Lis Sarroca: “I like to explore, to ramble into different direction”
For the latest installment of our “Electronic Lights – Women in Electronic Music” series, we met up with Lis Sarroca. The Barcelona based dj and producer is half of Mexican and half of Spanish heritage, an information we share with you as those cultural influences are somehow unobtrusive interwoven in the texture of her sets and productions. Lis is releasing on labels like Chiwax, Shall Not Fade, Hot Haus Records, and her own imprint Maai Records which was launched in 2021.
Lis, which music was the first to touch you? What made it so special and standing to you?
Lis Sarroca: “It was electronic music. I used to listen to the radio when I was young, but nothing out of the common – so I never had the chance to listen to electronic music until 2006, the year I finally felt a special connection with music. I think it was the new sound, a sound not heard before by me, also the groove made me fall in love pretty fast.”
Have there been people whose contribution to the development of your musical identity was of special importance?
Lis Sarroca: “Yes, I have a couple of friends who have been contributing with their own musical journey, knowledge and experience to my path, it makes things even more interesting.”
Are you able to share the process of evolving your identity with us?
Lis Sarroca: “For me it is all about adapting, being constantly open for new influences and thankful for every new experience – neither it’s a good or a bad one. It is all about that special feeling of always learning.”
What do you hope to find in music?
Lis Sarroca: “Music is my way of connecting with other people, making new experiences, my reason to travel – it is my way to experience lovely times in life.”
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?
Lis Sarroca: “As producer I like to be in a studio room and experience the process of creating. When the right idea comes and is working .. this is such a great feeling. Although, my passion is djing and by that connecting with the audience directly.”
What is your ideal space/place to listen to music?
Lis Sarroca: “My living room.”
Please name female artists without whose music you wouldn’t be producing music?
Lis Sarroca: “Anja Schneider. She was the first female DJ I first met; she made my want to learn how to mix.”
What do you think sets your “voice” or creative expression apart from other’s?
Lis Sarroca: “I like to explore my own tastes and recreate those as dj and producer – I am sure I’m not only with that.”
What empowers you or helps you to overcome obstacles and challenges in your work?
Lis Sarroca: “The support from family and friends.”
Your most beautiful experience focused on your music?
Lis Sarroca: “Travelling and making friends.”
Which music did you buy most recently that carries a lot of value/meaning for you?
Lis Sarroca: “Stefan Robbers, “Afridisiac”
Where did you buy it and what makes it special to you?
Lis Sarroca: “I bought this in a record shop in Barcelona last week. I think I will fit great in my sets.”
What’s a secret guilty pleasure, an idiosyncrasy of yours or something that would surprise people about you?
Lis Sarroca: “I like to watch tennis tournaments during a full week if possible.”
What would be a fantasy venue or event to dj or play live at?
Lis Sarroca: “Dekamentel festival is one of my fantasies.”
Do you see a connection between your femininity and your work? And if so what is it?
Lis Sarroca: “I like to explore, to ramble into different directions, change things around. I think I react sensitive, with warmth, affection and emotions on the music I play and make. Yes, I like to explore, to ramble into different direction.”
What is your favorite app/technology/instrument to create sounds with?
Lis Sarroca: “Roland cloud – at the moment.”
This interview with Lis Sarroca 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.