Silva Rymd

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It all started in 2007 with her beloved Projekt Electricdress which was organizing workshops at Spartacus Potsdam and where she immersed herself in the world of electronic beats, organizing parties, and representing a small club collective. This started her on her way in a developing scene with intense exchange between Leipzig and Berlin.

In 2008 she decided to move to Berlin. Since then she has been working for ://about blank permanently – her “living room” as she calls it – and influenced by labels like Sand well District or Prologue and the dark and echoing Techno-sound of this time, she started DJing. Today she passionately conjures the events named Ghosts and Zeroize and when she’s not playing at ://about blank you can find Silva DJing in other clubs spinning her deep and dubby techno-records and having fun.

FACTS:

1: take your dreams serious, and look for other person who follow and fight for their dreams too
2: rymd, rymden, rymder, rymderna
3: I love vinyl

QUESTIONS:

1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
I remember from my childhood on the joy of being alone with a new tape or a record of my parents, today it is the same—the joy of discovering the music alone, with time and see what comes up into my mind.

2. How and when did you get into making music?
It was the wish to be active—not “just” consuming a party—in the club scene and give something I love and think other people would like to enjoy, to mix and to share time and space with the crowd. It is the part of curating a time slot or a night.

3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Difficult, there are various. The one I love-besides my techno records—for a very long time are

Sade – Promise
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
Beasty Boys – Ill Communication
Prince – Diamonds and Pearls
Air – The Virgin Suicides (Soundtrack)

4. What do you associate with Berlin?
The joy of ridding by bike in summer, my friends and my home base ://about blank.

5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
There is a little peninsula and beautiful riverside in Kreuzberg where I enjoy the early morning hours every day with my dog.

6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Writing.

7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Beside my techno records: Moonlight (The Soundtrack)

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I enjoyed a lot to play several gigs in cities of Eastern and South-eastern Europe. As a person who grow up in the GDR I would like to connect more with these scenes, who share the experience of real socialism too and see how it influences our understand ing of music, art, places…

9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
There are three gigs I have and try to hold in mind:
1. the garden closing @ ://about blank birthday this year because of the best crowd ever!
2. a dj set in front of a small but very warm crowd at a festival close to Leipzig, which is organized collectively and something like a must-go every year—I love the small and beautiful self-organized festivals
3. my first gig at Berghain (it will never be again like the first time because of the emotions that comes up at this place)

10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Well, honestly I need records and turntables, I’m more the old-fashioned DJ. ;)

11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I’m aware of how it works at the music business and I have to say there is a lot that I criticize especially in relation to the lack of visibility of female or LGBTI positions in it. For me as a DJ the most important is to share—music, time, space—and have good moments like surprizing and inspiring sets and conversations. That is why I decided not to earn my money with it, it makes it easier to decide at which place and with which crowd you want to spend time. As a female artist, who is traveling alone to gigs and has to deal with sexist behaviour sometimes, this is an important freedom I need to have. I also think I couldn’t be as creative as I want during my sets when I need to play every weekend or two times a weekend, which maybe is seen as the “usual” dj career.

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