Can you please intro yourself in a few words and tell us who you are by day and who you are by night?
My name is Carlo Baldacchino known as Carl Bee from Malta,
I’m a full time DJ & Producer, with music signed to Joris Voorn’s label Green, Carl Cox’s Intec, Saved Records and CR2 to name a few. I’m also a promoter and director of Gringos together with local partners Gerry & Trevor.
“Gringos” is a brand for a series of parties happening every Sunday night for the Summer Season between June & September at the club UNO in Malta , I also get to host other individual one off events throughout the year like an NYE Show , Carnival Weekend & monthly underground nights with a limited entry under the name “Black”
I consider myself as a day person, so during the day I get to spend most of the time producing in the studio however I’ll be playing around at night during most weekends both locally and internationally
How’s the start of the European summer festival/clubbing season going for you? Is it too early to ask for highlights?
It is yes … but It’s safe to say that I’ve already had some at Gringos that I’m pretty sure they’ll be listed as highlights , 2 nights being when we had Ilario Alicante & the other with CamelPhat and I cannot forget the opening party were I headlined it myself with a 4 hour set !!
The villa party of Abode on the Rock festival in Gozo in the beginning of the Summer , is also a memorable highlight !!
I have Amnesia for Abode coming in August so assuming that would also be one to remember !
Can you tell us a little about where you live? What’s the clubbing/electronic music scene like?
I live in Malta, I was also born here, It’s a small Island in the middle of the Mediterranean, On the map we’re just under Scicily. Considering how small the Island is , we have a very good club scene here.
Every week you can easily be spoilt for choice where to go. All the A Listed artists flying into the island weekly especially during the Summer period. Festivals like Annie Mac’s Lost & Found , Summerdaze Malta, BBC , IMS Collage , Elrow, Abode, Creamfields to name a few, are all happening in Malta with a good solid attendances from around the world.
Can you recommend any clubs/bars?
If you happen to be on the Island in Summer, definitely worth checking out UNO, this venue is unreal, Open Air surrounded by palm trees and green areas with a 3D mapping stage, also, this Summer they’ve opened another Open Air club attached to it called TreeHaus with a more Intimate kind of vibe and they also have an indoor Venue called Heart which is mostly for private events during the Winter season !
During the winter season for events and parties that happens indoors, I can recommend Sky Club, Mansion & The Playground , Sky club being the main area of this club with a 360 terrace for table area whilst Playground is more intimate , dark and underground
Do you have a favourite restaurant or cafe?
In Malta food is delicious being so close to the south of Italy. we have some amazing restaurants and cafeterias which some of them are owned by Italians. At the moment my favourite Resturant is Bahia. It’s an old house converted into a fine dining mediterranean restaurant that specialises also in good wines and fresh daily menu !
Where’s the best place to party during the day? Do you have any good day clubs or annual festivals?
We don’t have that much day clubs here, but we do have Cafe Del Mar which is also a lido with a huge pool area that becomes a party spot by late afternoon
As annual parties we have a lot happening, like Annie Mac’s Lost and Found festival , Abode on the Rock, Summerdaze, Elrow, Gringos & IMS College Weekend just to name a few !!
Do you currently hold any residencies? Can you tell us more about that?
GRINGOS is my only residency at the moment, It’s a weekly Summer party held at UNO in Malta from June till September.
It’s been running every Sunday for the past 9 years hosting a long list of International artists including Marco Carola, Dubfire, Joseph Capriati, Green Velvet, Sasha, The Martinez Brothers, Ilario Alicante, CamelPhat, Eats Everything, Joris Voorn, Jackmaster, Tiga, Nic Fanciulli, Kolsch, Andrea Oliva, Hot Since 82, Roger Sanchez, Davide Squillace, Deborah De Luca, Richie Ahmed, Carlo Lio, Nathan Barato, DJ Sneak, The Mambo Brothers, Sandy Rivera (Kings Of Tomorrow) & many more
Where else will you be playing this summer in Europe? What are you most looking forward to?
I’m extremely excited and looking forward to be doing my debut at Amnesia in Ibiza for Abode and I’m also playing at Abode in The Park in London !! .. Literally I can’t wait.
Can you give us three recommendations for clubs or festivals our readers should visit this year?
Summerdaze Festival, which is happening in various locations around Malta between 11th and the 17th of August 2019 , with artists such as David Guetta, James Arthur, Paul Kalkbrenner , Tyga, Green Velvet, Loco Dice, Danny Howard, Monki & More
And Of course Gringos, every Sunday night at Uno, Ta Qali , Malta !!
Anything else you would like to add/plug?
Here’s something in regards to my latest music and whats coming up ,
I have an new 2 track EP which it just came out now on Miles from Mars, a regular home for techno artists such as Drumcomplex, Andre Crom & Montel to name a few.
Another release on Joris’s Voorn’s label which is due sometime time around Autumn and also I’m currently doing a collaboration EP with Jon Rundell.
More music might also be confirmed as you read this !!