“The main aim is to up my game at every possible turn without compromise.”
For some DJs, music is more than just their passion or occupation – it’s the reason for their existence, the thing that keeps their world turning. DJ Ivan, real name Ivan Botte was born 28th July 1988 in capital city Port Louis Mauritius. Ivan was deeply influenced by his father who was a talented musician in the prestigious classical band of Police Forces.
His musical universe was ingrained by soul, funk and jazz music. With records from artists like Michael Jackson, Chic, Stevie Wonder, Dona Summers, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Madonna and Motown’s artists, his father taught him the basics and standard of harmony. His own DJ journey can be traced back to the early 2000’s.
Fascinated by pioneering synth-pop and turntables, he was introduced in deejaying by his cousin, legendary underground artist Kevin O’Keeffe. Driven by such a charismatic mentor, Ivan logically fell in love with electronic music and started early residency in the dark room of AG22 Black River and Club Foundation. His influences became Dubfire, Nick Warren, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed and Daft Punk.
In 2009 was the break out year for Ivan. He started residency at Redcat Sealovers Pereybere and gained experienced. He diversified his music genres to house/electro music. Soon he became a prime time player with the complete package with both commercial and underground music.
Behind the decks his tenacity and ability to work a room was rewarded as he rounded out an intense 3 years touring in the best clubs and parties across Mauritius while ongoing his residency at Redcat.
Making a name for him, Ivan is respected by his peers and headlined events with local talents like Dubjoy, David Jay, Jason Rault, Henri Fleurant, Bernard Desmarais, Creamcraker, DJ Ruben and collaborated in a duo with DJ Rain. He has shared the decks with international stars like David Vendetta, Antoine Clamaran, DJ Assad, DJ Oriska, DJ Rox, DJ Nastia, Pascal & Pierce and many more.
He played for famous brands like Cream Ibiza, Greygoose Vodka, and Mercedes. In 2012 was the confirmation year of Ivan as he started residency in the best nightclub of Mauritius, Les Enfants Terribles. The breakthrough star with the bulletproof work ethic is credited as a driving force behind the fantastic health the scene currently enjoys.
In every aspect of his life – as DJ, producer & remixer– he is a tireless advocate for his art. DJ Ivan is expected to grow and mature, becoming an increasingly influential and venerated force in the Mauritian music scene.