Locals: KYLE CORTIS Interview

Who are you? How old are you?

I’m Kyle Cortis, and I’m 25 years old

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

Music has always been a big part of my life and I started djing when I was around 13 years old. I had my first actual gig when I was 15, so I guess you could say I’ve been properly djing for roughly 10 years now. When it comes to music production, I’ve only been producing for the past year. I recently finished my first tracks which I’ve been waiting to debut especially for this set.

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

Instead of mentioning one specific artist, I’d rather give credit to the local scene here in Malta as a big source of my inspiration. Some of the many promotions which have had a big influence on me as an artist have to be XPOSE and Disorder. I still remember attending one of my first events, just around the time when I had turned 17, at The Playground back in 2015 when XPOSE brought down SNTS.

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

As I’m sure some of the other artists have already told you, there’s simply too many to mention and I wouldn’t like to leave anyone out. We’re really lucky to have some exceptional local selectors and producers, and I’m glad to be part of such a flourishing scene.

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

I believe that the short answer to that question would be having a good ear combined with the ability to read a room. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that one shouldn’t limit themselves with their “safe selection” or be scared of playing the wrong tracks. Experience and self-evaluation after every gig helps with this.

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

When searching for music, I don’t prioritise trends, as what’s trending isn’t really something of value for me. I tend to initially start my search by looking out for labels and artists which I like, mostly on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, then my search expands from there. I also like doing the occasional record digging session once in a while.

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

Knowing that you had the privilege of controlling a collective group’s musical journey for an amount of time. It’s a priceless feeling that’s quite special and difficult to beat.