Cxemcast 051 – Olivia

Tell us about the selection process for your mix and the general idea behind it. Where was it recorded?

The podcast was recorded at one take at my home studio. This is a pure vinyl mix consisting of sounds that I’m into at the moment. There is some raw, industrial stuff in it, mixed with electro and acid.

Your sets and mixes are famous for being raw, uncompromising and to the point. When did you start this techno path and what inspired you from the very beginning?

I first started DJing around 2003 with my brother Kinzo Chrome. I think my sets display my personality. I always try to be honest and tell people what I really think, I don’t like compromising just to satisfy someone at any price. My friends know that I never hold back my opinion. So yeah, music that I play is raw, but at the same time I consider it authentic. Besides, my music is often grounded in what is happening in the world at the moment, globally and locally. I try to stay up to date with politics and the latest news. I often feel disappointed and angry about the current situation, which is also reflected in my music.

As far as I know, the Polish scene is blooming right now. How did it start and what is going on in the field of electronic music?

Yes, it’s true. The Polish scene has been growing quite fast in the last few years. We have tons of amazing DJs and producers now. So many young people start to play! But what makes me feel even more excited is that we have a lot of awesome female artists. I can see that young artists are not afraid to share their music, expressing themselves and standing out with their ideas by organizing parties or raves. I can’t say for sure when it started, but I’ve seen it change drastically over the last 5 years. Some fine clubs and parties are emerging and, what is the most important, music awareness has risen this way.

Can you name any promising Polish producers and DJs to look out for in 2017?

Yes, there are plenty of them. I would totally recommend Chino, an amazing and talented producer whose live sets are unique. He is going to release a new EP soon, so stay tuned. VTSS, great female DJ and producer from Warsaw, will definitely be famous worldwide in the future. In addition, keep your ears open for Jacek Sienkiewicz, Lutto Lento, RRRKRTA, Kinzo Chrome, Charlie Souvenir De Tanger, Ola Teks, Piotr Kurek, Kosel, Eltron John. They are incredibly talented artists.

Does the club scene in Kraków differ from the rest of the country?

It does, of course. Kraków has the best party vibe in Poland. The city is not so big and everyone - DJs and ravers - know each other. That’s why it’s easier to party hard - and this is what Kraków is famous for. As for the club scene partakers - all of us play techno music in our own way, raw and crazy. On top of that, a lot of DJs love acid music.

How would you describe Kraków? Has it changed in the recent years?

Krakow is a strange city. On the one hand, it is deeply catholic and conservative, on the other – quite loose, since it’s full of students. Krakow is also pretty small, everyone knows each other. You can spot the same faces in every party, which is great, by the way. You can go there alone, but still meet someone you know. The community of underground music fans is not big, yet it’s growing every year. We always have many great artists in Krakow, in the recent years more DJs have started to make their own parties, and new bars and clubs are constantly opening.

How can you explain the ongoing obsession with vinyl?

I think it stems from pure love to vinyl: you try it once and can’t stop afterwards. I’m really happy that vinyl records are back with such strength: the sound of vinyl can’t be compared to anything else. Vinyl is great in many ways. It’s a touchable medium: you can collect records, dig through tons of them in a shop and, when you find a pearl - your pearl - it’s an indescribable feeling. Besides, many releases on vinyl are of limited edition, so they make your collection even more special.

Which Radar event is the most memorable for you? Why?

We, I mean the Radar Crew, had organized lots of parties and all of them are close to our hearts. Nevertheless, the most memorable for me is the one with Ron Morelli: he played the most uncompromising set I’ve ever heard. We also made our dreams come true by inviting DJ Stingray, Ceephax Acid Crew – they made the crowd go crazy. However, my favorite one was the party with my good friend Jacek Sienkiewicz on my birthday. Radar will celebrate its 5 years in March with a party, where Lee Gamble is playing b2b with Ron Morelli, I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be ace.

How does your project Szpitalna 1 differ from Radar?

Radar was more of a gallery, it wasn’t actually a club. We hosted our WeAreRadar parties there from time to time, to have fun and listen to some artists. At that time our main goal was to present the art of young, new artists. We also sold books and retro robots there.

Szpitalna 1 is a real club with an amazing sound system, great events with the acclaimed underground artists every week. It’s just a good club with underground music, where all clubbers can feel comfortable and can party safe in good atmosphere. Szpitalna’s goal is not to focus on the ‘big names’ - we believe that each artist who plays there is a great person who is in love with music and willing to play for other people, and doing it in a good way in terms of quality.

What is so great about Unsound festival?

What I love the most about this festival is that in one week time one can listen to a whole lot of amazing artists. Some of them are not well-known, which is amazing. You can go to the concert without knowing the artist and discover something new. It’s your own moment when you stand, listen and think: “how could it happen that I haven’t heard her/his music before?!”. What’s more, every year many people from all over the world arrive to Kraków, creating an incredible cultural atmosphere.

Do you work there or are you just a resident?

I’m a resident, but I also work for Unsound, mostly doing administrative and logistic work.

What will be this year’s topic?

Unfortunately, it’s still a secret, but it will be announced soon. For sure this edition will be special, since it’s the 15th edition of Unsound!

How has Unsound influenced the electronic scene in Poland?

Unsound festival does great work developing and promoting electronic music in Poland. Many artists play in Kraków for the first time because of Unsound. I think the festival gives a lot of musical inspiration, especially since Kraków’s audience is becoming more open towards different music.

Outside the music territory, where else do you find inspiration?

Nature, especially mountains. I would like to spend all my free time in the mountains, if only I could. I’m also fascinated by different unexplained mysteries of paranormal phenomena. Science fiction and technological progress throughout the 70’s and the 80’s also inspires me, as well as the infinity of space.

What are your plans for 2017?

I have a lot on my plate, but I like it. For sure I will be playing a lot - my calendar is already filling up and I’m very excited about it. Aside from being a DJ, I am the booking manager of Szpitalna 1 club, which is quite time consuming, but so worth it. In addition, I’m currently working on my own productions, which hopefully will be ready to come into the world soon.

Interviewed by Alexandra Zakharenko.