One more time BeirutNightLife.Com Team is here to get you the best in NightLife coverage, an exclusive interview with DJ Anthony Pappa after his GIG on the NYE.
BNL: How long have you been DJ’ing?
Anthony: 19 Years.
BNL: What inspired you to be a DJ?
Anthony: It was my passion of music and being able to create ideas by mixing tracks together.
BNL: If you were trapped on a desert Island and you had to choose between TV and Radio, which would it be?
Anthony: TV because you can also get radio or MTV on a television.
BNL: Your style is quite a happy vibe, who inspired you to play like that?
Anthony: My biggest inspiration as a DJ was Sasha.
BNL: Have you got any memorable foreign moments?
Anthony: I’ve got many. Every week my gig’s are always foreign so all of my memories are foreign.
BNL: Which other DJs do you look to hear play?
Anthony: Sasha, John Digweed, Dave Seaman, or Phil K.
BNL: What was your defining musical moment?
Anthony: Probably my first Global Underground CD Nu Breed.
BNL: How about advice for DJs trying to take their craft to the next level?
Anthony: Try to be creative when you mix 2 tracks together. Mixing isn’t always just about matching up the beats together. Try to mix the sounds from the tracks as well as the beats.
BNL: How important is it to be physically near to the dance floor?
Anthony: I think that it is important in order for the DJ to get a true feeling and read of the atmosphere from the dance floor.
BNL: What’s the biggest crowd you’ve ever played for? And what do you think about the Lebanese Crowd?
Anthony: It would have to be about 500,000 people at a street parade in Budapest. The Lebanese crowd was great when l played on NYE and l enjoyed the gig.
BNL: How important is having a good record collection to being a good DJ?
Anthony: Well it definitely helps to have a good record collection and a good understanding of music and where things originate from. You can’t beat experience and knowledge.
BNL: What do you learn/have you learnt from DJing?
Anthony: How to be a great traveler and how to handle jetlag.
BNL: What’s the secret of your success?
Anthony: Hard work and determination and self belief.
BNL: What records do you look for when you’re searching; what are the things you look for?
Anthony: Firstly l listen to the style of the track and to see if it’s my style and something that l would play. If l then like the track l determine how l would use it in a set and think of how l make it effective on the night and present it to the dance floor in a way that it will work for me and inspire the crowd.
BNL: What is the buzz personally for you as a DJ?
Anthony: Sharing my sounds with people and putting a smile on their faces.
BNL: Do you think DJing leads naturally into production?
Anthony: Yes l do. Most DJ’s that l know have produced music.
BNL: Why ?
Anthony: Because DJ’s play other peoples tracks every week and they know best as too what works well on the dance floor so they can then produce a track with the right ingredients.
BNL: Do you consider the DJ an artist nowadays?
BNL: What makes a good DJ or bad DJ?
Anthony: A good DJ will understand the crowd and know how to read a crowd and be creative enough to perform the appropriate set to ensure a good night out for all. A bad DJ basically will not be skilful enough to do so.
BNL: Do you think there’s a correlation between ego and communion when you think of bad DJs?
Anthony: In my opinion probably not.
BNL: What have you learnt about music from DJing?
Anthony: Every thing that there is to know about my style of music. From how it is made to how it is played.
BNL: Can you tell us in brief about your gig in Lebanon on the NYE?
Anthony: I started my set at 2am and the New Year had already begun. When l arrived at the gig the night was already in full swing and people were already having a good time. I continued the party atmosphere of the night with my set and took it into a celebration of music and the New Year.
BNL: At the end do you think that you will be back to Lebanon soon?
Anthony: I would like to think so.
BNL: Where do you see dance music going next?
Anthony: Well it’s already traveled the world. Maybe if the find other life forms in space DJ’s may have to start taking their sounds to other planets.
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Beirut Night Life Team