Locals: Spork Interview

Who are you? How old are you?

Hello i am Dylan Debono and I am 30 years old.

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

I have been djing for around 7 years and I have been producing for around 3 years but lately I ramped up my focus on music production and hopefully soon  will start ro release music. 

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

Our tiny Island has brought up some amazing artists which is really amazing. Some of the names that i look up to are Giaçintè, Owen Jay, Sean rickett, Gordon Flash, U jack, sonitus echo, Sound Synthesis, Budg and lately I had the opportunity of hearing Hori and he hit the nail right on the head. There are some upcoming artists which have a positive future if they keep working on their craft.

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

To be a successful dj you have to find your sound and style, be original, not afraid to risk and experiment, getting out of your comfort zone and most importantly adapting to the slot you’re playing by building a journey of sounds and the required bpm. Personally to start a party with peak time tracks and high bpm is a lack of discipline and is one of the things that seperates a good dj from a random dj that knows how to pitch and mix. Reading the crowd and be one with them,   keeping in mind not be a crowd pleaser after all people pay money to hear you for what you love and want to share with them. Stay true to your craft never let social media, money or fame get to your head.

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

After years of searching you build a portfolio of artists and record labels. I receive emails from websites such as bandcamp and beatport with new releases from labels and artists that you already follow. From there you keep on branching to new labels and artists which are your cup of tea. It’s an expensive yet beautiful rabbit hole.

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

I think most rewarding part in the entertainment business is that you give your audience an immersive experience which they will remember and cherish for their life. A good musical experience will inspire people and I always hope, that from the experience I give, others will be inspired to create beautiful art, afterall we are growing and learning together.