It is easy to sound banal when talking about music. How often have we heard that “music brings people together”, “music can change the world”, and so on? With Orlando Galdamez, however, all of the above is true. Portugal’s electronic music singer-producer DJ Galfly’ is a rare example of an artist whose music literally brings people together.
Having made music characterized by emotional intensity, driving beats, and soaring synths, Galfly has become deeply immersed in his local music scene, developing a unique style that draws from his Latin American roots and the cutting-edge sounds of the Portuguese electronic music community. His music, festivals, and club performance is exceptional even to the point that the area now boasts an electric, vibrant scene.
“Electronic music in Portugal is very relevant and I always had access to many different music genres within electronic music, thanks to my cousin Diogo Fonseca, Who introduced me to the world of Electronic music,” explains the DJ when speaking on how Portugal had an influence on his choice of career.
Living in Galicia, Spain, the artist sat down with Lambo ˣᵗʳᵃ to discuss his journey into the world of music and the electronic music scene, his latest project, and the role that his music and others have in reaffirming the connection between Latin America and the Portuguese sound.
Head below to read our interview with Galfly and follow him on Instagram at @djgalfly_official and YouTube.
Hi Dj Galfly! So let’s start at the beginning! When did you first fall in love with music?
Ever since I was a child I’ve had an immense affinity for music. And also everyone in my family is a musician so I suppose I was destined to fall in love with music at some point. I think we all do.
You were raised in Portugal! Do you think that had an influence on your choice of career?
Absolutely, Electronic music in Portugal is very relevant and I always had access to many different music genres within electronic music, thanks to my cousin Diogo Fonseca, Who introduced me to the world of Electronic music
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I have been inspired and influenced by: daft punk, Bob Sinclaire, Deorro, David Guerra, and Julien Rego.
Congratulations on the release of, “Amor Y Tequila.” – what is it inspired by?
I went to a party at a club in Amsterdam and, there was a vibe at the party that had to do with love and tequila so.. that was pretty much it 😉.
How would you describe your sound?
It is a mix of experimental and avant-garde sounds. A Sonic Melting Pot.
To you what’s the best part of the music-making process?
From the beginning to the end is exciting, but after hours of working on a track something clicks inside of me and I get the Aha! Moment. It’s more of a matter of feeling it than hearing it…
What’s your go-to record when you need to fill a floor?
My to-go-record? Ummm good question. Well, once again it is a matter of feeling.
What do you have to say about the future of electronic music?
A Never-ending constant evolution. Every day there are new sounds and beats being created out there.
What’s next for DJ Galfly?
Creating more music that resonates and relates to everyone in the world. My music style is to be heard, loved, and well-received. I want to continue to keep people dancing to my music.