UGS Interviews Rising Maltese Techno Producer – Deprave

UGS Interviews Rising Maltese Techno Producer – Deprave

Deprave releases his first EP, Here-After on Dazed & Confused records.

At just 21, this Maltese techno producer is going places this is seen by the support of heavyweights in the techno industry, Richie Hawtin, Joris Voorn, Riva Starr, Steve Perry.

You’ve just released your first EP what can your fans and techno fans in general expect?

Although this is my first ever EP I feel that I’ve tried to give a direction of what I want to project with my image and my mixes throughout this last year. I’m very much in the rough tough kind of techno and I want to follow what Adam Beyer, Pig&Dan, Mark Reeve and similar artists are doing.

When did you start producing and who were your early influences?
I started studying music from the age of eight. At the age of fourteen I wished to take my studies to the next level. Electronic music was always something that hit me so I decided to start learning on my own step by step on how to produce. I put in long hours every day watching tutorials and learning new techniques.
In 2017 I  started producing. My early influences were Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Pig&Dan. I would  play all their tracks every second, every minute of the day.
How would you describe your development from the early years to where you are now?
In my opinion there has been major progress in my production skills which I find are now starting to come together. I’m also seeing my confidence grow in the DJ booth.
The early years were a journey of experimentation and research. I think 2018 was one of the best for my career when I joined forces with Raven Music Agency and Dazed&Confused Records. I’m now a resident DJ with the new concept called Fridazed at Cloudberry in Sliema.

Do you have to be in a particular mindset to create?

Music is a part of my everyday life, but when I’m in my car that’s where I really get inspired. I’ll switch on some techno music and the creative juices just flow.

Could you take us through a day in your life?
Well I’m a very energetic person, so my morning starts with me running around and organizing my day then I grab a Red Bull to really get me going. My weekend schedule is usually next up, if I’m playing a set I start to prep for that by looking for new music and mentally preparing myself for the show. Then it’s time to produce some beats for a few hours then wind down with my girl and friends.
What marks the end of a DJ performance for you, considering they could go on forever?
You can feel the energy being drained, when that energy  starts to drop I like to push just that little bit more  then stop at the height to leave that longing for more. Artist’s know how to play with the emotion of a crowd and I think I do that very well.

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Words by Ian Hinksman