The Femdex Podcast: Polyxene


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

Artist: Polyxene
Current residence: Vienna
Label/Crew: Äther, Strange Attractors
Profession(s)/Project(s): Sound Engineer

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

Until now I am versatile concerning the genres when I play but I also decided not to open it too wide. After I got back to Vienna from my home in Greece I was still carrying the feeling of Electro and Wave and decided to keep it. Meeting with my friends in Athens talking and listening to their records for hours surely influenced me and wanted to try and express it… and here is my first recorded mix.

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

I was only 5 years old but this memory is still so alive to me. It was ‘Riders on the Storm’ by The Doors. It was a tape from my mother, played on the family car’s radio on the way to our summer house.

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

The first real touch was when I got this tape from my older cousin. He had a pirate radio back then and he was doing some mixes from time to time with his friends. I asked him how he called this music and he said ‘Jungle, Drum‘n’Bass and Ambient’. It was a mixture of that - UK roots - Future Sound of London, Ltj Bukem, … I got impressed by the the drums and the deep mysterious feeling these sounds gave me. I cannot forget these rave, crazy, hard moves of my cousin when we were hearing the tape. It was so extraordinary to see him pump like that with the rhythm. Then I tried to imitate him and got more and more convenient with this kind of sound. After some days I became addicted to this tape, hearing and dancing to it almost every day and so the story follows…

Tell us one of your worst DJ experiences.

Cannot really remember, because even at a ‘bad’ one I had fun in the end.

Tell us one of your best DJ experiences.

One of these nights at our beloved bar Rhiz with my ‘partners in crime’ Rufus and Chris Schüller.

Favourite BPM.

Hard to name one ‘favourite’ cause I feel free to go through all the range. Even 150 bpm sounds good to me!

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Our last featured artist Aleksa Alaska from Bucharest would like to know if you would be up for a beer in November when she visits Vienna?

Totally! Call me up!

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Curated by Li Falkensteiner and Hannah Christ


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