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By Mila Camilleri   -  March 30, 2015

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DJ, lawyer, actor – LUKE DALLI has a busy schedule. Known most for his role in Sound Salon, SWAG caught up with Luke Funk and found out how he juggles it all.



When did you get into music and DJing?


I was six or seven when I started playing the piano. Back then I used to detest the fact that I was spending four hours a week with a nun instead of being at home on the sofa watching TV after a day at school. In hindsight, I strongly believe that if it wasn’t for that cute little patient nun, music wouldn’t be an integral part of my life and something which makes me so happy. DJing came later when I was 15 years old and had just started sixth form. I loved bass, groove and turntables, so I had to learn how that worked.



Who are your favourite artists?


This is always a tricky question to answer. I change my favorite artists quite often, but there are some who will be in my hall of fame forever. Chris Liebing, Marco Bailey, Dave Clarke, Daft Punk and Fatboyslim are in my evergreen top ten. Disclosure are my present dance music favorites because of their unique sounds and avant-garde musical approach. My favorite bands are Muse and Gorillaz.  



Tell us about your shows and the clubs you perform at.


My main promotion/event/extended family is Sound Salon. I was part of this team from day one and today this small dream became a renowned name on the Maltese clubbing scene and a fantastic reality for all of us. Today I get to perform in most of the big venues both in Malta and Gozo.  



Other than music, what are you up to?


My full time profession is that of a lawyer. But apart from law, I like to keep myself very busy in my free time. My biggest passion is theatre. I’m a part time actor and presenter, both on stage and on TV. I’m fully immersed and involved in the cultural sector in Malta, and I try my best to put the Maltese artistic sphere on the map for others to appreciate the talents that we have on this small island.


Since music is also an art form and since this article is about my DJing life, I also find time to spin records, make people dance and have a good time.   



Do you find a conflict between your other work and your DJ jobs?


It’s hard. Very hard. It’s not like tying accountancy to gardening. Most of the time, being a lawyer and a DJ creates many conflicts that typically are resolved in favor of the former. In fact, in the last two years I have reduced my gigs purposely due to this. Before I had weekends with up to six gigs. Today I stick to Sound Salon events and maybe some other large events that I know will be worth it. In a way I feel more exclusive like that, and at the same time, people appreciate my sets.



What has been the biggest event you have been involved in?


As funny as it may sound, my biggest gig was the warm up during a couple of mass meetings – forty thousand pumped up people! But apart from that I had many other events with an average of three thousand people, where I felt incredible on stage. Too many to mention individually, but let’s say I’ve had my fair share of adrenaline packed gigs over the past few years.



Have you met or worked with any top?


I shared the stage quite a number of worldclass DJs, from Steve Aoki, to 2many DJs, Roger Sanchez, Marco Bailey, Tiga, Bakermat, and Antoine Clamaran, to name a few. But the moment I will forever cherish is when one of my best friends had no idea the guy next to him was Rui da Silva, and played the handshake-no handshake trick on an international DJ, completing the joke with a traditional jupp! Hilarious Butti!     



What would you say is one thing that hypes up any crowd?


A well-placed classic track, but mind you – playing too many of them just means that the DJ is stuck in the past or is too lazy to find new songs.



What’s the fastest way to lose a dancefloor?


Not give the crowd what they came for. You can’t play 180 bpm techno to a commercial crowd. You can’t play a cheesy mainstream tune to an underground crowd.


Rule number 1 – know your crowd!



What have been your most memorable and worst moments performing so far?


The best moment will surely be playing the main set with my DJing partner StefB at Club Phoenix to a packed full house, and timing a set of fireworks to the best drop we had in our set. The feeling for a good two minutes was in between goose bumps and a heart attack.


Credit to Stefan Azzopardi and his pyrotechnic abilities for that.


Worst moment was playing in Ta’ Qali to a crowd of about two thousand and the equipment decided to die. Imagine me looking like total imbecile trying to explain that it’s not my idiocy but a power cut. Terrible! 



Where will you perform next?


As a team we are now gearing up for our Sound Salon summer weekly event. Which has been a totally highlight in our yearly calendar for the past here years.


Other than that, as a DJ, summer is always busier, so I look forward to seeing most of you on the dance floors. Preferably by you I mean good-looking ladies in colorful bikinis! 


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