Amnesia Presents is the ultimate way to kick off the week in Ibiza, running for 15 dates from Monday June 19th until September 25th. You can expect to hear all forms of house music from these three authorities of the genre. New Amnesias Presents resident Greta Levska will be opening the show each week, followed by Radio 1 tastemaker Danny Howard, with Gorgon City & Sonny Fodera alternating in the early hours slots each week. Here we speak to Greta about her residency an d whats in store for 2023.
How are you, how has your year been so far?
Hey, i’m good thank you! Off the back of my latest releases on Get Physical & Shall Not Fade, my year has been off to a hot start!…..I’ve been very productive through the winter in the studio finishing & signing music to some of my favourite labels, just in time to play out in the club this summer. It’s really starting to heat up here in Ibiza & if Amnesia opening night was anything to go by, this season is going to be huge.
What got you into electronic music, when and how?
I moved to London when I was 16, & by the time I was legally able to go out, I was already knee deep in club culture & electronic music. London has so much to offer in terms of diversity of nights but I found myself drawn to places like Phonox, to catch people like Dam Swindle, Demuja & more…I guess this really influenced my sound in what I play out and make! I’ve actually heard through friends back home in Lithuania that there is a great scene emerging there, so hopefully I will head back at some point to check it out for myself.
You are Lithuanian-born, London-raised, Russian-speaking – do all those cultures feed into your music?
I would say so, but not in the aspect of taking parts from each of those countries musically, I would say it has given me more of an open minded approach to my creativity. Most of the music I put out seems to get snapped up from German labels like Get Physical & Pokerflat Recordings, so I guess the fusion of Lithuania, Russia, London & now Ibiza, must all be coming together to make a sound that these labels can relate to in Germany & across Europe.
What’s it like being the amnesia resident this year?
I think this year Amnesia is going to be THE ONE! The line ups are crazy good & there is no other place like it on the planet!
When I got the news of my Amnesia residency, I couldn’t actually believe it, Gorgon City, Sonny Fodera & Danny Howard are some of my favourite producers, tastemakers & their parties are absolutely hoofing so to be joining them every Monday on the terrace is truly special for me!
I’ll also be joining nights for the amazing Do Not Sleep & Pyramid, again, pinch myself moments as I’ve been on the dance floor at many of these parties & know how good & respected they are on the island!
Have you partied there much before? what have you learnt?
Yes, I pretty much spent on average 3 days a week in Amnesia last season as a punter. What have I learnt?! I’ve learned it’s never a good time to leave ha!
Whats your approach to being a DJ? whats your aim?
I think there are a few things that make me the DJ I am. Introducing new music is so important to me, not to play the obvious stuff, but the hidden gems. I love digging, I spend most of my days on the hunt for tunes, so being given the opportunity to play these finds, across the season at Amnesia is such a buzz for me!
What are some go to tunes to set the mood for you?
This is a bit of a toughy, as it all depends on time & place! You’ll deffo catch me playing tunes from Biesmans, Jansons, Trutopia, Helsloot, Booka Shade, DMX Krew, at Amnesia this year.
If you’re looking at a sunset vibe it’s gotta be : “Benedek – Earlyman Dance” on Music From Memory.
Peak time tune : “Ivory (IT) – Feeling” on Innervisions.
How important is it a a woman to be in this position and representing for the next gen?
There’s an amazing wealth of talented women smashing it right now, from Sarah Story, Jaguar, Object Blue, Azzeca, Effy, Meg Ward, Yulia Niko & sooooo many more. Although I think it’s so important to be equally recognised, for me it’s all about the music. I’m feeling blessed to have a stage to represent from, but do feel that my music represents me & not my gender 🙂
Who did you look up to?
Id say Peggy Guo has been a huge influence in my direction. It feels like she’s done her own thing, not following a trend with her sound & coming out the other end with a huge uniqueness! I also really look up to 2 guys that are not only mates, but 2 of the most talented producers/DJs I know, Gorgon City. The way they continue to elevate, again having their own sound, really resonates with me & to have watched them at Amnesia on a weekly last season brings forward why they are so in demand & back for a second year in a row in the best club on the Island Amnesia.
What else have you got coming up?
I’m very lucky to be involved with Get Physical Music at such an early stage in my career. I have two, 3 track EPs dropping across this year with them, along with a bunch of other cool stuff including some remix’s, parties & more.…
Im also blessed to be joining Steve Bugs, PokerFlat Recordings, one of my favourite records of all time is Data Man by the Martini Bros, so Im verrrrry gassed to be part of this label with a 2 tracker this summer.
Gig wise, thanks to Amnesia, I’m stacked with dates this summer here in Ibiza which will be well worth the sleep deprivation!
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