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From now on, Thursday becomes a worthy part of Left Bank's weekend and the first one to test the outdoor space detailed especially for day parties is - Peshtre, a local music enthusiast.
Following days we have the usual Clubnight starting on Friday with Cyst and Giorgi Pipia at Space Two and later to be extended by Izzanami at our Outdoor Space.
On Saturday, our resident Wesley Wise will share a DJ booth with Den at Space Two
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Excited to announce the take-over of the American art rock band EXPAT (Mykki Blanco & Samuel Acevedo) who will be performing at Space Two on may 25th following acts by our local heroes Sani and Nikita.
With less than a week to go until the first-ever live show of EXPAT in Georgia and we just kindly remind you that the last batch of tickets is still available on eventer.ge/expat
In case you missed it, there will be a limited amount of tickets available at the door
EXPAT will be accompanied by a young Georgian queer artist and outstanding musician Nikita's live performance, and the evening will be closed by Georgian artist - Sani.
This week's Clubnight will be a blast, where only Space Two will operate.
To properly juggle UK dance music's vibe, Friday matches Bristol's one of the brightest talents - Bruce (Hessle Audio, Timedance, Idle Hands) with our resident Kraumur.
On Saturday, we've invited two of the town's Electro/Breakbeat lovers - Generali Minerali from our neighboring TES, and Toke who can captivate any audience with his melodies and strident rhythms.
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As the summer reaches its hottest point throughout August, we're slightly slowing it down and planning our weekend parties without Thursday.
For Friday, we invited Berlin-based Georgian DJ/producer Seqta together with Dali, both known for their versatile style of performing. Saturday's Space Two is something notable where the newly formed local post-punk band Xerox live show will be backed by the duo of two Georgian queer artists/performers Margarita Elektra.
For Friday's Clubnight we've invited Partok, The key figure of Tel Aviv's queer nightlife now based in Berlin, with whom the member of our collective Wesley Wise and a bright prospect from Tbilisi DJ Cye will share the DJ booth of Space Two.Hailing from Tel-Aviv’s queer underground, resident of The Block club, and a regular at clubs all around Europe among them Berlin's Panorama Bar.
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nd_baumecker. returns to Left Bank this Friday to kick off November right. A DJ and producer who is an integral part of the Berghain / Panorama Bar identity. Sportsmanship and Ash Scholem, two members of our collective, will join him.
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On Saturday's Clubnight, a resident of the neighboring TES club, Dj and Producer Generali Minerali starts at Space Two. After him, Tbilisi local Dali and our collective member 5nipss are playing b2b till the end
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❍ 26-11 Sat.
Next up in our Left Bank Live series is Tbilisi-based emerging artist Deena (Elene Gigani). On December 8th, she will be showcasing her recently released debut album with Didube Records guest appearances at Space Two.
“Deena” literally translates as “a girl” in the language of Svans – people of the historical, northwestern region of Georgia under the Caucasus Mountain range, where Elene is originally from. Disharmonies, dissonances, and counter-intuitive resolutions that are layered with her melodic, sentimental voice speak of the conflicting existence of a teenage girl in Georgia with internet-centric relationships and global-scale culture.
Come join us at Left Bank to celebrate the end of the year. Our collective members and resident DJs will be playing back-to-back all night long at Space Two, and Sickdatired will take over Space One with live and DJ sets from the crew.
For the first Friday of 2023, we are carrying on a celebration with those wide-ranging selectors unafraid of drastic bpm and genre shifts. Elise Massoni is a DJ and producer from Paris who marked her name in Europe's most renowned clubs & festivals, now debuting here in Tbilisi. Completing the bill, Ediciones Capablanca's Hugo and a local favorite - Mancho will be performing at Space Two.
Saturday's Clubnight showcases Fear No System, a label founded in Tbilisi that tries to reimagine the sound of electro and techno of the '90s while maintaining the space for experimenting with different sounds.
At Space Two, the founder of Opus Nights and the For no Reason label, local producer/DJ Tedi is going to ignite the dancefloor. He’ll be joined by the founder of Fear No System - Bass Commander back to backing with local electro lover 666uba. On top of the bill, there is a Paris-based Georgian artist - Sani sprinkling the room.
We're excited to launch a new party series called X, which aims to promote local talent by breaking away from regular club nights where the artist's name holds significant importance.
X is the concept of a party where the lineup stays unannounced.
That's the need for something new that triggers a deeper connection between the performer and the public. Our DJ booth is designed to put the artist on the same level as the crowd, delivering an exciting challenge for secret DJs and us.
X is when you're going blindly to discover new favorites.
Friday’s lineup links Ani Kvirkvelia, who will be bringing an eclectic and unexpected selection to the stage. To keep the vibes going, we've also got half of the V.C.V.S duo and Low Fuzz curator Esi taking the stage. And to keep things interesting, we've invited TES resident and Mind Controlled Rectifier's fjaartaf to transition our room from club-friendly to eclectic.
If you're looking for even more excitement, head over to Space One for the first iteration of Clubshy presented by 5nipss, Vesp1, Babyamore and Cynd13.
Saturday's Clubnight will be kicked off by a collaboration between Zurkin, the cherished founder of Vodkast and mentor to 11TH, and two of the most promising artists in the scene, Zaqaria, and Keto.
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On March 31, Left Bank will host David Kennedy, a.k.a. Pearson Sound, one of the most remarkable artists from the UK and one-third of the team behind the Hessle Audio label. He's going to team up with our very own Kraumur, who'll be joined by the Bass Commander - a talented new arrival in town and the boss of the Fear No System label.
✦ Space One will showcase yet another edition of Rewind, a series that celebrates UK bass music. Singly for the occasion, Natashaforever and Boioboinik, two of our crew members, are ready to hit the stage with an essential blend of UK drill, trap, and grime. The night will also feature local DnB and jungle enthusiasts Den and Mashogoezz.
The last Clubnight of the month starts on Saturday, August 26, with two members from our residents list — Sportsmanship and Dali hosting live performance of COUNSELLORS OF GOD, a joint project by Neon Warrior and Generali Minerali at Space Two.
Launching the Autumn season, the first Clubnight starts on Friday, September 1st, with producer and DJ Jennifer Loveless joined by Ani Kvirkvelia, a familiar face at Space Two. Hailing from Toronto and currently residing in Melbourne, Jennifer Loveless is at the forefront of the thrilling new wave of DJs and producers in the city. Sharing the night's schedule with them is member of our collective Routes not Roots, ready to perform at outdoors.
On September 2, Saturday's Clubnight hosts Ediciones Capablanca's Hugo with our resident, Low Fuzz's curator, producer, and DJ Esi. Joining the lineup is the talented selector and radio host Nika Maisuradze aka W.C.A.N at Space Two.
On September 8, Friday's Clubnight at Space Two presents Kevin McAuley, also known as Pangaea. Kevin is a key figure in the UK dance music scene and co runs the renowned Hessle Audio label with Ben UFO and Pearson Sound. His musical output combines elements of UK dance history with his own unique and explosive sound. Joining him on stage at Space Two will be two members from our team, Gacha Bakradze and Ash Scholem, who will deliver back-to-back performance. And to top it off, local artist DRO will be performing outdoors.
On Saturday, September 9, second Clubnight starts with a member of our collective Giorgi Pipia hosting a skilled producer and resident DJ at the nearby TES Club — Seqta at Space Two. Joining the lineup on outdoor stage is Mancho, a dedicated contributor to the local scene.
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Friday's Clubnight on 15 September hosts Viikatory a talented producer and DJ from Minsk. Her expertise centers around high-tempo Electro, as evidenced by her releases on well-known labels such as Tresor, Juicy Gang Records, Warning, and International Chrome. Sharing the stage that night will be Wesley Wise, a collective member, and DJ Sense, a resident at the neighboring TES club.
On September 22, Friday's Clubnight showcases Slagwerk, an event series, music label, and platform primarily focusing on contemporary experimental music based in Brussels. Their style spans metamodern internet culture to immersive spiritual ambiances combined with bold metallic club environments. At Space Two, we'll host Otis, the founder of Slagwerk, accompanied by the audiovisual artist François Boulanger, also known as ssaliva, and fetva, known for unconventional style.
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Saturday's Clubnight on September 23 welcomes an exciting array of DJs and selectors, complemented by a live performance. Minou Oram (LYL / Cereals), the visionary behind FEMDEX, will be taking over the DJ booth at Space Two, accompanied by the up-and-coming artist Ubax. Additionally, emerging electronic music composer and artist Anka Odishelidze, also known as ELY ANN will perform live.
On September 29, Friday's Clubnight at Space Two presents our resident Kraumur co-hosting the DJ booth with Kasra V, a skillful DJ and producer born in Tehran and now based in London. Known for his role as an NTS radio host, Kasra V seamlessly merges Eastern and Western musical elements, transcending genre boundaries. For the morning call, Nozza is set to deliver his latest musical explorations.
As September comes to a close, the final Clubnight begins on Saturday, September 30th. Taking place at Space Two, the evening will feature a live performance by Tina & Tedi, alongside a set by Sportsmanship, a collective member, who will also share the stage with Generali Minerali, a producer and DJ from TES club.
Electronic music is constantly evolving, making it challenging for producers to keep up with the latest trends. DJs can update their collections, but completely reinventing one's sound is much more difficult. The UK in particular is known for its diverse dance music scenes, which can emerge and disappear quickly. David Kennedy, one of the members of the Hessle Audio label, understands this well. Along with Pangaea and Ben UFO, Hessle Audio helped create a new sound after the dubstep era, launching the careers of many new artists and paving the way for experimental sounds. Hessle Audio's early days featured artists like Blawan, Cosmin TRG, and Objekt, whose current sounds are vastly different from the label's original Bristolian figures such as Peverelist, Kowton, and Bruce. Kennedy, who produces under Pearson Sound, has played a significant role in shaping Hessle Audio's unique style. He has experimented with many different genres throughout his career. On March 31st, Pearson Sound will showcase his take on UK dance music at Space Two, and in this article, we look back at some of the defining moments of his career.
Tempest" by Ramadanman is a powerful and dynamic track that combines elements of dubstep and techno to create a hypnotic and intense listening experience. The track features a driving beat with crisp, sharp percussion that sets the pace for the track. This is complemented by a deep and powerful bassline that provides a solid foundation for the entire piece. The track also includes a range of synth and atmospheric sounds that build tension and contribute to the overall sense of urgency. There are several breakdowns throughout the track where the beat drops out, allowing the listener to focus on the intricate textures and soundscapes that Ramadanman has created. Overall, "Tempest" is a masterful example of how to combine different styles and elements to create a cohesive and engaging piece of electronic music.
In "Blanked," David Kennedy showcases his talent for manipulating and reimagining classic sounds. He takes an amen break and slows it down, creating a sparse percussive rhythm that is complemented by a brooding bassline. However, the bassline doesn't dominate the track - instead, it's supported by synths and stylized vocal cries that add to the moody atmosphere. As the amen break reappears, it injects energy and movement into the track, making it impossible not to tap your feet along. This ability to deconstruct and rebuild classic arrangements is a hallmark of Kennedy's style, and "Blanked" is a prime example of his mastery of the technique. Ultimately, Kennedy's approach elevates the track to something greater than the sum of its parts.
On "Faint," David Kennedy joins forces with Boddika and Joy O to create a dark and moody track that is characterized by its low, dubby basslines and sparse, thudding percussion. However, what really stands out is the haunting refrain of "I begin to go weak," which adds to the track's sense of unease and despair. The repetition of these words creates a dragging, ceaseless feeling that adds to the track's overall moodiness. As the track progresses, it builds to a wall of sound that is more reminiscent of shoegaze than dubstep, showcasing the trio's versatility and range. The impact of "Faint" was apparent to many, with Roman Flügel even dropping it in the middle of a house set at Panorama Bar, demonstrating its cross-genre appeal. It's no wonder that the track continues to be highly regarded by fans and critics alike.
The track features a minimal, stripped-down approach that focuses on the interplay between various percussive elements. At its core is a thumping kick drum and a syncopated, metallic hi-hat pattern that provides the backbone of the rhythm. These elements are gradually augmented by additional percussive hits, including claps and various other metallic sounds, creating a sense of tension and urgency. The track gradually builds to a climax before breaking down into a series of stuttering rhythms and abstract textures, showcasing Pearson Sound's skill in crafting immersive soundscapes. Overall, "Thaw Cycle" is a hypnotic and engaging track that demonstrates the artist's mastery of minimal, percussion-focused electronic music.
In XLB, David Kennedy showcases his skill for crafting relentless dance tracks. The song features precarious hi-hats that contrast with a swirling pool of synths, but they only serve as a guide for the song's structure. The synths slowly dissolve, as if part of a vivid dream, until a frenzied bass line takes over in a percussive explosion. Despite his explorations in different genres, XLB is a testament to Kennedy's unwavering commitment to club-focused music and his talent for creating tracks that ignite the dance floor.
The title track "Red Sky" takes the listener on an 8-minute journey filled with dynamic breaks, powerful basslines, and mesmerizing synths. The track builds up its momentum with each passing moment, taking the listener on an unforgettable musical odyssey that showcases the artist's exceptional skills and creative vision. The carefully crafted arrangement of "Red Sky" highlights the artist's ability to create an immersive soundscape that keeps the listener engaged and captivated throughout the entire track. This is undoubtedly a standout piece of work that truly embodies the artist's talent and musical prowess.
With his innovative approach to sound design and willingness to experiment with different genres and styles, he has become a leading figure in the electronic music scene. Pearson Sound's unique approach to music production has earned him a dedicated fan base and respect from fellow producers and DJs. As he continues to push the boundaries of electronic music, we can expect to hear even more exciting and boundary-breaking work from him in the years to come. Pearson Sound's contributions to electronic music are undeniable, and his influence will undoubtedly be felt for years to come.
When a true selector takes flight, it sounds as though they re-mould each track to fit their specific vision. That’s exactly the effect Danielle has as a DJ, drawing across stylistic divides to create an instinctive groove that's all her own. On top of a foundational core of house, techno, and electro, she folds in myriad sonic wildcards to create dynamic, innovative variations on the club music experience.
In the summer of 2022, Danielle became a part of our collective, and we are delighted to have her back with us on April 7 at Space Two. Prior to her return, we interviewed her to learn about her activities.
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to participate in this Q&A with us. To kick things off, how have you been doing lately, and what's been happening in your life this year so far?
Danielle: Very well, thank you! The first 3 months of the year are always fairly chill for me gigs wise before things start picking up again from April on, so it’s been really nice to take it easy and not put too much pressure on myself to do anything too intense. I’ve just been spending my time digging for lots of music, I had the 2nd release out on my label at the beginning of March, and I've been seeing friends and family, exercising, and getting various plans locked in for the year ahead.
What is your earliest memory of being influenced by music?
Danielle: I remember being around all of my father's equipment in his basement studio and I recall him recording my twin and me singing along to the songs he was making. There were numerous instruments in there, and although I don't play any myself, sadly, I have always been in awe of the ones he plays, particularly the drums. I wish I could play them!
Could you share your experience and history with music? What were the initial genres or styles that captured your heart?
Danielle: When I first became interested in DJing, I taught myself to mix using my dad's classic and old school house records. Therefore, they are the initial genres that captured my heart. As my technical skills improved (while working at Phonica Records), I started to add new genres to my repertoire. Firstly, dubstep/bass music, as I was 18 when I started working there in 2009, so that was an exciting time for that sort of music. Since then, I have continued to listen to music, no matter what the genre is, and have developed a love for an incredibly wide range of genres, particularly leaning towards house/techno & electro.
What led you into DJing?
Danielle: A combination of working at Phonica and my dad's influence led me to teach myself how to DJ using turntables and vinyl at home. I started building a vinyl collection while working there, which encouraged me to keep it up. Additionally, I took the opportunity to play at Phonica's residency nights, such as the Big Chill Bar. This is how I started playing out initially. When I moved to Bristol, I became friends with the Timedance/Livity Sound crews, who invited me to play at their events. Around the same time, I got an NTS show (about seven years ago now), which enabled me to continue with DJing and build a bigger audience.
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How do you find playing with other people? Do you have a dream b2b DJ?
Danielle: I LOVE playing b2b! It’s always exciting to me to see how one selects tracks when playing with someone else compared to playing alone. I'm considerate when playing b2b and find that I learn so much from the experience. I have an exciting b2b coming up on April 1st with Marie Montexier for the first time, and I’m also playing with Ryan Elliot again at MELT later in the year. We really enjoyed the last one, so I'm super happy to have the opportunity again. Some DJs off the top of my head that I would really like to do b2b with one day are CEM, Nosedrip, Pangaea, Powder & Helena Hauff!
Favorite BPM and why?
Danielle: This fluctuates for me! It really depends on whatever I've found recently. I often play through a wide range, anywhere from 80 to 160 bpm, and I am not good at playing things pitched up or down too much, which I imagine would annoy the artists if they heard me doing that haha. I quite like pitching down 140 tracks and pitching up 130 tracks, so maybe 135 bpm would be my favorite by default!
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Can you share a recent experience that brought joy to you and the people around you? Also, when was the last time you had a good dance?
Danielle: Playing in Room 1 at Fabric a couple of weeks ago was incredible! The room was full and although I had played there before, it was only for the opening set. This time, I played the second set of the night, so it was busier than what I’m used to and I just loved every second! I had a good dance that night. Also, last weekend at Strange Brew in Bristol when my friend Shanti Celeste played all night long was really fun. I had loads of pals around me, and it was just a great night overall.
What sort of other hobbies or interests do you have outside of electronic music?
Danielle: I am one of the co-creators of Mix Nights, which I helped found 7 years ago. It is a DJ course that was born out of a desire and recognition to address the gender and general diversity imbalance in the DJ world. We have expanded it to 3 additional cities since its inception. Besides that, I am also an illustrator.
Have you ever visited Tbilisi? If yes, how was your experience? If not, are you familiar with our city?
Danielle: Yes! I came and played for Left Bank last year, and that was my first time visiting Georgia. It’s a super exciting place, and I can’t wait to come back on the 7th! I spent the whole time taking photos of all the signs because I just couldn’t get my head around the script; it’s so pretty. It feels really special that I was made a resident after my first time playing at the club. The crew are all wonderful, and I can’t wait to hang out with you all again!
Lastly, what do you have planned for the upcoming future? We've heard about your recent record label launch. Could you share more information about it with us?
Danielle: I'm currently in the middle of listening to a load of potential tracks that have been sent by various people to work out what the next release will be. I have a very strong idea in mind of what I want, so I'm not rushing into it, but I have a few potentials which I'm excited about. I am also starting some parties. I have one locked in for November in Bristol which I am super happy to have been able to sort out, and I'm in the process of planning one in London for Q4 too.
DJ Peach, also known as Serena Pasion, is quickly making a name for herself in the world of dance music. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Pasion got her start as a DJ in the city's thriving nightlife scene. Since then, she has gone on to play some of the biggest festivals and clubs around the world, earning a reputation for her eclectic mixes and infectious energy.
On April 14th, Peach will present her interpretation of dance music at Space Two. This article reflects on significant instances from her career.
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Peach's approach to DJing is centered on creating a journey for her audience. She takes her listeners on a ride, building up energy and creating a sense of euphoria. Her sets are known for their high energy and infectious beats, and she has a knack for reading the crowd and adjusting her selections accordingly.
In a recent interview with Mixmag, Pasion spoke about her unique approach to DJing. "I'm all about the journey," she said. "I want to take people on a ride and make them feel something." This approach has won her fans around the world, with her sets known for their high energy and infectious beats.
In addition to her DJ work, Peach is also a talented producer. Her tracks are characterized by their hypnotic rhythms and trippy soundscapes, drawing on influences from across the electronic music spectrum.
Peach's "Galaxy Girl" EP is a standout release that showcases her talent for seamlessly blending techno, house, and UK garage. The EP's infectious beats and masterful grooves make it a must-listen for fans of underground dance music.
Peach's "Fortune One" is a masterful EP that showcases her versatility as a producer. The four tracks effortlessly blend together elements of techno, UK bass, and house, creating a cohesive and infectious sound that is sure to please fans of underground dance music.
When it comes to her creative process, Peach is all about experimentation. She loves to play around with different sounds and textures, and she isn't afraid to take risks in the studio. She's constantly pushing herself to try new things and find new inspiration, whether it's through collaborating with other artists or drawing on unexpected influences.
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For anyone interested in cutting-edge electronic dance music, Peach is also contributing to London's NTS radio with her show. With each episode, she carefully curates a selection of tracks that span the full range of the genre, from techno to house to UK garage and beyond. Her expert mixing skills and infectious energy create a truly immersive listening experience that is not to be missed. Each show also features exclusive guest mixes from some of the most exciting producers and DJs in the game, making for a must-listen experience for anyone interested in the future of dance music. Whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to the scene, Peach's NTS show is sure to delight and inspire.
As Peach's star continues to rise, she remains grounded and focused on her craft. She's passionate about creating music that connects with people and inspires them to dance and have fun. With her talent, energy, and creativity, there's no doubt that DJ Peach is a rising star in the world of dance music, and one to watch in the years to come.
Oliver Hafenbauer is an experienced and versatile DJ who has a long-standing history as one of the key figures in the local club scene and beyond. Stylistically motivated by beat-driven and highly danceable music, he has a perfect sensitivity for the contexts he is involved with. A while ago, Oliver set his priorities differently and decided to pursue music full-time, hanging up a potential career in architecture after having DJed for years and promoted his party series. Oliver’s steady commitment to Offenbach’s highly respected venue, Robert Johnson, as its music director, has brought him widespread recognition. For over a decade, he managed the associated label of the same name on a day-to-day basis. Working behind the scenes has given him different perspectives and enabled him to form many alliances. Rather than producing as a strategy, he fosters talent on his imprint, Die Orakel, where he releases music positively undetermined between dance and ambient by artists like upsammy, O-Wells, or Poly Chain. Finally, Oliver's approach to playing music as a conceptual act within diverse networks of artists and audiences is what makes him an all-rounder of many qualities.
Oliver visited us for the first time last year in January 2022. We are thrilled to have him back with us on April 21 at Space Two, and prior to his return, we interviewed him to learn about his recent activities.
Q: Hey Oliver, thank you for taking the time to participate in this Q&A with us. To kick things off, how have you been doing lately, and what's been happening in your life this year so far?
A: Thanks for having me! My life is basically a constant change, right now I'm working on a project that deals with architecture, urban planning, and the city of the future. That's very exciting besides working with music. For me, it's very important to have this intellectual counterpoint to the music industry right now.
Q: Could you share your experience and history with music? What were the initial genres or styles that captured your heart?
A: I grew up with a lot of music, ranging from reggae to Kraftwerk to punk and techno. But what I'm most drawn to today is IDM, electronica, or ambient. To be honest, I can't narrow down the exact genre, but the time when the music was created was in the mid-80s to mid-90s. When I started going out to clubs like the Omen or XS, there was always the possibility to retreat to chill-out rooms next to the main room. Besides the intense dancing, this was the place where I spent most of my time with all my friends. We could have a good chat and listen to deep music there.
Q: You run a label, Die Orakel, which you launched in 2013. What is it like to run a label, and what obstacles do you face?
A: Managing your own label is great because there are so many talented artists making great music that needs to be released. There are definitely some challenges at the moment, especially with vinyl. The whole production process has become much more expensive and the prices for records in shops were already quite high years ago. Also, we now have to think about what sustainable materials can be used for production.
Q: What is a track that reminds you of your younger days?
A: There are of course endless. The Warp Records compilation ‘Artificial Intelligence’ has influenced me massively. I have listened to both editions of the compilation over and over again. One track I like to play at the moment is ‘Speedy J - Pepper (The Hot Mix)‘, the track almost has a lot of what I love about electronic music.
Q: What is the community like where you’re from?
A: I’m a child of the techno movement, I also started spraying graffiti when I was young. This became very intense the older I got. Graffiti was also a very important school for me, it was about a creative competition and you also got to know many different people from different areas of Frankfurt’s society. Later I was also interested in art, architecture, and design. I always found it very interesting to have an insight into many different areas of urban life. My network of relationships goes into almost all cultural areas.
Q: You were not only a resident but also the musical director/booker of Robert Johnson. What do you value, and what were your priorities when programming?
A: As a club, you have the following difficult task: on the one hand, you are a social and cultural place, i.e. a meeting point for a community. On the other hand, it has to be a profitable business. That means you not only have a responsibility for a certain community but also financial pressure. As a booker, it was primarily important to offer young local artists a professional platform where they can try themselves out, invite guests and grow - build up a local network and bring it together. What I have noticed in my work is that it is not enough to offer artists only one platform. You need a whole network of labels, distributors, agencies, etc. to build up artists. And I have to say that Frankfurt has lost a lot of this musical infrastructure in the last few years. That doesn't make the job easy. An important reason for founding EOS Radio was to separate music performances from the financial pressure and to offer artists an additional platform.
Q: What changes or developments would you like to witness in the dance community in the future?
A: Several aspects need to be resolved. Artists must be able to make money with their recordings without having to perform. For this, the compensation system of the streaming platforms would have to be adapted.
Q: Who or what outside of the music industry is currently influencing your musical inspiration?
A: I’m intensely influenced and inspired by my environment. Be it my child, art, or technical inventions. I’m just unsure if this influences my taste in music. I think this is more the case of producing artists, I just choose music but don't make it.
Q: Advice for beginning DJs?
A: I think they should just go ahead and do it.
Q: Lastly, what do you have planned for the upcoming future? What are your plans as a label owner? Could you share more information about it with us?
A: This year is the 10th anniversary of Die Orakel, we’re currently working on a compilation and have the design revised by a bureau from Frankfurt.
When it comes to techno, DJ Vân Anh is a true force to be reckoned with. With years of experience in the industry, she has developed a style that is entirely her own, blending techno and house influences into a sound that is both dynamic and compelling. With a growing reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in electronic music, DJ Van Anh is definitely one to watch in the years to come.
Ahead of her upcoming debut at Space Two on April 28, we had the privilege of interviewing Vân Anh to learn more about her background and musical influences.
Q: Welcome! We're grateful for your presence in this Q&A. To start off, could you share with us what's been happening in your life this year and how you've been feeling?
A: Thank you for inviting me to play and participate in this Q&A. It has been a quiet but meaningful start to the year so far! I felt a little nervous at first with fewer gigs, but this spare time was necessary for me to recharge. Last month's gigs were all super nice, and I had the pleasure of playing at my favorite venues, such as De School and Berghain.
Q: Not only do you embrace music, but you also take part in various different ventures, including Feng Shui and making perfumes. How do you correlate those things with music?
A: As a DJ, I'm not only concerned with playing cool records, but I'm also interested in how sounds interact with space and people. As a Feng Shui consultant, I analyze the electromagnetic spectrum in people's homes that defines how we feel. So in both scenarios, my work is to balance people with the space to achieve a positive state. The language of perfumery uses a kind of musical scale that blends base, middle, and top notes to find harmony in the aromatic elements, very similar to mixing tracks using the EQ to balance the low, mid, and high frequencies. Everything is energy, and I love working with energies to make us feel better.
Q: Who or what outside of the music industry is currently influencing your musical inspiration?
A: My home. Since I moved out of the city to the beach about a year ago, I have felt more connected with the music. Having the ocean as a constant background has helped me release the grip of my mind and let everything flow from the heart.
Q:What is a track that reminds you of your younger days?
A: There’s a soundtrack for every period or special moment in my life. A euphoric track that reminds me of my early days of partying is Donna Summer - I feel love.
Q:What’s the first record you’ve acquired?
A: My first vinyl is Stanislav Tolkachev - Like no one is watching.
Q: What led you into DJing?
A: My imagination of the music I heard at a party.
Q: What sort of other hobbies or interests do you have outside of electronic music?
A: My life revolves around music and esoteric science, but when my mind and ears are tired, I love to read fiction, travel in time and space and get lost in a story.
Q: Are you familiar with Tbilisi? If you've had the opportunity to visit, we'd love to hear about
your experience. If you haven't been yet, what is your level of knowledge about our city?
A: It's my first time visiting Tbilisi, and it's been high on my bucket list, so I'm really excited about going. I'm particularly looking forward to the crowd because I imagine that the people are very open-minded when it comes to music. I'm also excited to explore the city and try some dumplings. When I visited Kyiv, my friends took me to a Georgian restaurant a few times, and I still remember the juicy taste of it!
Q: And finally, what are your upcoming plans in the near future?
A: We are bringing new life to ISOTOOP by launching a label this year alongside the event series. The first release will be from Vand & Shoal and is set to come out after the summer. As for the rest, I'll be playing here and there in Europe primarily, and then, hopefully, towards the end of the year, I'll head back to Asia to follow the sun!
Few occupy the niche that London-based artist LUXE has carved out for herself in the UK dance scene in recent years. She's a DJ staple, known for her eclectic yet concentrated selections that can mix in and shine out on a wide spectrum of lineups, unaffected by genre or scene limits. She quickly establishes a reputation as a producer of intelligently varied music that finds life on, and increasingly beyond, the dance floor.
We had the pleasure of interviewing her ahead of her impending debut at Space Two on May 19 to discover more about her background and musical influences.
Hi there! Thank you for joining us for this Q&A. To get started, could you please tell us about your recent activities and any significant events that have happened in your life so far this year?
A: Hello! I’ve been spending a lot of time writing lots of new music and have been experimenting and developing my sound. My most recent EP ‘Mineral & Moss’ came out on Planet Euphorique which was a bit of a full circle moment for me as I’ve loved that label since I was about 18 years old. I’ve had some really fun shows to start the year and I’m super excited to make debuts in lots of exciting cities in the coming months - Tbilisi being at the top of the list!
What's the latest thing you are happy about these days?
A: I’m happy and grateful to be in a position where I’m able to pursue my love for music, and it can sustain my life.
Can you tell me about your personal history with music? What genres or styles did you first develop a passion for?
A: My first passion was classical music. I studied the flute, piano, and sang from the age of about 5 or 6 and still play now. and am experimenting with merging classical and electronic sounds in my productions. I then started to discover electronic / dance music from the age of about 15 or 16 (this was listening to a lot of classic old school UK Garage like RIP productions but not really realizing what I was listening to at the time, but it definitely influenced me early on). Then, when I moved to Manchester to study music at university, I began to engage with the electronic music scene and community more and more and just started to collect music for myself. When I first started out, I was into a lot of UK techno and bass music, my taste has always spanned across a lot of genres, but I think it has always had that UK grittiness to it.
What is the story or message you are trying to convey through your music when you are performing as a DJ?
A: It ultimately depends on what mood I’m in, the vibe of the space, and the crowd. The message and vibe that I want to bring sometimes depend on the environment I’m in, but sometimes I come to play with a really strong sense of what I want to do with it. That being said, I would say that whatever I end up playing I want to infuse the crowd with an uplifting energy, synergy, and feeling of cohesiveness. I love bringing a balanced energy as much as I can into the booth, with a strong sense of tenacity and purpose. I love exploring how this specific feeling can be brought alive by a sound that spans across a whole host of different genres. I want people to walk away from my sets feeling a sense of togetherness and that special feeling when you really feel at one with everyone else in the crowd. This is what I search for in a good set, so I guess I’m trying to create that feeling for other people. Balance, cohesion, and gratification.
How did you get your DJ name?
A: I had a previous alias called DJ Luz from the age of about 18, and I knew that it didn’t feel right as a long term alias by about 2020. By the time I had my first tune being pressed on a record via Banoffee Pies in May 2020, I knew I wanted to change my name to kickstart the beginning of a new chapter. I was brainstorming one morning, and LUXE just clicked. I guess it’s similar but different to my name, Lucy and also has different connotations you can pull from it. I feel so at home with this alias, and I’ve never looked back!
Favorite BPM, and why?
A: I would say I struggle to choose a favorite as I love lots of different tempos for different reasons, but my go to BPM and where I feel super comfortable is 135. I just feel like it’s super bouncy, and I have a habit of pitching a lot of the music I have that’s between 125 -130 up to around 135 as it just sits nicely at that tempo.
Your two releases so far have been impressive, and the 70-minute production mixes you put out in 2021 and 2022 were just as captivating. It's clear that more releases are on the horizon - can you give us any information about what's coming next?
A: Thank you! Yes there are many more releases to come, I’m not sure I can reveal the exact labels just yet but they are all ones I’m very excited about. I feel as though my forthcoming releases are really going to help me express my development and breadth in the sound I’m growing into. I want to show how a sound can span across label spheres that host different sounds themselves, if that makes sense? Hopefully that will come across in the next releases.
There's also a record coming out with my close friend Angel D’lite which we can’t wait to share! I feel confident to say that the tunes are really exciting and definitely some of my favourite club tracks both of us have ever made.
Collaborating with other musicians can be a lot of fun - what are your thoughts on playing with other people? And do you have a dream b2b DJ that you'd love to perform with?
I really enjoy playing with other people. I think it’s a great way to learn and grow as an artist as it challenges you to think outside the box and brings you out of any sense of routine that may have developed when playing by yourself. I really enjoy the challenge whilst playing b2b with someone when you feel a little bit out of your depth. The feeling when you’re a bit floored for a second with what to play and have to dig quite deep in the realms of your collection but then whip out something pretty random and it goes down well is one of the best feelings!
I find the dream b2b hard to answer as my goals / dreams are constantly developing but sound wise I’d love to play with CCL, their fusion of organic trancey spacey sounds with subby bassy grit is something I definitely relate to a lot. Would also love to play with Objekt for similar reasons.
Are there any books, films, art pieces or other things you’ve seen or been reading/watching over the years that might have inspired you that you might want to share?
A: I know it’s not strictly an art piece but I’ve always had quite a profound connection with the french romantic composer Debussy and his works. I’ve listened to his compositions in depth throughout my whole life and have also played them on the piano and flute. Not only do his works evoke many different levels and areas of emotion for me, but they inform the way I write music myself. His approach to the relationships between parts, instruments and melodies are something that I draw from a lot when I write music. I also love being able to translate technique and approach from french romanticism into my own contemporary classical electronic hybrids. All of that being said, certain parts of his repertoire are really good to reflect, relax, write and just exist to which I value hugely.
Tbilisi is a city that many people find intriguing - have you been lucky enough to see it for yourself? If you have, what did you think? And if not, how much do you know about it?
A: This will be my first time in Tbilisi, it’s somewhere I’ve always been incredibly keen to visit so I feel very lucky to be coming to play! I’ve heard the most positive lovely things about the people, music scene, plus the food and wine which I’m looking forward to experiencing. I can’t wait to come!
And finally, what have you got coming up in the near future?
A: I’m going to be continuing to be writing lots of new music and wrapping up various upcoming releases. I’m also in the process of writing a couple of remixes which will be out soon and also some tracks coming out on compilations such as the Fabric compilation coming out next month. In May, I’m making my debut in Tbilisi, also De School in Amsterdam and Ohm in Berlin to name a few. Then looking ahead to a busy summer!
object blue, a live performer, producer, and DJ, burst onto the scene in 2018 with her debut EP on Tobago Tracks. Since then, she has become renowned as a dynamic sound creator in the world of electronic music production. Tokyo-born and raised in a suburb of Beijing, it was not until she relocated to London for university in the early 2010s that blue stumbled upon the mesmerizing rhythm of the underground. By immersing herself in the capital's club scene, she uncovered the undeniable allure and gratification derived from the pulsating cadences.
Set to take place at Space Two on June 2nd, object blue will unveil her personal expression of dance music. This article delves into pivotal moments that have shaped her career.
With her debut EP "Do you plan to end a siege?" released on TT in 2018 and the subsequent REX on "Let's Go Swimming" in 2019, object blue has successfully established a presence as an interesting sound originator.
With a focus on production, blue found her niche amidst unconventional and abrasive rhythms within the urban landscape unleashed in her solo EP, 'FIGURE BESIDE ME', via Shimmering Frequencies. Additionally, she collaborated with TSVI and Loraine James, co-founders of Nervous Horizons. Taking the collaborations, and expanding her repertoire beyond original tracks, blue took on remixing duties for artists like Murlo and Seb Wildblood. Furthermore, she surprised her fans during the lockdown with a mixtape consisting of energetically distorted Aaliyah and Ariana Grande edits, injecting a dose of thrilling mayhem into our musical playlists.
object blue's journey has been filled with remarkable milestones, including composing music for Andreas Kronthaler's Vivienne Westwood SS20 showcase and delivering an unforgettable live performance at Paris Fashion Week. Her talent has also graced renowned events like Dimensions, Dekmantel, Sonar Hong Kong, Retextured Festival, Primavera Sound, Simple Things, and RedBull Music Festival London, where she presented the immersive FIGURE BESIDE ME live show—a captivating audio-visual installation developed alongside Natalia Podgorksa.
As part of her endeavors, she has secured a residency on Rinse FM. Every month, she takes on the role of hosting a show where she welcomes talented artists such as Dolor, Bruised Skies, and Thugwidow. This regular slot provides a platform for these musicians to showcase their skills and share their music with the audience of Rinse FM.
After being chosen as one of SoundCloud's 10 Global Artists to keep an eye on in 2020 and recognized as a SHAPE Artist for the same year, object blue confidently stepped into a new phase with a growing support base. Notable publications such as RA, DAZED, i-D, TANK, Groove, Pitchfork, and Benji B on BBC Radio 1 (for whom she delivered a guest mix that received high praise) have all embraced her and expressed their appreciation for her work. These endorsements from respected voices in the industry serve as a testament to object blue's talent and potential, propelling her forward as she continues to captivate audiences and make waves in the music world.