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In 2015 Marceline interviewed the Spanish DJ/producer Cristian Varela. “My family wasn’t particularly happy that, at that age, I was playing in a bar."
“My first real gig was in a small bar called La Tortuga (The Turtle). It was situated in a village near Madrid. I was very young, only fifteen years old.”
“You have no idea how nervous I was. It was terrible! The audience existed of people between thirty and forty years old who liked rock music, but could also appreciate house and funky tunes.”
“Did I prepare my set into detail on beforehand, at home? Nope. I just started and went along with the vibe that unfolded during the evening. I still work that way. I never plan my sets.”
“My family wasn’t particularly happy that I was playing in a bar at that age. Luckily, I got a lot of support of my friends. They were all present that evening.”
“One family member totally supported me though. That was my brother Luis. He also was my mentor, so of course he was present during my debut.”
Very old turntables
“I remember very well how that first gig went. The memory still makes me laugh. It was a very funny experience because I made my first mix on the spot with an old Ecleer mixer and very old Lenco turntables. I mixed a Snap track in with Afrika Bambaataa and the result was amazing!”
“After the set I was not only satisfied but very happy, because this debut in La Tortuga led to a recidency in the Porsche Discotheque in Villalba, which is a village near Madrid. Okay, I admit that I made some mistakes, that first time. Some were even horrible (laughs). But that didn’t change the great experience.“
“I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this evening, nor all others that followed. There’s nothing better than becoming more experienced – every time again.”
This article is originally published on DJMag.nl on Thursday July9th 2015.