As a producer, Alienata is a perfectionist, as indicated by her relatively small output. So far, she has only released three tracks. Having collaborated with Sync 24 for a contribution to Killekill’s Killekill Megahits III, she teamed up with Beta Evers for a split on her own Disco Atónicos label, a track that channels the rich tradition of the city in which it had been produced – Chicago. We caught up with Alienata to talk about her early days as a DJ, finding a family in the Berlin club scene and her involvement in the upcoming Krake festival.
How did it all start with electronic music for you?
Back in 2000, I first came in contact with electronic music thanks to my roommate in Murcia. She worked at a record shop with all types of music, but mainly electronic stuff. I was helping her at the record shop. She had a room full of vinyl in the building where we lived together. Almost every weekend, she was heading off to a gig with her band. So I was alone at home and had time to check out all the vinyl. I listened to nearly every record. There was ambient stuff, micro house and when I discovered Chicago house and Drexciya’s music, it caught me.
Was 2000 the year you started DJing?
No. I was willing to learn how to DJ but I did not feel comfortable to play in clubs at this time, I felt happier at home listening to post-punk, new wave, psychedelic, or melodic guitar music. I collect music on vinyl mostly for home listening. However, two years later I had my first gig at a friend’s party, playing stuff by Ibrahim Alfa and Chicago house. 2004 was the first time that I was booked for a club, Ocio in Murcia.
How was the club scene in Murcia?
At this time in Murcia there big parties in huge clubs going on, like the Moss Club. I-F used to play there. When I first saw him and listened to his set, in which he went from disco to electro, I was overwhelmed.
Do you have other artists to whom you look up to besides I-F?
There are a lot of artists who influenced me and who are still influencing me. But when I have to name another one, Traxx from Chicago and his Label Nation are really from an unknown planet. When you listen to his sets and I-F’s it is more than just a set, it is an experience that takes you in another dimension you never explored before.