Cxemcast 020 – Inga Mauer
Russian DJ, who regularly travels to Europe to play, is a rare thing. Basically, the situation is the opposite. How did you come to this?
Well, somehow I was drifted to this point, love for music drifted me. I can’t come up with another answer.
Tell us about working in Clone. What is it all about and what is your role there?
This is a Dutch organization consisting of a label with several sublabels, vinyl store and a distribution company, well-known in the music world. It specializes mainly in electronic music. My duties... can’t list everything out of a sudden, there’s a lot of them. It's a whole factory. In addition, all the time I have to communicate with people. I’m learning Dutch, gonna pass exams soon...
Does the demand for DJs and producers from Eastern Europe (in our case with Ukraine and Russia) really exist or is an artificial hype that we created ourselves?
Are 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 constantly like horses.
What is the difference between parties abroad and here? Tell us about your best party.
I grew up on the music of the Dutch label Bunker, knew everything about everyone: how extravagant techno parties in basements were held in 90’s, how everyone merged into a single musical energetic-narcotic ball. I felt that this is something special, mysterious, something not meant for everyone - for the chosen or whatever... My childhood dream was to get there, to see at least with one eye all this madness. The dream came true, but in another way – I am now playing at these parties. Moreover, all my childhood idols turned into close friends and colleagues. However, Bunker parties can’t be compared to any other European, especially Russian, event. This is something else. They have remained secret, as it is fancied to say – closed, up until nowadays, without any announcements in social networks. Label chief personally sends letters via mail or passes a piece of A4 size invitation (with a ballad in Old French language, for example). On the day you see a huge crowd (!) of people who came from different cities and countries specially to become a part of 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 strobe working as hell.
Speaking of other parties, they don’t differ much. Everywhere I feel very happy because I meet wonderful people with whom I have fun and dance until the morning. Many of them have become my friends and often come to see me at other parties, but in different countries, and we irresistibly have fun as well. With some we become bounded with working relationships and create projects together.
How is your "808 Problems" party doing?
They were held in Russia and Germany. Now they are in the woods, on vacations.
I’ve heard often that in St. Petersburg there were no clubs at all until recently - either bars or separate parties. What can you say about Petersburg’s night culture: how it is developing now, is something interesting going on?
I know a little about the current situation, I don’t live in St. Petersburg for more than a year. Know just from pictures, but it looks worthy! However, the stories about absence of clubs are lies. I can answer this question: until recently, there was no trend for good electronic music, that's what. Now St. Petersburg’s various crowds merged into one, I am unspeakably happy regarding that. Clubs have always been there, parties with worthy artists as well, just there was simply no universal attention to them.
It may be noted that lately you often in Kiev. Is it love?
Of course it is love! I do nothing without love! There is only love around me in 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 you plans for the future?
Share a track that you are definitely playing at Cxeмa on July 11.
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov