The release motivated Estiva to be more creative when producing and writing his own music. In 2009, people started invited him to play clubs. Unfortunately, with limited knowledge in DJing and mixing music, he underestimated his ability and lacked confidence.
Stepping out of his comfort zone, he decided to bring a friend to teach him DJ mixing. With the help from his friend and persistent attitude, his first performance in a crowd of around 500 people was a success. "It was the most nervous time, but that was the start," he recalls.
Estiva's inspiration from different elements in music helps him blend different worlds together effortlessly in the studio, clubs, and now, festival stages. When he began writing records and slowly starting his professional career, he said that DJs Armin Van Buuren and <a href="/music/Tiesto">Tiesto</a> influenced him most on his DJ journey.
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"They got me into the music, and now I am sharing the stage with one of them," Estiva shares, referring to Van Buuren. "Traveling with someone who I look up to, you kind of actually know the man, and it was a really good experience for me."
He said Van Buuren is not only an inspiration, but a mentor as well. "He has so much experience and can teach me a lot," he said.
As to what's next, Estiva released new the single "Quickdraw" under A State of Trance on June 1. Currently, Estiva is joining Armin van Buuren with <a href="/music/Sunnery-James">Sunnery James</a> & <a href="/music/Ryan-Marciano">Ryan Marciano</a> for a 14-week residency at Hï Ibiza (Space) super club. Meanwhile, he will also perform at Ultra Europe on July 7 and Tomorrowland on July 27.
Listen the full radio interview on <a href="http://www.billboardradiochina.com/bb2/06-June-2018-Estiva-Amazing-journey-10-Questions" target="_blank">Billboard Radio China</a>.