Inessa is a super talented female DJ/Producer living in Vienna, Austria, who also happens to own the wonderful Leisure Music Productions. Ahead of the upcoming “Black Circle Vol 3 release, we caught up with her to find out how her year has started, hear about the new release and what inspired it, and what else she has planned for the rest of the year…

Hey Inessa – how are you, how has 2022 started for you?

Aloha and hi. First off, many thanks for having me in the form of this lovely interview. I am truly grateful that you like my new track “Electric Hibiscus”. I personally had a great start for 2022, being able to spend it with my loved ones and family in the Austrian Alps. There I brought my mini travelling studio with me and found time to work on two tracks, that will be released on my good friends label Bunnkid on “Arroma” Records. For the start I experimented with only Ableton sounds and the shaping of them.. so for me the year started highly creative surrounded and inspired by the impressive winter landscape of the alps. Time for sport, health, fresh air, good food and downtime.

Tell us about your new tune on your label Leisure Music Productions – what inspired it?

This is funny that you asked.. Actually and to be honest, I had a dream about creating a cocktail and in it the plant I used was the “Hibiscus Flower”. So this dream was so enjoyable, that I woke up and continued this feeling translating it into electronic music. Feeling vast empty beaches, with an abundance of flowers, and somewhere my own future beach club, where you can meet me and get this special drink..

I can make it for real now..( haha) and also the beach club idea is in the making. Where I will make it happen will be determined this year.. So I will start scouting some of my favorite places. More infos on that following soon:)

How do you work, do you have an idea in your head you work towards or do you just experiment and jam and see what happens?

This really depends on what work I do. If we are talking about my original music I get inspired by all kinds of different things that come into my reality. It might be a dream, a text I am reading, a conversation I am having, something I see etc.. basically it’s a feeling I am receiving, a certain vibe that touches me, and I just sit down on the empty Ableton project and either I start with a melody or a groove depending on the inspiration. I never think about an exact idea that I want to create before. It all happens in the moment. A lot of times though I think about a track name /title which comes to my mind, and immediately a whole story starts to develop in my mind. Basically you can say that some people write a diary with works, I write mine with music.

The things I think about before is what did I learn technically from the last track I did, can I shape this sound I just created in a different way. Can I progress it, alternate it?

What cool things can I do with the groove. These are the things I think about before. They are more of a technical nature.

When I am with friends in the studio, we just jam for hours and do live recordings.

When I do a remix for someone, I do think before what I want to do with the track. So here I listen carefully and take the elements that I love and build my music around them.

The label is yours – what’s the aim? What music do you look to put out?

Yes it is my label. The uttermost important thing on Leisure Music Productions is the music. We do not make any compromises on that part. We do not put out any commercial sounds or just pay a big artist because he has a big name to come to release with us. We are open to everyone. We are a big family that helps and supports each other. Focus for the artists. They are welcomed with an open heart, and we are here for them with the best of our abilities and budget to help them and respond to all their wishes. As the label is called Leisure Music .. we put out a certain vibe on our releases. We are open to all kinds of music, but we do focus on Afro House, Melodic Techno, Organic House, Deep House and some Progressive. All sounds, even melodic techno ones, carry that organic approach, but one thing is very essential, they are all dance music and have groove.

How do you judge success, is it by sales, high profile support, or do you only care about you liking the music?

Success is a combination of various elements, sales of course, recognition by other artists, when they pick and play your music and not only play but also make the effort to shoot a short video for us (thanks to all of you), feedback from the lovely community out there on our releases when they hear and add to their streaming lists. Our events when people go crazy dancing, support by all other key players in the industry, such as radios, podcasts, soundcloud tastemaker channels, YouTube channels etc.. collaborations with other labels, help and support by the community without asking, meaning sharing information how to get things done more efficiently or who can help me to do that in a good way for a fair price.

How important is artwork, format, merch, that sort of thing, or is it just about the music?

This is a very important part. We do have a creative director located in France. His name is Gerald Henderson and he did come up with the artwork for Leisure last year. For them was the closed door.. when you open it you will find the music behind. This year we will expand this concept and have the door open showing a beautiful world in collage style.

Last year we launched our online merch store. You can find really stylish and cool street wear and gear such as our Hoodies, Trucker caps, Sweatshirts, T-Shirts and a lot more.

I would be happy if you check it out here and show your love.

Do you feel a weight of responsibility as a female in the dance music industry?

I am very well aware of the gender discrepancies in the industry. I don’t feel a weight but I do feel a responsibility as a woman to support other female colleagues. I was planning on coming out with an all female EP this year..

So ladies… I am open for demos pls send them to me.

Who did you look up to? Who were your role models?

No I do not have any role models. I do love a lot of artists, very different ones and I admire each and every single one of them for their talent. But the only thing I know is that there are important values in people I highly appreciate. This is honesty, integrity, loyalty, respect, love, being kind, being grateful, dedicated, passionate, truthful and hard working.

Is representation important do you think, so young people of all backgrounds, ages, races, colours, sexualities and religions can see themselves on stage and aspire to be the same?

Yes I do think representation is important for all artists from all ages, background, races, colours, sexualities and religion.

What hopes and dreams do you have for 2022?

I have high hopes for this year.

My special event series Black Circle should start in a very new and cool club in Vienna once a month. We are only waiting on clubs to re-open again.

Personally getting out to play more this year again.

I also started an epic live stream format called Techno Kitchen. Combining the most talented chefs in town cooking their favourite meal, with the coolest DJ’s. Streaming live on 4 platforms out of a famous kitchen some hot techno.

Furthermore I am also planning to launch a techno label this year, because my heart beats for techno as I am a child of the first raves 🙂

And finally setting the sail to scout for the Leisure Club. Where I invite you all to come and chill and enjoy my Electric Hibiscus drink.

Various Artists compilation “Black Circle Volume 3” will be out on Leisure Music Productions