It all started with playing drums and writing songs during school lunch breaks. When she grew up, the Malta-born international DJ Roberta Nicholls became an accountant by day and a raver by night, with an eye on the electronic music scene. Deciding to fullfil her dreams in a music career, she gave up her studies and career to focus on becoming one of the most interesting up-and-coming acts in the techno scene.
In two years Roberta made massive achievements, getting gigs in festivals and clubs internationally, mainly in Ibiza, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg in addition to her native Malta. Performing at clubs like The Egg London, GrooveFest, WeAreFSTL, Cuckoo, Sky Club, Cafe Del Mar, Eden, Waagenbau and many more, she played alongside top techno artists such as Anja Schneider, Sam Paganini, Luciano and Mind Against to name a few.
Roberta is well known for her euphoric sets with strong baselines, minimal elements and hypnotic sounds. As of 2018 she started releasing her own music and focusing more on production. Her goal is to continue with this intense passion and commitment towards music. In this interview, she tells readers about her likes and dislikes in music, as well as her professional Plan B.
Eve: What has so far been your best experience in your career?
Roberta Nicholls: If I had to pick one it would be at an 18-hour Techno Festival in Lisbon Portugal. The line-up was fantastic and I enjoyed meeting different artists from different countries. The people in Portugal are great dancers and responded to my music with great energy and enthusiasm. The Venue was a big open air roof top, and towards the end of the event you can actually see the sunrise, the sky was red and orange, so it was a fantastic closing.
Eve: What’s your general perception of the local music scene?
RN: I think Malta was one of the countries which was very avant-garde with the music scene considering its size. Maltese people are great ravers and we are very lucky to constantly have events of different genres and different artists.
However, I feel that as years go by the concept of clubbing has changed to going out from the music and the excitement of listening to a particular DJ to we go out to party or to meet friends. Clubbers are more interested in who is attending the event rather than what type of music is played, which is not really what clubbing should be about.
Eve: You seem to travel around the world frequently thanks to your music. How do all your passions fit in your daily routine?
RN: I used to be an accountant and auditor before, where I had strict working hours. It was really hard to take time off to travel and make time for music. I therefore made a big shift in my career and left all my qualifications behind me. I got into the letting industry, which makes me a bit more flexible. I make less money now, but at least I can keep working towards my music career.
Eve: What music genre do you really dislike?
RN: I don’t think I can say I dislike any type of music, because music is a feeling. What I can say is that there are certain types of music which I wouldn’t listen more than five to ten minutes, also because it depends the time of the day, situation and status. If I really had to mention one type though it would be EDM.
Eve: How would you describe your relationship with money?
RN: I like money of course, but I am not ready to be unhappy for money. At the moment I have to make less money to follow my passion, but I will never make an excuse and blame music for not working. I will always keep another full time job to support me. Nowadays money is important in the music career as it is required for the equipment, marketing and promotion. Nothing comes for free, and if you cannot invest then it’s difficult for your music to be heard.