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Sundowner. Mix #24 by Ksenia K + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Ksenia K, a talented Ukrainian DJ and also event curator. Ksenia has been organising parties and involved in the underground music scene back in the days in her hometown Lviv. Get to know her better in the interview and enjoy this powerful, sincere mix she did for us.

Inés: Hi Ksenia, How are you?

Ksenia: Hi, I am mostly fine, but I go through very different emotional states and I allow myself to do that now. I am currently based in Berlin, looking for a job, Anmeldung, trying to learn local laws and culture in general.
Right now, I am sitting on the balcony of my umpteenth apartment, which I moved into a few days ago and will move out soon… drinking Club Mate and smoking Pueblo, a classic 🙂

Inés: Where are you from and when did you came to Berlin? What is what most excites you about living here Berlin?

Ksenia: I came here from Ukraine (Lviv). I always say that this is not how I planned my trip to Berlin to be, but we have these crazy neighbours – Russia, I mean… and well… I think you understand how I got here.

The first thing I noticed was that Berlin is slightly bigger than Lviv. Some things are frozen in time, and some things are developing rapidly. Here it’s difficult for me with all these government institutions and so much paperwork. We have similar issues in Ukraine as well, but everything is becoming more and more digitalised nowadays, and all processes are slowly getting simplified.

I have a bit of “topographical cretinism” so to say, so for the first few weeks it was very difficult for me to navigate the city. Imagine: you don’t know the city, is big and your iPhone battery is constantly low. Once I got lost at night, and was trying to find my way home by talking to people, trying to be as brave as I possibly could.

Ah yes, the names of the streets – they were not just difficult to remember at first, but it was even more difficult for me to read and pronounce them.

Inés: What’s your family’s relationship to music? Are there any influences from there?

Ksenia: Voices from TV programs, sounds from the street, from which my imagination drew musical images, and music on cassettes – all of it was an integral part of my childhood. My dad worked a lot and was building a big, beautiful house, my mom also worked and had a lot of household chores outside of work. My sister, who is 5 years older than me, as a teenager was interested in all kinds of relevant things for that age. I spent a lot of time alone by myself, I was bored at home for 5-6 hours after kindergarten, and later after school; so I explored the world, including sounds, on my own. Maybe it was my family who made me believe that I was born an artist, because when I was very young, I asked Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) to bring me a piano. And he brought it! From that moment on, I was trying to play everything that I heard, – songs, commercials, even birdsong, on that small children’s piano that actually worked, believe it or not! I also sang everything that I knew; I replayed some cassette tapes over and over again. And I used to rewind the cassettes manually to catch what was being sung in English, so I could write down what I heard in Cyrillic as I heard it, I cut, glued and listened to what I created… hmm when I performed at home on the couch in front of my family – everyone applauded 😂

Now my mother often writes to me: give me something to listen to, show me a video of your performance. While I understand that she is interested in what I do, and this is how she shows that she cares, I also know that she doesn’t fully understand this kind of music, but it’s still very nice to receive messages from her at 5 or 6am.

When I was 14 or 15, I was already all over different platforms and was digging the music; back then I really liked minimal and trance. At the same time, I started going to one of the two parties in our small town (Zolochiv), they always played all kinds of pop hits… often you could order a song to be played, but as soon as the space would get empty and my friends and I would stay, I would, for the first time, hear something similar to what I was listening to on my player. One of those friends was a regular DJ at those parties, so he was allowed to do it.

There is a family that you choose. The one I chose later on inspired me a lot to keep searching and listening.

Inés: How has been your evolution since you started DJing for the first time?

Ksenia: My friend always jokes about himself that he is a budding DJ, and I can say the same about myself. I played for the first time last year at one of the parties that my friends and I organized in Lviv. 4 girl friends who know how to do cool stuff – such a female clique inspired us to create a female line-up. Muza at TBA – Lviv, Ukraine . Well, it was an attempt and it was an interesting first experience.

Sometime after Christmas this year, my friend told me that Thom would come to us (it was his set at The MUDD Show that I listened to plenty of times). The second thing he told me – you will be the warm-up.

It was a great private party in my hometown, at the Promiselove club, where I am currently a resident. I got a lot of feedback about my selection and it was a little push for a shy girl to get back to the DJ spot so I could share the love.

Three weeks later I celebrated my birthday in the company of my homie’s Kizoku, Simi. and NHNT… 

Check some memories of that incredible night: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZ4ogFCgerL/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

After that I recorded a promenade set:

Next, my team and I had plans for the spring-autumn season. We were preparing for our next events. At that point, I was not just an organiser, but also a DJ.

And then… on February 24th, our entire musical community started sharing not only tracks for charity compilations, but also our apartments, money, food… event organisers turned into volunteer leaders. During the first month of war, music calmed me down. At night, we would often hear air alarms (a signal that sounds from the streets of the city and warns of danger). I would put headphones on, and would just keep digging and go to bed in the morning.

When in Berlin, I started collecting my first bag of records. Together with my friends, I did a lot of things for the first time. Like producing… I continue to search, listen, play and learn here 🤍

Inés: Before moving to Berlin, what were you doing back in your hometown Lviv and how did you got involve into the electronic music scene there?

Ksenia: As I mentioned before, during the last few years I was involved in organising events in my hometown. We organized parties, from small (100 guests) to large-scale (1000 guests). Big thanks to Chad who once welcomed me into the Night Ambassadors family Night Ambassadors. I can write a lot about it, but it’s better to see and experience it. Even before NA, I worked in the restaurant industry for many years, so I was able to transfer some managerial experience to the events, and everything else I learned while working with the team there.

Then, there was a series of events called Muza, the first of which was MUZA at TBA – Lviv, Ukraine, in the same native Lviv. The warmest memories.

Yes, I knew a lot about the DJ’s place, more than once I had to connect and check everything myself… and plan… and book… carry out the event… and even do the decorations so you get an idea.

Inés: Is there any city that inspires you musically?

Ksenia: I’ll start with the current one, okay? It’s people and community hubs that inspire me. The most interesting thing is to observe the path of an individual, and of an entire community. Participate in that story. Also, Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Frankivsk – these are the cities that have always been close to me; it’s the Ukrainian community that is my greatest inspiration. And now I feel it even more. The musical culture as a whole impresses with its stories related to specific cities, and overall, of course, brought me exactly here.

Inés: What was your inspiration to record the Sundowner podcast and how was the process of it?

Ksenia: I listened to the mixes on Sundowner. Soundcloud even before I met you guys personally. And I really like them! And of course, I would love my mix to be featured there one day. Great people with great taste. I met most of them through your podcast. I want to share with others too, that’s why I’m here…

I recorded this mix in July, when I first came home after 4 months here. There is still war in our country, there is not a single corner of our land that can be called 100% safe, because Russia commits crimes that are hard to even imagine, hence it is necessary to understand that we are dealing with a terrorist country. Despite this, I wanted to go and hug my family and to play in Lviv to collect some more money at one of the daytime charity parties –Ganok . On my way there, I already knew that I had to record a mix for Sundowner. and imagined what kind of story I would like to tell. During the recording, an air alarm sounded again on the streets of Lviv. Just so you know I was, of course, warned about it first by a notification on my phone and then by a friend. But I did not run, I stayed to finish my mix. So the entire spectrum of my feelings and emotions is on this recording.

Inés: How’s the future looking for you? Any plans, or is there something you would like to try or to get involved into?

Ksenia: Here I want to thank the entire music community for supporting Ukraine in this difficult struggle, your music and participation in charity events and helping our artists in their cities. Thank you for refusing to play at parties that sponsor the war, for not playing in the same line-up as Russian artists who close their eyes to what is happening, while repeating their slogan „music and politics are different things“. Obviously, they are incapable of digging deeper. I love the family I chose for myself with all my heart.

Inés: Thank you so much for sharing your stories and thoughts Ksenia, we are so happy to welcome you in our family and we are very looking forward to see what Berlin will bring to you.

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Sundowner. Mix #23 by Delasflores + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #23 comes from Spanish DJ Delasflores, who recently joined the Row Z Bookings Agency. Delasflores style can be defined as an infusion between Deep House, Progressive Trance, UK Garage House and 00’s Tech House. Enjoy this beautiful deep mix she prepared for us and get to know Sara better in the interview we had with her.

Inés: Hi Sara, how are you?

Sara: I am super well and thanks for the chance to create this mix for Sundowner. It is a pleasure to join the series and chat with you all. Currently, I am in London. In May, was 4 years since I moved to the UK. Honestly, it is one of the best decisions of my life, so I’m happy to say that now London is my home. But from time to time I need to go back and visit my hometown, Granada, as all my family lives there, and will always be a part of me. 

Inés: What were your influences, and what music were you playing/practicing growing up?

Sara: I have always been curious about listening to new sounds and discovering new artists. Having a big brother has been a big influence in my music taste. When I was a kid, I used to go through his CDs or cassettes collection, mostly American Hip hop and R&B. Then, the music that I liked, I would ask him to record it on a CD or tape for me. 

My never ending interest in the electronic scene started when I was around my twenties. Around that time a friend of mine showed me the album “Fin “ by John Talabot: it blew my mind, I will never forget. I am from a predominantly techno city so I early on I started to play techno, acid or synth sounds. Daniel Avery, Jeff Mills and Omar S are also three other artists who have made an impression on me.  My favourite label at that time was Hivern Disc. 

However, my move to London has had a huge influence on my music style and I learnt I can play whatever I like or feel; I would say this is an infusion of Deep House, Progressive Trance, UK Garage House and 00’s Tech House. 

Inés: So you have been living for some time in London, when did you decide you wanted to move from your hometown? Was it hard to start a new life in such a big city like London?

Sara: After I finished University, I was trying to find a job in Spain. I was 24 years old and I had never lived abroad, but around this time I was offered a job opportunity in Chichester, a small town near Brighton. I didn’t think about it twice. I left everything and I moved to the UK on my own, I was there for a year and a half before I then moved to London.

At the beginning it was really hard. Making new friends and trying to find myself in a different country was not easy, especially when I was playing almost every weekend or organising events with my collective, Asociel, in my hometown. 
I also started to play in different Spanish cities such as Madrid but starting to live in a new city, or better way of putting it, a new country, stopped everything. 

I was looking the way to meet people with the same interests in music as me. I began to search for Facebook groups which contain musicians and artists and it was thanks to this method that I secured my first gig. The La Bonne Music collective invited me to play in Reading. I also joined another Facebook Group made by Red Bull Studios London, NormalNotNovelty. The aim of the group is to provide a space for producers and DJs to network and meet.

One of the things that helped me a lot to meet people was the open decks, like open mic nights but for DJs. Small collectives organise the event in a pub and you would normally have 30min set to present yourself and then have a nice chat with the rest of the DJs from the night. Through all of these events, I had amazing experiences and met lovely people,  so all in all I will never regret moving to a new country.

Inés: What’s the differences you see in the music scene from when you started to now?

Sara: I can see a big change and transformation in the music scene from when I started in my twenties. People are more encouraged to organise their own events, you can find more independent record labels and it seem that we are living in an exciting time full of fresh and smart female/no gender/queer talent. 

Although, I feel that there is still a gap of female nonbinary artists representation in the music industry. For me, it doesn’t matter about age, gender, race or ethnicity.

Misogyny is still present. Promoters have to treat men and women the same. And I would like to be safe on the dance floor. We have to learn  and work together to be respectful on the dance floor as all of us are here for one thing, music.

Inés: Do you have any rituals or special things you do before playing a gig? 

Sara: Early on this year, I started to meditate to work on my anxiety. I use the app called Calm. I have noticed a big improvement. I am typically getting super nervous every time that I have to play. On one hand, it is nice to feel butterflies before I play but that  feeling can be against you. So I introduced it before each set, that I just need to find 10-15 min for myself. It can be in the hotel or in the cab before going to the venue. It helps me to be present, not overthinking and relax to enjoy the set and deliver the best connection with the dance floor I can. 

 Inés: Are there any particular online or physical stores you consider favourites?

Sara: My favourite record shops at the moment are Ba Dum Tish and Next Door Records. If I want to find digital releases I go straight away to the YouTube channel Some Uncertain Sir which always has a consistent flow of great new music, amongst several others on this platform. 

https://badumtish.eu/

https://www.nextdoorrecords.co.uk/

Inés: What was your inspiration to record the Sundowner podcast?

Sara: My twenties are coming to an end. This year I will turn 29. I feel that  I have grown up a lot: more courageous, more accepting of who I am, and I am more willing to take risks. 

I feel like I am reaching a new stage of my life, trying to understand what are my priorities or knowing myself better. In these years I understood what falling in love feels like and experienced heartbreak too, I lost myself but eventually, I have come back from it all much stronger. It feels like a newborn starting this part of my life, however the constant changes can be scary, but to be honest I am enjoying it.

For this reason, I could define this personal process as a metamorphosis. Also, it is the name of the track that closes this mix. Metamorphosis by Dan Berkson.

Inés: Do you have any plans in the short term considering the current situation or plans for the future?

Yes I have lots coming up in the next few months, but most importantly I have just joined Row Z Bookings, a new agency created by Zac and Becca. I can not express my happiness when they asked me to be part of it. It is a very nice crew of DJs Felon5, B.Love, DJ Tjizza, Jacopo Latini, Locky Mazzucchelli, 2StepBec and more. It is looking very promising, and I can’t wait to see what this experience brings. 

https://www.instagram.com/rowzbookings/

Inés: If you could pick any DJ or act to play with, who would it be and why?

Sara: It is hard to pick just one, but I do have a dream line up: Vlada, Laurine, Sugar Free, Chris Korda or Ogazón. Sounds fun right? 

Inés: Thank you Sara for your words and the beautiful mix, we want to wish you the best of luck for your future plans and we are looking forward to hear more from you!

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Sundowner. Mix #22 by Atawël + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #22 comes from French DJ and Producer Atawël, who’s first EP will come out soon on the „192“ record label. Driven by the image of a perfect and colourful sunset, Atawël take us into his own deep, mysterious and melancholic world. We hope you enjoy his mix as much as we did, and don’t forget to check out the interview we had with him.

Inés: Hi Raph, how are you? 

Raph: Hey, I’m good, thanks! Right now I’m in Paris, at a friend’s place in the lovely neighbourhood of Belleville. I’m going back to Berlin tomorrow. I just spent 3 months in the French countryside where I’ve been volunteering in several organic farms. I needed a break after I quit my job a few months ago and I wanted to learn how to grow food! It was an amazing experience. I’ll be back in Berlin for the summer to enjoy the lakes, parties and to work on new music projects!

Inés: What was it that triggered your interest in music?

Raph: It started during a weekend when I was around 8 years old. We were in the countryside with my parents‘ friends and their kids. One kid had brought a pair of bongos and showed me how to play. A few months later, I decided to start learning drums and other percussion instruments. Rhythms and grooves have always been very central in the way I experience music and I think that’s what triggered (years later) my interest in House music. 

Inés: How would you describe your sound?

Raph: If I look at what I’ve produced so far, I would say there are two sides to my music. One that is playful, warm and groovy and another one more melancholic, with some nostalgia and dreaminess. Each track has a bit of both. When I picture my music, I often have in mind the image of a sunset. Something colourful, which marks the end of something and the transition towards something else. There’s always a form of nostalgia during those moments, and I’m myself a very nostalgic person. 

I think that electronic music is particularly appropriate to evoke such feelings. People often relate to electronic music as futuristic but I personally think that it definitely also has a strong connection with the past. That’s one of the reasons why I love electronic music so much. A lot of electronic tracks use samples of old music. Some old drum breaks or 90’s sound effects we hear in some tracks have even been used so many times that they almost became memes. Besides using samples, the production techniques used by many producers also have the power of making us travel through time. Look at the lo-fi scene, or at the 90’s revival of the last 4-5 years, it definitely has to do with a sort of fascination of the past. 

I also love the way certain producers are processing sounds to make them sound a bit „broken“, like they’re coming from an unknown old machine.

In my last EP, I tried to incorporate some retro elements and subtle references to tracks that I love. My sound is nourished by all of that. 

In the future, I would like to give a deeper direction to my music, more minimalistic and hypnotic. That’s another aspect of electronic music I love and that I would like to explore more.  

Inés: What’s your creative process when creating a track?

Raph: I would say that my creative process is kind of „introverted“. Indeed, besides the music I listen to, a lot of inspiration comes from me singing alone in my head ahah. This way, I almost never start a track completely „from scratch“, I always have something pretty precise in mind, could be some chords with a melody or even an idea of structure. However, a lot of inspiration also comes during my studio sessions, especially because what sounds cool in my head sometimes turns out to be crap when I try to translate it into real sounds ahah. Anyway, most of the time, the final result is quite different from the initial idea I had. 

When it comes to the production itself, I often start with melodies: finding a beautiful chord progression is usually the very first thing I do. This will define the overall tone of the track. Once I’m satisfied with it, I take care of the rhythmic part. I often have this image of a rhythmic backbone, a body to sustain the chords and melodies and transform them into something danceable. Then comes the bassline. I can really spend a lot of time working on the very core pattern of the track. I want to create something the listener wants to be repeated over and over again. Once this is good, I can start to decline it into several variations. 

That being said, a good drum pattern with beautiful chords and a bouncy bass-line, along with some effects and a little bit of tweaking can often result in a very good track. I’m fascinated by how simplicity can be powerful, especially in House, Techno and other related genres. My favourite Deep House record of all time:  Atmospheric Beats by Kerri Chandler is the perfect illustration of this. 

The way the drums, the bass-line and the chords stick together is just insane, it’s pure genius! I will never get bored of this track.

Inés: Which problems do you face most often when making music?

Raph: Getting distracted is one of the most common problems. But I would say that the hardest, beyond being disciplined, is to combine music with a full-time job, especially if your job is done in front of a computer. In that case, the first thing you want to do after a day of work is not necessarily to spend 2 or 3 more hours looking at a computer screen! Except if you work only with hardware but it’s not my case.

Inés: Can you tell us a little bit about some of the music you’ve included in the podcast, perhaps about some of the labels or artists featured?

Raph: I tried to include tracks that have a sort of mysterious and cinematic side. The type of tracks you want to listen to in a dusty car or in an old adventure movie. That’s why I called the mix „Dusty pictures from a past life“. There is one of my own tracks „Underwater Funk“ which will be on my forthcoming EP on 192 Records. 

I also included a few of my favourite records like „The Power of Music“ by Chris Lum or „Mind Salve“ by Hannah who is one of my favourite Deep House producers.

In Chris Lum’s track, there’s a voice talking about how music is „calling on your past to evoke emotional reactions“. I think it kind of reflects what I was talking about before!

Inés: Your first EP Colors is out soon for the label and collective 192, can you tell us more on how you landed on the label and how does it feel?

Raph: The decision to release an EP together came after I went to an afterparty at Kizoku’s and played some demos that I had on a USB stick. Reusbi and Justin were there and loved it, especially Easy (A1) ! I’m really happy to work with them, they really are beautiful human beings and talented artists. I also love the artwork, Justin did an amazon job!

Inés: In which part of the city do you live? What’s your favourite place in the neighbourhood for food?

Raph: I live in Friedrichshain, close to the metro station Samariterstraße. I’m a big fan of cooking so I often prefer to stay home rather than eating outside. But what I love is to grab a Gözleme at the Boxhagener Platz Market on Saturdays after buying vegetables. So simple and delicious!

Inés: Last but not least, what are your plans for the future?

Raph: I’m already in touch with some labels for the next EP which I’m working on. I hope it will be ready soon!! Other than this, there will be an event by Zeevonk from the 21st to the 23rd of July in an amazing location where I’m gonna play.

Other than that, my experience in France of the last months really triggered me into learning more about agro-ecology. In the long-term, I really see myself having a project in link with that. Let’s see how I can combine it with my musical activities!

Inés: Thank you Raph, we are really excited for what the future will bring you and we are looking forward to hear more from you!

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Sundowner. Mix #21 by Manata + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #21 comes from Portuguese DJ and Producer Manata. Owner and founder of Nugs on Board and member of Kaizen Records, Manata defines himself as a true digger. Enjoy one hour of his selected gems and check out the interview we had with him.

Inés: Hi Manata, how are you?

Manata: Hi guys, all good here, thank you for inviting me to do this podcast, it means a lot. I’m in my studio now, in my hometown just outside from Lisbon, cozy place 🙂

Inés: Could you tell us a little about your background in music?

Manata: I started djing about 12 years ago, at the age of 18, at some local parties and bars. Since I’m originally from the area of Santarem, the scene there was very small, so it was when I moved to Lisbon that I started to get more gigs, and also started to develop my taste in music and also collecting records.

Inés: Who or what inspired you to start producing music?

Manata: I always wanted to produce my own music, I was always a fan of the old 90s house and all the old machines, but I guess it was when I started to share beats with my friends Tiago Marques and Joao Carvalho.  

Inés: Do you have any words that you feel might help producers step out of their comfort zone and be more creative?

Manata: The best advice that I can give, is to keep true to your own style in music and also don’t be afraid to risk it, you have to show yourself and your music in order to succeed. 

Inés: Apart from being a producer you are also a DJ, what has DJing brought you, or taught you, in your path and what have you changed since starting out?

Manata: I learned a lot in these past years, and I’m still learning, I guess you never stop learning. As I said, I come from a small village in the countryside, where this type of music was not very present, I played in some really horrible parties, where the promoters had no idea on what you needed to play, where the people had no idea of what you were playing, so all of those moments helped me to grow as a DJ. I consider myself a true „digger“, so I’m always searching for the right gems.
My style changed a lot over the years, but I think that’s normal, you are always looking for new sounds and new experiences, but now I think I finally play what I really like.

Inés: What sparked the idea to start Nugs On Board?

Manata: It started when me, Tiago and João began to share some records. I always wanted to have a project of my own, so I decided to go through with it and invited them to join me in the label.
Nugs On Board is focused on the old western cartoon theme, where the „golden nuggets“ are the records, which you have to dig hard to find, and the nugs plain is kind of where all of them get together, representing the label style.

Inés: When recording a podcast do you improvise or do you take a more structured process approach? Can you explain to us a bit more about your process?

Manata: I like to improvise, but I also like to show my best side in music. For me a podcast is like a story, so you have to try to tell the best story possible.

Inés: What’s your 3 favorite clubs/ parties to play at?

Manata: I have to say Nugs On Board parties, Bloop Recordings, Ministerium Club, 5A Club and Harbour.

Inés: Any projects or releases we should look out for?

Manata: You should definitely look for our next release on Nugs On Board, NUGS004 – Munir Nadir – Compass EP, and also the upcoming VA on Different Heads label which will feature a track of my own, both releases are vinyl only.

Inés: Thank you so much for your words Manata, looking forward to hear more from you and Nugs on Board in the future!

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Sundowner. Mix #20 by Goalmaker + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #20 comes from Spanish DJ Goalmaker. Based in Valencia, Álvaro plays an important role and supports the growth of the underground music scene in the city. Spending many weekends in the countryside have inspired him to record this chill and cozy mix that he has prepared for us. Check out the interview we had with him.

Inés: Hi Álvaro, how are you? 

Álvaro: Right now I am super focused working remotely at my place, trying to polish many things about the festival ‘Días de Campo’ which is only a few days away.

Inés: Yes, can’t wait for it!
Please tell us how has your evolution been since you started DJing for the first time?

Álvaro: Evolution has been very natural to me, it started as a hobby when I was 16 years old. I recorded CD’s for my friends and the tracklist somehow made sense back then. Some friends played at clubs as well and I was the one looking for the music and passing it on to them. And since many people were often asking for my music, I decided to step up and play it myself, and for that reason, I took it much more seriously. When I was 22, I had saved some money and bought more and more music equipment. Thanks to that I’ve been able to play in clubs and festivals which I’d never have imagined. I have even created my own promoting company.

Inés: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your sound?

Álvaro: I grew up in two cities, Valencia and Tenerife. I’ve been in touch with music since I was very young. My father is a big music collector and he plays various instruments. At home we used to listen to Jazz, Funk, Psychedelic Rock or Reggae. When I was 6 years old he took me to a Michael Jackson concert and I remember he used to record the music from the CD to tape to listen to it on the Walkman.

At the age of 14 I started to go out and that’s how I discovered House music. When I was 18 I went to Ibiza for the first time and discovered Minimal music and so on.

At the age of 22 I started a music blog and discovered a lot of Indie music. With 26 I played for 2 years at Propaganda Club where we used to play loads of house, funk and disco music. Having listened to many different genres of music during my whole life influenced my style but I’m always keeping a kind of groove, that, to me, is mandatory on the dancefloor. 80% of the public do not feel music the same way a DJ does; so you have to put yourself in their shoes.

Inés: Tell me more about the scene in Valencia in which projects are you involved with?
I had the chance to go for the first time last year and I absolutely loved it! It was so nice to see how you are growing the underground scene there and doing so many nice off-events!

Álvaro: In Valencia there’s always something going on, we are very creative and we produce interesting stuff even if we are not as big as Madrid or Barcelona.  Like my good friend Adrien Lurbe once said, we Valencians love to give our 100% in whatever is amazing, so that means we create something, we squeeze it and we go for the next thing.
I am involved in various projects, the main one is TheBasement which has been going on for 10 years now. With TheBasement we host many events and festivals throughout the year but the main one is Días de Campo, a 3 days festival just in the middle of nature.

https://www.instagram.com/thebasementsound/

Another one just started a bit back is Marjal, a platform where I upload videos of local DJs from Valencia. I believe in Valencia there have always been good DJs but we have never been able to get ourselves out there and I believe this gives us a chance to show the world who we are.

https://www.instagram.com/marjalmusic/

I also collaborate with the record label Plural making podcasts for their series Pluralized and I have one last project with my two friends called Apolonios, we throw little parties and reunions of friends and we play the 3 of us together.

Inés: From your perspective as a DJ & Promoter how does the future of the electronic music scene look like for you?

Álvaro: I believe electronic music has grown a lot, and so it is very productive, especially in terms of the big international public. With underground electronic music you can see there’s a lot more going on during the last years but only in some cities, for the rest, living outside of those cities, it is very difficult to make a life out of it. I truly believe the future holds the same as usual, when something is really good will turn out commercial music so the underground will only live in small clubs thanks to the clubbers passion.

Inés: Did you have a concept in mind for the creation of this podcast?

Álvaro: Yes, lately I am a lot into downtempo to record podcasts. It all began because my friends and I are always going some weekends away, out to the countryside. During those trips we look for rather chilled music, that’s why the name of the session is called ‘Acid Cottage’. 

Inés: If you have to live in a book or a movie what will it be and which character will you be? 

Álvaro: Leonardo di Caprio in Catch me if you Can

Inés: What do you think is your spirit animal?

Álvaro: Like my childhood friend Julio says, I’m a bit like the African Elephant, I can get full power energy by sleeping very little, just like them.

Inés: Thank Álvaro, it was a pleasure to get to know more about you and looking forward to hear more about your projects in the future.

Follow Goalmaker

https://www.instagram.com/goalmaker_/

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Sundowner. Mix #19 by Sultra + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #19 comes from Spanish DJ Sultra. Born and based in Valencia, Sultra has become a pillar of the underground music scene in the city, and he is also a resident of the legendary Oven Club. Enjoy one hour of his exquisite deep sound and check out the interview we had with him.

Inés: Hi Alber, how are you? 

Alber: I’m good, I’m answering the interview from the CBD shop where I work, while smoking a joint under the sun at the door of the store 8)

Inés: Can you tell us why you chose that name for the mix? Who is Nacho?

Alber: Nacho Vidal is a porn actor friend of ours who bought a record store in 2005 and let us enter and take everything we wanted. I carried about 3 suitcases, which he did not ask for anything in exchange.  The store since it closed never went through discogs, I found many things that to this day I still use in my sets. So I named it like this as a way of gratitude for the records that he gave me as a gift.

Inés: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your sound?

Alber: I was born in Valencia, but for some years I moved and lived in London and Berlin. Basically I grew up in Valencia which has had a very strong subculture in the 90’s with all the DESTROY ROUTE which has influenced me a lot in the musical environment, besides having a very music lover father who has always had a record player at home and a super varied collection of records.

Inés: Where does your DJ name come from? What was the idea behind it?

Alber: It’s because a friend told me one day that I was “sultragrande”, and I am actually a very tall guy, so the name just stayed like that, to be honest is something that I have never paid much attention to, just came out one day between laughs. 

Inés: How do you prepare your record bag before playing a gig?

Alber: The truth is that I’m renewing my record bag a lot, I always try to see what time I play, and depending on the time I load some records or others, usually I always try to put the records I’ve bought lately, but I don’t prepare the sessions 100%. I think it depends on the vibe and the environment then I decide what records to play, so I don’t usually think much about it before at home.

Inés: Can you tell us a little bit about some of the music you’ve included in the podcast, perhaps about some of the labels or artists featured?

Alber: As I told you before, the selection has been a bit based on the records I found in my friend’s store, they are all records between the 90’s and 2005 which is when the store closed, I didn’t want to put anything current because well, I think it has more magic to find things that don’t belong to your era but still fit you today, this time I wanted to do something a little deeper than I normally do in a club.

Inés: Can you tell us more about Ritme Records, apart from being a record label, it is also a party? Who is involved in the project and what’s the idea behind it? How did it start?

Alber: I always got together with Pau Melgar to make music at home, and we had been thinking for a long time about starting something, starting a project in which we could release our own stuff and of our friends, I think basically how everyone starts, we just needed to find a name and that’s where Blanch came in, he is also a DJ from Valencia, but he also had a multidisciplinary project already created as a promoter called ritme, it was a work he did for the end of his degree in design and Pau and I really loved it. At first we just wanted to release music but we did a party to present the label that was awesome, and from there we started to do parties a little bigger each time.

https://www.instagram.com/ritme_records/

Inés: How does the future of the electronic music scene look like for you?

Alber: The future is always uncertain but more in the times we live in, I think we are going through a very bad period for clubbing but I hope we will come out of this stronger.

Inés: Do you have any plans in the short term or plans for the future?

Alber: No plans right now, but just to try to enjoy the small moments, continue collecting music and try to make sure this situation that we are going through has little effects on my mental health.

Inés: What is one thing that you can’t live without?

Alber: Sausages with cheese inside!

Thank you for your time Alber and we hope to see you soon on the dancefloor!

Follow Sultra:

https://www.instagram.com/sultra__/

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Sundowner. Mix #18 by DJ Rose + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #18 comes from Ukrainian DJ & Event Curator of Rhythm of Love parties series: Róse. Check out his fresh new mix and get to know him better in the interview we had with him on Tuesday. We have been in touch with him since Thursday morning when the Russian invasion of Ukraine started and decided together to go ahead with publishing the interview as it is since music is what brings people together! He said: If you would like to support Ukraine, please check the following official link:

https://savelife.in.ua/donate/

Our hearts and minds are with our friends and the people of Ukraine at this time, stay strong and stay safe!

Sundowner.: Hi Rose, how are you?

Róse: Hey, Sundowner. Thank you for inviting me to your show.

In general, I’m fine, I spend a lot of time at home. I was born and live in Lviv, in the west of Ukraine. As you know, the war in the east has been going on in my country for the last 8 years. It definitely affects me. Lately, I try to be calm and focus in case the situation worsens. At the same time, I KNOW that we have a strong army, thanks to it, we can sleep peacefully. Music helps me to distract myself from this terrible situation, especially the records. Their magic is mesmerising. I like to listen to vinyl after a hard day – it’s soothing.

Peace to all!

Sundowner.: Why did you choose the nickname DJ Rose?

Róse: ( |rəʊz| ) I’ve been thinking about a nickname for a long time, to be honest. Based on the tale of the famous author of Saint-Exupery „The Little Prince“.

For the first time it is a symbol of purity and love of neighbors, always open to sincere people.  It also describes the connection to other worlds, as each track for me is a different world.  From time immemorial, the rose has been a symbol of loyalty, symbolizing my loyalty to music and my craft.  This is if you do not delve.

Sundowner.: Who or what inspired you to start DJing?

Róse: Outside the window – January 2016. It was a difficult period of my life, I graduated from university, but by that time I already understood that I did not want to do economics. I was looking for a job to start my career. I could not find her for a long time, so I was in despair, for which I spent the following 6 years of my life. My best friend knew the whole situation and offered to let me go. So he told me about a party at a warehouse, and I decided that I needed to relax. When I arrived, I saw that it was a vinyl only party. When I saw it I thought „Wow! How cool, I didn’t know that such great music was played on records.“ After this thought, I felt what I had never felt before, this is a profession that I want to pursue all my life. All party long, I just stayed close to the DJ’s table, watching the process with admiration, and trying to figure out how it worked. I studied by myself, watched videos on YouTube, rented a cdj-1000mk2 and djm 350. I recorded music on CDs, and tried how it all works. Until then, I listened to genres such as rock, hip-hop, RnB, but after that night, I fell in love with electronic music forever.

Sundowner.: Are there any movements or developments within the scene recently that you find exciting/interesting?

Róse: Certainly, I was very inspired by the experience of the guys from Georgia, Zviada Gelbahiani and David Chikhladze. They organize the Ickra festival on the territory of the Soviet sanatorium „Хвиля“ near Kyiv. For them, it’s not just about music or rave, but also about art, education, and sports. I definitely recommend visiting it on July 1-3, 2022.

instagram.com/ickpakyiv/

Sundowner.: How is the music/party scene in Lviv? 

Róse: My city is very specific in this regard. A few years ago we had 1-2 parties in 3 months, now almost every weekend there are many parties. In my opinion, we have a lot of low-quality projects that think that putting a sound system anywhere and inviting a few DJs who play non-purchased music and a bar is a guarantee of success and a cool party. Although, there are good projects that develop our local scene. I hope that the musical level of visitors will increase and people will learn to distinguish quality parties from low-quality ones. However, I live here and will continue to try to convey to people that parties are not only music but also culture, art, community, communication, recreation, and much more.

Sundowner.: You are running the party Rhythm of Love, how does everything start? Are there more people involved in the project? What differentiates this party from others in Lviv?

Róse: Rhythm Of Love started because I wanted to show Lviv what a perfect party is. It’s about sound, comfort, art, and music. On February 14, 2020, I held the first party of the series before the lockdown and gathered 275 people, which was super cool. I like to look for fabulous locations around our city. As an example, I love parties in the woods. Last time I spent four days in the woods, building morning to evening event infrastructure, bar, fireplace, dance floor, DJ place, dumps, chill zones & tea room. My parties are very different in the sound of the artists I invite, comfort, and prices at the bar from other Lviv parties. I want to bring more artists from abroad, but it is challenging to gather 400+ people in my city. For now, I plan to assemble a new team of like-minded people and start a new series. Stay tuned (instagram.com/rhythm_of_love_ua/

Sundowner.: Are there any particular online or physical record stores in Ukraine you consider favorites?

Róse: Unfortunately, there are no such shops for me in Ukraine. I buy everything from abroad, in Ukraine there are unreasonably high prices in the music industry.

Sundowner.: Is there a crowd that really inspires you?

Róse: Of course. I am very inspired by people who remain as natural and straightforward despite their popularity in the music world as they were before.

Sundowner.: If you could pick any DJ or act to play with, who would it be and why?

Róse: I would like to play and talk to many DJs, but the first on the list will be  DJOKO, Gene of Earth, Chris Stussy, Sweely, East End Dubs, and many others. Why? The answer is simple. They know how to control hundreds of people with their music and not only their own. Moreover, they are all very cool producers who make fantastic decisions in their music.

Sundowner.: Thank you so much Róse. It was very inspiring to get to know you better and we are happy to hear there’s people pushing for a change to create new experiences through events and parties and sharing the love for music! We as community stand together and from the Sundowner. team we send all our love and support to Ukraine.

Follow DJ Rose:

instagram.com/djrose____/

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Sundowner. Mix #17 by E.LINA + Interview

We’d like to introduce you to our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series: E.LINA, a talented multidisciplinary artist from Ukraine. Get to know her better in the interview we had with her and enjoy a one hour mix of her punchy and selected sound.

Inés: Hi Elina, how are you? 

Elina: Hello from Koh Phangan! I’m feeling very relaxed on the Island now, trying to synchronize with the energy around me. 

Inés: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your sound?

Elina: I grew up on the streets of Kharkiv city. I began dancing hip hop and freestyle when I was 15 years old, so my way as an artist started from hip hop music. I was in love with dancing to old school rap, boom bap, and some space instrumentals. For me, the most important thing in music is that it should make you move and groove. 

Inés: Could you tell me more about your musical background? Apart from being a DJ, you are also a producer and a singer, how do you combine them all in your career?

Elina: I have been playing piano and singing since I was a kid. At 7 years old my mom brought me to music school but I didn’t finish it, I was too lazy haha 🙂 But all my life I was in close connection with music. When I was 20 years old I recorded my debut Ukrainian neo-soul EP, but at that time I didn’t know about electronic music like house or techno. When I moved to Kyiv and heard this kind of sound for the first time I was really amazed! It inspired me and I bought my first groove box, Korg Electribe 2 and started trying to make something similar to this music. Now I’m working on a new EP together with Hopper F. from Criminal Practice. We are combining electronic music with my vocals. Sounds pretty cool! I sometimes play our songs in the discotheque and I love to see people dancing on my vocal tunes ❤

Inés: Ukraine is facing a difficult situation right now, as an artist how are the current circumstances affecting you or the music scene?

Elina: Honestly I’m trying to ignore Ukrainian news and media, because I’m too sensitive for this. I left Kyiv for Thailand and want to abstract from world problems. I love all the humans from any country and pray for peace. 

Inés: What was your inspiration to record the Sundowner podcast?

Elina:  I recorded this mix in Kyiv, so I feel like my inspiration was just the music which I listened to at that time. These hypnotic tunes were my mood in the cold winter of concrete jungle 🙂

Inés: What’s your 3 favourite clubs/ parties?

Elina: Closer, Hoppetosse and Brave! Factory

Inés: Did you remember your first rave? Where it was, how was it? you remember who was playing?

Elina: CXEMA was my first rave and I was really scared by the dark techno and fast strobe lol! Then after one week I came to Closer for the first time and fell in love with the first tune!

Inés: Any projects or releases we should look out for?

Elina:  Roma Khropko. He is my bro and a really talented sound producer. Recently he dropped the fresh EP – Rhythm Equations on Bandcamp. 

https://romakhropko.bandcamp.com/album/rhythm-equations-i

Inés: Thank you so much Elina. We want to wish you the best of luck with all your future projects. And looking forward to hear more from you!

Follow E.LINA:

instagram.com/e.lina.elian/

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Sundowner. Mix #16 by Penelope + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #16 comes from French DJ & producer Penelope, now based in Lisbon, where she is a regular figure in the underground music scene. Her sound is a unique expression of her broad sonic tastes that range from house, techno, ambient, and all electronic experimentation. She made her production debut in early 2021 on the Spanish label Tresydos. Check out her fresh new mix and get to know her better in the full interview we had with her.

Inés: Hi Penelope, how are you?

Penelope: Hello 🙂 I’m good, writing to you from Lisbon where I just recovered from Covid. It was a bit of a strange end of the year for everyone I guess. But well new year, new start, new podcast!  

Inés: Definitely weird times for everyone, but good to hear you are doing well! So we all want to know more about your career. What has DJing brought you? or taught you throughout your path? And what have you changed since starting out?

Penelope: Djing has for sure brought and taught me patience. I bought my turntables in 2013 and it’s been a long and fun ride since but I learned that there is no need to rush. It took me years to feel at ease and comfortable. It takes years to adjust your skills, build your library, train your ears and also gain confidence behind a booth. I am still nervous before each gig ahah but I am much better now than I was in the past.  

Inés: What genres were you into before electronic music?

Penelope: Electronic music has always been part of my musical sphere. I can remember back to when I was 10 years old already listening and buying commercial dance tubes, and then over my teenage years as well, French house was big in France and I was already collecting house compilations. I was also listening to RnB, hip hop and also had a big trip-hop phase around 17-18 years old. It was around that age that I started „digging“ a bit further than the mainstream with more experimental stuff, mostly through downtempo and trip-hop at first.

Inés: When playing a gig, do you find it challenging to engage with the crowd?

Penelope: Yes and I think it’s a good thing. You should always try to be challenged at a gig. No gig is the same, no crowd is the same and the surprise is part of the challenge. Engaging with the crowd is of course always the ultimate goal, sometimes it will work better than others and that’s part of the game, of the job! 

Inés: Which was the last podcast you enjoyed and can recommend to our readers?

Penelope: Maybe not the latest one, but one I enjoy a lot still is from Nathalia – Gathering the Seeds. I like to put it on in the morning to slowly wake up and do yoga. There are some beautiful mantras and meditative music that I would recommend to anyone searching for a peaceful moment with themselves. 

Inés: How do you think this current time in history is going to impact artists in the future?

Penelope: This pandemic all forced us to stop our habits all of a sudden and I think it taught us that it’s OK to take a break, ok to rethink things for a bit. These times are strange for everyone but it’s also a perfect opportunity to spend more time with yourself and create. The Covid area will probably be seen as a great time for production in all kinds of arts. 

Inés: If you have to live in a book or a movie what will it be and which character will you be? 

Penelope: Mary Poppins, always loved the way she was floating down from the clouds and used her magic powers to spread fun and happiness. 

Inés: Last but not least, how’s the future looking for you?

Penelope: Bright hopefully 🙂 whereas for this coming year, I’ll have a release coming on Basic moves’s sub-label  “For Playful Manners” which is a new label run by Walrus and Adi. I also just started a new party in Lisbon, the first one was last November. I want to focus on developing the project this year and also keep playing, making music and trying to have fun at what I do!

Inés: Thank you so much for sharing your experiences Penelope. We want to wish you the best of luck with all your future plans and projects. We can’t wait to hear more from you!

Follow Penelope:

facebook.com/penelopesound/

instagram.com/penelope__cz/

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Sundowner. Mix #15 by Ines Cartas + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #15 comes from our very own Inés, who had her debut gig last October at Hoppetosse for the System Error Worldwide residency party. She continues to make her wave in the underground music scene; organising parties and getting crowds on their feet with her unique style and selections. Tune into her fresh new mix and be sure to check out the full interview we had with her.

Sharon: Hi Inés, how are you? 

Inés: I’m very good thank you. Super happy to have created this mix for Sundowner. and enjoying the quietness of Berlin. I’m currently in quarantine, so I am spending a lot of time at home with my cats and family, while resting, cooking, reading, watching movies, and listening to music. I’ve also been working and making plans for 2022. What better time to do that!

Sharon: We’re very excited to host your first podcast! With the roles reversed this time, it’s a pleasure to get to know you better. So, tell us a little bit more about you, Inés. What is your musical background? Which artists and/or genres did you listen to growing up and how does this influence your current sound?

Inés: More than an influence, I see it as an evolution of my persona that reflects in my music taste. When I was little I used to travel a lot to the USA because of my mom’s job and I remember her spending hours and entire days in record shops. She used to have a big collection with piles of vinyls at home in México. I was too young, so for me it was boring going to the shops. I remember just waiting, sitting down somewhere till she would finish digging. Only now do I understand that passion. Over the years my taste in music has changed a lot. I discovered electronic music when I was 16; I went to my first party in Mexico City and completely fell in love with it. I guess everything started there, but it was only till I moved to Berlin that I decided to go beyond and start collecting vinyls.

Sharon: How did your journey in the music industry begin? Can you share any insightful stories or tips with us? 

Inés: I think everything happened very organically. Just by going out a lot and connecting with people with the same ideals and passion for music. I used to live in Barcelona and there I met my family from Plural (a music label and collective based in Barcelona and Berlin). We started doing secret parties a couple of years ago here in Berlin and that’s how I entered the team by doing logistics, location scouting, bookings, etc. During the Christmas Eve of 2020 I met Moses Mawila and we started working on a project together by chance and connected immediately. Since then, our journey began, and we started going further with other projects, and that’s how I entered the team of Sundowner. and System Error. I guess when you are surrounded by friends that have the same love and passion that you have, who believe in sharing and inspiring each other- this is when magic happens! I never thought I would end up where I am today and that’s the beauty of it. The surprises that life brings to you and the opportunities that the universe provides you happens when you accept them gratefully with love, and by working hard everyday. Then everything starts to fall into place.

Sharon: Which labels are you involved with? And what advice can you give to women working in the music industry?

Inés: I’m involved with Plural, LowMoneyMusicLove and System Error. My advice is to not feel overwhelmed or insecure by an industry mainly dominated by men. Things are changing and there’s a lot of support for women as well as multiple collectives pushing for change like System Error, so try to stay surrounded by people that believe in you and support you. I come from a family of mainly single mom’s and I was raised by strong powerful women that showed me how to navigate in a world dominated by men. They taught me to raise my voice and stay true to who I am and never feel less or weaker, so I feel blessed for that. I’m also super grateful that I’ve always been surrounded with the most amazing friends. They all have supported me since day one with all my projects and ambitions, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support, so I guess it is an important thing to surround yourself with the right people.

Sharon: You recently had your debut gig at club Hoppetosse for the System Error Worldwide residency party- well done! How do you prepare your record bag before playing a gig?

Inés: Yes, OMG what a night! I will never forget this day. It was incredible to see all our friends there and all the support. There were people outside waiting before the club opened and this just made me feel like ok, this is gonna be one for the books and that’s what it was! To prepare my bag I always think about who I am playing for. I try to be empathic with the crowds and look in my collection for which are the tracks that they will enjoy. From there I try to build a story depending on the time I will play and think of the other DJs on the timetable, but then I always pack a plan-B to be prepared for anything.

Sharon: Name three of your favourite recent music purchases. Why these selections? 

Inés: Goris Lecker – From Scratch [Kreisless] (I like all the 4 tracks for different times of a night, so I like that it’s versatile.)

Rawell – Berlin Pankow 1995 – 2002 ( I love the label and for me this is a timeless album)

Get the Balance Right! -#002 (Great label, very groovy and sexy, 100% my vibes.)

Sharon: What is your perspective on the current state of the music scene? Do you think the pandemic will have an irreversible impact on club culture?

Inés: It’s definitely hard times for many people and the music industry, but we should never forget that light will always come after dark times. I think club culture will definitely never be the same again, but that doesn’t mean something bad. It’s making us rethink how we are doing things and what’s the legacy that we want to leave to younger generations. It also makes us appreciate what we had and should make us more conscious on how we want to evolve as a society in order to keep the nightlife alive. We will find other ways to connect and share what we most like, but I’m also just happy that I got to experience night life before the pandemic.

Sharon: What does the future look like for you? Any upcoming news or projects on the horizon?

Inés: The future looks brighter than ever. I have a couple of plans that I’m working on with friends, collaborations with artists for merchandising of the labels, and more events coming as soon as we can dance again. Including a tour in México and South America for the end of 2022, so I am pretty excited about everything 🙂

Sharon: What advice would you give to beginner DJs based on your personal experience?

Inés: Trust in yourself and don’t be scared by judgements. Just stay true to what you like and who you are. Don’t take things for granted and work hard everyday. And the most important point for me is to remember that what you are doing is for fun. As soon as you enjoy it, everybody will too, so enjoy the ride and the process of learning new things!

Sharon: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us! We are thrilled to have you as our next guest, and we look forward to seeing where your music career will bring you next.

We wish you loads of success in 2022! 

Follow Ines Cartas:

ra.co/dj/inescartas

instagram.com/inerdcartas/

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Sundowner. Mix #14 by Loa Szala + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #14 comes from London based record digger Loa Szala, creator of Medusa Bloom and resident DJ of Alien Communications. Get to know Loa better in this interview we had with her and do not miss the chance to catch her on the dance floor, a rising star to keep our eyes on.

Ines: Hi Loa, how are you? 

Loa: I’m very well thank you, finally fully recovered from that very bad flu. So funny that Zoom with you and Moses the other day, everyone was super sick in bed, tissues and all the good stuff, haha!

Ines: yeah haha that was funny, so hard not to get sick in these weird times…but happy to hear you are fully recovered. So, tell me where did you grow up and how did that influence your sound?

Loa: I grew up in Brzeg, a small city in Poland, but my electronic music self grew elsewhere. There, people are mostly into rock and reggae rather than electronic music. As a little girl, I ended up journeying as a ballroom dancer, taking part in competitions dancing to cha-cha, samba and waltz. Dancing, but not quite clubbing either.

It was only until quite late in life when I was living in Tokyo that the real journey and passion for discovering electronic music began. I quickly fell in love with house and techno, dug my first records, had my first clubbing experiences, which ultimately led to the creation of my event, Medusa Bloom, where now I was having the chance to meet and get to know all these amazing artists in person! Saudades…

Ines: If you had to name your top 3 DJs inspirations, who would they be and why?

Loa: Laurine – that vibe… the happiness with which she plays is one that only a pure and wide open-hearted person can have.

Lutz – 101 masterclass technique of playing records!

Dj Masda – selection that really resonates with me.

Ines: What’s you’re creative process when recording a podcast?

Loa: Firstly, I go through all the shelves and search for records that pop out with some sort of a reference that could come across interesting, then I go online and start searching for new stuff. Not that easy to explain, but if I see freshly arrived records that I’m really really obsessed about and haven’t heard too many times, then this brings me a lot of excitement that I can channel into the mix. 

I try different arrangements and produce a few recordings, listen back and go deeper into cherry-picking the best combinations that in a way speak to each other and go back to rearranging again. The loop continues until I can finally feel it and then I go on to record the final version.

I find that recording a podcast can be quite a soul-destroying process at times haha.. it takes a lot from me. It brings out some sort of obsessiveness while facing some weaknesses of mine, but I do see it and understand that this is a perfect recipe for improving my technique and getting to know my music and myself better.  

Ines: Well, let me tell you that we really enjoy your podcast from beginning to end, beautiful storytelling and amazing tracks! Now let’s travel back in time a little bit and tell us what was your best moment at the Sundowner party?

Loa: The best moment was when all my dear friends arrived. It was a stressful day considering it was my CDV debut so it felt so amazing to have them in front of me to calm my nerves and connect through my selection and dance.

Ines: Is there anything you would like to change or promote in the music industry?

Loa: Of course, there is always the aspect of equality that has been at the forefront of many interviews and conversations. I think a lot has been done but still lots to be achieved. In terms of promoting, definitely a healthier lifestyle for people working full-time in electronic music. 

Ines: Any projects or releases we should look out for?

Loa: Next year is already looking very promising, I’ve got some great events planned as a resident for Alien Communications. 

Ines: Tell me a track that reminds you of your childhood?

Loa: It’s weird, but I remember this song so well from my dance classes dancing the Viennese waltz to it. 

Ines: If your record bag would have a personality, how would it be?

Loa: Elegant and fun but can be a badass when needed.

Ines: Thank you so much for your time Loa, we are very looking forward to the future and what it will bring to you, and can’t wait to catch you on the dance floor again!

Follow Loa Szala:

ra.co/dj/loaszala

instagram.com/loaszala/

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Sundowner. Mix #13 by Aliana + Interview

The Sundowner. Mix #13 comes from Ukrainian producer and DJ Aliana, who recently had her debut Album on the record label Finest Hour. Get to know Aliana better in this interview we had with her and enjoy an hour of an exquisite selection, where she takes us on a trippy psychedelic journey.

Ines: Hi Aliana, how are you?

Aliana: Hi Ines. All good here! Thank you. I am currently in my new studio, in Lviv, Ukraine. It’s Autumn here, and it’s getting colder and colder.
It’s 5 pm, my favourite red light is turned on and on the right hand side I have a ginger-lemon-honey tea in the thermos. Seems like a good end of the week 🙂

Ines: Tell us Aliana, who or what inspired you to start DJing and producing music?

Aliana: Well, I can admit that I was inspired by my friend who was also the first person who taught me how to produce.
I was 15 years old at the time.
That was the same period of time where I discovered the music of Mr. Oizo which further pushed my fascination for electronic music deeper.

My friend gave me insights and lectures on synthesizers, drum machines, and Cubase (I currently use Ableton).
He pointed me in the right direction to discover my own voice and vision into the world of electronic music.

Precisely at the age of 16, I got my first midi keyboard, downloaded some version of FL studio, and this is where my journey began.

Ines: What were you into before electronic music?

Aliana: I’ve always been interested and exposed to different types of music. Growing up my family were big fans of classical, rock, jazz, and funk.
I started taking musical education when I was around 8 years old. This education gave me a pretty good foundational base.
By the way, When I was a teenager we had a rock band which even had a few concerts around my home city haha.
A few days ago, my friend (from the band) sent me a photo where we were still very young but so ambitious, It’s very funny 😀

Ines: What would you say is the key for a perfect mix?

Aliana: For me, there is not a singular key to a perfect mix but more of an approach to a perfect story.
Eliciting some emotional response from listeners with intention is the key. If it is true to yourself and people like it then maybe you are in the right place with your mix!

Ines: Who is the latest artist you discovered that impacted you?

Aliana: Recently I have been listening to a lot of old Soviet music.
I came across this interesting band called
Redkaya Ptica (Year:1982; Genres: Psychedelic / Disco / Space Rock / Electronic wave). They really take me to a different world with their instrumental abilities, unique voice, and overall experience they put together through their music!
It is this music from a different era that holds on to this timeless portrayal of crazy energy that infatuated me. I love this cosmic psychedelic sound.
The retro and vintage synths, bass, and drums are really magical.

Ines: Is there anything you would like to change or promote in the music industry?

Aliana: The first thought is that I would like the radio to come back, free of syndication, to the old formats with real DJs choosing music. Here in Ukraine, we have just shitty radio stations (you do not want to listen to it, believe me). This way the regional aspect of music would reappear.
We had this before. I was still super young, but my older sister often listened to the radio shows from ‚Kazantip‘. Can you imagine? Dope!

But you know, In the era of the Internet, it seems that the radio is no longer needed. People now jump online to see and listen to live people, podcasts, and conversations.
But still, It would be nice to hear more info about electronic music and newer things that each region and country has to offer through the radio.

Ines: Any projects or releases we should look out for?

Aliana: Yes! I would like to share my upcoming release on Finest Hour! It is my first full cover double EP. This release was ready for more than 2 years but then the pandemic happened and bla bla, so yeah! I’m super excited about it.
Besides, in the current podcast, I added two of my unreleased tracks, one at the beginning and one at the end. I wanted to do it for a long time, but I didn’t get the opportunity 😀

Ines: If you could pick any DJ or act to play with, who would it be and why?

Aliana: I don’t know how to answer this question. I really don’t like to choose haha.

I am the kind of person that prefers the will of the universe and accepts what comes from outside via synchronicity.
I will be glad to share that remote control with anyone that resonates 🙂
Someday I will remind you of this question and together we can see who this person will be.

Ines: Thank you so much Aliana for sharing with us, we are really looking forward to hear more from you in the future, and we are pretty sure this is just the beginning of a bright journey full of success.

Follow Aliana:

instagram.com/aliana_____m/

ra.co/dj/aliana

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Sundowner. Mix #12 by Sibil + Interview

The Sundowner Mix #12 comes from new rising star Sibil, who had her debut this past summer at Club der Visionaere for Sundowner. and System Error parties and most recently at Hoppetosse for The Mudd Show. Keep an eye on her as she will definitely keep making more appearances in the Berlin underground music scene and around Europe, thanks to her unique style that makes everybody dance. Check the full interview we had with her.

Ines: Hi Sibil, how are you? 

Sibil: Hello! I’m very good thanks a lot, pretty happy to be living in Berlin now, so much to do and to learn about! Like making this first podcast for example, thanks for giving me this little challenge to accomplish finally! I’m pretty excited for the rest 🙂

Ines: It’s a pleasure for us to be the platform for your first podcast, we really enjoy every second of it! So, tell us a little bit more about you Sibil, could you tell me about your musical background? What kind of sounds did you grow up with and how do they inspire your sound now?

Sibil: Oh I come from a totally different environment where I’m now. Growing up in a pretty conservative family, I was in touch with music since I was 5, going to conservatory and music school everyday. I guess classical and jazz music were the only things I knew until very late. I just discovered electronic music when I was about 21! I have to say that since then, I was so curious about this other world, I got pretty addicted to understanding it.

Ines: How do you prepare your record bag before playing a gig?

Sibil: Uff, always at the last moment… It really depends on my mood, but I give a lot of importance to who or what is gonna be played after me, so I can go on a journey until that point.

Ines: Name 3 of your favourite recent music purchases.

Sibil: I mainly digged some downtempo stuff the previous month, here are some:

First release I’m gonna share with you is a mix of dub, ambient, and liquid DNB, that I’m so in love with! It has the perfect amount of trippiness, enough to bring me up in the mountains above the clouds. To listen full power in your headphones…

Second fund of the month is from Sie, I liked a few tracks that he produced, you should check it out! 

Last one is from Nooncat, which is more dreamy/melancholic tech house:

Ines: How do you think that this moment we are living in, is going to impact the music scene in the future?

Sibil: To be honest, I think there will be waves of restrictions where we can explore our free time and expand our creativity, and there will be waves of freedom when we release everything out, and make something even greater than before. I guess every big trauma of History brought something new and revolutionary after, and that’s the beauty of it.

Ines: How’s the future looking for you?

Sibil: I have no clue, we never know what can happen, but so far I’m pretty excited about it.

Ines: If you could pick any DJ or act to play with, who would it be and why?

Sibil: I had a big music lesson last time seeing Miki playing at CDV. I have to say it was bewitching! His way of mixing was so incredibly precise and trippy, I’d love to learn from it!

Ines: What advice would you give to people that are starting to DJing based on your personal experience?

Sibil: Trust your music, your taste, don’t be afraid of playing things that you think others won’t like and just assume it! Error is human, and perseverance is the key to it!

Ines: Thank you so much for sharing your experiences Sibil, you are such an inspiration and we are very looking forward to seeing what the future will bring to your career, we are sure it will be full of success!

Follow Sibil:

facebook.com/sibil.fr/

instagram.com/sibil___/

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Sundowner. Mix #11 by Costa + Interview

The Sundowner Mix #11 comes from Spanish and Berlin based Dj Costa, who’s having his debut at the new weekly residency of @sundownerberlin at Hoppetosse. Costa’s sound characterised for being naughty, acidy and trance and always on the loop for the groove.

Ines: Hi Sergi, how are you?

Sergi: Hi Ines. I’m good, having a hot chocolate, and really excited for what’s coming this week. I’m gonna play my first gig at the lovely Hoppetosse boat!
I’m writing from the living room facing Warschauer Strasse, which is not too busy today. This is in Berlin, where I moved in March 2021. The city, the people, the music scene trapped me and I voluntarily surrendered.

Ines: What was it that triggered your interest in music?

Sergi: This has been a journey. I would go back to 2018, where I started connecting with my body in a deeper level, after discovering contemporary dance. And needless to mention we were dancing to music. The healing and ecstatic aspects of dancing I guess were the things that guided me to discover the art of mixing and creating these experiences for others. From that point I felt and understood raving/clubbing in a different way.
Ultimately, visiting a friend in Berlin in 2020 gave me the opportunity to understand how music mixing works and started playing with it. In parallel I started also reading the theories about the raving experience from Eris Drew, and could relate immediately to that.
To me, mixing music is a constant conversation with and within yourself, and yourself with others.

Ines: What’s your digging process?

Sergi: Interesting question! The first time that I wanted to get a vinyl was at Marla records: www.startnext.com/savemarlarecords. I arrived there and I had a little idea of what I wanted to get. I asked for some recommendations for music genres and after listening to a few of them I selected two, just because they sounded good (whatever that means). Let me say that one of them I have never played again (it made me cringe the last time I tried to play it haha), and the other one I still love it.
Digging is also part of this conversation and likewise, you also learn to listen differently. Nowadays I feel I can listen better (in my own way), and though I still go to specific genres, now I’m more interested in if the music is speaking the same emotion/sensation I’m looking for.

Ines: What was your inspiration to record the Sundowner podcast?

Sergi: I wanted to take you to the atmospheres and places in a journey from sunlight to moonlight, with a final celebration as if ‚we made it!’. Like a sundowner, going into the night and seeing the first rays of the next morning.
I translated the tracks to my own interpretation of levels of lightness and darkness.
And above all that, I just wanted the mix that I’d like to dance at a party!

Ines: Who’s the latest artist you discovered that impacted you?
Let me mention two. This summer I went to surely one of the best queer techno raves this year for me, Fluid Vision. In both of their editions I felt really inspired by VINVAR, one of their residents. Fast, euphoric and shameless in the mixing, she brought a full ecstatic experience to the audience at the end of both editions.

Couldn’t leave this paragraph without mentioning Roza Terenzi, who I recently had the pleasure to see live for the first time in Panorama bar. Incredible selector of groovy, trance oriented sounds and mild techno.

Ines: If you could pick any DJ or act to play with, who would it be and why?

Sergi: I would 1000% pick Eris Drew. The night I saw her in London in 2020 (before the virus situation took over), I understood the power of the Dj, the crowd completely changed, I couldn’t leave the front row, It felt like a very long trip of joy. I would love to play with her to get contagious with her wisdom and dance floors experiences, have a conversation without speaking, dance with her.

Ines: What has been the most memorable dance floor moment and why?

Sergi: One of the most memorable moments I’ve had lately was precisely in this Fluid Vision rave. I was dancing in the front and I was making eye contact with a guy a little bit behind me. I could recognise that he was part of my friend’s group, but I didn’t know him directly. After a little bit, he came to compliment my dance moves and I complimented back and he suggested we exchanged contacts. But since he was not using social media, he handed over to me his phone saying „Maybe write your name, phone number, foot size, favourite food, a poem…“ To which I decided to write him a poem on the dance floor! It was a pretty cheesy poem, but this is more or less what I came up with within a couple of minutes. 
The bright in your eyes, is light as the sky, have fun on the dance floor until the night“.
Needless to say, I had never written a poem on the dance floor before. We had a date after that, and we’re going to have a second one.

Ines: What is one thing that you can’t live without?

Sergi: It’s definitely Tahini (for now). I sadly don’t have any left in my counter. But I just had an idea, I will buy two or three pots next time, so I don’t run out of it too fast haha. Did I mention that food it’s another of my greatest passions in life?

Ines: Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and anecdotes Sergi, we are very looking forward to listen to you this coming Thursday at Sundowner. party at Hoppetosse.

Follow Costa:

instagram.com/sergi__i/

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Sundowner. Mix #10 by robbin + Interview

The Sundowner Mix #10 comes from Dutch and Berlin based DJ robbin, who had her debut at System Error party last summer at CDV and recently at Hoppetosse. She shared with us some tips for people that is starting to DJing and some of her inspiration, get to know her better in this interview we had with her.

Sundowner.: Hi robbin, how are you?

robbin: Hello dear Sundowner. crew, greetings from autumnally Berlin! Thank you for giving me the opportunity. It was a great learning with lots of love put into it and I hope you listeners will enjoy the trip!

Sundowner.: Thank you robbin, we definitely did! So first of all I would like to ask you, who or what inspired you to start DJing?

robbin: It did come naturally after loving the music so much, being curious and also having a DJ boyfriend. But moreover I wanted to know how a crowd would react to my music and what feelings it would give them. Since this was what many other DJ’s showed me, like for example Zip.

Sundowner.: What would you say is the key for a perfect mix?

robbin: First of all, I think it’s a lot about the music selection. If you have all the tracks that really belong together there is very little effort for mixing needed. I also always appreciate a storyline that to me adds more personality and feeling.

Sundowner.: Can you tell us a little bit about some of the music you’ve included in the podcast, perhaps about some of the labels or artists featured?

robbin: I really like to combine new with old tracks to always keep the dynamic in a set as well as making it a challenge for myself while selecting music. And that’s what I tried also in this set. The first track for example is from an Australian producer Andras Fox on a compilation LP on Public Possession released this year. And one other track comes from the crew KCL Project on 90’s UK label Octopus. Also the artist Pluto who’s tracks I always love released on this label. Please go check them both out!

Sundowner.: What’s the differences you see in the music scene from when you started to now?

robbin: I am so happy to see that the scene is offering more and more a stage to younger and minority artists, like female DJ’s. We are slowly building a future where everyone can pursue anything in their lives they want and it’s beautiful to see it happening.

Sundowner.: Can you name an album or EP you consider “timeless”?

robbin: Often I put on Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records from Jan Jelinek. I love it because of the different interpretations you can give it. It can be listened to as ambient, however it also has elements of techno that creates a different mood if you pitch it higher. Being able to play with the speed of a track and putting it on at different moments makes it timeless for me.

Sundowner.: What has been the most memorable dance floor moment and why?

robbin: Tough one, definitely a couple for sure but ok this one maybe you readers would relate to. I will never forget that moment, Get Perlonized, Panorama bar, 12 o’clock in the afternoon, this moment when the blinds come up. But this time the sun was shining so bright that the whole room was white and it felt like I was dancing in heaven!

Sundowner.: Oh definitely we can relate to, and it will be always in our minds. What advice would you give to people that are starting to DJ based on your personal experience?

robbin: DJing should be an expression of yourself so try no matter what to stay true to what you like and make you move on the dance floor. I believe by doing that and evolving, you will really master the skill.
In terms of mixing skills, I can recommend that you start with recording as early as possible, listen to it, learn from the mistakes but also try to understand what style of mixing you are good at. And if I may, as a final tip, always stay curious for new/other music! That helps me to keep motivated too.

Sundowner.: Do you have any projects we should look out for?

robbin: Yes, last year my good friend Gabriela Müller and I starting our project zeevonk where we aim to create a platform for artist to be free to experiment, support and inspire one another. The project started with our ‘natural habitat podcast series’ where all artists involved work on a proposed theme, drawing inspiration from natural habitats. We still have plenty of ideas that we like to share with the world. Definitely more music performance and visual art installation but also ambient afternoon listenings served with food, film streamings, to name a few.
‘Underwater love’ and ‘lost in a forest’ podcast series are both available to listen on zeevonk’s soundcloud page.

Sundowner.: Thank you so much for your inspirational words and tips robbin. We wish you all the best in this new journey you are starting and we hope to see you very soon again behind the booth.

Follow robbin

instagram.com/robbinremers/

https://www.facebook.com/robbin.remers

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Sundowner. Mix #09 by Hengstenberg + Interview

Our next guest for the Sundowner Mix series is Parisian selector and Dj Hengstenberg. Get to know more about him and his inspiration, and enjoy one hour of an emotional, fun and quirky selection that he prepared for us.

Ines: Hi Julien, how are you?

Julien: Hi there, thanks for the invite, right now things are pretty good. Just came back to Berlin after island hopping around the Cyclades for the past few weeks, enjoying quality time with family, friends and myself. I’m super grateful that I could finally unplug. It took some time to kick back and relax as the past months/year have been quite hectic to say the least, but hey, we’ve pretty much all been through rough tides lately. All in all, the most important things are there: love, health and music. 

Ines: That’s nice words to hear. So first of all, how would you describe your sound?

Julien: It’s constantly evolving since it stems from external inputs which I then process and translate through my own lense of interpretation. As the track “Formenverwandler” from Der Zyklus puts it: “shape shifting from place to place, bending time, curving space”.

My journey took me through a variety of musical phases, often related to the places where I lived and the people I encountered. For example in Paris with clubs like Concrete and parties in suburbs’ warehouses. Then Berlin and mainly CDV/Hoppetosse, Heideglühen and Panorama Bar. Then Frankfurt with Robert Johnson and parties I was organising with the Hansa crew in Silbergold. And finally back in Berlin after 3 years. 

My collection built up over time and the tracks that stuck with me usually tend to tell a story on their own.  Right now and through this podcast, I connected with what could be described as a more, quirky, groovy, acidy, round melodic bass lines, sometimes bizarre kind of sound while keeping it dance floor-oriented. 

Ines: Are there any particular online or physical stores you consider favorites?

Julien: Te Iubesc, in Paris. So many records rarely leaving my bag are coming from there. The 2nd hand selection was really on point, shop owner Dawidu was going the extra mile to fill up the shelves with hidden gems from every corner of the world.

Gosu, in Frankfurt. I have a special tie to this record shop as it’s the first place I hit when I came to live in the city. I came to live there for a year and at the time I didn’t know anybody. I was blessed to immediately be welcomed with open arms by the local crew and quickly had the chance to actively contribute to the scene. 

Libertine, in Berlin. Although today I usually find most of my stuff on Discogs, I always find something worth getting when I go to Yoshi’s place. A few other shops where I enjoy digging are Bikini Wax, Kimchi and Marla. 

Ines: Did you have a concept in mind for the creation of this podcast?

Julien: It was more about capturing the essence of my current perceptions. Process-wise I took a piece of paper and drew an horizontal line with an arrow to the right to represent the timeline. Then I started placing words and emotions around it, like downtempo around the beginning, bpm jump around 1/4th, quirky techno around 3/4th and melancholic melodies around the end. Then I started placing records fitting these buzzwords and fine-tuned the selection based on how well they transitioned together. 

Structurally, I would say that there are 3 distinct parts with “bridge” tracks making the connection, first block being slow, happened to be 115bpm, then escalated to 130bpm with more groovy sounds, to get to a more peak time techno-ish vibe. 

Ines: How do you think that this moment we are living in, is going to impact the music scene in the future?

Julien: Positively I’m hoping. Sure there are obvious challenges that will have to be overcome to preserve the culture. But I believe that the people making the scene will go past them as they always have. I believe that many are yearning for authenticity, closeness and inspiration and this is precisely what the scene’s values bring to the table. At least this is what it brought me throughout the years. Today more than ever, there is a need for spaces of inclusion where free spirits and creative minds gather to express themselves and celebrate diversity. It’s up to each individual to keep our collective minds open, and the music scene has, is and always will be a medium for that. 

Ines: Do you have any plans in the short term or plans for the future?

Julien: Hard to plan with the uncertainty today but one thing is for sure is that I’ll keep sharing as much positivity as I can around me, support my family, friends and people in general, trying to make my little corner of the world a bit better. Music-wise I’m taking it as it comes, we’ll see what happens next.

Ines: Ok and last question Julien, tell me a track that reminds you of your childhood.

New order – Crystal

Ines: Thank you so much for your lovely words and positive vibes Julien, and hope to see you on the dance floor soon!

Follow Hengstenberg

facebook.com/julien.hdltvonhengstenberg

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Sundowner. Mix #08 by Inner + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Romanian producer and DJ Cristian aka Inner & DJ Wibe. We had the chance to talk with him during the summer about the music scene and his personal evolution as musician. Check out the interview we had with him.

Ines: Hi Cristian, how are you?

Cristian: Hello, I’m fine, thank you for asking me to do this mix for you.

Ines: Thank you, so first of all, how has been your evolution since you started producing for the first time?

Cristian: In a way I tend to think that my latest tracks are the best tracks I have done, but that is misleading because it’s probably normal to get excited about the last project the most, because it’s so fresh and new. In another way I feel like when I started making music I wasn’t really trying to achieve anything, I just made tracks in a very pueril manner, quite naive and I went with whatever was happening. As I grew, my expectations of myself grew as well so that led to disappointment and dissatisfaction with my own work when I would not achieve a certain level I was striving for. I learned later that it’s ok to fail and to try and try and try and there will be shit tracks and good tracks along the way. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I went from not carrying that much to carrying too much and then to relaxing again, I’m in a relaxed state now.

Ines: Do you have any ritual or special thing you do before playing a gig?

Cristian: Not really, in the days before the gig preparation is key, right before the gig I try to wash my hands if possible so I can start with fresh clean hands. 

Ines: haha that’s a good thing to do for sure.  Can you tell us a little bit about some of the music you’ve included in the podcast, perhaps about some of the labels or artists featured?

Cristian: My idea for the podcast was to start slow, like I would start playing at a party in the daytime and I would play through the night, but condensed in a bit more than 1h. If you think about the club without music and people it’s really not such a nice place, its dark, there is no proper sitting and it’s kinda smelly, that’s why my ideal situation for a opening set would be that the music at the begging of the night is welcoming, and it’s not necessary the main thing, it’s part of the ambiance of the place and gradually it becomes louder and occupies more and more of the energy of the room and all of a sudden you start dancing without realising it. 

Ines: What’s the differences you see in the music scene from when you started to now?

Cristian: It feels to me that we are slowly getting back to the times where DJs are appreciated for being a DJ and not necessary for being a producer/ DJ. When DJs came around, that is what they were, only DJs, selectors, not producers of music, at some point it became the norm that the DJ is also a producer and it has to have some eps/hits to be booked as a DJ. I started in a time where this was still the case, but lately DJs that do not produce are taking DJing to another level and it’s very interesting and rewarding to experience this as a DJ/producer and as a dancer. 

Another big and very welcomed change is the number of female DJs and the fact that there are way more than lets say 10, 20 years ago. They just bring a different energy to the DJ booth and to the dancefloor and I welcome that with all my heart.

Ines: Do you have any plans in the short term considering the current situation or plans for the future?

Cristian: In the short term I will release another EP on bandcamp under my new DJ Wibe alias, and by the end of the year an EP under my good old name Inner. 

https://djwibe.bandcamp.com/releases

Ines: Ok and last question, if you could travel in time, to which era or time of history would you go and why?

Cristian: Uhh, hard one, I think I would like to travel for a day in the future and see if we completely fuck it up or not, cause at the moment it feels like we are. But maybe also back in time when there was no technology like the fourteen hundreds and then at a rave in ‘92. Ciao.

Ines: Thank you so much Cristian, we hope to hear more from you very soon!

Follow Inner & DJ Wibe

instagram.com/inner_wibe/

ra.co/dj/inner

facebook.com/innerdj/

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Sundowner. Mix #07 by Niff + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Italian DJ Niff. A creative mind who characterised for his tasteful selection and eclectic DJ sets inspired from all types of electronic music genres. Check out the interview we had with him.

Sundowner.: Hi Nicola, how are you? 

Niff: Ciao, all good in Berlin, thank you!

Sundowner.: First of all, what was it that triggered your interest in music?

Niff: It comes from my home environment when i was very little, my father always listening to classical music, my brother playing the piano and my mother singing songs of Lucio Battisti, Franco Battiato, Francesco De Gregori. After that, 2 things had a big impact on me, first the italian rap-hip hop scene in the very late 90’s, and later when i got into Titilla Cocoricó for the first time in 2003 as a Clubber.

Sundowner.: What’s your creative process when recording a podcast?

Niff: Recording a podcast is something you do for the people so it has to be prepared with care from the first record to the last one, every track should get along with the others and in the end the story reflects your mood. I like it to be the most perfect it can be but imperfections are part of the thing.

Sundowner.: What has been the most fun b2b you’ve ever played?

Niff: Well…you know it’s kinda hard to say, but i think the one with Dj Tree last summer for the birthday of my friend Andrea in Rome.

Sundowner.: What’s the differences you see in the music scene from when you started to now?

Niff: It could seem ages have passed by, since I started until now…the internet changed everything. The progress of technology helped us digging deeper in every genre of music ever known, everybody now has different sources for discovering new music which can be old or new, analog or digital. It means that nowadays the music standard is higher and higher (or it should be). 

Sundowner.: Any projects or releases we should look out for?

Niff: My new project FUORIORARIO coming very soon, a multidisciplinary platform, record label, podcast series and more. The first release has been ready for more than one year but then the pandemic happened so you know… 

Sundowner.: Last question Niff, what’s your 3 favorite clubs/ parties?

Niff: That’s a very hard question…the Magick Bar in Rome, Closer in Kiev and Breakfast Club Party in Paris.

Sundowner.: Thank you so much for your time and we hope to see you very soon on the dance floor! 

Follow Niff

facebook.com/niff.ita

instagram.com/niff0logy/

ra.co/dj/niff

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Sundowner. Mix #06 by Tonchius + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Norwegian based DJ and producer Tonchius. Co-pilot of Continually Records, which second release came out this summer, check out the interview we had with her.

Ines: Hi Tonje, how are you? 

Tonje: Hi Ines, thanks for asking. A question I find challenging to answer these days, but I’m alive! I’m based (and sort of stuck) in Oslo at the moment, but it is a super nice place to be during the sunny summer. It never really gets dark up north this time of the year, which I really enjoy. There is walking distance whenever I fancy going for a swim in the ocean or to a lake in the woods, in addition to the city center. After a long lockdown, finally the city is starting to open again, although still with some limitations especially for nightlife, like a strictly no dancing policy and short opening hours. But it is starting to loosen up at least for open-air events, so that gives a feel of “normal”.

Ines: Could you tell me about your musical background? What kind of sounds did you grow up with and how do they inspire your sound now?

Tonje: I come from classical and jazz – as I played both the piano and the trombone until serious digging for records took all my dedication from 2015/2016. I was particularly interested in improvisation in jazz, and this is still a huge inspiration in the way I select and play records.

Ines: When playing a gig do you find it challenging to engage with the crowd? 

Tonje: Normally no, as I very much feed on the energy from the crowd. Now the problem is rather how to keep the crowd seated, as there is strictly no dancing allowed, at least here in Oslo at the moment.

Ines: Which was the last podcast you enjoyed and can recommend to our readers? 

Tonje: I really enjoyed and recommend the mix from Bowyer on BinarySound, such summery vibes!

Ines: Is there anything you would like to change or promote in the music industry? 

Tonje: I wouldn’t change as such, but I hope that the self-centredness and constant chase for gigs that has very much been a big part of the industry, continues to fade away and create room for the music to evolve. There is so much new and top-notch music being released these days, setting the modern sound of house and techno. That is for me very exciting times to be part off!

Ines: Any projects or releases we should look out for?

Tonje: Me and Rub800 started a record label last year: ‘Continually  Records’. The second release is coming out this summer. 

Ines: Oh that’s great to hear! So, last question. If your record bag would have a personality, how would it be?

Good question. I don’t think I can describe it with a personality, but rather one with several moods and feelings. It’s happy, angry, raw, trippy, dark, optimistic and positive, melancholic and sad.

Ines: Thank you so much for your time and thoughts Tonje, we wish you all the best and looking forward to hear more of Continually Records.

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Sundowner. Mix #05 by Garo + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is Berlin based Bulgarian DJ Garo. We ask him some questions about inspiration and his future plans, get to know him better in this interview we had with him.

Ines: Hello Garo, how are you?

Garo: Hello Ines, first I would like to thank you for the invitation to prepare the mix. I am right now at home in Berlin feeling very good actually! I am just a couple of days away from my trip to Bulgaria where I will spend a well-deserved holiday in the sun with friends and family. Lots of exciting things are happening in my life right now and I am very excited about new opportunities. Life is good!

Ines: That’s nice to hear! Where did you grow up and how did it influence your sound?

Garo: Until the age of 10 I grew up in Bulgaria after which my family moved to Germany to a small town in Hessen. That was where I first discovered my interest in music through friends. One of them was a DJ. We used to meet during weekends to listen to him playing records. He recorded his mixes on tapes with artists like FSOL, U96, DJ Hooligan and that music was my first inspiration. I still have the tapes. ☺

Ines: What was your inspiration for the Sundowner podcast?

Garo: Since the beginning of the pandemic finding inspiration has become quite difficult because there is very little to do. So, I took a trip down memory lane to picture the perfect experience of people hanging out outdoors and dancing as the sun goes down and up. That feeling I tried to recreate in the mix.

Ines: We definitely felt the vibe! ☀️
So, what are your preferred methods of browsing music?

Garo: I find online and physical digging to be equally exciting. But I must admit, there is another level of excitement whenever I discover a new record store. In fact, it is something of a ritual for me to visit at least one vinyl shop every time I travel to a new city. Last year before the pandemic I had the chance to visit Cuba and I found rare gems at a flea market in Havana. 

Ines: How do you think the current moment will impact the musical scene in the future?

Garo: A lot of artists have moved out from Berlin in the past year which will definitely impact the city’s musical scene. Now new artists have a bigger chance to showcase their music to a wider audience, so I suppose we can expect a restart of the scene with a brand new musical landscape. I think when clubs re-open, people will fall in love with clubbing again and will value artists and clubs even more. I have good feelings about the future. 

Ines: What has been one of the most memorable dance floor moments for you and why?

Garo: This is really hard to pick just one. There have been so many. Perhaps, the most memorable ones are from the old Studio EW in Sofia. It had a backyard garden where parties often lasted for 24 hrs. Those times will always remain the ultimate party experiences in my life.

Ines: That sounds really amazing! I can totally imagine it. To finish, I would like to ask you if you have any plans for the future considering the current situation?

Garo: During the never-ending lockdown I used the time to focus on myself. I started studying again. I am also preparing the launch of my own label – DigBig records. The concept behind the label is to present artists from different musical backgrounds, obscure dance-oriented, broken beats, experimental and electro sounds.

A specific event I look forward to this summer is Wake Up Stran-Jah, a really cool boutique festival, taking place on the Bulgarian seaside that I recommend to anyone who is in for an intimate musical experiences off-the-grid. And of course, I hope that nightlife comes back soon in all its glory so we can listen and dance to music together again, also here in Germany.

Ines: Thank you so much for your time Garo and we wish you all the best with your new label and lots of fun in your trip to Bulgaria!

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Sundowner. Mix #04 by Kamyar Keramati + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is our dear and close friend Kamyar Keramati, the friendly face behind our favourite record store KIMCHI Records. We ask him some questions about his future plans, so get to know him better in this interview.

Sundowner.: What was it that triggered your interest in music and DJing?

Kamyar: In the very beginning it started with the sense of going in the opposite direction of the wave in the society I lived in, and now it’s more like I know nothing else than making music. DJing is the medium of communication. It could change into a live set or fully live music as it’s happened before to me. I love DJing and I find it one of the most complete and direct ways to communicate with your crowd.

Sundowner.: Are there any particular online or physical stores you consider favorites?

Kamyar: Of course, particularly in Berlin every shop I go to adds new taste to my collection, I have been going to OYE records since 2013 and it gave me so much inspiration to my Disco, Nu Disco side, Bikiniwaxx was the time I got super interested into Frankfurt’s sound and KIMCHI Records is where I find lots of trance and techno as well as experimental records. I get most of my records from KIMCHI since I work there.
I once went to Fat Fenders in Dresden and it gave me a great deal of new sounds yet very modest in terms of trend.

Sundowner.: What was your best moment at the Sundowner party?

Kamyar: When Moses comes to me or I go to Moses and quality ask each other: are you on fire bro? That’s always the best moment 🙂

Sundowner.: How do you think that this moment we are living in, is going to impact the music scene in the future?

Kamyar: I am in no place to know the bigger impact on society but I know it triggered lots of things in me that resulted in initiating my Label and producing a lot of music. So let’s say it gave me a sense of appreciation when things are fully open.

Sundowner.: What do you think is your spirit animal?

Kamyar: I would really like to say lion, tiger, shark, panther, but I think I am a mosquito, no wait actually… I’m a chameleon because I adapt to every situation.

Sundowner.: Do you have any plans in the short term considering the current situation or plans for the future?

Kamyar: Slowly I am learning to plan a bit longer than just the next day. I am very focused on the label and production while I am digging everyday and that’s the only plan I would say will be long term.

Sundowner.: Thank you so much Kamyar and good luck with the new label, we are sure it will be fire!

Kamyar: Thank you!

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Sundowner. Mix #03 by Two Phase U + Interview

We are really happy to introduce our next guest Hernán Gonzalez for our Sundowner. mix series. Born and based in Uruguay, Hernán aka Two Phase U has been producing music since the 90’s, get to know him a little bit better in this short interview we had with him.

Sundowner.: How would you identify yourself (now) and how does it influence your sound?

Two Phase U: An electronic musician. I guess because I try to include concepts and ideas that come from music other than only techno or house subgenres. I don’t know if electronic music composers like to be called „producers“ because we disregard traditional music or because, on the contrary, we see ourselves as lesser artists than instrumental musicians.

Sundowner.: What’s the most difficult challenge you have faced during your trajectory as a musician?

Two Phase U: From the general artistic life stance, my biggest challenge has been to acknowledge some years ago that much of the musical convictions I had carried with me for many years had aged too much and had to be renewed. A big internal reconfiguration was overdue. Once I could break my own molds and structures, a new world of possibilities opened before me, which I am still milking. But the transition was intense and very demanding spiritually.

Sundowner.: What’s your favorite track of the moment and why?

Two Phase U: Cabaret Voltaire „The power (of their knowledge)“ for last year’s album „Shadow of fear“. The beat, the mood, the vocal samples, the lo-fi demo-esque old school undefined techno/electro/ebm/synthpop eclectic sound, I love all aspects of that track. The whole album is amazing.

Sundowner.: Is there anything you would like to change or promote in the music industry?

Two Phase U: I feel that in electronic music there is an exaggerated devotion for gear. Few people are talking about the music itself. I’d love to read more about the concepts, the feelings, the politics, the life experiences of the music creators. I love my instruments, and I like that sometimes the musical results are an indirect collaboration between the artist and the designer, but I see too much explanation on the „how’s“ and too little on the „why’s“. I also come across a lot of new music that is more a technical display than a true expression of a feeling or an idea. I guess this happens in all musical genres too.

Sundowner.: How’s the future looking for you?

Two Phase U: The future to me has always been a better place than the past. I believe in constant evolution. Even as we sometimes seem to go backwards, it’s all part of a bigger forward motion. I welcome all the changes, much more than stability. No changes, no learning. To me life is only about learning. At the same time, it’s fair to say that some things seem to never change and repeat themselves. Another end-of-the-world, another crisis, another war, another sway between left and right. At some point you just stop caring and just focus on enlightening yourself and loving the beings around you. 

Sundowner.: And the last question, what do you think is your spirit animal and why?

Two Phase U: The owl. Since I was little I liked them and their attitude and I love the night! Also from an observer point of view and it is an animal that has very penetrating eyesight. And it represents knowledge and wisdom and I love to know stuff.

Sundowner.: I love that, thank you so much for taking the time.

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SUNDOWNER. returns to Club der Visonäre on Monday 28th of June 2021

We are happy to announce the first edition of Sundowner. in 2021!

Finally we can make our returns on the open air dancefloors of Berlin and elsewhere as the Nightlife slowly opens up again under the current easing of restrictions due to the pandemic.

We are really looking forward to being united with all of you on the dancefloor!

So come over to Club der Visionäre on Monday the 28th of June!

Music will be provided by Velasco, Sibil & Kamyar Keremati

Velasco is well known as one of the regular faces playing for Partys like Anthea’s Partisan Label or LowMoneyMusicLove. Recently during Lockdown we got some musical treats from him during apperances in this Springs Edition of The Mudd Show where he layed down a proper dance music set for the dancers at home and a very nice eclectic blend of different genres during his set for the recently launched Motif TV which gave us a glimpse into his music collection and taste beyond the dancefloor!

Sibil is making her cdv debut this Monday and we are excited to have her share her musical selection with all of you! After living a few years in Budapest where she was a resident in Aether Club, she recently played in Katttarzis Festival alongside well known selectors like Dorian Paic and Lee Burton, slow and steadily putting her name on the map. Well known among close friends already we are more then delighted to have her on the Team for Monday.

Kamyar Keramati is no new face for Sundowner but we can’t wait to have him on again. As one of the Partners of Kimichi Records Kamyar is a dedicated digger and dj in the truest of sences. We’re curious about his lockdown digging findst that he will hopefully share with us on Monday. Get ready for a long night and for him to take us on a long journey till the early morning hours!

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Until then here are some musical treats to keep you fed with good tunes:


2021 Sundowner. recap

As we’re moving further into 2022, we want to reflect a bit on the last year. 2021 was definitely not an easy year for us, including everyone else in the Berlin and the international electronic music scene. Continued lockdowns, cancellations and a lot of uncertainty were the common denominator throughout the year, besides the brightened-up summer months which gave us a very missed sense of freedom that we needed to enjoy again.

But despite all the difficulties, we kept going as much as we could, whenever we could. For us at Sundowner that meant ramping up the frequency of Interviews & Mixes to every 14 days to continue to provide a platform and give exposure to upcoming artists as much as possible- no matter what else was happening or not happening.

With amazing contributions from a wide spectrum of international artists!

Fortunately, we got to do three amazing events during the summer months, two of those at the infamous Club der Visionäre and one at the newly inaugurated Plötze venue at the beautiful Plötzensee. Those were definitely a bright light of Sundowner’s sunshine for us after the winter months spent in lockdown.

On top of that, we managed to extend our program into autumn and winter by moving Sundowner to the well-known Hoppetosse club boat on the Spree River for the first time after three years since the start of Sundowner. With a weekly Thursday night, we aimed to further provide a platform for both established and upcoming artists from the Berlin and international scene. Unfortunately, another winter lockdown that continues to this day brought this new development again to a temporary holt after four beautiful nights and early mornings on the boat. But we’re getting ready to kick things off again in spring when restrictions will be lifted again!

It wasn’t all easy, but we kept going and we will keep going because we love what we do and we do what we love!

A big thank you to all the dancers and listeners out there that appreciate what we’re doing here! And of course, also a huge shoutout to all the amazing artists that contributed to Sundowner. last year, on and off the dance floor!

And now get ready for more music, interviews, and events in 2022!

We honestly can’t wait to see you back on the dance floor again!

Stay healthy and much love!
your Sundowner. team