101 with Jewel Kid

Jewel Kid was born in Malta and climbed the music train way back when he was still too young to legally enter the clubs. His name burst into the international scene back in 2011 when he won the Carl Cox worldwide remix competition held by Beatport and he was also awarded “Best Dance Production” at the Malta Music Awards. Jewel Kid has now developed into a globetrotting DJ with a gig schedule playing all over Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and South America in monumental clubs such as Space Ibiza, Space Miami, Womb Tokyo, Cielo New York, Egg London, Air Amsterdam, Sankeys Ibiza, City Hall Barcelona and every other 5-Star club on the list.

His tracks are regularly positioned into various Beatport top 100 charts. With releases on world-class labels such as Suara, Sleaze, Tronic, Break New Soil and his very own imprint ALLEANZA, Jewel Kid is proving to be one of the most talented techno producers & DJ's out there. The Journey is in full speed with a mindful of music and a hand full of dreams, making his tireless commitment and versatile music a theatre of techno for other masters to play and followers to join.

What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?

Definitely, my Genelec 1030A monitors. I’ve been using them for about 12 years and my ears are so used to them that I would go mental if something ever happened to them. In fact, I’m thinking of buying another pair and leave them there just in case.

Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?

The connection and chemistry you get in an intimate club is something very rare to experience at enormous festivals. Very large crowds tend to be very diverse, and trying to grab the whole crowd to become one is something very difficult to achieve.

Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?

Very few people know that my very first international gig was at the now-closed Space Ibiza. It was a very special night for me and I feel honoured to have played in such a legendary club. From playing in a small local club in Malta one weekend to being in the DJ booth of one of the best clubs in the world is something that I can’t really put into words.

What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?

One of the worst experiences was during one of my ADE shows in Amsterdam when everything went wrong in about 10 minutes. First, this huge lady dressed as a bumble bee came screaming on the microphone cursing everyone in dutch, then this duo that was performing after me blew up the electricity after plugging a setup that looked like it came out of a Star Trek movie.

Then everything went dark, so I sat down on one of these boxes that were forming this 10 meter or so pyramid on the stage, and not knowing that it was made out of thin cardboard, the whole thing came falling down on me; shattering the whole pyramid stage concept that the club had made hahaha!!! On the other hand, one of the best experiences was when we did our first Alleanza Showcase at OFF Sonar Week.

This small label from Malta threw a 12-hour techno party on the beach of Barcelona and without not knowing what to expect 3,000 people turned up for what has been one of the biggest milestones for Alleanza.   

Do you have any interests besides music?

I love gaming. For me, its either studio, travelling or PS4. Nothing else really matters :)

Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?

I think outdoor sunrise sets are the most special for me. I did play a few and the feeling you get from the crowd once the sun is rising is magical. It kinds of revitalises the whole energy of the crowd and brings a fresh mood to the dance floor. That's when the special rare-to-play track is spun.

What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?

I like the fact that our industry might be the only music industry that is like one big community. The artists connect and work with each other on a daily basis and the fans interact closely with their favourite acts. What I’m not so keen about is illegal downloads, but that opens up a whole big argument which I will lose it :)

If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?

I honestly can’t really answer that because I’m quite a control freak and not really fond of back to backs. Haha sorry! :)

What’s your biggest fear?

Going deaf or something that would not let me produce music anymore. I’m obsessed with making music and everyone around me would tell you how edgy I get when I spend a few days away from the studio.

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?

I think the bumblebee/star trek/pyramid gig was quite funny :)

Could you pick one timeless track?

Although it has been used and abused many times I still think that nothing beats Richie Hawtin’s “Plastikman - Spastik” track. It’s so stripped down and old school, yet it still sounds very recent.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

If you haven’t started making music and you’re thinking about giving it a shot, stay away from it because it will eat your life from the inside out hahahahaa. No really, if you think you have what it takes than grab it by the horns and never let go because hard work, dedication and a little bit of talent, will get you there in the end ;-)

Check out his forthcoming release on Sleaze Records that will be out on 20th February.

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018