A popular DJ from Handsworth revealed his dream life while working at a celebrity-exclusive hotel.
Des Mitchell, singer Jamelia’s uncle, works at the five-star Six Senses Laamu resort on the beautiful Maldives island in the Indian Ocean.
He was invited to work at the resort by the hotel boss and is currently enjoying his seventh winter on the island.
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There he starred for such stars as actor Danny Devito, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, actor Sam Worthington, actress Dakota Johnson, singer Jessie J, and TV presenters Davina McCall and Holly Willoughby.
A long way from Des’s youth who grew up in Handsworth, where he admitted he had been a bit crazy.
Des, a pupil at Rookery Road Primary School, was born in Westbourne Road, Handsworth, where The Desmonds TV show was filmed.
He became a roadie for a well-known local DJ called Jonny Olsen and was bitten by the showbiz bug.
Des quickly diversified and established a reputation as a leading artist in the halls of the Black Country.
He then graduated from his own BBC radio show, playing the latest soul, dance and reggae sounds.
He built an enormous Birmingham as a result of concerts at the city’s legendary nightclubs, Liberty’s, Faces and Peppermint Place.
However, a friend took cassettes of Des’s music to Spain, and beach resort revelers quickly demanded to know who produced the best tunes that inspired their vacation memories.
A stay in Tenerife was followed by a residency in Europe’s largest disco BCM in Mallorca, where Des established his summer residence.
Other celebrities he has appeared before during his brilliant musical career include the Prince of Monaco, Indian steel mogul Lakshmi Mittal and Domenico Dolce of Dolce and Gabbana.
Des told BirminghamLive: “I’m currently halfway through my seventh to eighth winter and it’s always a bit special here.
“I was lucky enough to get myself a luxury villa as my home while I was here in my contract and they cost $ 11,000 a night or around £ 8,000 so I have a big smile on my face all the more days since the boss continued the same agreement on an annual basis.
“I love being here and I’ve met so many interesting people. I’ve played for a lot of celebrities over the years.
“Actor Sam Worthington is a very nice guy. Holly Willoughby and her partner have also asked me to join them for a drink in the wine cellar where we have wine parties.
“Former German football manager Joachim Low asked me if I could teach him how to be a DJ.
“Years ago when I was in Mallorca Demonico Dolce from Dolce and Gabbana came when I was sitting by the pool.
“He said ‘good music last night.’ He then posed for a photo with me.
“I’ve played for so many celebrities. Obviously, I will never approach them, but if they approach me for a chat, that’s fine.
“I love my job and I am so lucky.”
In April, Des will return to Mallorca and to the BCM International Hotel in Magaluf where he is a resident DJ.
Former Ministry of Sound frontman Des was the mixer behind the anthems of Top Five clubs, such as Watergate’s Heart of Asia, which reached number three on the charts, and Welcome To The Dance, which reached the Mountain peak.
He also has a new club track coming up for the summer titled “My Planet Rocks” and will be releasing via Manchester UK label My Oh My Records for the summer and writing new tracks for future UK singer Rebecca Parry.
Des also still records his radio show at 6 p.m. for Radio One Mallorca.
He has also worked in London, Thailand and Singapore as the face of the Ministry of Sound.
He also tops the charts of clubs in Korea, India, South Africa, China, Taiwan, Canada, Miami and many other exotic destinations, alongside legendary DJs such as Judge Jules, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold and Chris Moyles of Radio One.
But Des will never forget his Birmingham roots and return to Handsworth when he can.
He added: “I grew up in Handsworth, where this life is probably a million miles from how I live now, but I’ve never forgotten because that’s what keeps me going.
“I venture out whenever possible as my mom still lives right next to Handsworth Park and I always mostly walk to the bandstand where I did my first outdoor show for WM radio in 1982. Handsworth is always in my heart.”
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