Locals: GIAÇINTÉ Interview

Who are you? How old are you?

I’m Charlon Calleja ( Giaçinté ) and I’m 35 years of good life 

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

So I started learning playing vinyl at the age of 20 with the help of Darren Borg (Faddy) in his studio, and Conrad James Galea (Conrad Heal ) which he had a record shop “Release the Groove” in Sliema. They thought me the basics, in which helped me to kick off my 14 years of Djing, In regards of Production I started 3 years ago experimenting with ambient, drone and abstract/groove techno sounds, in which for now I had the privilege to release an EP called Onomatopeia for the local label Systolic & Vehemence EP for the UK based label Liminal Spaces.

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

When I was about 10 I remember listening to a lot of different genres from tape cassette in which I used to record from local radio stations, and buying with my brother from record shops. I was always astonished when I hit play and listen to music especially the electronic sounds, it gave me so much inspiration and curiosity on how its done.

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

I love to listen to new fresh sounds to my ears, I follow artists which experiment and let them self free in what they do. Aidan Somers, Christian Attard aka Ghostt & Ghajn il-Widen are the artists that came to my mind.

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

Well I think this is something personal on every and each artist, because it’s a matter of character and experiences you had in your life. The way to have your skills flow to success, firstly you need to be yourself!!. Be creative and if you enjoy what you’re doing, keep learning and searching to release new ideas 

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

Normally I listen to a lot of podcasts and I dig deeply from one artist/label to another, but lately I was travelling around Europe for Festivals such as Parallel, Monument and Waking Life, they opened me new doors when it comes to diverse sounds in electronic music.

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

First of all I must say that the most important thing is having the best sound system around you in the event, cause by that I will be enjoying myself and totally confident while playing. I’m saying this because to give the crowd a very good time firstly you need to be comfortable in your zone. The most rewarding part for me is when I deliver a long build up story telling set, in which I feel the crowd connected and having an amazing trip.