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The Femdex Podcast: Aleksa Alaska

Femdex and PW-Magazine cooperate for a series of podcasts to highlight female talent from Vienna and around the globe.

Artist: Aleksa Alaska
Current residence: Bucharest, Romania
Label/Crew: None
Profession(s)/Project(s): Marketing consultant and occasional DJ

Can you tell us about the ideas and inspirations behind this mix? 

Usually, before recording a mix, I spend a lot of time sorting the tracks and sometimes it can get really stressful because I tend to overthink the whole process and how the outcome will sound like. This time I just wanted to improvise and play whatever I felt like playing in that particular moment. There’s no idea behind it, this mix is a messy array of tracks I picked from my ‘club’ playlist in rekordbox, featuring techno, ebm, acid.

As far as you remember, what was your first song or band you fell in love with when you were a child or teenager? 

Tough one, nothing comes to my mind. As a kid I grew up with MTV and looking back I feel like everything was really dumb, and then in my teen years I was a heavy soulseek user, thus my preferences kept changing with every new discovery.

Do you remember your first encounter with electronic music and can you elaborate on that?

Definitely! I lived for almost 18 years in a remote little town in north-eastern Romania and, during high school, me and my best friend (who’s still my best friend and party pal) used to visit her older sister in Bucharest as an excuse to attend various electronic parties. After we both moved to Bucharest for college we were out every weekend, not missing a single party. The scene back then was just starting to develop and I was lucky enough to witness its early stages and see a lot of great electronic producers and DJs.

Tell us one of your worst DJ experiences.

Ahhh, I only had like 10 gigs and luckily they were all great.

Tell us one of your best DJ experiences. 

Aufwind and Salon des Amateurs.

Favourite BPM.

115 to 120.

Sharing is caring.

A great opening track for a DJ set:

A track that always saves a dance floor:

A guilty pleasure (actually I don’t feel guilty about this one):

Get in touch with our next DJ Polyxene from Vienna. What would you like to ask her? 

Would you be up for a beer in November when I visit Vienna?

Curated by Li Falkensteiner and Hannah Christ

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PW-Magazine is a Vienna-based online magazine for contemporary culture. By giving voice to a wide array of cutting-edge personas in art and culture, the magazine promotes diversity and a broad mix of artistic expression. The editorial team is tasked not only with reflecting current cultural production, but also with creating new visual content. The platform works with open structures and attaches great importance to collaborations that create new links between cultural creators and the public.
PW-Magazine was founded in May 2016 by Christian Glatz and Phil Koch.

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Team

Marie-Claire Gagnon
Christian Glatz
Ada Karlbauer
Phil Koch
Amar Priganica
Julius Pristauz
Laura Schaeffer

Authors

Hannah Christ
Elisabeth Falkensteiner
Wera Hippesroither
Juliana Lindenhofer
Pia-Marie Remmers
Alexandra-Maria Toth