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The Femdex Podcast: Bonnie

Femdex and PW-Magazine are collaborating on a series of podcasts and interviews to highlight female talent from Vienna and around the globe.

Artist Name: Bonnie
Current Residence: Berlin
Label / Crew / Projects: ORDEN / Hölle

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

Making music is my dramatic output in life. I think music always has this nostalgic aspect, so I usually pick one or two older tracks, something that evokes a kind of nostalgia, whether these tracks are well known or not. Mainly, I choose music that I feel drawn to at the moment. I like it when artists use elements from different genres and arrange them differently. That’s something you’ll find in this mix. When I make a mix at home, I don’t have an audience or their response, so I have to come up with a narrative that creates a certain kind of mood – without drawing from the environment in which the set is played.

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

I’ve always been drawn to music that is weird and underrated. The first music I was selectively listening to when I was a teenager, was Peaches and Marilyn Manson because it was different and rebellious and badass, so I liked it.

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

Growing up in the 90s in Europe, I heard a lot of Eurodance as a kid. I loved it – I still love it. Electronic music was always present in the 90s. Around the year 2006 I started to get into it. My friend started to take me to illegal raves in abandoned brothels on the outskirts of Zurich. Back then it was mainly minimal techno that was being played, which to me always lacked something - there were no distorted or disturbing elements. So, I started looking for electronic music that excited me. Of course I came across Detroit techno and the early rave stuff. Acid and harsh sounds were what I liked the most.

Tell us about one of your best, worst, funniest or strangest DJ experiences.

One of my best DJ experiences was at an illegal rave in southern France. There were about 200 people in some valley in the middle of nowhere. We didn’t really know how it would go down. The party was supposed to start Saturday night, with a break on Sunday morning. But the break never happened. All the people on the program ended up playing several sets. The second set I played was on Sunday in the early morning. The sun was coming up and I couldn’t see anything because of the glare on the CDJs. Also, there was so much sand and I had to keep wiping the sand off the equipment. This is not comparable to everything you can experience in a club. People should put on these kind of raves more often. All you need is a good sound system, a minimum of infrastructure, and a lot of water – and a spot that is remote enough that no one can reach you. You can send me an invite if you’re doing this kind of thing – I would gladly check it out.

Our last featured artist Grace Shella would like to know, Which equipment do you prefer when it comes to DJing?

I ask for a very basic set up, which includes two turntables and two to three CDJs that are not too outdated, or even four. A total of four decks, of course, is enough. The number of turntables always has to be even, but this isn’t a requirement for the digital equipment. When it comes to the mixer, I prefer Pioneer to A&H. And a set of headphones that I don’t want to share, ever.

Get in touch with our next artist Leclerc. What would you like to know?

What’s happening and what are the best venues/parties in the Viennese nightlife scene right now?

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