ascendency to her current status has been nothing short of an unexpected
“I love my hobby, which transformed into my profession and my way of life during recent years. My aim is to see as many people as possible on the dancefloor and to dance with them, leading the mood with what unites us all - music. I am what I do.”
Nastia’s ascendency to her current status has been nothing short of an unexpected whirlwind of success. The DJ, promoter, label owner and producer was born in a tiny village in Ukraine, and forged her own path to widespread recognition out of her sheer love for music without any formal training.
She first heard snippets of electronic music through her older sisters, purchasing a copy of the Matrix soundtrack as a teenager. After her first visit to a big club in the city of Donetsk she was hooked, and subsequently got a job as a dancer in the club whilst studying. Less than a year later she’d taught herself to DJ and began to get booked in clubs around the country.
The following year Nastia landed her own weekly radio show on - the country’s biggest station for dance music - and became a resident DJ at Kazantip, the pioneering dance music festival held on the Crimean Peninsula that she continued to be heavily involved with up until 2011.
By this time, she was one of the most well-known DJs of her home country, and landed a residency at the legendary Moscow club ARMA17 that she holds to this day. She founded the Propaganda brand in 2010 for her radio show, and in 2013 she was well placed to begin her own record label of the same name. The label has been steadily releasing a stream of credible but diverse productions ever since, coming from Nastia’s favourite new artists that she discovers on her travels and whilst crate digging.
The label also hosts parties around Europe, further adding to Nastia’s reputation as a promoter. She now holds her own festival in Kiev, Strichka. Held at Closer - an art space based in a former factory – and running for 24 hours straight, this year’s edition saw artists like Jus–Ed, Helena Hauff, DJ Bone, DJ Stingray, Margaret Dygas and Pearson Sound travel to play alongside Nastia and many other local talents. She also debuted the first of her ‘Stereo Piknik’ events in London this year, bringing DJ Qu, Tobias, Pearson Sound, Function and more to the city.
Outside of her own parties, Nastia’s increasingly busy touring schedule takes her to some of the most respected venues in the world: , London’s fabric (where she has played alongside Ricardo Villalobos and with Richie Hawtin for his Play party), The Block in Tel Aviv, WOMB in Tokyo and Cocoon and Circoloco in Ibiza. With her reputation growing, she is now gearing up for her debut Australia tour at the end of this year. A multitalented DJ and expert at reading crowds, Nastia can play industrial techno, experimental, house or DnB depending on the situation, but at the end of the day, her main goal is to make the crowd dance along with her as she did at her first club in Donetsk.
Lining up for the night as well: Alam, Victor G and Godwin P.
Having always been obsessed with music, Alam decided to push himself by testing the waters of his musical inspiration. Today, this DJ/Producer has made a name for himself, not only is he one of the backbones behind leading event company Ohrwurm, he has definitely proven himself as he is considered as one of the prominent generation of DJs firing up the local and international clubbing scene. Alam has always been upfront with what he does; showing his versatility by creating diverse forms of style and genre, with his smooth blends of house music to his unparalleled selection of techno grooves. Regardless, he always manages to deliver an experience of sound, which leaves the crowd with wanting more.
Since beginning his career 16 years ago, Alam has held up residencies at most of the major venues around town, including Kuala Lumpur’s premier underground club; The Backroom*KL, while making guest appearances at the legendary , Echo Bar and Ministry of Sound. Over the years, Alam has established himself as a reputable DJ driven to expand his creative potential with tours around the region, from various states to international cities, having received the utmost respect from iconic landmarks of Kyo (Singapore), Oma (Hong Kong), the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan and Nikki Beach in Koh Samui (Thailand), Parkv3bes @ Minnippi Parklands (Brisbane), and featured at the infamous Stadium Jakarta, CO2 and Embassy Club (Indonesia).
Techno whiz, house head and influential tastemaker are well-deserved titles Victor G has rightfully earned in his electronic dance music career. With a thriving run spanning over 15 years in the local scene, KL’s favourite deck maestro has definitely paid his dues.
From turning the wheels of steel at Bangsar’s infamous The White Room in 1999 to spinning his way to the trendiest spots today including Elysium, Victor G proves time and time again why he is still one of the most sought after DJ’s in the country. His method of madness is simple; keeping true to his savvy style consistently.
Godwin P: Think dirty, nasty and funky! Godwin Pereira dishes out fresh slices of aural sushi & lotsa' funk-laced gut invigorating "mish-mash" on his voyage of musical madness! Godwin Pereira, who owns club kyō in Singapore and now in Kuala Lumpur, the latest venue with the no-nonsense music policy, is one of the Architects of Singapore's well established and thriving Underground Club Scene.
Born the 5th of June, from Indian and Portuguese parents, Godwin has lived and breathed the music & dance culture for the past decade and a half, working with most major league DJs and subsequently has developed a wide musical spectrum, which leaves his punters screaming for more. From South America to Vietnam, small intimate rooms of sweaty hardcore dancers to huge sound arenas and festivals, Godwin has been traveling extensively around the world spreading his love of music and sharing his energy across the globe.
Over the past decade, he's been the main man behind the successes of major brands in Singapore, like Ministry of Sound, SupperClub, DXO, Supperclub, StereoLab and Ku De Ta. His flair on the decks, coupled with his selective ear for quality tunes has gained him a reputation of being one of the best DJs in Singapore.
In 2010, he was listed as one of the top 10 DJs who have shaped Singapore's electronic music dance landscape and recently crowned as one of the 50 outstanding individuals who have contributed passionately to the music industry in the #styleXSG50 2015 Awards. "My sound is different layers of energy" is how he describes his DJ sets, always pushing further and working harder with his tools at a live performance. Expect to be taken on a musical journey like no other.
With visuals by ALT.IMG (aka Callen and Boris)
: (Ren Room) Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, off Jalan Pinang, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Admission (with one drink): RM40 before 1am / RM60 after 1am. For table reservations please contact email@example.com or 012-921 1730.
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