Carl Lautier

Date of Birth: 26 July, 1986

Where do you live? San Gwann

Star sign: Leo

Main occupation: People Experience Officer (Financial Institution)

Media-related occupation: Deejay / Events Organiser

Carl Lautier found his love for electronic music at the age of 17 and expanded his love for music alongside Hip Hop and Metal. At the age of 19, he sat down for a few hours to learn the basics of beat-matching and mixing and has never looked back. He enjoyed spinning records alone or with friends every free chance he had after school or when spending weekends indoors. Carl continued following local artists and foreign ones for his inspiration.

“I was already organising weekly nights in clubs, however I never included myself in the line-up. After playing at a few parties and birthdays, I was offered various one-off gigs and a weekly night at a local bar at which point I started to gain more attention.”

“At the age of 21, I teamed up with two close friends of mine, Mato & Nicky Slim and organised a very small event which we called perpendicular and which hosted fifty of our friends in a very small room. Word got out and perpendicular is still running very strong as one of the established underground nights in Malta.”

“From that point onwards, it only got better and more fun. I have been invited to play in the largest festivals and events in Malta and Gozo giving me endless opportunities to play alongside the biggest international names in the electronic music scene. I have been given the opportunity to join the Gringos team which hosts the largest Summer Sunday nights at Marrakech Club. I have moved away from other events recently and kicked off a new project called The Stomp, an Urban/Street theme event focusing strongly on the fundamental sounds of house, acid house and techno – aptly named Stompin tracks,” explained Carl Lautier in this interview with Ramona Portelli.

What’s your stage name?

I just go with Carl Lautier.

What’s the most money you have spent at one go?

On music, 250 euro in a record store in Berlin and on equipment, over 4K on a Mac.

How did you first discover music in your life?

Ever since I can remember I would play any music I could find at home. When I was young, I used to listen to my uncle’s Metallica & Iron Maiden records and cassettes. I would then go home to play my Hip Hop cassettes I would get as presents. At the age of 10, I started purchasing more metal and rock albums and used to attend nearly all the local gigs. We would also jam in our friend’s garages after school every single day. It was at the age of 17, that I felt a connection with Electronic Music.

In your own words, how would you describe music?

For me, music is a necessity. Without knowing it, everyone tends to include music in any event of their life, be it a celebration or even a remembrance. For some of us, music is prioritised and appreciated from its roots. Music is also an element that connects with emotions and can actually shift them. There is no better feeling than seeing someone’s mood change with the music you create, or in my case, a set I build during the event. Even by simply getting the crowd away from the bars and dancing right in front of you – that’s really something.

Does your music carry a particular message or is it meant for pure pleasure?

Both, I’m very much into the old school stuff as one tends to get, after experiencing such a big evolution in the music scene. So nowadays, I do tend to send messages through the tracks I choose using many raw sounds which were once the basic elements of creating a track. I do choose specific one-off tracks with samples and vocals about the music itself. Some artists have done a great job in adding a message on their tracks explaining, for example, where house music came from. So yes, apart from the pleasure itself, I do tend to send a message with the music. This is also the reason why I created The Stomp.

What do you normally like to do in your spare time?

Listen to new Metal Albums, jam with newly purchased records in my room, search for new artists and music and watch TV series.