We sit down with Maltese DJ, producer, Gringos resident and Yakuza party head honcho Daniel Blade. We celebrate his recent 7rituals release ‘Good To Me’ and find out more about the man behind the music…

What inspired you to pursue a career in djing and music production?

My brother was a DJ back in the day so the interest was always there, I used to play for my friends before taking my first residency and started to organise my own events shortly after. Producing came later and I both find them very rewarding, organising an event where i can headline and play music I produce.

How would you describe your style as a DJ and producer?

I’m a very versatile DJ, having played with different artists from around the world randing from Techno to Melodic to House DJs, I’m always adapting to my DJ sets. As a producer my main style is melodic, but I still love to delve into different genres.

Can you share some insights into your upcoming release on 7rituals?

This is one of my favourite EPs I ever produced. All tracks differ from one another and received some very good feedback from big artists.

What challenges have you faced in your journey as a dj and producer, and how have you overcome them?

I love a challenge, but I know I get stronger when I overcome them. Competition is always healthy also, it helps you work harder to reach bigger goals.

What do you enjoy most about being a resident DJ at UNO & Gringos Malta?

Uno is like our home in Summer and the best club on the island & Gringos, I was a resident from the start, Carl Bee came up with the concept more than 10 years ago and have been solid ever since. So being part of something you hold close to your heart is always fun. Uno hosts the biggest festivals on the island and getting to play your own music for thousands of people every weekend throughout the summer is something i never want to stop doing.

Which performance or collaboration has been the most memorable for you so far, and why?

There’s been many performances which will forever remain embedded in my memory, even more so when organising my own events. However my favourite gig was when i played before Paul Kalkbrenner at the Summerdaze festival infront of thousands of people at Uno. It was short notice as there was a venue change due to strong winds so didn’t know I had to play that slot till a few hours before. It’s probably my favourite gig ever.

How do you prepare for your sets at festivals like Trip festival and Elrow?

It’s always an honour for me to be included in festivals like these in Malta, I played Fisher Pres. Trip last year at a Melodic stage with Fideles, Colyn, Brina Knaus and Space motion. Elrow i played many times in Malta and once in Sicily. Festivals are always fun as you get many ravers from around the world in one place.

What advice would you give to aspiring DJs and producers looking to break into the industry?

Work hard, no shortcuts… be versatile in the beginning of your career and create your own brand and identity. Always believe you can do it, you will be rejected many times but dedication and perseverance in everything, Attend events and connect with others artists and promoters, put yourself out there.

How do you stay creative and inspired when working on new music?

Everyone finds inspiration in different things, for me it’s always about feelings… what you feel in the moment. I’m mostly inspired after an event, testing new music whilst performing will always give me a clear indication of what’s working and what’s not, but I still like to play around and see where the music takes me.

What are your goals and aspirations for the future of your music career?

The ultimate goal for me is playing a new city every other weekend so a full calendar around the world will always be my ultimate goal. This can be achieved by more work in the studio of course but I’m determined to make it happen.

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Buy ‘Good To Me’ HERE.