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BEXA is a Warsaw-based techno DJ. Although her first club show was in 2019, her energy, passion, and skills behind the decks lead to performances at some of Warsaw's leading underground venues like Smolna, Iskra & Luzztro...
How Dıd You Get Into Djıng?
From early childhood my life was surrounded with music. Just like my father, I started to make mixtapes in elementary school. In middle school I discovered the internet and learned how to download music. I used to create and burn CDs for myself and my friends. I always loved the process of discovering new music, making different playlists and putting tracks in a specific order to create a particular mood. As the internet has evolved and new services such as Spotify came into existence, I moved my music research and exploration to those new platforms and started to create dozens of playlists from various music genres. Among my friendgroup I always used to be the person who was responsible for most of the music during a houseparty, so I realized I might as well buy a DJ console and mix music during such parties. What started as a fun hobby that was meant for friends and houseparties has suddenly become something entirely different, when I started performing in techno clubs 1 year ago.
Is There A Dj That You Inspıres You And See As An Idol?
I don’t see any DJ necessarily as an idol, but there are many artists I admire for their entirety – such as I Hate Models, Hector Oaks, Vril or Rødhåd.
Does The Dj Absolutely Have To Have Notation And Musıc Knowledge?
I think it’s a big plus to have some musical background, however, I think a sense of creativity and good intuition is equally as important as theoretical music knowledge. I think for a club DJ it’s also important to have some sort of stage presence or being a good entertainer.
Does The Dj Have A Retırement Age Or A Tıme To Quıt? Can You Be Left Djıng?
I don’t think there is such thing as a retirement age for a DJ. However, performing in clubs can be physically very exhausting due to irregular working hours and travelling to other cities or countries. Also it is a job that may be very unstable financially – especially during a pandemic. I think a lot of DJs leave their profession when the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.
Is There A Mıx, Song, Or Track You Wouldn’t Mınd If I Dıdn’t Play At A Party?
I easily get bored with tracks, but there is one track I play at almost every party: A*S*Y*S, Kai Tracid & Tom Wax – Freedom Of Expression (Dark Acid Mix) – and people always go crazy!
Do They Have A Goal In Musıc And Djıng?
My main goal is to have fun and to share my music taste with as many people as possible. When I see that the crowd is enjoying the party during my DJ set I feel like my mission has been accomplished. For me the happiness of the crowd is the most important element of DJing. Impressing the music “authorities” is not so important for me, because I play for the people, not for the critics.
How Have You Been Affected By Covıd-19?
I have started my DJ journey just shortly before COVID-19, so I find it difficult to compare. DJing is not my main source of income, so fortunately I haven’t had any financial drawbacks.
For me personally the pandemic has brought some opportunities. Due to an almost complete lack for international bookings (because of travel restrictions) the polish music industry had to focus entirely on their local DJs. This was a great chance for newcomers such as myself to show their abilities and to find their place within the music scene.
How Can You Explaın The Dj’s Sıtuatıon Durıng The Pandemıc?
The situation for DJs, whose only source of income was playing in clubs is undoubtedly pretty bad. I personally know many DJs who have been financially struggling during this time. Many had to find different jobs in another industry. This was especially hard for artists, whose only source of income were DJ gigs and who didn’t have any other job qualifications. DJs who had a second source of income had it a little easier during this year. The pandemic has definitely showed us that being an artist can be challenging during a time of crisis, especially since there is so little support from our governments.
What Do You Thınk About The Quaıty Djs In The Market And Your Phenomenon Djs?
Although my point of view might sound controversial, I believe that a successful DJ should have a mix of both: music quality as well as good marketing skills. Many people believe that you can only be one thing or the other, but I think a combination of being a skilled artist as well as a smart business person is the true key to becoming a phenomenon.
Can You Be A Dj Wıth Innate Talent? Or Could It Be A Natural Dj Talent?
I believe that anything can be learned and mastered over time, but there are definitely people who are more musically gifted than others. Still, not every musician can become a good DJ, and vice versa. DJing is more than just being good with music. You also need the ability to read the crowd and to be a good entertainer or performer.
What Are Your Recommendatıons For New Djs?
Take your time to find your own style. Do your own thing, trust your intuition and don’t listen to haters.
Is It Intentıonal For Djs To Use Female Vocals? Or Is It Just A Coıncıdence?
I think it’s quite equal for both male and female vocals. I personally have a preference for female vocals in techno tracks.
Is There A Standard For Electronıc Musıc In The World? And Do You Thınk There Is An Improvement?
I still remember that some years back the standards for electronic music were different all around the world. While countries like Germany, UK, USA or the Netherlands started to develop their electronic music scenes a few decades ago, other counrtries, like Poland, were developing much slower. Today things are a bit different due to the development of technology and easier access to information. Consequently, the standard for electronic music has become quite balanced all around the globe. You can find amazing music producers in almost every country of the world.
What Do You Thınk Of Now You Tech?
I feel a bond with Now You Tech, because you guys were the first music platform who gave me the opportunity to present myself as a DJ. My first podcast I ever created was made for you! For this reason you will be forever in my heart 😊