Locals: LUIGI Interview

Who are you? How old are you?

I’m a 21 years old Malteser with a strong love for music and anything which brings people together. I’m also an architecture student.

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

I’ve been playing for entertainment for the past year and a half. But I’ve involved myself in music since I was 6 – especially when it comes to percussions.

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

I think that the years 18 – 21 are very crucial for one’s identity. The music you discover during this time has a very intense effect on you as a person. I discovered artists such as KI/KI and Anetha during this time and I think their music had a large impact on where I want to go with regards to style. Danny Wabbit is also somebody I’ve learnt a lot from.

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

If there’s one person in Malta who’s inspired me and has helped me understand the world of techno and DJing, it’s Stefano M. I love watching him mix and perceiving music from his perspective

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

Any DJ must definitely have a concept of tempo and beat matching. With regards to techno in particular, a techno DJ should look to build a deep understanding of how people react to different sounds and instruments. The juggle between too repetitive and too chaotic is a constant game one needs to know how to play. It’s like a sixth sense which not every individual is born with.

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

Being a student, I use my time working on projects to listen to as many upcoming artists as possible simultaneously. I enjoy writing notes to understand where the direction of electronic music is heading and how it constantly changes.

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

The ability to have control over a journey that will ideally affect people’s emotions and experiences for the better. I think it’s a beautiful way to connect with other people without the need of verbal communication. Simply witnessing people dance when playing is like watching a free beautiful performance.