The Element is a household name when it comes to melodic house and techno music. Although he is originally from the small island of Malta, he is well known in the four corners of the world thanks to a career that began in the early 1990s and continues apace to this day.
His profile is boosted internationally after his track ‘Judgment Day’ was played at almost every Tale Of Us concert around the world in 2019, while live he has performed alongside some of the biggest names. of electronic music, including Tale of Us, Mind Against. , Matthew Johnson, Richie Hawtin, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Sasha, Dixon, DJ Tennis, Art Department to name a few.
He is also well known for his big Cosa Nostra events in Malta: a Sunday night concept that is arguably the biggest electronic music event in Malta.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
Thanks for talking to us. Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
I am currently in Milano for the weekend before going back home to Malta and get ready for my next shows in South and Central America, which I am looking forward to. It has been a relentless year, so no matter how much I enjoy touring and playing – at the same time I try to spend as much time as possible with my family.
When did the idea of starting a musical project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
I would say it started 30 years ago and has never stopped since. Then, we started building a weekly event concept called Cosa Nostra in Malta.. it was once called “the greatest unexpected outbursts”. A lot of great artists travelled to play at the events, who now have become good friends of mine. But I always knew that I wanted to work on my own music and give a different kind of experience to people.
What are some of the key techniques behind your approach to DJing?
If I look back, I can confidently say I have tried everything I possibly could. At the moment, I like to have long sets, that are clean… Not a big fan of cutting or scratching. It’s all about the journey that you can take a person on with the sound.
And always playing new unreleased music .
How much time do you tend to spend digging for new music?
I don’t think I can give you a simple answer. Well maybe I can.. I spend most of the time doing that. When you are surrounded by so many talented artists you are exposed to a lot of music, get inspired by the old, hear what is unreleased and get ideas from everything around you.
What other artists are you interested in these days?
There are a lot of talented artists that I am interested but it constantly changes. It depends on the releases, the development of their sound etc. Examples like Tale of Us, DJ Tennis.. these artists will always be interesting.
Can you tell us anything about your projects for 2023?
This year my plan is to work on a lot of music, tour… maybe an album. There are a lot of ideas and projects yet to be announced.