Berlin-based DJ Sarah Farina, is currently touring India, talks music and being a woman DJ
Q. Male DJs dominate the EDM scene as headliners. What sort of a push do you feel female DJs need?
A. I recommend connecting like-minded people and forming a crew or collective. I started setting up a music label with my friends from Berlin and London, which is called‚ Through My Speakers. TMS represents underground Bass music and we are creating a non-commercial platform for like-minded artists with a deep understanding of music, giving them the opportunity to share their love for music. Also, it’s helpful not to take sh*t too seriously and focus on what is important to you. Don’t forget why you are doing, what you do and what your message is. Be positive and keep the balance and have a good portion of humour. You’ll meet the right people who will support you.
Q. You are currently on tour in Asia. Tell us a bit about your experience.
A. The experience has been mind-blowing so far. My gigs at Cakeshop in Seoul and at Dada in Beijing were so much fun. The people showed me a lot of love and all this means so much to me — travelling the world, bringing people together through music, spreading positive vibes. I’m also realising more and more what an amazing universal language music is. And right now, I’m in Kuala Lumpur and staying at the wonderful Dusun hotel in the jungle. It’s one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been to.
Q. What are your thoughts on the current scene of the Electronic music industry?
A. It’s interesting how artistes from mainstream music and underground music are starting to mix. Just think of collaborations like the Brainfeeder family featuring Kendrick Lamar or grime MC Skepta featuring A$AP Nast. Through the Internet, things are developing more quickly and way more people have access to new sounds than before and I think that’s great. But I also hope it’s not all just hype and that there are actually people who want to get to know the culture behind the music too.
Farina performs in Pune on May 15