José Padilla (DJ)

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José Padilla
José Padilla, TV Interview, Hostal La Torre, Ibiza, July 2011
José Padilla, Ibiza, July 2011
Background information
Born4 December 1955
Barcelona, Spain
Died18 October 2020 (2020-10-19) (aged 64)
Ibiza, Spain
GenresChill-out, easy listening, ambient, balearic
Occupation(s)DJ, Producer
Instrument(s)Synthesizer, drum machine, equalizer
Years active1978–2020
LabelsCafé del Mar, Mercury Records

José María Padilla Requena (4 December 1955 – 18 October 2020) was a Spanish disc jockey and producer of ambient music, best known for his work as DJ in the Café del Mar bar on the island of Ibiza.[1]


Born in Barcelona, Spain, Padilla moved to Ibiza in 1975, taking up the DJ residency at Café del Mar in 1991.[1] In 1994, he compiled the first Cafe del Mar album for the React label.[1] The series is now in its 25th volume and has spun off several related compilations, as well as leading to the creation of the bar's own eponymous label. Padilla selected tracks for the first six, as well as the 20th-anniversary commemorative release.[citation needed]

While several tracks of Padilla's appeared in his various compilations, it was not until 1998 that he released his first album, Souvenir, on Mercury Records label.[1] The CD featured collaborations with several chill-out musicians, including Lenny Ibizarre and Paco Fernández. His second album, Navigator, was released in 2001. The album received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Album.[2]

Padilla was no longer the resident DJ at Café del Mar, but toured around the world.[1] However, in November 2007 a new compilation series called Bella Musica, unrelated to Café del Mar, was released.[citation needed]

In 2011, the new CD compilation "Here Comes the Sunset" (Volume 4) came out and after many years Padilla has been connected to another beach, this time in Italy, Fregene.[citation needed]

In 2015, Padilla made his new album So Many Colours available for streaming through Resident Advisor, before general release on International Feel.

Padilla returned to BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix decks in mid August 2015 for the first time in 20 years, with an eclectic two-hour "Masters" set.

Padilla revealed in July 2020 that he had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 64.[3]

Padilla died in Ibiza, Spain on 18 October 2020 at the age of 64, after a battle with colon cancer.[4]


Below are the albums compiled in part by José Padilla:[5]

Year Title
1993 Café del Mar, Vol 1
1994 Café del Mar, Vol 2
1995 Café del Mar, Vol 3
1996 Café del Mar, Vol 4
1997 Café del Mar, Vol 5
1998 Souvenir
1999 Café del Mar, Vol 6
2001 Navigator
2002 Navigator (Special Ed.)
2002 El Sueno de Ibiza
2005 Man Ray, Vol 4
2006 Café Solo
2007 Café Solo, Vol 2
2009 Café Mambo Ibiza 09
2010 Ibiza Classic Sunset
2010 Here comes the sunset vol.4- Singita, miracle beach
2012 Blue Note Beach Classics - presented by José Padilla
2015 So Many Colours
2017 Jose Padilla's House Party


  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 302. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  2. ^ Gallo, Phil (24 July 2002). "Vives, Cruz lead noms for Latin Grammys". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  3. ^ Couzens, Gerard; Pike, Molly (8 July 2020). "Legendary Ibiza DJ Jose Padilla has cancer and can't afford to pay rent". Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  4. ^ Waddell, Lily (19 October 2020). "Legendary Ibiza DJ José Padilla dies aged 64 after battle with colon cancer". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Jose Padilla on Amazon Music". Retrieved 26 December 2021.

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