DJ Ribera’s Debajo nights

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Queenstown-based Spaniard DJ Ribera is making a name for himself on the New Zealand club scene.

The Barcelona-born 34-year-old, who married a Kiwi girl in December, has been one of the resort’s busiest DJs in recent years.

Now his dedication to the turntables is taking him further afield.

DJ Ribera – aka Guillem Carnero Ribera or Gee – has delivered his underground house-based sets to packed dance floors in Auckland, Wellington and Sydney in recent months.

But he still finds time for regular slots at re-launched Cow Lane club Debajo.

“Debajo is a really good venue – underground which gives it a more clubby feel,” Ribera says.

“Since Subbies closed [Subculture] there’s been a gap in the market and it’s a good feel now, pretty busy. Everywhere else plays a bit more mainstream.”

Ribera also plays sets at The Find, Bunker and Boiler Room. A music producer, he’s known for his ability to energise a crowd and has occasionally partnered up with international DJs such as Carl Cox on their way through town.

“I’ve been DJing over 10 years now,” he says, “it’s massive over there in Europe and I try to get back each year, to somewhere like Ibiza or Berlin.

“I’m also playing a few nights around New Zealand – I’ve just done Cassette Nine and Ginger Minx in Auckland.

“Queenstown’s small and can get a bit same same after a few years, so it’s good to spread out a bit wider.”

Auckland’s Britomart Country Club resident DJ Will Styles will also perform Debajo this Saturday.

“He plays a wider range of electronic music,” Ribera says, “a bit more of everything – should be a good night.”

Catch DJ Ribera at Debajo tonight and Saturday, with Will Styles, from 10pm.