José Padilla, first arrived on the White Island in 1973 and has been DJling ever since. His sunset sets have become a legendary and essential part of the Ibiza experience. The mix tapes which he conceived and compiled initially have evolved into the much-loved Café del Mar compilation albums and his CDs have sold over 5 million copies around the world. Eventually he became known worldwide as the spiritual father of Chill-out because of the‘Café del Mar’ series.
Jose Padilla's debut album ‘Souvenir’ and solo tracks like ‘One day in Paradise’ and ‘Agua’ took twilight chill-out tones a stage further.
His follow-up album ‘Navigator’ produced a new creative peak as it sold all over the world after being launched at the Winter Music Conference 2002. Soon after, Jose was nominated for the Latin Grammys in the ‘Best instrumental’ category. Billboard magazine also commented that ‘Spaniard José Padilla… has shaped a legend across much of the world as a maestro of chill-out/ ambient music.’
A special edition of Navigator (released in the American market by Maverick, Madonna’s label) featured remixes by artists of the electronic music scene like : Paul Daley of Leftfield, Alex Neri a.k.a. Planet Funk, Francesco Farfa, Bent, etc. Even noted music icon Seal requested to put lyrics and sing to the track “Adios Ayer”.
Aside from his solo albums, recently he’s compiled the well-received Cafe Solo series and the beautiful Bella Musica CDs.
Jose's new projects for 2012 include a special selection of jazzy tunes called “Beach Classics” for the label Blue Note, the compilation “Ibiza Sundowner” for EMI Germany and “Singita 10th anniversary” CD. He is also currently working on his next Padilla solo album.
Jose has also recently finished two remixes for Norah Jones and is currently hosting a weekly radio show on Ibiza Sonica Radio.
Jose Padilla still brings music to the world in his sets worldwide and is now known to be a musical ambassador for Ibiza, where he continues to hold a summer residence at Kumharas.
Today, Jose Padilla continues to search out the finest music from around the world to share with all the music lovers.