Hypeglo spends 1 night in r3hab!

April 22, 2013 in Press by Sophie Bowman

One night in R3hab

Super star DJ & producer R3hab speaks exclusively to Hypeglo Records’ director Sophie Bowman at The Inside Ibiza Magazine launch party.

R3hab, real name Fadil El Ghoul, is a 26 year old Amsterdam born DJ & producer.

Along with Afrojack and Chuckie, R3hab is one of the champions of the modern ‘’dutch house’’ scene; bringing additional psytance and gabber vibes.

His music has hit dance floors all over the world, featuring collaborations from music power horses such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, David Guetta and Flo Rida.

In March 2012, R3hab won the IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist Award during the Winter Music Conference in Miami.

What are the 3 most ridiculous things you’ve done in Ibiza?

Afterparties in pools and clubs; and throwing stuffed animals at our fans.

Which song sums up Ibiza for you?

Lykke Li ‘I follow you’.

What should budding DJ’s do to break into the Ibiza music scene?

Never give up!  Listen to constructive criticism, but don’t let people get you down.  Persistence is key!

How did it feel to win the IDMA best breakthrough artist award in Miami last year?

Fantastic; It was the icing on the cake of a crazy year.

You’re one of the most highly requested DJ’s for remixers in the dance scene; What was your big break to get to this level?

I started DJ-ing at 16/17 years old at home. In 2010 I started my own nights.  Electro took off in the States and opened a door for me as a younger DJ time.

Who was your break through client who cleared the way for R3hab?

Calvin Harris; he gave me my biggest opportunity by giving me Bounce ft Kelis to remix.  Calvin is absolutely inspirational!

You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in music; who has been the most fun to work with?

David Guetta was fantastic to work with; so professional.

Where should up and coming producers and remixers trying to get their foot in the door start from?

Be original; develop your own style, then you will get noticed!

What song reminds you of your first crush?

Montell Jordan ‘Get it on tonight’.

What are your 3 best survival tips for Ibiza?

Sleep, rehydrate and suntan lotion. (Avoid passing out on your balcony without lotion on!)

What are your favourite quotes?

‘’The top gets higher the more that you climb.’’

‘’You have to feel bad to feel joy’’.

What’s your ideal woman?

The most important thing for me is the right chemistry; we must be able to have fun, be attracted to each other and be serious when needed

Do you have any bunny boiler groupies?

I have a couple of crazy groupies who turn up to most of my gigs; they take their tops off…..but no bunny boilers.

In Atlantic City, most of my gigs are in casinos with hotel rooms upstairs; girls do try and sneak into my room.






8 days in R3hab;

Sunday – Crazy show in Austin, Texas before flying to Miami to hang out with friends.

Monday – Big show in Miami

Tuesday – Working on Miami after movie

Wednesday – Making new music

Thursday – Flew to Orlando to play a sick show.

Friday – Panama City beach, spring break!  Everything you hear about spring break is true; it’s wild!

Saturday – Flew to Montreal, Canada, for my big show at New City Gas.

Sunday – Flew home (to Amsterdam).


What’s my R3hab verdict?

I want to go to R3hab in Ibiza!

R3hab is not your stereotypical DJ; He’s uber professional and turned down my best efforts to get him drunk.

He’s humble and modest; despite his success, he remains focused on achieving greater things, of which I am sure he will!

Follow @djr3hab