In a year when his footballing countrymen pulled off heroics in South Africa to claim the nation's first World Cup trophy, Wally Lopez has continued to his own personal bests as Spain's primary global ambassador of quality, techno-infused house.
Not least by securing his first appearance on the hallowed Global Underground series - still a marquee moment for any self-respecting prog/house/tech jock.
"I tried to put together tracks that inspired me at the moment and that are proven to work on the dancefloor," he explains. "The tracks represent the style that I'm actually playing currently - a mix between deep house, techno and tech house."
Passport stamps this year have been collected in Miami, Colombia, Bulgaria, Holland and England to name just a few, but it's his Ibiza season that's perhaps the best indicator of Wally's success this year.
Manning the decks at Ibiza's famous Space for his summer residency Be, Wally played a sizeable role in building one of the success stories of the summer - playing to packed crowds alongside DJs like François K, Mathew Jonson, Steve Bug, Joey Beltram and Radio Slave.
"I reckon this year has been much better than the last two years," he adds. "We didn't know how the move to Friday would go, but the party has grown year by year and this season has been better than ever with excellent line-ups.
"Recently, I am focused on working with a big Spanish pop artist," he concludes. "I think it's interesting how both genres are merging together and creating new sounds.