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Annelise

/// How did you get introduced to electronic music? What form was it in at the time and how did it develop to your tastes now? ///

     I started listening to trance in the early 2000’s throughout high-school and college. I found dance music to be very captivating. From trance, I found an affinity with progressive house and tech house. I started going to WMC in Miami in 2009. In 2010 my boyfriend at the time and I got a Numark 7 controller and started learning and practicing how to DJ. We ended up playing a lot of our college parties. 
    I got my main musical influence from the Miami tech house scene and expanded from that. Going to WMC brought a lot of genres to one place, so it was a good opportunity to dive into different sounds. After a few years, we met a good friend who introduced me to the techno scene and my passion exploded. That’s when I realized my deep love for techno and dove into it ever since. Afterwards, I found my way into the underground of house and techno and finally felt like I found my true self in that music. I couldn’t get enough and from then on, I’ve just have been growing and learning all the aspects and progression of the sound.


/// You have traveled and performed continentally and globally. Many DJ's discuss how one of most difficult aspects of a touring DJ is being able to "work" every crowd they encounter. Many talk about how one "bin" of tracks will not work for every dance floor. Do you believe you could master this over your time travelling? Was there anything you found interesting or surprising while trying to learn this special skill? ///
    
     First, I think all kinds of music are accepted and enjoyed everywhere. But, different places have influences in the sound that they create. This allows them to be proud of the music scene they built up and mastered. Each place has its own authentic influences which in turn influences its scene’s music preferences. Playing in other places outside one’s own home-base can be challenging, and even more so when one is not a world recognized artist who is expected to bring a certain sound to the dance-floor.
     I believe it’s important to start by researching a place’s culture and its musical influences; For example, in Bangalore I had the opportunity to go out and hear the sounds that they play and enjoy. I also get to know the local music lovers and the local artists as well. This way I can get a feel for their community. While they do have a certain innate sound that resonates across the city, it was refreshing to see how open minded they were considering the wide variety of house/techno sounds that are constantly evolving in the scene. Immersing yourself among a place’s culture allows you to better understand it’s sense for music, it’s artistic preferences and its community. Once I gain a sense of another place's musical tastes and surroundings, I then get a better feel for those sounds and how I will communicate with the dance-floor at that given place.
    Just like in travelling, you find that common element in each other while being from different places. I believe the same goes for music. As with everyone who listens to music, I surround myself with sounds that directly express who I am as an artist and as a person. This in turn creates a much-needed diversity within. For example, an event’s lineup has different artists that will bring their unique personalities out while performing. The main thing is to bring and experience a new sound and expand musically. It is like creating an art piece that shows your personality while appealing to everyone at the same time. It is my goal to always stay true to myself and incorporate different sounds that help me be creative and challenge myself. There’s an underlying element through all types of music you play that stays consistent to your sound and style and that’s what I maintain wherever I go.

/// Have you found that club culture in America has limitations or is more open compared to those outside our country? ///

    America seems to hold few limitations compared to other places I’ve been. I haven’t been to Europe where I know the music has history but I have been to places where their music scene (more specifically house and techno scene) is constantly growing and changing. I think the club culture might be limited at first but you see the passion for this music and the growing community shows how open the scene is. It starts to spread into the club culture and to be catered to that. I am convinced that the people who comprise the music scene, in any place (including its club culture) have a huge influence on their city’s music culture and how it develops. 

/// Do you have plans on production or collaboration in your future? ///

    I definitely have goals to dive into production and collaboration. I want to expand my skills and go deeper into my creative side musically. I feel a music artist’s true talent comes out in production. When you are building something from scratch, artistically and harmonically; your creating a piece of art that represents you completely from start to finish in every single element. 

/// Is there anything unique about the Denver scene that might be different/unique compared to other scenes? ///
 
    When it comes to passion, you can see the same passion and community for it in all sorts of places no matter where you visit. It brings people together artistically and leads to a sense of family and creative community.
     I have noticed Denver’s scene has a very creative and diverse local community that supports and encourages both genders equally. I see a sense of openness in giving new and female artists a chance compared to a strong tradition of a male gender dominated industry. 
    One thing I find to be unique about the Denver music scene is that the promoters and artists, tend to support each other while creating events where out-of-town headliners are also part of the mix. This, I believe really creates a positive and supporting atmosphere for all music lovers that is constantly strengthened by its openness to one another. As in any business community out there, the music scene can be very nasty behind the scenes. I have always admired how in that sense of the word; Denver’s scene is very healthy and inclusive for the most part. In a way, the people that create the community look up to those who are the industry leaders and creators of the scene. The scene’s positive energy is felt throughout its supporters which in turn, I believe encourages people to continue to be part of it, while helping each other grow as individuals.

/// What is a current artist that is impressing you right now? ///

     I have a few artists that are impressing me now but I really started getting into Rrose’s productions. Lately I have been getting into the darker more raw sounds of techno. When I came across her, the music touched me and resonated with the sounds I like. She brings in an industrial sound but also has that deep element that I’ve always loved. Her sound has a sort of mystery to it that intrigues me.


/// Of all the countries you visited, which crowd/location was the most surprising or interesting? ///

    Bangalore, India. Not only the most surprising because I didn’t know what to expect, but also an amazing experience musically of all the countries I’ve been to. You can see that the house and techno club culture is not yet developed as much as some places, but the scene in general is alive and growing extremely fast. The passion for the music was strong, open, and truly genuine. The excitement for the music and the scene they are creating is extremely inspiring. You can see it now and I have no doubt it is going to go a lot further. The artists are talented, the music is amazing and the passion is there. It was a heartwarming experience. Everyone there was so quick to share their love for the music and it shows. I was delighted to see some amazing venues playing some very solid techno across the city. Getting to play there was really a true pleasure and I hope to get another chance to be a part of their music scene again. Music really does bring people together.

/// What was a pivotal moment or turning point in your DJ career/experience? ///

    There was a pivotal moment where I was DJ’ing and I wasn’t growing. I realized that I have been DJ’ing for quite some time and knew what kind of music I always wanted to play but never really thought of myself as being good. I never trusted myself that I had skills in DJ’ing. I never really believed in myself. The moment I started believing in myself is when I grew tremendously through music. Everything unfolded after that and I had the confidence to use the skills I never thought were good enough. Once that happened, I could express myself more openly through my sets. Instead of always worrying how to please the crowd I started pleasing myself. This is what led to me expressing my personality through my sets I played. Not only did I start enjoying DJ’ing more, but people started enjoying my sets more. I always want to share this with others because believing in yourself is the first step in growth. Without that I wouldn’t have grown throughout my DJ experience and express my love and passion for it as much as I do now. I always preach that taking risks while DJ’ing helps you grow. I always take risks when I DJ. I push what might not be normal and push sounds that some people might not know yet or fit into my set and I push to be very versatile. But no matter what the risk, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone leads you to performing to your true potential which also applies to our everyday lives.


/// I've noticed you like to incorporate sci-fi and space samples/tracks in your mixes. Do you have any affinity to this? ///

     I do have an affinity to it. It’s one of the elements in my mixes that’s most consistent. I don’t implicitly place them into my mixes. I am just naturally drawn to certain sounds that contribute to expressing my personality through my sets. This, I have learned to recognize as a noticeable characteristic of what I consider to be my style as a DJ, which at the same time has allowed me to dive deeper into the sounds that move me as an artist. It is interesting to perhaps catch those re-occurring, consistent elements throughout my evolution as an artist.