Events have been postponed, gigs cancelled and music releases mostly came to a halt. Local artists spend a lot of time and money to create music that we get to enjoy. Due to the Covid-19 situation almost all sources of income for musicians and artists has stopped too.
When all this is over I urge every music lover to support these artists to get back on their feet ,keep creating the music we all love and bring us all together to celebrate the magic they create.
The ‘Lockdown Chat’ today is with uprising talented DJ Lex
Lex has been making quite a name for himself these last couple of years with clubbers and was also nominated in the Best DJ category at the Lovin’ Music Awards. Today I catch up with him to see how he started his career and to talk about his latest track with award winning local hip hop artist Eddie Fresco.
Lex, do you remember what or who inspired you to start DJ’ing?
I’ve been playing piano since I was 6 and have been into computers just as early, so music and tech were pretty much going to be two pillars in my life. DJ’ing was a way for me to do something which will influence a large number of people at once and that fascinated me. I saw a YouTube clip of deadmau5 in 2008 which triggered the bug of electronic music for me.
Some people have the impression that a DJ’s job is to just put a record on and just play. What does it really entail to be a good DJ?
I remember learning the difference between playing tracks and playing crowds – that moment when you manage to read your people is when it all clicks together. You have to have your ear to the ground and read what your people are feeling, what is relevant in the moment. What kicked everything off for me was making mashups with popular vocals with club tracks that I liked. It was a happy marriage where people can sing along but hear something different than what was on the radio. I still do that to this day – every track I play at my gigs is somehow customised to fit my show.
We see you play at various events round the islands and maybe most associate you with Sound Salon. Which gig was the most memorable so far?
Three gigs come to mind !
- When I played with a 50 piece orchestra – 2 Months preparing for a one hour show. The raw volume and power of an orchestra is mind blowing – I felt that moment even when they were tuning their instruments.
- Whenever I do my “Lex & Friends” night – which features a bunch of my local artist friends where we get together and I play with a different artist every 10 minutes in my set. Goes to show how versatile the talent on this island is. I try to do one every year.
- A matinee gig in 2016 where my pen drive corrupted three hours before the show. Me and “Profs” spent a good two hours looking for a stationery in Gozo on Carnival Saturday for a USB ! Managed to find one which was also a bottle opener. Opened that gig with a version of “wolf of wall street” and the place blew up.
You’ve recently released a track with local hip hop artist Eddie Fresco. How did that collaboration come about?
I first heard Eddie on “Gucci Links” but then dug into his whole album collection. I met him during the Lovin Malta Music Awards and we got in touch a couple of weeks later. I sent him the lyrics I had in mind and he sent the vocals in 30 minutes.
Whilst we come from slightly different worlds, me and Eddie are similar in that we don’t like to be labelled by a genre and that we realise how lucky we are to have loyal people in our lives who have our backs and are ready to support us in any way they can. That is why we dedicate this track to them – the crew. We never forget what they do for us.
And finally. Your message to your fans out there during this time?
TEAM LEX ! You have no idea how much I miss throwing down with you. But rest assured that I am using this time to make more of my original work for you guys. I’m so thankful that you are enjoying my tracks as I put a lot of love and care into them. So thank you, thank you for making me smile and making me happy every time we dance together. I will see you all very soon.