Gabriel Falanga AKA ‘Mr Opaa’ Gives Us An Insight Into His Life Playing Music
Who or what were some of your influences growing up?
My favorite DJ’s are without a doubt Black Coffee and Solomon, two artists that I’ve followed for a very long time and that I draw daily inspiration from -by producing and playing their music. I was very impressed that a new African style which was launched from very little, is now being played more on premises all over the world.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I started at a very young age to be a DJ and producer at just 12 years old. I remember learning in an autonomous way and without help, obviously over the years, I have improved on many things, especially in art and in the manner of producing new tracks and melodies.
What has been your favorite project to work on so far?
In previous years I have had the honor of working with great artists in pop music like the world famous Kool & the Gang producing a remix with a modern style of House Music, combined with a style groove of the 90’s. I learned a lot from this experience traveling from San Francisco to New York, then arriving in Los Angeles.
What has been one of the biggest highlights/achievements of your career?
At the age of just 18, I was asked to play in one of the most famous clubs in the world called PACHA along with many other world-famous DJ’s. Without a doubt this was one of those experiences larger and more interesting in the world of nightclubs. At 20 years old, I started to travel a great deal to Europe between France, Italy, Spain and Egypt playing in the best clubs across Europe.
If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?
Certainly I would like to work with artists in Techno and Deep House, all around the world. Now it is difficult to say one name in particularly, but there are many legends from which I draw inspiration. But if I were to say a precise name I would say Guy Gerber –an artist of immense talent and a lot of knowledge in the world of techno and deep house.
What have you learned most about this business?
In my experiences as a DJ, I have learned one thing which is that, we must always remain humble and not be in a hurry to get to success! Good things comes to those who wait. This is the advice that I would give my son or to any DJ working towards success.
What projects do you have coming up?
For now I am working on many projects especially on social media -like: Instagram and Facebook where people speak precisely about me and my gigs and style of music that I have made here in recent years. Obviously this is a long term project which will hopefully lead to finishing the course in the next 2 years.
What is your best piece of advice for aspiring artists?
As I said previously the most important thing is to be patient and above all, have respect for the people next to you. No matter what role you are in, the key to everything is education and not arrogance. That is the key to true success!