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24-hour revellers

Even when your profession involves organising events and partying along with your guests, chances are you’ll appreciate a good night in every so often. Ramona Depares asks some of the people responsible for the fun of others about their idea of chilling indoors.

• Eman Pulis

What events are you typically involved in and what does your partying schedule look like?

I don’t really have a niche market. I’ve co-organised gigs for live music enthusiasts, like Live at Luxol Saturdays, the Winter Moods Christmas Eve concert, Ira Losco’s album launch; charity events like the Bob Geldof concert; large parties like the Bob Sinclar festivals; LoveSexy at Amazonia earlier this year... I also cater for the more mature, cosmopolitan crowd, not only through parties but also through cultural events like exhibitions. Two of the most recent were the Reza Deghati promenade exhibition and Steve McCurry’s photographic expo. Then there are also the sport events, like the South End Core launch and Masters of Dirt. So yes, my “partying” schedule is quite varied.

How did you get into the scene?

Nights in help fuel mind and body

In 2003, I went to the US on a study exchange. When I came back I became involved in a number of student organisations and, some time later, a grizzled veteran in the local events scene, Keith Marshall, approached me to help sell a few tickets for him for a New Year’s Eve party at the Hilton. We became partners straight after. I loved what I was doing and, once I graduated, I had to decide whether to start teaching full time, or read for a post graduate and have the luxury of time on my side to organise more events.

Has your chosen line of work ever affected your personal relationships?

Every occupation will inevitably influence a relationship in one way or another, from that of a politician to that of an events organiser. My passion for events affects my relationships positively because I try to involve those around me in what I do, whether it’s helping or working with me, handling specific tasks like stock taking or marketing. They feel involved, and we end up spending a considerable amount of quality time discussing and sharing ideas.

How often does a night in happen for someone in your line of business?

Quite often! It’s imperative to socialise, meet new people and maintain a good rapport out there, so I make it a point to get out of the house at least once a week. I still practice sport on a regular basis so nights in help fuel both mind and body.

And do you welcome it or do you find it boring?

Today, I appreciate the difference between loneliness and solitude; and the latter is something I seek every now and then.

Your idea of a stress-free, quiet night is?

In summer, a scuba-dive by night with friends works magic! In winter, I can settle for an interesting book, tucked under the quilt.

• Alex Frendo

What events are you typically involved in and what does your partying schedule look like?

I started by promoting friends’ events back at University and then went on to form G7 with my partners. This was back in 1996/1997, so it’s been a nice long roller-coaster ride. There have been countless parties and concerts along the years, with the most recent being Avicii at Gianpula Fields. Through G7, we started the long-standing tradition of Friday clubbing, targeting a mainstream crowd between 18 and 30.

Has your chosen line of work ever affected your personal relationships?

Of course it affects them. Working long hours means less quality time, and since these dates usually fall on a weekend, eve of a public holiday and the Christmas period, it means you have to give up this quality time... and make up for it later. The worst is when a huge event like MTV falls on your anniversary... which, somehow, it usually does.

Nowadays, there is no way my body will cope with that. I love my bed way too much to give it up for anything but some really super party or concert

How often does a night in happen for someone in your line of business?

It depends on the season. Throughout summer, nights in are somewhat of a reward. When you work late hours, you mess up the following day, and most of the time, it messes up plans for the following night. But in reality, it is difficult to miss a Friday or Saturday night out. Thankfully, in winter things calm down a bit, but even so, more often than not we can forget a night in.

And do you welcome it or do you find it boring?

I welcome it, without a doubt. When I was 20 years old, I would not have dreamed of missing any of the party nights on a weekend. And more often than not, these ‘weekends’ included Wednesdays and Thursdays too in my heyday. Nowadays, there is no way my body will cope with that. I love my bed way too much to give it up for anything but some really super party or concert.

Your idea of a stress-free, quiet night is?

I would say anything that involves drinking nothing more than two glasses of wine and includes a lovely healthy meal – and not any 5am life-saving hot dog or pizza – would qualify as quiet and free of stress.

• Pierre Cordina

What events are you typically involved in and what does your partying schedule look like?

Throughout the past 18 years, I have deejayed in every party hole in Malta and Gozo. I have presented and warmed up crowds for many local and international acts, including Isle of MTV, which is where I met many of my favourite artists... Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, Lady Ga Ga, Akon, Maroon 5 and many more. I have also been resident DJ with G7 events for the past 12 years.

For a detailed description about coping with strange hours, get in touch with my wife

How often does a night in happen for someone in your line of business?

I have to admit it doesn’t happen often. When it does, I make the best of it by ordering take away sushi, opening some red wine from my secret vault, watching a DVD (typically a comedy) and… falling asleep 10 minutes into the film.

And do you welcome it or do you find it boring?

Of course I welcome it. It’s me time; the time where I charge my batteries to be able to party even harder in the next event...

Your idea of a stress-free, quiet night is?

For starters, it has to kick off with a relaxed day at work, which involves accounting. This means that in the evening my mind is not too exhausted to enjoy a romantic night out with my wife. The latter involves a fine dinner and a romantic film in the quietest cinema possible.

Has your chosen line of work ever affected your personal relationships?

It has affected my relationships a lot, not only in the past but also in the present, given that during the day, I am also busy with my day job.

Over the weekends, I’m usually away until the early hours. So I do sacrifice quality time and work hard to make up for it every single day. But for a detailed description of how to cope with it, I can give you the e-mail address of my wife and she can send you a couple of chapters about how she manages.

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