By any measure, Or:la has had a busy and impressive rise when it comes to bookings and growing as DJ over the last few years. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland’s second-largest city, she left for Liverpool back in 2012, attracted by its vibrant music scene and the buzz of living in a new city. Here she bought some turntables, started buying records, all whilst investing herself into the local nightlife. Wanting to provide an alternative for people to party in Liverpool, her and fellow DJ Breakwave set up Meine Nacht, a very DIY club venture that involved shopping around for previously unused locations such as old supermarkets and defunct police stations and throwing 7am finish parties. Although she’s now left Liverpool, her time there helped form Deep Sea Frequency, the label she now runs and helps curate with Breakwave. Now on its fourth release with a four-tracker from Carlton Doom, the label catalogue includes an inaugural release from Or:la herself, with Valencia-based producer Pépe and the ever in form DJ Seinfeld lending their talents for the subsequent two records.
She’s quickly attained a large fan base, much in part to her bridging the line between underground credibility and her often playful narrative when it comes to mixing. Her 2017 Boiler Room set from AVA Festival is a great example, running through dreamy and deep selections from Carl Craig midway, followed by club stormers from Josh Wink and Sterac closely round the corner. Amassing close to a million plays in the space of a year, she hasn’t gone by unnoticed, with her abundance of tour dates looking increasingly further away from her hometown of Derry. We caught up with Or:la to discuss the news of her new label Céad, the Deep Sea Frequency artwork and some of the most enjoyable places she’s played over the past year. Her Truancy Volume, which she describes as being filled with moments of order into disorder, is a ram packed hour showcasing her bold vision of techno, breaks and acid.
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