Hey GIGEE – how are you, how has 2022 started off for you?
Hi! Thank you for having me! I’m goooood, a very challenging year is finally behind us; I must say, but many lessons learned. I recently got Covid, like a month ago or so, my first time – just after I started thinking that I have some special kind of immunity, I got my nasty slice of humble pie. Anyway its all good after all & I’m ready to kick off my touring schedule :)) I have a lot of exciting releases and projects coming your way this 2022. I just hope we can stay on schedule, achieve our goals and continue this exciting journey that is life.
Tell us about your journey into dance music, when did you first fall in love with it?
Oh that what feels like a century ago…I remember skipping class in high school to go digging for new music through the many exciting websites, apps, tools, platforms and more that came along with the new internet era. Yes, I am a totally geek, nerd, whatever you wanna call it. The passion just kept growing with time. Then I bumped into Paul Kalkbrenner, Brodinski, Vitalic and I suddenly knew that it’s something I would like to devote myself to. That was the beginning… After graduating from high school, I decided to take a gap year and fly to Paris to delve further into the underground culture and investigate various industry moves. It was a HUGE change for me and my entire life. I knew I didn’t want to do anything other than music-related things. At the same time, I was organizing larger and larger parties and experimenting with my own sound and DJ skills. It simply made sense and came naturally.
When did you start making it, what sounds and DJs and labels and parties inspired you?
Well, it’s kinda hard to pick just one as I believe I got influenced by so many and will always be open to inspiration from a fresh sound or experience. Underground Paris, Ibiza and Berlin for starters; and can’t forget the mechanical Detroit sound. So inspiring, the many layers and super tiny details that may totally go unnoticed or feel unnecessary for many people are especially, most significant to me. I believe I started producing my first track around 2011, I still have it somewhere on my computer but I’m scared to listen. I’m hard on myself and always aim to get better. Sometimes it’s a blessing, sometimes it’s a curse. My family and friends knows best that it takes a long time for me to be satisfied with my work. There is always a space for improvement in my opinion but we have to learn when to let go and start something new.
What is your own sound, what makes your music unique?
It’s hard to say from my perspective. I don’t think I should be the one talking about my music and judging it. I often transform my thoughts and emotional status into the music I produce and treat every track as a story to be told. That being said, my musical style is constantly changing in some way and reflecting current emotions; but If I have to choose genres, I’m currently experimenting in and between melodic, electronic techno & dance.
Do you jam live to see what comes out or do you construct your songs with a brief and an aim?
I’m not jamming too often these days as I’m in the middle of my permanent move to another continent and would like to build my dream studio there. For right now I’m doing most of my work on the go and visiting other studios, which I find to be a very inspiring experience.
Tell us about your love of fashion and philosophy and how that feeds into you as an artist?
I wouldn’t call myself a big “fashionista” but I do have love for a special kind of esthetics that I continuously implement in the fashion of my life. I believe more in the style and self- confidence that comes from the inside, from the beautiful soul rather than specific schemes, brands and absolutely not about trends… but I’m always happy when music meets fashion and dives deep into that magic combination of a creative concept. That’s what fascinated me most.
Do you feel a weight of responsibility as a female in the dance music industry?
The position of women in the music industry has become a hot subject as women from all walks of life and industries continue to thrive in this male-dominated profession, although there is still work to be done. So, I believe we should celebrate this wonderful accomplishment while also sparking a much-needed dialogue about what else needs to change so that the business can continue to move forward with men and women working together as equals.
Every person’s intentions are different, so I can only speak for myself when I say that growing up listening to male-fronted labels and parties, hearing a majority of male voices on the radio, and absorbing music magazines that were frequently fronted by a bruising, moody male musician clearly had a lasting effect. Today, I believe we could step fully in and start using our voice more often. I will do my best to help and support this much needed change and important movement that’s currently taking place.
Who did you look up to? Who were your role models?
Oh so many different ones. I got inspired not only by electronic music gurus but also lots of classical and modern music representation.
I think we should stay open-minded enough to fully explore the world and the music we’re creating. I would like to mention John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi but also Avicii, Dido, Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennet just to show you the spectrum of my interest.
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?
I would like to believe so, thankfully I haven’t faced any race discrimination so far. Knock on wood for me. I think music should stay clear of politics or any labels and definitions. Music is greater than all of these and its speaks only one, universal language.
Tell us about your new “Berlin” EP on mobilee – what inspired it, what setting was in mind when you write it?
I must admit this will go down as one of my most important releases of my career thus far, also containing a lot of emotional significance – the musical parts were created in different circumstances during the pandemic, blending the contrast of joy and sadness, excitement with anger, freedom and the lack of. This time I dedicated myself and my music to the culture that defines Berlin, its heritage and the very inspiring local community.
The final part of our project, the cherry on top of the Berlin inspiration, will be a video streaming recorded inside one of the most iconic locations in the city center (museum) – I do not want to reveal all of the details yet, but I will let you know in advance so keep an eye out on my social media @gigee6. 😊
What else have you got coming up?
More music, and hopefully returning to a proper touring schedule without any rescheduling nightmares we faced the past 2 years. I have an extremely exciting and growing North & South American tour coming up that will mark my official debut in so many cities that I absolutely can’t wait to experience and be inspired by, and of course. connect with the many beautiful locals. If you happen to see me, don’t ever hesitate to say hello. See you on the road!
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR HAVING ME ❤ ✌