Locals: DAMZ

Who are you? How old are you?

 My name is Damjan Zahra and go by the stage name of Damz. I am 20 years old, soon to be 21.

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

 I have been Djing now for a little over 5 years and producing for 1 year and a half.

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

My inspiration to become a DJ was my brother Nikky who at the time had already been djing for 10 years. It is also from him I learned how to DJ. With regards to producing, I felt that I needed a new challenge and started a production course with one of my favourite Maltese artists – Human Safari.

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

There are many! Apart from my brother (Nikky) who I will always look up to, the local artists who inspire most are Human Safari , Budg , Echofaze and Edd who are all making a name for themselves abroad both in djing and producing. Furthermore, I want to mention my close dj friends who are all smashing it at the moment: Georg, Stk, Millø, Eaub, Musa. Seeing them succeed inspires and motivates me more. 

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

Apart from knowing how to mix, I feel that one of the best DJ skills one should have to be more successful, is to know how to read the crowd. I feel it is important as it helps you make the most of your set in terms of people liking it. Another good skill Is to be open to listen to feedback and criticism. Nobody is perfect so it helps to listen to other people’s opinions which can help you improve to be a better DJ/Producer.

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

 I feel that the best way to stay up to date with releases for me is to be aware of the releases of my favourite labels and artists. Apart from that I look music for music on Beatport, Soundcloud, Apple Music/Spotify and see what’s in vogue at the moment but keeping in mind the sounds that I like. It is also worth mentioning that I love digging for old vinyls at record stores as I always try to find tracks which aren’t digitally formatted, thus giving my music library a little bit of a unique touch. 

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

There are many rewarding moments as a DJ. Seeing people dance to the music you’re playing or even better producing is one hell of a feeling. But, the most rewarding part as a DJ for me is when, you pull-off a good warm-up for an event, by removing the resistance and getting the people to dance, making the club shift from the opening phase to the peak time phase. After all the most important set of the night personally is the warm-up.