Wally Lopez (ES)

Born in San Blas in Madrid, 1976, Angel David López starts his career as a DJ and radio presenter at the early age of thirteen. With an innovative programme, specialized in dance music, he broadcasts his sessions at Top Radio (Spain) in the early mornings of the weekend. Wally, a pioneer of the house music in Spain, starts his career as producer in 2000 by launching the label Weekend Records, and remixing artists such as Tiësto, Marco V, Valentino Kanzyani, Dirty Vegas, Bob Sinclar and Robbie Riviera. Many of his records are successfully published with renowned labels including Defected, Underwater, Yoshitoshi and Subliminal. In the same year he also produces what it will be his first international hit ‘Amman’, followed by ‘Patricia Never Leaves the House’ (both remixes have been relaunched in TheFactoria recently) and ‘Disco Night’, played all over the globe by DJs like Pete Tong, Hernan Cattaneo or Steve Lawler. The later even dubbed him as ‘The Man of the Moment’… After working for numerous labels and artists, he decides to create ‘La Factoria Records’ - now TheFactoria - in 2001, as well as a more underground sub-label called Formula Records. Recently Lopez has added a new label called FatXL that he has launched together with his colleagues Ismael Rivas and Iván Pica. The three labels together form part of the Factonomia Group that Wally presides, and it counts with different areas such as a management agency, management label or the Tremenda clothes shop in Madrid. TheFactoria counts with more than thirty references of great international repercussion such as ‘Love Time’, ‘Strike Me Down’ or the more recent tunes ‘Planet Earth’, ‘Burning Inside’ or ‘Close to Me’. The last two were at the number one for many weeks in a row at the Maxima 51 chart of Maxima FM – the most important dance chart in Spain. Besides, Wally has the honour to host a national programme of electronic music in Maxima FM, which counts with more than 340,000 listeners each Friday and is also broadcasted in English in Belgium, France, Italy and Russia. Musically speaking his selected compilations stand out, particularly the Weekend CD Series and I’m Coming To… series. After the editions in London, Paris, Dubai and Ibiza, Wally Lopez is already preparing a second edition for this summer 2009 that will repeat destination to the White Island. However, it is in 2004 when Wally Lopez’ musical career acquires its current dimension. It happens in an uncomfortable train trip from Madrid to Valencia where he creates his remix for David Guetta’s ‘Just A Little More Love’. In Wally’s hands the tune becomes turns into a world hit and the Madridian becomes one of the undisputable winners at the Ibiza DJ Awards 2004. In this good year he starts his residency at Pacha Ibiza, together with Darren Emerson and Tim Deluxe, which he combines with other residencies including The End in London, where he plays next to artists like Fatboy Slim or XPress2. Later he gains residencies at Discotèque and Pacha in Barcelona, Red Light and The Mix in Paris and Ministry of Sound in London and appearances at festivals including 10th Anniversary of Creamfields Liverpool, Creamfields Buenos Aires, Global Gathering, Exit Festival, Weekend Dance, Rock in Rio, Monegros Desert Festival and Creamfields Andalusia, finally achieving his current summer residency who many consider the best in the world, Space Ibiza for the Be@Space parties. Besides Wally has the honour to have been the first Spanish DJ to be invited to play at a Madonna concert (Seville 08). Apart from the love of an unconditional crowd that has followed him for the last 18 years, he has been awarded with the recognition and respect of many professionals in his field and some brands that currently collaborate and work with their full support in the creation and promotion of products 100% Wally. Both Oakley and Vueling Airlines are two of his main partners with whom he promotes their products or presents events such as I’m Vueling to Ibiza – which was widely published in the media in 2008. Wally Lopez collaborates also with dance4life in their fight against AIDS; lending his image and total support to the cause as one of the projects he personally considers the most important and useful.
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