Ibiza Voice Podcast 537 :: Dinky
Dinky is quite simply one of our favourite artists. Over the course of a decade plus career, she has seamlessly remained unique, distinct, and successful, despite the shifting sands of electronic music changing trends.
Ibiza Voice - What's new with you?
Dinky - I spent a fair amount of time organising our move to Sant cugat del Valles, Barcelona this year. Travelling back and forth for many months to choose a place to live for my little family. That was quite time consuming but totally worth as where we are living now is just unbelievably perfect.
I did a few tracks this year and I think I will probably leave them for my second album in Crosstown Rebels, in 2018.
I also did two remixes which I really enjoyed. One was for a British girl called Amani. She has such a great voice, I think she will be very successful. Tour wise I been quite busy as usual playing a fair amount but not killing myself, I still play in Panorama Bar every month which has been super nice. I had a residency in Ibiza for Keep On Dancing at Heart and also travelled around to play small venues and some incredible festivals.
How did you record the mix?
Usually I record my mixes live when I play, but I wanted to create a studio one this time showcasing the latest tracks I just bought so I did it with Ableton Live. It took me a while as I am not used to doing mixes with software.
Where do you get your music from?
I am terrible at checking promos. I just get lost in all the information so i prefer to buy in shops. I usually spend a whole day a week buying and prepping, then more during the week to make playlists and get used to the music. I do a big playlist once a month and I add tracks I buy every week. My test point is Panorama Bar as I play long sets there and play all the new stuff. My favourites stores are Juno Download and Hard Wax.
Tell us about your record collection..
It started when I was 18. I have many genres but I reduced my collection due to trying to live with less things so i kept what I considered to be essential. It’s a good few thousand records. I have a Detroit techno section, Detroit and Chicago house, acid, a disco section, disco edits, a Perlon section, Playhouse, UK bleeps, Berlin raw stuff, etc. My favourite ones are the disco, Detroit and Chicago house section. I also have experimental sections like the Aphex Twin catalog and Brian Eno records.
Do any of these records tell a story about you?
I had a phase where I lived in New York and collected lots of great house music as I was working at a record store. I was playing different genres but the house music I got to buy at the stores was quite memorable. The scene was changing at the time (it was end of 90s ) and I has extremely special memories about that music. For example when Kompakt and Perlon got their break and on the other hand, Armand van Helden’s and Eddie Amador’s house hits went wild in the clubs in New York.
Tell us about the scene you came up in?
It first started in Chile, with Villalobos and some German DJs coming to Chile to play. Then I moved to New York and got to work at Sonic Groove which was the record store from Adam X and Frankie Bones. I got a good techno education out of this job and was going out quite a lot to all kinds of parties
I always was more attracted to house though so i was going out to Body and Soul every Sunday to a club called Shelter where Danny Krivit, Joe Clausell and (Francois) Kevorkian were playing. It was this proper house party held during the day and one will go strictly there to dance, there were people of all ages and colours.
I remember the nurses going there after their hospital shifts with their medical gowns still on from work.. It was an amazing party that influenced me a lot .
Describe what it's like to play Panorama Bar for a long time..how has the dancefloor changed over all that time from your perspective as the DJ? are the challenges similar/different?
It's been an incredible journey. I am quite grateful i am able to still experience it and even after i moved out of Berlin I could still keep the privilege of playing there almost every month ..
There were times that i wasn't super happy there, but like a long relationship I had to make an effort to make it work when they were tough times. Sometimes I felt that I wasn't good enough, sometimes I felt the crowd wasn't there, that they were not listening.. but I always came back from it and found the point where I told myself, "wow this is why i still DJ - this place gives me the energy, the adrenaline, the inspiration to keep my job alive".
Last time i played there i even shed a tear. I was flying in from my new home town, first time in Berlin after moving and I was so happy to be in this place with people and friends who share the same passion. I guess Ill appreciate it even more now that I don't live there .
What have you learned along the way from playing this space?
Its been so many years that know this place extremely well. I feel so at home in that Dj booth! The fact that I am comfortable in the booth helps a lot but there is a rule that i never break which is preparation. I never go unprepared to play there. This is key to have a good experience in this place.
At the same time I learned to go with my heart when it comes to choose the next record and to not be afraid of playing something completely different..
What's your favourite new piece of studio equipment and why?
I haven't got many new things as I feel that our studio is quite complete now, but I am really into this voice looper from Roland (RC 505 ), which I got a few months ago.
You've just moved to Spain from Berlin. Tell us about the effect this change has had on you? Was it daunting or liberating leaving a city everyone else in dance music is seemingly desperate to move to?
I lived in Berlin 14 years so it was time for a change. I had some really good luck in a business out of music, which I started a few years ago and had basically the choice of moving the whole family wherever we wanted in the EU. We chose Sant Cugat del Valles which is a city next to Barcelona.
It is surrounded by forests and natural parks ,there are markets and activities for kids all the time. Its been a good change. It is now mid October and still 23 degrees outside and always sunny. We breathe fresh air, eat good food and kids are super happy with the change ..
I cried a lot before moving out from Berlin. I think its a special city and I love German culture. I even got a German passport myself now, but I wasn't getting inspired there and the weather was really affecting our quality of life. When i didn't have kids this didn't bother me much - as i was living a lot in the nightlife. But kids need to go out and its hard when its always cold and rainy!
I will keep a place in Berlin and will be back a lot so I am hoping to enjoy Berlin more as i used to and appreciate it more now that I dont live there.
What's the hardest thing you've had to overcome in your career and what have you learned from it?
I guess combining motherhood and touring was super hard. At one point I had two kids under 2 and was touring with both and my husband. It was exhausting, then I learned that sometimes i should just stay home, or leave the kids with my husband.
I appreciate much more going away on tour now. Its like my "me" time where i can do things i dont get to do often like relaxing and going out for dinner.
I also learned to be more easy going and less demanding as an artist. It's easy to get in a bad mood whilst on tour but by being more accepting and relaxed, I can enjoy myself much more.
Another thing I learned is that it's important to have something on the side you can count on when things dont go so well, the business is always changing and a lot of colleagues dont have gigs any more. Many of them are super talented and were very busy touring only a few years back. Things can turn very quick so its always good to have something on the side.
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