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Poll 2021: Nina Kraviz

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From: Russia
 
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “u.r.tracks.”
 
 
After more than a decade as a dance music titan, Nina Kraviz shows no sign of fading into obscurity. Returning this year with, ‘Skyscrapers', her first solo single since 2019, the likelihood is the Russian DJ, producer, singer and songwriter will garner even more crossover appeal than ever.

Footage from her mammoth set to close the Dance Arena at EXIT Festival this year shows she has lost none of her knack for twisting and turning a crowd into rapturous abandon either, while she and her label, трип, were due for a highly anticipated showcase at this year’s ADE. The label’s recent release from Roma Zuckerman and the archival treasure from Steve O’Sullivan show Kraviz has lost none of her taste for the more twisted side of 4/4 music, and offer the perfect counterpoint to her own lean into pop territory.
 
 
How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
 
“I've actually been super busy, even without my usual touring schedule. I released a new single and have been working on more new music.”
 
 
What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change?
 
“I think cutting out as much single-use plastic as possible is probably a good start.”
 
 
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
 
“A Lombardi mixer, it's just such a sexy piece of gear.”
 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-07 12:12

Style: 
“Playing my favourite music.”
Best known for: 
“Being your favourite dentist.”
Tune of the year: 
“Majide ‘Stamp Your Feet Hard’.”

Poll 2020: Nina Kraviz

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Nina Kraviz is one of techno’s most iconic DJs. Famous for both her dynamic and varied DJ sets, captivating performances and her acclaimed label трип (Trip), she’s been a techno powerhouse since she launched on the scene in 2009. 
 
In 2020, while her touring schedule was heavily reduced, she did play a series of live stream events and virtual festivals including an empty Dance Arena at EXIT and even on top of Mount Olympus in Greece. She also collaborated with streaming giants Spotify when she was chosen to be part of their trackID series, providing a regularly updated playlist to the platform that includes tracks from her own label as well as a diverse collection of releases from across multiple genres. 
 
That genre-hopping is also evident in her sets, where trance, techno, ambient and hardstyle can all be heard in one swoop, with her inimitable presence in the booth adding to the allure of Kraviz’s sets. As the DJ who played the most sets of any other in 2018, we’re sure she’ll be the first to hit the road again once it’s safe to do so.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 21:57

Style: 
Techno

Poll 2019: Nina Kraviz

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Since starting her record label трип five years ago, megastar Russian DJ and producer Nina Kraviz has grown into the role of curator. A somewhat solitary figure in her early years – touring relentlessly and championing the harder, stranger elements of techno, acid, gabber, trance, and ghettotech – she stuck out in a landscape of big-banner artists who played predictable 4/4 beats, funk-less and bleak. Without a clear community surrounding her, she created her own with трип, finding new, mostly Russian artists, and bringing once-lost rave music back into the conversation.
 
Guided by texture rather than era or genre, her sound has become more adventurous – from her avant-garde audio-visual performance at Coachella 2019, to her own releases, with tough-yet-elastic grooves and kicks that detonate on impact. As a DJ, she’s played on the Great Wall of China, at dozens of major global festival headline slots, and for her own трип parties, in an Icelandic cave and a Californian aerospace museum. In 2019, Kraviz has out-gunned and out-styled most on her level, becoming a true techno icon.
 
 
Fave tune of 2019:

"Vladimir Dubyshkin 'Rural Woman'."
 
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2019:
 
"Vladimir Dubyshkin/Texstasy."
 
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
 
"Avoid social media as much as we can."
 
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
 
"This is something you’ll know better."
 
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
 
"I was not into toys."
 
What’s your guilty pleasure?
 
"Cakes."

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-18 09:53

Poll 2018: Nina Kraviz

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From: Russia
DJ style: “Gabbabalalaika.”
Best known for: “Making the best dental filling in town.”
Fave tune of 2018: ”Dean Grenier ‘Individuate’ (Omnidisc).”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “PTU.”

Nina Kraviz is an inspirational DJ. Emerging from Russia in 2009 with releases on Rekids and Underground Quality, she has subsequently become one of the biggest names on the house/techno circuit. The fact that she has achieved this on her own terms and without any regard to fads and fashions — Kraviz is known for occasionally playing old trance records, for instance — is all the more staggering.

Having issued a series of no-nonsense records on Matt Edwards’ imprint, the former dentist took matters into her own hands and established her own imprint, трип (pronounced ‘Trip’), in 2014. She has used the label as a platform to promote new, emerging artists — take your pick from Bjarki, PTU or Roma Zukerman — as well as releasing material by more established underground names like The Mover, Terrence Dixon and the Aphex Twin alter ego, Universal Indicator on cryptically named compilations such as ‘Don’t Mess With Cupid, ‘Cause Cupid Ain’t Stupid’.

Like most of her colleagues in this poll, Nina says that she has been touring relentlessly. Aside from production, she explains that “the rest is my touring life, which has been a bit tough lately, but that’s not new”. Nina adds: “I’m making a lot of music at the moment. Especially remixes. I‘ve done so many this year. Some already came out and even more are coming. Talking about remixes, I am currently working on a very interesting remix album project for an incredibly talented American artist. Plus, there’s new releases on my Trip and Galaxiid labels — finding new talent is a constant agenda.”

Words: RICHARD BROPHY

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 12:58

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