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2016 March 4
by Michelle Manetti

Meggy - Zig Zag Paris

This months guest mix comes from fresh-faced Berlin-based DJ and vocalist Meggy, whose collaborations with RE.You, Till Von Sein and Rampa bought her to our attention. I get the pleasure of sharing the decks with her next Saturday night at my party Femmme Fraiche over at Dalston Superstore, she’ll be playing in the basement from 1-3, check out the details on our facebook event HERE. In the meantime, I caught up with Meggy to ask her about life as a DJ in Berlin, her vocal collabs and inspirations.

Describe your sound in 5 words?
cautious rakish urban deep diverse

You’re currently based in Berlin, a Mecca for music, particularly well known for it’s Techno scene, has the city influenced your sound?
If I hadn’t been living in Berlin my whole life, I don’t know if I’d have ever understood Techno music and fell in love with it the way I did. The kind of Techno they played at old Tresor or the other clubs I went to when I was a teenager influenced my style of djing in the beginning, but now it’s more a big mix of all the music I like and I would dance to in the first place.

Berlin is said to be over-saturated with DJ’s and musicians trying to make their mark, have you found it found it a struggle to break through all the other noise?
Not really. Aquiring dj gigs as a girl wasn’t so hard, plus I could use my singing and writing to stand out I guess. Despite all that I don’t think I’ve had my big break through yet though..

As well as being a DJ, you’re also a vocalist, but which came first and how did it feed into the other?
Singing always was my first love. When I was little I always wanted to be a well-known singer and performer. My first song I wrote at the age of 12, still remembering every word of it. But I just wasn’t so comfortable with myself or outgoing enough to present myself to others. This also has to do with a few experiences I made when I was a young girl where I had to sing in front of others. I couldn’t deal with rejection yet, so I kinda gave up on my dream making a living out of it. At the age of 17 or something some friends teached me how to mix records, quite quickly afterwards I bought a pair of turntables and after a while was able to make music in front of strangers again. I guess this eventually made me sing and write again. I believe as a musician you keep making music your whole life through, whatever way you do it.

Which excites you more, being in the DJ booth or recording in the studio?
Recording in a studio is actually not always an exciting thing to do. It can be frustrating or nerve racking even, you sometimes get stuck with one part in a song you just don’t get the way you want it to be. When your work was worth it in the end, that’s what the exciting part is. But surely I always enjoy singing and working on my own music. Djing is just another way of expressing myself. The feedback you receive as a DJ is so damn pure and honest, that’s what I love about it the most.

We caught a snippet on for your boiler room set HERE of you singing vocals over your DJ set,  is this something you try to do in every set, or just a one-off?
This I keep for the special occasions like Boiler Room for example. Mostly the sound I like to play today does not really fit my souly rnb vocals anymore, that’s why I stopped doing it regularly. Another reason is that I want it to sound as “perfect“ as possible when I present myself musically, especially my singing, but unfortunately on a usual club PA that often didn’t work out that well. I’m such a critical consumer of live music myself. This is not something you incidentally let just happen.

You’ve had some pretty exciting collabs so far, including Pete Tong, Till von Sein, Rampa and Re.You, do you have anything lined up you can tell us about?
I’m still doing features here and there, but thankfully I’m in a position now where I can be a lot more picky. You’re able to hear my voice on Matador’s debut album, which will be out soon. I also started to write in German for the first time in my life, there are a few things coming up I don’t wanna get concrete about yet. Mainly I am working on my very own stuff at the moment which is very different from the things I did in the past. I finally feel like I’m creating the music that is natural to me and that is currently making me very very happy. That’s all I can tell right now about it, but there is a lot to come, I can promise that.

What’s been your most memorable gig to date? And what made it so special?
The most memorable dj gig would be probably my first and last performance at Bar25 closing party with my friend Sven Jozwiak. I overslept, had no money for a cab. So I called a friend there who gave me money to come by taxi. When I arrived there was time left to play two records, Sven has been playin all by himself. Anyway, I stayed a whole day partying afterwards.

What’s the one party, or club or festival you haven’t yet, but really want to play and why?
I’d love to play Panorama Bar some time. I think people would feel me there.

As you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give shouts out to the ladies, so tell us who’s your favourite fellow female DJ?
There are a few to be honest. If they’re not only talented, but have sweet personality as well I respect that very much, such as La Fleur, Magit Cacoon or Mira. Big ups!
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice?
Water, Wodka…all I need.

So there you are, sit back and enjoy the mix and don’t forget to head down to Dalston Superstore to catch her playing in London, and grab her a Vodka while you’re there.

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