Cxemcast 051 – Olivia
Tell us about the idea behind this mix. Where did you record it?
The podcast was recorded in my home studio, in one take. This is a vinyl only mix consisting of sounds that I’m into at the moment. There is some raw, industrial stuff in it, mixed with electro and acid.
Your sets and mixes are famous for being raw, uncompromising, and to the point. When did you start this techno path and what inspired you from the very beginning?
I first started DJing around 2003 with my brother Kinzo Chrome. My sets display my personality. I always try to be honest and tell people what I really think, and I don’t like compromising at any price just to satisfy someone. My friends know that I never hold back my opinion. So yeah, music that I play is raw, but at the same time I consider it authentic. Besides, my music is often grounded in what is happening in the world at the moment, globally and locally. I try to stay up to date with politics and the latest news. I often feel disappointed and angry about the current situation, and that is also reflected in my music.
The Polish scene is blooming right now. When did this process begin?
The Polish scene has been growing quite fast in the last few years. We have tons of amazing DJs and producers now, and so many young people start to play! But what makes me feel even more excited is that we have a lot of awesome female artists. I can see that young artists are not afraid to share their music, expressing themselves and standing out with their ideas by organizing parties or raves. I can’t say for sure when did it start, but I’ve seen it change drastically over the last 5 years. Some fine clubs and parties are emerging and, what is the most important, music awareness has risen.
Can you name any promising Polish producers and DJs to look out for?
There are plenty of them. I would totally recommend Chino, an amazing and talented producer whose live sets are unique. He is going to release a new EP soon, so stay tuned. VTSS, great female DJ and producer from Warsaw, she will definitely be famous worldwide in the future. In addition, keep your ears open for Jacek Sienkiewicz, Lutto Lento, RRRKRTA, Kinzo Chrome, Charlie Souvenir De Tanger, Ola Teks, Piotr Kurek, Kosel, Eltron John. They are incredibly talented artists.
Does the club scene in Kraków differ from that of other Polish cities?
It does, of course. Kraków has the best party vibe in Poland. The city is not so big and everyone, both DJs and ravers, knows each other. That’s why it’s easier to party hard, which is what Kraków is famous for. As for the club scene partakers, all of us play techno music in our own way, raw and crazy. On top of that, a lot of DJs love acid music.
What do you think of Kraków city in general? Has it changed in the recent years?
Kraków is a strange city. On the one hand, it is deeply catholic and conservative, on the other — quite loose, since it’s full of students. Kraków is also pretty small, everyone knows each other. You can spot the same faces at every party. That is great, by the way: you can go there alone, but still meet someone you know. The community of underground music fans is not big, yet it’s growing every year. We have many great artists in Kraków, and in the recent years more DJs have started to make their own parties, and new bars and clubs are constantly opening.
How can you explain the ongoing obsession with vinyl?
I think it stems from pure love to vinyl. You try it once and can’t stop afterwards. I’m really happy that vinyl records are back with such strength: the sound of vinyl can’t be compared to anything else. But vinyl is great in many ways. It’s a touchable medium: you can collect records, dig through tons of them in a shop and when you find a pearl — your pearl — it’s an indescribable feeling. Besides, many releases on vinyl are of limited edition, so they make your collection even more special.
Which Radar event is the most memorable for you? Why so?
We, I mean the Radar Crew, had organized lots of parties and all of them are close to our hearts. Nevertheless, the most memorable for me is the one with Ron Morelli: he played the most uncompromising set I’ve ever heard. We also made our dreams come true by inviting DJ Stingray and Ceephax Acid Crew — they made the crowd go crazy. However, my favorite one was the party with my good friend Jacek Sienkiewicz, which was held on my birthday. Radar will celebrate its 5 years in March with a party where Lee Gamble is playing b2b with Ron Morelli, I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be ace.
How does your project Szpitalna 1 differ from Radar?
Radar was more of a gallery, it wasn’t actually a club. We hosted our WeAreRadar parties there from time to time, to have fun and to listen to some artists. However, at that time our main goal was to present the art of young, new artists. We also sold books and retro robots there.
Szpitalna 1 is a real club with an amazing sound system and great events with acclaimed underground artists every week. All clubbers can feel comfortable there and can party safe in good atmosphere. Szpitalna’s goal is not to focus on “big names”, for we believe that each artist who is in love with music, is willing to play for other people, and is doing it in a good way in terms of quality, is a great person.
What is so great about Unsound festival?
What I love the most about this festival is that in one week time one can listen to a whole lot of amazing artists, not well-known in particular. You can go to a concert without knowing the artist and discover something new. It’s your own moment when you stand, listen, and think: “How could it happen that I haven’t heard their music before?!”. What’s more, every year many people from all over the world arrive in Kraków, creating an incredible cultural atmosphere.
Do you work there or are you just a resident?
I’m a resident, but I also work for Unsound, mostly doing administrative and logistic work.
What will be this year’s topic?
Unfortunately, it’s still a secret, but it will be announced soon. For sure, this edition will be special, since it’s the 15th edition of Unsound!
How has Unsound influenced the electronic scene in Poland?
Unsound festival does great work developing and promoting electronic music in Poland. Many artists play in Kraków for the first time because of Unsound. I think the festival gives a lot of musical inspiration, especially since Kraków’s audience is becoming more open towards different music.
Outside the music territory, where else do you find inspiration?
It’s nature, especially mountains. I would spend all my free time in the mountains if I could. I’m also fascinated by different unexplained mysteries of paranormal phenomena. Science fiction and technological progress throughout the ’70s and the ’80s also inspire me, as well as the infinity of space.
What are your plans for 2017?
I have a lot on my plate, but I like it. I will surely be playing a lot — my calendar is already filling up and I’m very excited about it. Aside from being a DJ, I am the booking manager of Szpitalna 1 club, which is quite time-consuming, but so worth it. In addition, I’m currently working on my own productions, which hopefully will be ready to come out soon.
Interviewed by Alexandra Zakharenko.