Interview with DJ Rellik
DJ Rellik a young talented DJ/producer straight from the heart of Egypt’s capital Cairo. Signed to All Star Canadian Record Label BPM Recordz & Civilization Records. Residing in Kuwait, he is currently working in a local radio station Marina Fm providing the listeners with the best in Deep, Tech, Nu-Disco, Indie-Dance, Techno & Progressive House Music.
How did it all begin?
Well, it all began when I got a small piano as a birthday gift from my parents when I was 7. It all started then when I used to listen to the music on TV or radio I immediately try to play what I heard on the piano
Where did the name come from?
The name originally was Killer but then it came to my mind that its a bit cheesy so I looked at the word itself and thought, why not try to read it from right to left. It sounded convenient and with a couple of advices from my friends I finally settled with Rellik.
What gave you that initial push to become a DJ?
Since I was a kid, I always felt the need to share the music I love with as many people as possible and DJing seemed like the perfect choice.
What genre would you describe your tracks?
I don’t really like to categorize a track to a certain genre but I would eventually describe it as EDM or Electronic dance music because I try my best to combine different elements from different genres of dance music in one track.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?
Tiesto, this guy’s performance and music really gave me so much motivation to become the person I am today. I’ve seen him perform 4 times and every time I was literally blown away. Hopefully one day I’ll get the chance to thank him or maybe collaborate on something together.
What subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
I’d probably say Tribal House.
What was the first event you ever played at?
Club 25 in Cairo
When you play is it a pre planned set or live?
Live of course, I like to improvise.
Which other countries have you played?
Egypt, Lebanon and Kuwait.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ?
Definitely my first gig.
What is the best event you’ve played at?
One of my real favorite events was the Aqua Marine Event here in Kuwait along side with DJ’s like Kade B, Majed Zane, Amir Sharara (Dubai) & Omar Fayyad. The vibe was awesome and the people were great.
Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?
At a pool party birthday, where I was promised lots of girls & booze but ended up playing for a 13 year old girl’s birthday.
What do you love about the scene?
I really like how it is becoming very noticeable in almost all countries in the world. Electronic music started as a fringe subculture, and now it’s the biggest youth culture in the world. People pretty much everywhere go insane for electronic music.
What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene?
Making stupid people famous.
If you could eternally be stuck on one year’s music scene, which year would it be and why?
The 70’s disco scene. I just love it
What was the first record you brought?
Eminem – 8 Mile.
What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand?
Psy – Gangnam Style
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Linkin Park – Somewhere I belong
Out of all the tunes you have, which one “never fails”?
The tune that really does the job for me with the crowd is ‘ Me & My Toothbrush – Gold Member (original mix)
What is your favorite tune of all time?
Bob Marley – Is it love
Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me?
I have only one secret to share, Practice & Persistent Makes Perfect !
(Perhaps a little bit deeper of a question) What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
Well, time changes and so does the music scene when it comes to technology, I mean back in the day where there was no social networks and so DJ’s werent in the media, dance music wasn’t in sale charts and the DJ was the nerd guy at the corner who provided the music. However now, million dollar stages and venues are just built for DJ’s to smash it up at a festival. My point is that now it is much more easier for me to just get that tune on a usb stick, tour the world and it will pretty much do the same job as the vinyl did back in the day.
(Follow up) Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound? A DJ’s ability to have a “unique” style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern DJing?
Nope, I dont think that this has any impact of a DJ’s signature sound or style. If you give two DJ’s the exact same track to tweak with on mixer. Both of them will be having two different results of the track as a final product.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
National geography wild channel on mute with some deep chill out music does the job.
What do you do outside the dance music scene?
I like to have some quality time with my family & friends.
Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
One year or 5 years from now, the scene will definitely grow bigger and better. This is our time to shine.
What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJ’s making?/What advice would you give them?
My advice is to get your head out of that laptop and stop becoming a Robo-DJ. Almost every successful artist has this moment where they stop being a fan or admirer and look for their own signature sound.
It was a pleasure to have DJ Rellik as part of Kingdome.
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