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INTERVIEW | AN_KA

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AN_KA

Biography


AN-KA is a project by two ladies who love music. Since kindergarten, they have been walking at the tempo of 126 BPM. With every new sound of songs they listened to, their love for music grew. Together with the first school year, they started a home-grown course in the ability to detach feet from the dancefloor using gigahertz and experiences they’ve encountered along the way. Whatever they do, they do it with passion and love. What makes them different is a mix of styles and tastes of music. Ladies combine musical genres, such as Rave with Electronica, Big Beat with Tech House, or Techno with Progressive, all accompanied by Acid sounds enveloped in the sweetness of vocals. Warsaw DJs and beginners music producers. They djing with artists Fat Boy Slim, Nastia, Daria Kolosova, Lilly Palmer, Kiasmos, Chriss Jaxx, Cocolino, Mr. Lex, Mia Twin, Maicon, Truant, Duss, Phil Jensky, Vacos, John Waiter, Bexa, Pysh, Duss, Meicon, Weikum, Eltron, Nowosad.

How Dıd You Get Into Djıng?

ANIA; My lifelong journey with music began at my Mum’s parents’ home where they had their own band. Practically every single day and each holiday there was singing. Later in life, I fell in love with journalistic work, and thanks to it I was able to attend music festivals and had backstage passed with the biggest music stars in the world. While taking photographs of them, I would never have guessed that one day my soul will desire to start playing, apart from thousands of hours spent dancing on the dancefloors. To this day, the music burns under my fingers open my heart, and ignite my whole chest. It is a way to create a smile, battle stress, meet friends and bring closeness. It’s also with me when I train and travel. I met Kama in the nightclub, beautiful and dancing. Two years later, on a beautiful autumn evening, we sat together spontaneously on a terrace to play our first very own 2 hours set. That gave me the courage to move on and discover myself as an artist. Today, I create music with the support of my family, friends, and love. I would like to send my best regards to Pawel Sobolewski from the Academy of Sound, I absolutely love his teachings.

KAMILA; It was exactly like Ania said. In my case, the musical roots and enormous fascination with various sounds in every form started very early. Our stories are very similar and that is also what brought us together.

Is There A Dj That You Inspıres You And See As An Idol?

ANIA; For me each artist is unique but I really like the energy of Amelie Lens when she plays for Cercle in Brussels the most. I have had the opportunity to see the biggest headliners at the best festivals, and personally meet them backstage. Their performance and happiness but also their struggles and sorrows. I guess that was what inspired me the most. There was also something else I saw there that made me look at them in a completely different way, and that is the artist’s path of loneliness. Playing back-to-back always gives us some sort of a choice while others do not have such possibility, and like every human being, they have good days and bad days.

KAMILA; This is a very good question because on the subject of music I completely lose myself for hours, and interestingly, I do not listen to techno on a daily basis. I love sounds from different eras of music, all kinds of rock, electronica, wave, soul, smooth jazz, RnB, breakbeat, dub, classical and film music, and everything else that has ‘’dark’’ in the background. I fall asleep to podcasts from the soundscape series. That is why it is hard for me to distinguish one particular idol, particularly from the dance music genre, because I was lucky enough to meet many wonderful and inspiring people in my life. I think Ania is my true idol  for the whole path we have gone through so far. She has the same energy as me and I love to build a musical atmosphere with her when we perform.

Does The Dj Absolutely Have To Have Notation And Musıc Knowledge?

KAMILA; Someone once told me that, paradoxically, people without particular experience are able to more creative because their mind is unspoiled by any particular school or field. I completely agree with that however I also believe that constant enrichment of your knowledge and continuous learning is equally important to become better in what you do like it occurs in any other field of life. After all, we learn throughout our entire life.

ANIA; The more skills you have the better, and creating music is like swimming in the ocean.

Does The Dj Have A Retırement Age Or A Tıme To Quıt? Can You Be Left Djıng?

ANIA; Music does not have an expiration date and neither does the DJ. Thanks to music our soul does not age.

KAMILA; I completely agree with that, and it’s never too late to start DJ’ing.

Is There A Mıx, Song, Or Track You Wouldn’t Mınd If I Dıdn’t Play At A Party?

ANIA; If it’s well mixed together, you can play literally anything!

KAMILA; In our mixes we combine several styles and have fun with it, everything is a matter of feeling. If the atmosphere on the dancefloor allows for more artistic freedom then why not? After all, it’s not about restrictions but about a good climate and positive energy.

Do They Have A Goal In Musıc And Djıng?

ANIA; Last year our goal to play at the festival and to win a DJ competition organized by the legendary club Smolna which musically educated many of us by bringing to Poland the world’s best DJs. We have achieved both! We won the competition and we have played at one of the most amazing music festivals held at the polish seaside – Wisloujscie.

KAMILA; For me it was a year to finally achieve something I have been trying to do for almost 15 years now, the series of circumstances have been favorable at last. I think it’s important to set the bar high and continuously aim higher but not at all costs. Do we have other goals? Indeed… certainly our own productions, constant improvement of our knowledge and skills but for the time being, we are getting solid lessons of modesty in these unusual times.

How Have You Been Affected By Covıd-19?

ANIA; We have completely focused on learning music production. We also have singing lessons and working with synthesizers and drums ahead of us.

KAMILA; Despite this strange situation around the world, we both have a truly amazing year behind us in terms of many different aspects, particularly the private ones, and I think only the two of us really know how hard it has been, and how damn proud we both are.

How Can You Explaın The Dj’s Sıtuatıon Durıng The Pandemıc?

KAMILA; This pandemic has changed a lot in all of our lives regardless of the industry or field someone works. However, it was particularly tough for DJs and artists, especially if the revenue generated from music was their only source of income. Many people have been forced to re-skill themselves and had to go through career change… but most importantly, they had to reconcile with their fate, and unfortunately, not everyone could deal with that successfully. We do not lose our spirits, however, and although music is one of the most important aspects of our life, we are also able to develop in other fields of life.

ANIA; We cope somehow. The house parties which are my favorite are back again. The Underground also has built its own map in the city.

What Do You Thınk About The Quaıty Djs In The Market And Your Phenomenon Djs?

ANIA; I personally believe it’s wonderful that, just like with photography, the music can be mixed nowadays by anyone and anywhere. You can take Pioneer DDJ200 with you pretty much anywhere while all the software required for mixing can be installed even on your mobile phone.

KAMILA; Certain setups and solutions have become much more common these days, to the point that pretty much anybody can have a go with practice. I am very impressed with the level of skills of many artists but personally, I think that music should not be a battlefield to prove who is better or worse. Everything is about the ability to communicate emotionally with the crowd rather than the level of your technical skills. I love it when someone is able to fascinate me, to catch my attention. It works like this with everything else, not only with music. What is the phenomenon of DJs? In exactly the same. It must have something in it, some sort of human and authentic element, a spark within itself… something that you can hear and see with your own eyes, feel it in your heart and you want to remain in the story a DJ is telling you. These days everyone can be an artist but not everyone has this special, magical ability to create such a story.

Can You Be A Dj Wıth Innate Talent? Or Could It Be A Natural Dj Talent?

KAMILA; I stand by what I have mentioned above. I have huge respect for artists with many years of experience because to feel their knowledge and to see their technical perfection, sometimes I cannot get over admiration, particularly for the composers and instrumentalists. I think you have to be born with it, the rest is just practice and practice.

ANIA; In my case, it’s just a natural way of expressing yourself. The next ones are dancing and photography.

What Are Your Recommendatıons For New Djs?

ANIA; Just keep on playing, and do not compare yourself to others.

KAMILA; Keep on finding your own paths and do not be afraid to experiment.

Is It Intentıonal For Djs To Use Female Vocals? Or Is It Just A Coıncıdence?

ANIA; I do not do it intentionally but I think female vocals and sounds are great.

KAMILA; The voice itself has enormous strength, its timbre, and its tone. It can move, touch, hypnotize and even bring you into the state of bliss… to me there is a tremendous magnetism in it. Emotions can be express in notes as well as directly, in words. All this together should create a coherent package. We also experiment with the vocals ourselves, during our performances. It is one of the ways of interacting with people dancing in front of us, and it always carries an enormous dose of energy.

Is There A Standard For Electronıc Musıc In The World? And Do You Thınk There Is An Improvement?

ANIA; New standards are constantly being formed and developed while the old ones are still functioning with success. In my opinion, it is all in a fluid state and developing all the time.

KAMILA; I love electronic dance music, its beginnings, the introduction of the first synthesizers in it. This topic leaves a huge space for discussion. I will never forget the feeling when I heard compositions from the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre or Kraftwerk for the first time. Nowadays, the standard of electronic music is a relative term because it all depends on who inspires us and to whom we look up. The music constantly changes all the time, it goes into a full circle, returns to already proven solutions then looks for the new ones again, and so on and so on. There are no bad solutions here, it’s the final effect that counts at the end of the day.

What Do You Thınk Of Now You Tech?

ANIA; I think you have a great logo and awesome artists in your organization. I cannot wait to see the festival organized by your brand.

KAMILA; I second that and I could not say it better.