This week we have the pleasure to bring you an interview with the stunning Shelley Johannson. This Canadian Dj have just launch her first EP in Sian’s Octopus Black label and is meant to be one of the next future’s techno superstars.
You could also find here the playlist of her souncloud program One Eighty for listening to while reading. Enjoy!
First of all, we have already listened your last EP and we want to know who are your references to make such a dark Techno. We love it! ;D
When I created the EP my main references were artists from the Octopus label, especially Sian. I loved their one-of-a-kind sound and played all their releases during my live performances. They still are a huge inspiration to me.
In your biography it says that you started mixing on vinyls. How old were you when you started mixing?
Dance music has been a large presence in my life since I was very young. When I first started mixing almost a decade ago, the only equipment available to me was Technics turntables. I remember my friend giving me a milk crate full of vinyl and I became obsessed with playing them.
In a world like electronic music is, mainly dominated by men, how hard is to grow into as a woman?
The more experiences you have as an artist the more you grow. Challenges are just opportunities to be become better. I think all producers/DJs/artists female or male should work towards bettering themselves!
We love your motto “one foot in the booth, one foot on the dancefloor”, what does it really mean for you?
Haha that’s a great question! I love to dance and I want to be a part of the party. I become very involved in all of my productions, mixes and shows. I get just as excited to share my tracks with music lovers as I do making them. The music gets the crowd going and I really enjoy that united feeling!
We have never been clubbing in Toronto. How’s the electronic music scene there?
Clubbing in Toronto is a whole lot of fun! We have top notch sound systems here and the venues are really an out of this world experience. The techno scene is developing and becoming stronger here in Toronto. It’s underground and and intimate.
We are not so far to the summer’s festival season. Have you planned some gig?
Festival season is a busy time here in Canada. We don’t get much warm weather so we like to go out and party in the summer! Show are always in the works and I plan on playing festivals in parts of Europe very soon.
With the high quality techno you have showed in your “Midnight Red” EP, we are excited about new releases. Will you launch some new music soon?
I’m always playing with new productions and excited about continuing my work with Octopus Recordings. If you guys check out the label on Facebook there will be more information about future releases from myself and other great artists.
Will we be able to enjoy your performance somewhere in Spain?
I definitely aspire to come see you guys in Madrid! I think that would be an incredible venture. A good way to check where I will be playing and keep up-date on releases is on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts! I’ll keep you guys posted =)
And the last one, the obligatory question from Xfadering. Can you tell us some curious anecdote that has happened to you in your career?
Oh so many random things have happened to me throughout my time in the club scene! Once I was at a venue called The Guvernment for a totally sold out show here in Toronto. The headliners were Above & Beyond. I was standing on stage just enjoying the music and one of the members ask me to come into the booth. I was a little confused but excited! They asked me to “push the button” I told them I was a DJ and they just let me count in the next track and everything! It gave me such a rush to be in front of all those people and to see a wave of smiling faces!
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