62. Wally Lopez
Best known for: 'Those' big glasses.
Gig of 2009: Opening party at Space, Ibiza.
Tune of 2009: Jeff Mills 'The Bells (Ori Undo Remix)'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2009: Ramon Tapia
The track that changed your life: Music changed my life! It's very unfair to say just one name.
What makes a good DJ great: Passion in the music, work and effort.
Most underrated DJ: Ismael Rivas
Biggest challenge this year: I really wanna go back to the studio and release on top labels with originals and remixes.
Top tech toy: My Pioneer 2000 headphones. And a Faderfox Midi controller.
You can pretty much say that you've hit the big time when you're supporting Madonna. Wally Lopez warmed up the vast crowd for Madge when she stopped in Seville on her Sticky & Sweet tour. He's been all over Space in Ibiza too, playing both the opening and closing parties.
"I've just finished the Space Ibiza closing fiesta, playing the big outdoor car park arena," he tells DJmag. "There was a crazy buzz in there. Over 5000 people in front of me. It didn't even matter that it rained, people still party in Ibiza.
"But this year I have also had a few health problems due to a heavy schedule, I think," reveals Wally. "Doing five gigs a week sometimes is a lot but I'm happy with this. And hope to keep growing it more."
This year has also been all about the festivals. Like The Extrema Festival in Eindhoven, Tomorrowland in Belgium and Wakestock in the UK, with Moby, N*E*R*D and Dizzee Rascal.
"I'm up for even more in 2010," he says, clearly smitten with the big stages, big crowds and the even bigger soundsystems.
Lopez is set to drop a digital album later this year, featuring remixes of some of his classic tracks, like 'Patricia Never Left The House', 'Voila' and 'Ca C'est Paris'. That heavy schedule looks like it's showing no signs of letting up, then.