Locals: Alwyn Interview

Who are you? How old are you?

I’m Alwyn, a 22-year-old from Malta. I am currently working in the IT sector, and over the past few years, I have developed a strong passion for Hypnotic and Groovy Techno music. 

How many months/ years have you been Djing / producing?

I bought my controller a bit more than a year ago, and have been experimenting on it ever since. Started really getting into it and discovering my own style at the start of this year.

Mention an artist that inspired you to become a DJ/producer?

My passion for DJing truly blossomed during my experience at Radion, Amsterdam, where I had the opportunity to hear Oscar Mulero perform. Although my current style may differ from his, he remains one of my all-time favorite DJs to this day. If I were to choose another favorite DJ whose style aligns more closely with mine, it would undoubtedly be Marron. The way he manages to maintain the energy throughout the set, with little to no breaks, is truly outstanding.

Is there a local artist that you look up to and love to see play at events?

There are two individuals who have played a pivotal role in shaping my journey so far. These two persons have helped me understand the fundamentals, and provided me with all the tools needed to take off on my own. They are LUIGI and Stefano M.

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

In my opinion, it all comes down to proper track selection and smooth EQ mixing – in a way that the whole set sounds like it’s one track, without drastic differences from one track to another. I consider patience with track-transitions and style-shifts during a set a crucial skill that I constantly work towards mastering.

How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?

I spend my days during my normal routine listening to both old and new artists. This way, I can learn different things from different artists and generations. I do follow and listen to new productions/mixes/artists, but I don’t follow “trends”. I believe when everyone follows the current ongoing trend, the individuality and creativity of each artist gets lost.

What would you say is the most rewarding part of being a DJ?

Watching ravers letting go of their day-to-day worries and dancing to a set that I’ve curated is an incredibly fulfilling and gratifying feeling.