The tale of how Russian techno DJ and producer Nina Kraviz came to bring down the house for hordes of blissed out fans at top festivals like Sonár in Barcelona and Dekmantel in Amsterdam is well worn, but never loses its luster.
Hailing from the riverside city of Irkutsk, Russia, Kraviz practiced as a dentist for cosmonauts in Moscow for years before she began spinning electronic music on the radio and playing club gigs. Today, she’s a legitimate icon, with adoring fans and an endless stream of international tour dates. Kraviz has at times delighted in bewildering techno-heads, who show up for one of her sets expecting something reminiscent of a 120 BPM kick drum and wind up on an esoteric journey wandering among moods and soundscapes for hours.
Her influences are Catholic to say the least, but one of her drugs of choice is acid; that is, the techno sub-genre known for squiggly, scientific sounds concocted from 1980s synthesizers. Speaking to this and her love of sonic adventures, Kraviz founded her own label in 2014, called трип, which translates to “Trip” and counts up and coming acts signed like Bjarki, Roma Zuckerman, and Biogen among its roster. Interview caught up with her, at Destroyer, a cafe in Culver City, days after playing Lights Down Low, her first warehouse party in Los Angeles.
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