Spain's biggest DJ and all round global house music superstar, Wally Lopez has been at the top of his game for well over a decade and then some. We're very proud to speak to him about his views on the scene and wider issues in between his incredible Ibiza summer schedule. Enjoy!
Thanks very much for taking time out to speak to us. Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?
Yes! I’m in Ibiza… and it’s been an amazing week, playing at Space and Blue Marlin and I went to the EMI music Ibiza conference, where I played my whole album for all of the EMI world.
Summer is here and all eyes turn to Ibiza! Can you tell us what projects you are involved in on the White Island this summer?
Doing the 123 Festival. I’ve got like 18 gigs in Space and 5 in Blue Marlin. So it’s pretty busy on the Island where I live.
Ibiza must be one of the places you have performed the most over your long career. When did you first visit the island and what early memories do you have of the party scene back then?
First gig was at El Divino and I don’t have very good memories of that week. I promised myself that I would never come back here and now I’m based here. So things have changed a lot for me, I’ve been here for the last 12 years.
Obviously there is a massive club and festival scene beyond Ibiza in the rest of Spain. What is your perspective on the health of house music and club culture in Espanola in 2012?
Well we are in a huge crisis but still trying to do our best. I’m doing the main stages at Rock In Rio, 123 festival, Creamfields and Happyland. So we are still doing good stuff here but it’s tough and what with the crisis, promoters will need to do better than ever before.
Like the UK and the rest of Europe, we sadly read a lot about unemployment and hard times in Spain. How is this affecting club culture in your country and what are the feelings from young people in general?
Honestly, feeling really sad with that. It´s true that the situation is bad but for example Sonar hit their targets this year, so it´s an example that young people want to get out and listen to good music and party. Also it’s working like a filter, years before everything worked, now you need to do your best.
You travel worldwide of course. Over the last 12 months have you found yourself spending more time in certain parts of the dance planet? Where are your favourite places to tour right now and why?
Well the States is getting big for me, especially Miami. Also Brazil is getting huge. But my biggest markets are Spain and South America.
It’s obviously DJ Mag Top 100 Poll time of year. How has being a regular feature in the Top 100 DJs list helped your career and what other Spanish DJs would you love to see make an impact in the voting this year and why?
Yes, I think it´s important to be in the poll mostly I have found it helps my tours with sponsors. We have some amazing DJs in Spain, who should be in the Top 100 as Ismael Rivas, Oscar Mulero or Bias.
The commercial ‘Swedish’ house sound has made a global impact on dance music over the last 12 months. We know and love Wally Lopez for his more traditional funky and tribal sounds of course. Are you also a fan of this new sound or has it lost the soul of real house music?
Well it isn’t proper house music but I do respect whatever an artist does. My new album is little bit more pop than funky and tribal but it´s time to progress and get more people involved in the EDM.
Your own productions bring the sunshine to house music parties all over the world. Can you give a tip to younger producers reading this on how to achieve that funky Wally Lopez sound?
Hahahahaha this is very difficult to describe but come over Spain and see our roots. Maybe that will help!
Finally, we’re definitely having a renaissance of the superstar DJ age! What’s the most superstar thing Wally Lopez has done over the last 12 months!!
I’m not a really superstar DJ but flying to a few gigs in a private jet was very superstar for a DJ from my neighbourhood!
Big thanks to Wally Lopez for taking the time out to speak with us.
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