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 29 x Deena Abdelwahed

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First heard about Deena Abdelwahed after her label reached out to us out the blue, I took a listen and was completely captivated by her productions. Deena grew up in Qatar to Tunisian parents and now resides in Toulouse, she was just pegged as one of Resident Advisor’s “Breaking Through” artists. Her techno which is influenced by traditional Arab music, defies all definitions of what techno is and should be, expanding our understand of what this genre is and music in general. And this is exactly what this mix does: restructures musical norms and places us in whole new world of varying plays on genre and varying tempos. – frankie

Check out her Q&A & Mix below

tell us about this mix
I had great parties this saturday until sunday afternoon. I didn’t sleep for more then 24 hours. There is something called a “descente” in french, it causes you sad humor after you had fun and after being extremely happy. So I tried to translate how I feel in this mix.

when did you start djing?
2013. I don’t remember which month but I did a warm up for a World Full Of Bass event. It is a collective of Tunisian DJs who are into Dub and Bass music

first gig:
2014, In an event called Arabstazy before it transformed into an artist collective. It took place in Paris. I had good critics after that night.

favorite party ever played:
Lately in Tunis at Yuka Club. For a festival called TUNES. It was also my birthday and my friends were with me. I had a lot of fun.

pet peeve when djing:
When a track is running out of time and I still didn’t find the next one.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten:
I don’t know why but I can only remember critics! the crowd dancing to my dj set is the best compliment.

place you’d like to play:
I would like to play in eastern Europe cities. Very curious to see how young people dance and have a good time there.

something you want everyone to know about you
I am lazy, especially in this right moment! I got to get myself together…I have an album to write!

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.

DISCWOMAN 26 x mobilegirl

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mobilegirl is our first international DJ to join our roster y’all, grew up in Munich but resides in Berlin, this mix marks her first ever time playing in NYC. She treats us with a 45 minute taster of sounds including some of her own fire productions that will leave you nothing short of enthralled. Check out her mix and Q&A below!

tell us about this mix
I wanted to make a mix that is most representative of what I’ve been playing as club sets over the years but using new tracks. I usually tend to put together really different things when I sit at home and work on music because I’m really affected by my direct surroundings and this applies to my own productions as well that you can hear towards the end of the mix. Some parts are quite playful but overall I feel like it paints the right picture.

when did you start djing?
I think summer or fall of 2014

first gig:
It was a b2b with Mechatok in a small club in Munich where we both properly tried out CDJs for the first time.

Favorite party ever played:
This is a tough one, there’s been so many. I think the whole Asia Tour has been my biggest highlight so far.

Fave DJ:
Noone smashes hot cues like Kablam and she’s been really supportive from very early on. Playing b2b with her is always the most fun and taught me a lot.

Pet peeve when djing:
Sticky cue buttons and loose link cables

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Someone told me listening to my music helped them through hard times. That really made me feel like doing all of this has a greater purpose. Same as when (South) East Asian women tell me they’re happy to see me perform because they barely ever feel represented otherwise.

Place you’d like to play:
I skipped Japan on the tour that I mentioned before so definitely that.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I love Chinatown

DISCWOMAN 25 x Lakuti & Tama Sumo

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For the first ever time Lakuti, founder of Uzuri Recordings and Tama Sumo, Berghain/Panorama Bar resident, go b2b for an online mix, and couldn’t be more honored to be the ones who get to host it at Discwoman! They played our party in NYC back in December, which was such a beautiful time and so stoked to extend those vibes into this 2 hour mix that spans genres like no other and blends genres like no other. Find out more about Tama and Lakuti via the interview we did for them back in December, but for now we suggest you listen to this immediately and check out their quick q&a below. Gift from the gods y’all!

tell us about this mix
We selected music that we love from across the board really. From Nicole Willis to Dj Spinna to Tony Allen to some cheeky edits that we have done for our use plus more up-tempo stuff. How we would generally approach a live dj set really.

when did you start djing?
Tama Sumo: I started djing in 1993 in a bar in berlin kreuzberg called Drama. It was one of the very few bars at that time that had djs – mainly Fridays and Saturdays. It also was one of THE places where people went for a warm up before they moved on to the clubs later at night. I had my first residency there which meant I played there three saturdays per month with my friend Holger aka DJ Phierce, the person who also is responsible for me djing (thank you Holger!) Many people who were involved in clubs went there on a regular basis, my residency at Drama was the route to then playing in some of the Berlin clubs and in 1994 or 1995 I started my residency at Globus / Tresor. I also went on to play at Ostgut which was the predecessor to Berghain/Panorama Bar and finally a residency @ Berghain/Panorama into the present.

Lakuti: I dabbled in playing records back in Johannesburg in 92 when some friends and I briefly established a small club Called Planet Hendon. I made the move to london in 1997 and played different clubs there and events and went on to establish the Süd electronic parties where I was 1 of the residents. Those parties went on to run for 11 yrs.

pet peeve when djing
Equipment that is not looked after properly, dirty & worn slipmats, bad monitors, bad needles and unhelpful technicians, inferior sound quality.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
People are generally sweet but to be honest we don’t normally sit and think about this. We are not very good with nor interested in the celebrity cult that comes with djing to be honest, would rather let the music be the focal point. What makes us happy is seeing a room full of people coming together in harmony & that is the power of music .

place you’d like to play:
We would love to connect a lot more with the african continent, so much magic out there that we want to explore.

something you want everyone to know about you
Tama Sumo: Lakuti is a very accomplished cook and loves cooking and I feel spoilt.
Lakuti: Tama Sumo makes the best Jerk Chicken in the whole of Germany which is probably not very hard lol. But seriously her jerk chicken, rice & peas and her cucumber & fresh coconut salsa is just pure fire!

DISCWOMAN 23 x Juana

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So excited to announce Juana as our newest DW roster addition, since we played with her in DC on inauguration weekend she hasn’t left our minds and we’re so stoked to be bringing her thunderous techno to our crew permanently. As a core part of the Washington DC techno crew Sequence, she’s currently a steering force of DC’s sound and scene. We asked her to do our latest mix ahead of our party in Detroit May 27th, where we’ll be slamming a lot of techno in the genre’s birth city. Cant wait, check out her Q&A and mix below!

tell us about this mix
Wanted to bring a feeling that was a good balance of aggressive and carnal, and also melodic. That’s my favorite sound. Hope it worked.

when did you start djing?
The Bronze Age. Bed/livingroom since 2000; in clubs since 2002.

first gig:
First pretty big one was Club Red in DC with my brother Sam Burns. I used to spin mostly deep house with techno sort of snuck in here and there. I remember dropping “Hi-Tech Jazz” by Galaxy 2 Galaxy and “Flower” by Soul Dhamma (King Britt’s remix) and feeling that first serious connection with the floor; it really hooked me.

favorite party ever played:
So far all my Sequence gigs. Love my crew and everything they’re getting done for proper techno heads in the DMV. Also opening for Pan Pot was pretty sweet.

fave DJ:
You’ve heard this before: Way too many. But I will say that Carlos Souffrant has my heart eternally. In my disco life, it’s all about Sadar. Favorite local DJ: Ron Jackson all day.

fave producer:
Always have Frankie Knuckles, Patrick Adams, Jamie Principle, Mike Dunn, and Lil Louis in the rotation in some way. Joey Beltram, Dave Clarke, and Gary Beck, too. He/at, I HATE MODELS, Emika, I/Y, Petter B, and HYSH? are super apeshit to me currently.

pet peeve when djing
None really. We all get annoyed but I can roll with any crazy shit outside of a power outage.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“I usually hate this music, but you’re alright.”

place you’d like to play?
Some kind of space station. Communicate with our overlords. We’re very close you know.

something you want everyone to know about you
Why yes, I am quite mysterious. lol

DISCWOMAN 20 x precolumbian

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I first heard about precolumbian because she was originally intended to play our showcase in Philly a couple years back but had to pull out because of scheduling, so thankfully DJ Haram reintroduced us to her and her arresting sets. They tell a story and this mix is no different. It’s a reactive 40 minutes, a visceral journey that leaves you more woke than when you started. As she explains below this mix is about being a transwoman and the violence that is inflicted on transwomen daily, a more than pressing issue, an urgent issue that we need to wake up to reality of. Check out her mix and Q&A below:

tell us about this mix
This mix is about being a transwoman and the stages of grief when we lose one of our sisters.

when did you start djing?
I started DJing like 10 years ago.

first gig:
West Philly house party.

favorite party ever played:
Cumbiasazo in Chicago.

fave DJ:
DJ Haram & BEARCAT <3 fave producer:
everyone producing Lil Uzi Vert right now.

pet peeve when djing:
A bad sound system.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten:
idk lol

place you’d like to play:
Ghe20G0th1k…hiiiiii!

DISCWOMAN 17 x Barbie Bertisch

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I think I first got to know Barbie Bertisch when her and her partner Paul Raffaele invited me to be on their radio show at Red Bull Studios, where we drank a lot of whiskey and vibed over their music choices and my own. They both run the the reputable underground magazine Love Injection which has become one of the finest representations of the Brooklyn underground. This mix is sublime, with sounds that are very new and refreshing to our mix collection. A therapeutic blend of genres I don’t know how to describe which are so soothing especially in this time we’re in. Check out her Q&A and mix below! -Frankie

tell us about this mix
It came together as a sort of close-out to a pretty tumultuous 2016. I wanted the hour or so to reflect the last 12 months of my life ran through a smoked-out room and big sound. Recorded in one take, no records or CDJs were harmed during the making of this mix.

when did you start djing?
​At friend’s basements in 2015. Long nights into longer mornings with the best crew of people.

first gig:
​I want to say it was the launch party for Love Injection’s first issue. Must have been February 2015 at Battery Harris. A night of converging of crews, new friends, and lots of great music.

favorite party ever played:
​So many… Each is special for different reasons. Highlights of 2016 include opening for Lovefingers at Black Flamingo, for Lindstrøm at Good Room, and for Eli Escobar at Bossa. ​

fave DJ
​DJ Harvey forever and ever. ​

fave producer
​​I couldn’t pick one. There’s too many talented people out there.

pet peeve when djing:
​Requests for top 40 or attempts to have a full blown conversation. ​

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Headliner telling me how much they appreciated the opener playing good music, applause included, which was real cool. ​

place you’d like to play:
​Anywhere, everywhere that will have me. Brilliant Corners and/or Spiritland would be real nice, too.

something you want everyone to know about you
Spanish is my first language and my English absolutely fails me when I’m tired. If we run into each other and I can barely make sense, you now know why.

Tracklist

Paolo Dossena – Voices [CAM]
In Flagranti – Mini Sell [Codek]
Blackbelt Andersen – Tyrkisk Pepper (Dolle Jolle remix) [Full Pupp]
Autarkic – Rotation! Rotation! (Red Axes remix) [Turbo]
Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra – Too Much Information (Mr. Raoul K Transformation) [Rainy City Music]
Auntie Flo – Daabi [Autonomous Africa]
Books – Feel It In My Bones (Feat. Zodiac) [XVI Records]
Tensnake – Freundchen [True Romance]
Red Rack’em – Wonky Bassline Disco Banger [Bergerac]
Robyn feat. Mr. Tophat – Trust Me [Smalltown Supersound]

DISCWOMAN 15 x Serena Jara

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Serena Jara is exactly who you should be fucking with. Her relatively new adventure into DJing has become an essential vehicle for her to champion space for trans women in our New York community and the world. This mix is a reaction to violent masculinity in its many forms, and intertwines the highest BPMs with vocal messages ensuring to empower those who relate to her experience and for those who don’t: to listen up. Our first mix of 2017 is one to politically act upon as we enter this dark year, Serena’s mix gives us valor and strength to do so. Listen/read below

tell us about this mix
for this mix i was channelling a lot of dark energy from many of the bad experiences i had last year. i wanted to make something for other weird abrasive scary girls who feel pathologized by the world. I have seen a lot of my sisters and myself deal with some of the most fucked up situations recently, there is so much weight that trans girls carry behind our resting bitch-face expressions, or eyes rolling in the backs of our heads in disgust (lol). the songs are a lot of industrial music i grew up with mixed with early 2000’s hardstyle, breakbeats, and bitchy female vocals. but part of it too is tapping into the more sensitive side of this aggression i’ve been feeling, something i have been trying to bring to nightlife thru transgirl empowerment events, such as the party i started with Maya monés: “the girls room”.

when did you start djing?
about 1.5 yrs ago

first gig:
was at trophy bar. unfortunately i don’t go back there anymore after an altercation with security and 1 of my friends

favorite party ever played:
one of the best parties i played was maybe richard kennedy’s first kwik party, it got so packed so fast and a great energy in the room. the last dagger before the old spectrum closed was cool. also i had a lot of fun playing at idapalooza in tennessee with quay dash/special interest/haram/precolumbian last summer, what a cute mess ahahah (mostly)

fave DJ
dj bb bryn barnett, dj br0nz3_g0dd3ss currently

fave producer
lately i have been into cryptolect, via app, and prist (RIP<3) to name a few. also ashley breathe is an amazing producer and makes all her own beats, so good

pet peeve when djing
venue fucking with my levels.

what’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
recently someone told me i had a great energy at a party and it was so nice to hear, since i have heard increasingly often lately that i’m intimidating. i have no concept of what energies i’m giving off honestly, but this makes me kinda sad.

place you’d like to play?
sex club

something you want everyone to know about you
since i started going out when i was 19 i never got over the anxiety or awkward feelings in nightlife.. anytime i see space being made for the girls i feel like it’s so important to keep showing up at parties and repping the team, whatever that means

tracklist
intro by kibz selcuk
cryptolect – behold
nasenbluten – feel discipline
überdruck – turntable junkie (überdruck mix)
xemnas x letres2k – doom blade
[x]-rx – industrial rave revolution
camille jones – the creeps (fedde le grand mix)
frankie bones – trip on azid
voodoo and serano – cold blood
riton – rinse and repeat ft. kah-lo (ase manual mix)
überdruck – bloody slut (überdruck mix)
rozay labeija – interlude ft. keijaun thomas
powerman 5000 – when worlds collide
dj arne L II – RIP
false witness – dip don (dubbel dutch mix)
dtc – tigroutek
quay dash – feelings
ashley breathe – my pussy needs milk (interlude)
britney spears – slumber party ft. tinashe
air max 97 – hounded
david caretta – system
yasmin gate – adrenaline adrian canzian black mix
no light – god centered
ayria – friends or enemies rotersand mix
bulma – suicide season
nadia oh – jump (out the window)
rye rye – wassup wassup crookers mix
prist – kakc
uffie – hot chick
lords of acid – scrood bi u
princess superstar – coochie coo felix da housecat mix
elysia crampton – the wish ft. angelica
orgy – social enemies
rules – sorry rewire
velvet acid christ – slut