DISCWOMAN 32 x Ariel Zetina

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Been obsessed with Ariel Zetina’s selections for a minute now, residing in Chicago and one of the leading DJs within the Chi underground scene she’s been helping to redefine that landscape which often gets reduced to a dude club. The beauty of this mix is in its variety that blends so seamlessly you become part of a riveting journey. It’s evident Ariel spends quality time listening to music as all of the tracks sounds so fresh and energizing, reflecting her spirit. Check out her Q&A and mix below :)

Tell us about this mix:
This is a club music mix. something like you would hear if you were to hear me play in Chicago. Cross genre but I always focus on trying to still create a flow. Lots of tracks from my friends who live in Chicago or used to or pass through often…Cae Monae, Thoom, Club Politix, Him Hun to name a few but a lot of dope producers are on here!

when did you start djing?

I started in 2013, not seriously til 2014. I was producing music before that for a performance art group I was in (WITCH HAZEL) and I started experimenting with deejaying because of that.

first gig:
I played a Little Mermaid themed party called FISH at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago summer of 2014.

favorite party ever played:
My deejay daddy Hijo Pródigo organized this party called FUNCTION in his basement with all b2b sets last summer at a time when a bunch of DJs were passing through Chicago…it was a house party so there was a lot of house music (and some of the craziest kuduro I’ve ever heard from Adzua & Laz Flores) and because it was just a party for friends and because we were playing collaboratively the trust and willingness to take risks was in the air.

fave DJ:
That’s so hard :) Nkisi. But also let me take a moment to shine a light on some of the girls I work with: Pollination Tech (crazy industrial), Jasmine Infiniti (like, every set I see is just completely gag worthy), Itsï (just the craziest but somehow most lovely pieces of music you’ve ever heard)

fave producer:
The same people :) Nkisi, Itsï, Club Politix, I’m obsessed with the Mhysa album, Nidia Minaj, K-Hand will always be techno queen, Thoom’s EP on Club Chai was insane this year, basically all the people I included in this mix.

pet peeve when djing:
When people request 90s rap and they actually mean early 2000s.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
My friend Michael Pusey told me that when I play I know how to interrupt the dance floor and make people listen. I think that for me has always been an effective tool in getting people to face a concrete reality in an otherwise unreal environment- tracks like Linda Labeija’s “Urgency” have really changed the dancefloor in my sets because it very clearly sheds light on the violence enacted towards trans women of color without breaking the flow of a set so much that the listener/dancer is lost.

place you’d like to play:
Rihanna’s World Tour :O DM me. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to but I would love to play in Belize where my family is from.

something you want everyone to know about you:
I come from a background in writing (plays and poetry). Not sure if a lot of people who know my music know that about me- IE- don’t expect you’re gonna do the art you think you’re gonna do.

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DISCWOMAN 28 x Mor Elian

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Tel Aviv born and raised, Mor Elian has been rising on up in the past couple of years as a producer and DJ steering the LA scene with her Into the Woods parties. She has stepped outside of her comfort zone and proves her versatility on this mix providing us with the vibiest experimental mix that we’re currently and happily lost in. Take some time out of your day to ease that anxiety with these recuperating sounds.Mix and q&A below :)

tell us about this mix
I was very excited to do this mix knowing discwoman as being so diverse and open to many different backgrounds and styles of music, so i went in a slight more different direction this time, but still very much my direction. I recorded it at the basement of sameheads, berlin.

when did you start djing?
My first public gig was in 2006 when i was a wee person in tel aviv, but it was pretty weak. in the next few years there was very few and far in between. then i took on djing fully and seriously when i got a residency at a friends night in silver lake in 2010.

first gig:
I would consider that silver lake gig the first because from that point i became more devoted to it, but i prepared for weeks and i cared soo much and was so nervous. it was my us debut. all my gigs before that were in tel aviv, my hometown. my friends were all there and we were all excited and i got a nice dancefloor going. i’m pretty sure i did allot of things “wrong” but ignorance is bliss, i enjoyed every sec of it.

favorite party ever played:
Well i love my party i have going back in LA “Into The Woods” but aside from that playing “PAG” in Tel aviv is incomparable experience to other things i did. its the longest going Gay party in Tel aviv (i believe over 15 years) and its still one of the best nights there. its rammed, its diverse, people go hard till noon the next day. its so colorful and people go all out on costumes. diversity is so important in parties.

fave DJ:
ahh thats a tough one coz theres so many. Harvey is def up there with I-F.

fave producer:
i love aleksi perala allot. and larry heard!!!!

pet peeve when djing:
when i cant hear myself properly in the booth. sometimes im worried its my old rave ears.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten:
someone came up to me last weekend and said that i kept him on his toes as he didnt know what was coming next and he enjoyed that. i liked how he observed it. i didnt do that intentionally.

place you’d like to play:
kinda impossible in this realm, but i would love dj the clubs and raves i used to go to as a teenager. I didn’t think i would be a dj even tho i was already collecting records.. would be so cool to travel back there and do it.

something you want everyone to know about you:
i think i gotten 3 mosquito bites while writing this interview sitting in my apt in berlin. oh also i have a jewelry line its called MYRRH Jewelry.