■ One half of DJ duo Eli & Fur tells us about Cali’s best bits and closing Space with Carl Cox
What is your favourite on-the-road moment?
Playing at Space Closing Fiesta in Ibiza in 2016. It was the last night of Carl Cox’s residency and of the club’s incarnation as Space before it reopened as HÏ (hiibiza.com). Carl is really supportive of up-and-coming DJs so the line-up was full of very established artists like Josh Wink as well as smaller acts like us. My favourite moment of the whole evening was when Carl dropped the last track of the night, Angie Stone’s Wish I Didn’t Miss You.
What’s your favourite city?
Los Angeles is so close to the ocean and the mountains. I love hiking the Wonder View Trail to the Wisdom Tree in Griffith Park because you can look out over both sides of the city and see Burbank city and the Hollywood sign. We’ve done the drive from LA to San Diego and love the Californian coastline.
We always stop in Encinitas beach city, which is about an hour south down the coast. It has a beautiful meditation garden at the Encinitas Temple (encinitastemple.org) and Dan Tana’s Italian restaurant has been around since the 1960s and feels like the set of classic Hollywood movie. I’d recommend the fried ravioli and a martini (dishes £12.10, dantanasrestaurant.com).
What keeps you sane on the road?
Being in a duo with your best mate always helps and I love podcasts. I’ve just finished Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, about a girl who joins a self-help group that turns out to be a cult.
What have you ever taken from a hotel room?
A great night’s sleep at the Alasia Hotel in Cyprus (rooms from £122.20, alasiahotel.com.cy). We stay there when we play at the Guaba Beach Bar in Limassol (guababeachbar.com). The rooms are pitch-black and silent, the beds are really comfy and the staff are very chilled when it comes to late checkouts. I’ve had unbroken, eight-hour nights of sleep there.
What is the best souvenir you’ve come home with?
A little ukulele I bought on the Mexican border after playing a show in Tijuana. The strings have never worked so I can’t play it but it’s in my room and reminds me that the long wait was worth the spectacle of it all.
What has been your most life-changing experience while travelling?
Visiting the Langa township in Cape Town. We had the chance to visit the Bridges For Music school (bridgesformusic.org) that they’re building there — it’s a place where children from the local community can make music and nurture their talent with teachers and equipment provided. It was really special to see that opportunities are being given to less fortunate children who have a passion for music.
What’s the worst meal you’ve had abroad?
Onsen tamago in Singapore, which is an egg originally slow-cooked in warm Japanese mountain water. It tasted a bit odd but I wanted to try something different so went with it and ended up being extremely sick. I’ve since learned that the eggs can be up to ten years old, so it definitely wasn’t the wisest meal choice before a gig.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve spent the night?
A lakeside cabin in Pennsylvania about three hours outside New York, which sounded very romantic but turned out to be an empty summer camp. It was a shed with a few prison-style bunk beds, mouse droppings on the floor and no lock on the door in the middle of a forest — it couldn’t have been more like a horror movie. Terrifying.
And the best place you’ve spent the night?
Black Penny Villas in Ubud, Bali (villas from £228, blackpennyvillasubudbali.com). Each little villa is built into the hillside and has an infinity pool so you can swim and look out across the valley of the Ayung River. You wake up to an incredible view of the jungle accompanied by nothing but amazing bird sounds.
Have you ever come close to being arrested?
When Fur and I first lived together in south London we used to throw raucous Halloween parties. It was a quiet residential area so the police would always show up. Once, when a mate couldn’t get in the house, he climbed up the side of the building and in through a window. We still throw one every year but I have a basement now, which is better.
Where are you going next?
Istanbul. It’s such an interesting place. We’re playing our first gig at a venue called Hypnos Hall (facebook.com/HypnosHall) and I’m looking forward to heading back to Zubeyir Ocakbasi to eat their traditional food (mains £6, zubeyirocakbasi.com.tr).
Eli & Fur’s EP Night Blooming Jasmine is out now; they play Ants at Fabric on Friday November 2, fabriclondon.com