A personality near and dear to Ibiza nightlife has asked for support from friends and colleagues during a time of hardship. DJ Alfredo (real name Alfredo Fiorito) has launched a fundraiser to cover various personal expenses after suffering a stroke on top of financial turmoil brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This last year has been a disaster for so many of us; I have had no work or income for almost a year and recently suffered a stroke which has affected my health, and like many in the music world my situation is very bad,” Fiorito writes. “I can no longer pay my rent or support my family and so I humbly ask if you can help with your donations so I can keep going.”
Fiorito intends to offer supporters something in return. He continues, “At the same time I want to start a project in which I can give something back to all my supporters through my history in the world of music and nightlife: mixes, posters, music and all the work I’ve done for over 30 years, sharing that work with you, and so open a channel where everyone can participate.”
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DJ Alfredo is a name widely known in Ibiza nightlife lore. Born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, he relocated first to mainland Spain and then to the White Isle in 1976 at the age of 23. After working as a candlemaker and delivery driver, among other things, he began to DJ regularly at a bar called Be Bop.
The following year, Fiorito debuted at the now iconic Amnesia Ibiza – and by 1984 he was a resident. Then, in 1987, Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Nick Holloway and Johnny Walker made a historic visit to the club. Inspired by the eclecticism of Fiorito’s sets, Oakenfold and Rampling each set up their own Balearic-inspired club brands: Spectrum and Shoom, respectively.
Fiorito is not the only well-known Ibiza DJ to fall on hard times amid the COVID-19 crisis. Last year, Café Del Mar mainstay José Padilla launched a fundraiser of his own after being diagnosed with cancer. He passed away at the age of 64 in October.
At the time of writing, DJ Alfredo’s fundraiser has amassed nearly €9,500 of its €25,000 target. Donations can be made via GoFundMe.