We are proud to present one of the greatest contemporary Psytrance DJs – DJoanna. The German artist has been performing since 2002 and is known for her somehow wicked and thrilling sets and unshakable enthusiasm. She has more than 700 gigs at festivals and parties in more than 20 countries under her belt.
Here’s our interview with DJoanna for you to get to know her a little bit better before our big fiesta!
When did you start DJing? What or who were your early inspirations and influences? What is about music and/or sound that drew you to begin your own career?
I started DJing 18 years ago, at the age of 18 J. Techno was always my favorite music when I was a teenager. Ever since I can remember my childhood, I’ve always loved rhythmic music, no matter if it’s percussion, or electronic beats, which were still quite rare in the late 90s. Dancing was always my passion and the main reason why I attended parties. And as soon as I discovered the Goatrance scene (which was very small into the late 90s) I fell in love with the unique atmosphere at those events.
You started your career pretty early, being recognized at eighteen years old. How did this affect your life?
At the beginning, it hasn’t influenced my life that much, as I was a regular party visitor anyhow. Later, when I went to university, it has become a great source of a side income. After graduation, it has become my main job. So yes, of course, it influences my life until today.
How would you describe your lifestyle?
I’m a freelancer and I’m more than happy to be able to make a living out of DJing. My lifestyle is healthy, free, and happy. I have a brilliant husband, an incredibly sweet kid, and a fun job.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?
These moments when you feel the dance floor is exploding right now and everyone is so deeply into the moment; feeling pure bliss with goose bumps running all over my body.
What kind of music do you listen to? And how did you find the music genre that you felt best playing it?
Honestly I also like silence.
When I’m preparing for my gigs, I listen to psytrance and techno to find new tracks to play.
As I’m also a dancer, I choose the music that I would like to dance to myself and also the music I know others like to dance to.
When I´m not preparing my sets, I like piano music and chill out stuff but I also listen to dark progressive or hi-tech DJ sets.
Is being a woman DJ makes it harder to succeed than being a male DJ?
No it’s easier because it’s more seldom so promoters notice a female DJ faster.
What does it take to be a good DJ?
To be able to sense the atmosphere of a dance floor for choosing the right tracks and to have a good charisma on stage, so people would feel in good hands.
Do you have any favorite performance venues?
The atmosphere of an event is more important for me than the venue. If the vibe is great, it doesn’t matter where it is.
What are your future goals?
To keep enjoying life myself and to make other people dance and be happy.
DJoanna is one of the highlights of Transcendental Spirit – Art Synthesis. She’ll be spinning her sets on the Main Stage. Don’t miss her out!
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