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Tags:   Music,   DJs,   Entertainment

By Johnathan Cilia   -  February 22, 2017

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Maltese DJ Pocci has been busy between his Strictly RNB events, his residency at Ryan's and work with UNO Malta. SWAG caught up with the DJ as he prepares for his Carnival party, Space Invaders, at Ku Club this weekend.



When and why did you get into music and DJing?


It all started way back in 2009 when a group of friends and myself decided to start organizing parties for people our age ie. youths like myself that had a passion for nightlife and dance music but were still too young to get into clubs. Although initially I was mainly involved from the promoting side, towards the last few events we organized, my love for dance music became apparent, and that’s where my actual career as a DJ kicked off. 

Who are your favourite artists and why?

Even though it may sound strange, the first person that really made me appreciate the beauty of music was the great Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who continues to impress me with the enormity of his voice. Despite the pleasure I get out of playing dance music, I always look forward to a quiet hour at home listening to some of his most popular pieces. 

What can you tell us about your shows and the clubs you work with?

It’s always a different experience, and that’s the way it’s meant to be. I play at venues across the board, from the summery afternoons at Uno Malta, the exclusive underground vibe at The Playground, to the warm pub feel at Ryan’s. However the work doesn’t stop there. I also host my own shows from time to time at Aria Complex and am fortunate enough to be able to do so on our sister island Gozo, where I am blessed with constant support, and that it is why the Gozitan crowd is so close to my heart. 

Do you find a conflict between your DJing and any other jobs you have/other parts of your life?

No.  Over the years I have been able to develop my love for music and event promotion into my full time job. This with the help of an amazingly dedicated team of people that constantly try to push the music industry forward. 

Do you do any radio work?

It’s not a medium that I’m involved in at the moment, although it’s definitely something that interests me, so I wouldn’t rule out the possibility. 

Tell us about your latest projects.

A project I’m most proud of, which I am investing a lot of time and energy into at the moment is Strictly RnB. The main scope of the brand is to take hip-hop and RnB in Malta to the next level. So far, it has been received with positive feedback, and we began the promotion for our fourth show a few months ago. It will be held in Gozo on the 25th of February.

How big is the market for your kind of music?

To be completely honest, the niche for this for this type of music isn’t so large. This doesn’t discourage me at all. I will continue to work hard to push hip-hop and RnB, and hopefully the situation will be different the next time we meet.

What was the biggest event(s) you have been involved in?

From a DJing point of view, I’ve been blessed with major opportunities to open for musical giants such as Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix and Tiesto to name a few. From the perspective of an upcoming promoter, this carnival will see Strictly RnB reach another milestone being close to sold out with just under a week to go. 

Have you worked with any foreign producers?

I have worked with foreign producers in the past; however at this point in my career it is something I have had to sideline in order to be able to keep up with current gigs/events.

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

Definitely interacting with the crowd. It is surprising just how much a crowd appreciates a DJ that makes good use of the microphone. 

What have been your best and worst moments performing so far?

The best moment for me up until now was playing to 10,000 people in Gozo. It’s the biggest crowd I’ve played to up until now, and its an experience I will always cherish. I can’t really think of something right now, and even if there have been negative experiences I always do my best to brush them aside and focus on the positives that may come out of it.

What upcoming shows are you looking forward to?

My summer residency at Uno Malta as well as Space Invaders this weekend in Gozo where we'll be playing all the best hip hop and RNB and a special exclusive 2hr set from myself.

Finally, where can people find you and your music?

You can find me exclusively at Ryan’s Pub in winter, and Uno Malta in summer.  To keep up with my upcoming events just subscribe to my Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PocciMLT

Main Photo by Emma Tranter


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