On 9th December, I’ll be DJ at a Christmas Dinner at the Boathouse in Palma to raise money for Children In Need.
Music has been part of my Christmas for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Mallorca with my family, we would sing Christmas carols around the tree.
Later, when I lived in Denmark, dancing to music and singing together was all part of spreading some warming Christmas cheer on those dark Scandinavian nights.
I’ve always been involved in music in some way. When I was younger, I was a professional singer, songwriter and dancer. For the past four years, I’ve been writing songs for the Asian market. This came about when I met Fredrik Thomander, the Swedish songwriter, producer and teacher who owns Palma Music Studios.
Fredrik and I first met in Sweden. We met again when I moved back to Mallorca from Denmark – I was born and raised here. When he needed someone who could sing like Amy Winehouse for his project, I was his singer. After that he invited me to take part in one of his songwriting camps.
The first song I wrote went platinum. Fredrik then became my publisher. He sends me songwriting briefs and I work with a producer who writes the music while I generally do the lyrics and come up with the melody. We co-produce.
While I love music and it’s therapeutic for me, I’d describe it as more of a professional hobby. You could say I’m an artist and a realist. A nice balance.
That’s because I love working as part of the team at Charles Marlow. For me, real estate is fascinating – I’ve renovated and sold several houses. It’s also a service and I really enjoy helping our lovely clients make their dreams become reality.
But I’m also grateful that I get to DJ every Friday at a place called Ocho in funky La Lonja, Palma.
There’s a real art to being a DJ and it’s all about matching what I play to the environment and the mood I want to create.
The set I do at Ocho is called ‘Afterwork Fridays’. Because Ocho is a chic, romantic place where people come to eat and drink and not dance, I usually play a mix of old and new soul, mellow funk and laidback disco.
I also love playing more uptempo music and getting people dancing. After all, letting your hair down and losing yourself in joyful music is a big part of celebrating Christmas.
But, most of all, it’s about creating the soundtrack for people to enjoy themselves whatever they’re doing.
This time of year in Mallorca is magical to me. It’s wonderful that, as well as all the things that we all love about Christmas – homemade cookies, warm drinks and getting together with family and friends – we have sunshine and palm trees instead of snow.
Palma is also especially beautiful at this time of year.
I can’t think of anything better than strolling down La Ramblas or Paseo del Borne under a clear, starry sky, admiring the sparkling decorations, while the aroma of chestnuts roasting and bunuelos (Mallorcan donuts) frying fills the crisp night air.
Most of all, I wish it could be Christmas every day so that we expressed our love and gratitude for the people in our loves and helped others less fortunate all year round.