Cxemcast 020 – Inga Mauer
A Russian DJ regularly traveling to Europe and playing there is pretty rare. Usually it’s rather the opposite. How did you come to this?
Well, somehow I was drifted to this point by the love for music I guess. I don’t see another way to answer this question.
Tell us about your work at Clone. What is it, and what’s your role there?
It is a Dutch organization consisting of a label with several sub-labels, a vinyl store and a distribution company, it is well-known in the music world. Clone specializes mainly in electronic music. My duties... can’t list everything at once, there’s a lot of them. In fact it's a whole factory. Also I have to communicate with people all the time. I’m learning Dutch now, gonna pass the exams soon...
Is there really a demand for DJs and producers from Eastern Europe (in our case with Ukraine and Russia) or is an artificial hype that we created ourselves?
Are you talking about someone in particular? I don’t see any hype. I have three friends who are popular and demanded artists. However, not because they originate from Eastern Europe, but because they work like horses 24/7.
What is the difference between parties here and abroad? Tell us about your best party ever.
I grew up on the music produced by the Dutch label Bunker, knew everything about everyone: how the extravagant techno parties were held in basements during the 90’s, how everyone fused into a single musical energetic-narcotic ball. I felt that this was something special, mysterious, something not meant for everyone, but for the chosen or what... My childhood dream was to get there, to at least catch a glimpse of all this madness. The dream came true, but in another way – I am now playing at these parties. Moreover, all my childhood idols became my close friends and colleagues. However, Bunker parties can’t be compared to any other European, especially Russian, event. This is something else. They have retained the secrecy, up until now they stay closed, as they say – with no announcements in social networks. The label’s chief sends letters via mail personally or passes a piece of A4 size invitation (with a ballad in Old French language, for example). On the day of the event you see a huge crowd (!) of people coming from different cities and countries just to participate in this madness. Yes, it really is insanity. You forget who you are, what you are wearing and even who you came there with. There's only music, love and the strobe working as hell.
Speaking of other parties, they don’t differ much. Everywhere I go I feel very happy, because I meet wonderful people and we have fun and dance till morning. Many of them have become my friends and they often come to see me at other parties in different countries, and we impetuously have fun likewise. With some we connect in working relationships and create projects together.
How is your "808 Problems" party series doing?
They were held in Russia and Germany. Now it’s in the woods, on vacations.
I’ve repeatedly heard that until recently in St. Petersburg there were no clubs at all - either bars or separate parties. What can you say about Petersburg’s nightlife culture: how it is developing now, is something interesting going on?
I know little about the current situation, I don’t live in St. Petersburg for more than a year now. I only know it from pictures, but it looks worthy! However, the stories about the absence of clubs are lies. I’d answer this way: until recently, there was no trend for good electronic music, that's what. Now various crowds of St. Petersburg have merged into one, I am unspeakably happy about that. Clubs have always been there, as well as parties with worthy artists, it’s just that there was no universal attention to them.
We’ve noticed you often coming to Kyiv lately. Is it love?
Of course it is love! I do nothing without love! There is only love around me in my life.
How hard is it for a girl to be a DJ?
How hard is it for a boy to be a DJ? (Laughing)
What are your plans for the future?
Could you share a track that you are definitely playing at Cxeмa on July 11?
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.