Anetha: “I went to Berlin to visit Berghain, passion never left”
For the latest installment of our „Electric Lights – Women in Electronic Music“ series, we met up with the French dj and producer Anetha.
Which music was the first to touch/inspire/move you? What made it so special and standing to you?
At the beginning it all started with the New Wave my parents were listening at home during my childhood and adolescence. Then I bought my first vinyl turntables with the money from my 16th birthday and I started practicing and playing in small bars in the ouest of France. Then, I came to Paris and first discovered real techno when I attended an Ostgut Ton party. After that, I went to Berlin to visit Berghain, and passion never left!
What do you hope to find in music?
I love tracks with a kind of “spleen” or melancholic vibe, that brings emotion to yourself or to the public during a rave.
What do you prefer, the seclusive working process in a studio or the live presentation of your music in front of the audience? And why so?
Ahah this is a challenging question, which was the topic of the Ted X conference I did last year. Music is – at least to me – all about passion. A passion you have to educate and control sometimes. I love both side of my career: the production and the real-life parts. It is really a matter of what mood you’re in, but I know I need both to 100% feel fulfilled. The scene feeds the inspiration & the studio is the place where I create tracks to please the scene and public. I need the combination of both.
What is your ideal space/place to listen to music?
Bassiani’s booth and floor is one of the best places on earth to listen music ahah. But I also love my little studio or playing vinyls in my living room on the homemade booth architect friends of mine designed for my 30th birthday.
Please name female artists without whose music you wouldn’t be producing music?
Miss Kittin was one of the female artist that gave me the motivation to start djing and producing. More recently, I also really admire how Nina Kraviz managed her career, her ability to do what she wants & most of all the quality of the releases of her label Trip.
Your most beautiful experience focused on your music?
I spoke about Bassiani’s before. It has been a real lifetime experience to play there, but if I am being totally honest and if this can be seen as a cliché, my first Berghain was my most beautiful experience and memory of my career. We came there with all my friends and family. Even my parents were dancing on the podiums. The vibe was amazing and this was obviously one of my life goal when I started djing.
What would be a fantasy venue or event to dj or play live at?
I would really love to organize one of our “Mama told ya” showcase in an abandoned amusement / theme park. We did it virtually last year for a virtual “slit” rave and it was a lot of fun, but it could be amazing to do one IRL.
Do you see a connection between your femininity and your work? And if so what is it?
Sure, being a woman in this industry was at first a bit difficult as it was – especially when I started – more a men sector, and it was sometimes a bit difficult to impose myself. But I always used this and my femininity as a strength and as a source of inspiration. I guess this has been reinforced recently since I became a mother, I am now more willing to accept this truly.
What is your favorite app/technology/instrument to create sounds with?
As I am travelling a lot, I am mostly working on my computer and Ableton, using VSTs of course. I also really like Splice to find inspiring samples. I am actually trying to rebuild steps by steps a proper studio with machines & I’m more and more tempted by testing modulars.
This interview with Anetha is part of the ongoing photo-project “Electric Lights – Women in Electronic Music” by Hamburg based photographer Katja Ruge and Kaput co-publisher Thomas Venker focused on the role of women in electronic music. Each photoshoot is accompanied by a short interview, based on a personalised questionnaire. The interviews will be published on the kaput website on a monthly basis, before finding their way into a book.