ED BLACK

It has been 10 years since I discovered electronic music. Back in my early raving days, I was influenced by dub, minimal and house, and it’s only then at my first techno rave when Ben Klock had come to perform in Malta, I felt an instant connection with the music.

That night I felt I had found a voice in what I wanted to do. I was always into music from an early age, trying different instruments and influenced by all sorts of music like heavy metal, hip-hop, 80’s stuff etc. I also used to play football for my local team and country when I was younger, but there was always a part of me that was convinced that my true calling was music.

Interview

It has been 10 years since I discovered electronic music. Back in my early raving days, I was influenced by dub, minimal and house, and it’s only then at my first techno rave when Ben Klock had come to perform in Malta, I felt an instant connection with the music. That night I felt I had found a voice in what I wanted to do. I was always into music from an early age, trying different instruments and influenced by all sorts of music like heavy metal, hip-hop, 80’s stuff etc. I also used to play football for my local team and country when I was younger, but there was always a part of me that was convinced that my true calling was music.

Personally, I was never a big fan of recording sets as I have developed a philosophy over my time DJing that I do what I do because I value moments, and because it gives me personal satisfaction seeing all the smiles and sweaty faces on the dance floor. I have been influenced by a lot of artists with different styles over the years, and it took a long time for me to develop my style of mixing. If I had a pick one artist who I truly admire on personal level, as a musician and who has played a big role in personal development as a DJ, it would be DVS1. Zak has inspired me and a lot of young upcoming artists with his dedication to the scene. In my own opinion, he is one of the most talented and respected DJs in the scene, always working in the mix and pushing boundaries.

Yes, I think originality is very important, as one needs to find their own voice and vision. For me personally, I was influenced by a lot of genres of techno music, but I felt a big connection with fast-paced rhythmic grooves and spacey sounds, so my objective is to deliver all the knowledge that has inspired me over the years, by combining all that has inspired me and delivering it in my own way. I still work on myself every day, constantly criticizing myself to become better and better. Sometimes almost to point of driving myself crazy, but I think it is healthy as there is always room for improvement.

What works for me personally is getting proper rest before a gig, having a calm state of mind, and a good idea of what I am to deliver. Preparation and music organizing are also very important, but only to an extent. I never enjoyed opening sets myself, as it never felt right for me. I started performing and organizing parties with a few friends back at the beginning of 2019, who had a similar vision to mine under the promotion called Selekt. After a year I realized that most of my opportunities to perform were opening sets, which didn’t give me any personal satisfaction. I only feel comfortable being myself, and I leave my “slower-paced” sets for a different genre. I also play dub minimal on the side, as it takes me away from the hard-hitting sounds of techno.

I am still planning on moving to Berlin for a few months in the near future, with the intention of expanding my knowledge in production and also for me to develop my own vision of techno. I am also significantly limited to what music works for what I do and I also feel it restricts me from a creative point of view. Unfortunately, a lot of my plans were disrupted due to the on-going Corona Virus and other personal reasons, but things should still be going ahead once I have a steady mindset to go ahead with it. Currently, I don’t have many upcoming gigs as I haven’t pushed myself out there as much as I should have, but hopefully, in the future, I will get opportunities to perform a bit more and maybe possibly internationally. However, my main target currently is to develop myself more and to work on improving myself to become better and better every day as an artist, and eventually finding my own voice with my own productions. 

Well, I think art can mean many things, but if I had to choose two words to describe art it would be creativity and self-expression. My approach to art is to express all that I am feeling and all my experiences through my music with the hope of inspiring others to get in touch with their emotions. My advice to those who have a dream to express themselves through their own craft is to do what you do with love. If you do that, it will give back to you one day or another, whether it’s your own definition of “success” or personal satisfaction.