Magazine article The New Yorker

As Is

Magazine article The New Yorker

As Is

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As Is

The techno d.j. Nina Kraviz stops off at Schimanski.

Nina Kraviz is a former dentist from Siberia who is now one of the most celebrated figures in the international techno scene: a d.j., a producer, and--when necessary--a music critic. Last year, after her three-hour set in Melbourne drew a mixed reaction, Kraviz posted a thorough analysis on Facebook, explaining precisely how she had used mischievous stylistic digressions and jarring tempo shifts to create a "wild, ravy mix" that confounded expectations. She reported that while the dance floor stayed full, a few patrons demanded refunds. "People wanted 'techno' and I offered none in their opinion," she wrote. "In fact all I played was pretty much techno at least in my own definition but much of a broader spectrum."

Kraviz grew up in Irkutsk; as a girl, in the nineteen-nineties, she stayed up late to listen to Europa Plus, a national radio network that broadcast an electronic-music show in the early hours of the morning. Paying close attention, Kraviz discovered producers like Armando and Steve Poindexter--pioneers of American music who were about as obscure at home as they were in Siberia. She moved to Moscow and embarked upon an unusual double career, spending her days in dentistry college and her nights in the city's clubs, soon gravitating toward a severe but open-minded form of techno, generally eschewing vocals and tunes so that dancers could lose themselves in the mutation of beats and textures. …

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