mix of europop, light rock, seedlings of house and electronic beats and bleeps at his residency at Amnesia, Ibiza.
Prior to their awakening they’d pushed soul boy sounds back home, but after necking pills and standing in a pool at sunrise, blissed out to some Art of Noise, they came home to spread the word about this blend of exciting new music.
Alfredo’s reputation was mammoth on the island. Recognition has and always will follow him. From DJ of the Decade accolades in ’88 to a Lifetime Achievement gong at the 2005 Ibiza DJ Awards, Alfredo is the father to quite a movement.
DJ Alfredo’s still got it. Crowd footage from Ibiza, 2010