As someone who’s been DJing since she was 14 years old, it’s rare that Brazilian techno star ANNA is lost for musical inspiration. But DJ Mag has, it seems, caught her on the hop. “I don’t know,” she says, smiling broadly, her teeth the kind of immaculate Hollywood white that would work well in a darkened nightclub. “I don’t know what I would play for the family.” She pauses again. The question of what song would unite her relatives in dancing is clearly one worth consideration.
When DJ Mag meets ANNA in Barcelona (her home since 2015), two decades have passed since that fateful night when she first stepped behind the decks. And yet, you can still sense the same youthful enthusiasm for the holy trinity of DJ, dancefloor and music when ANNA talks about her career, which has seen her creep right to the edge of DJ superstardom thanks to a globetrotting schedule and the impact of tracks such as 2018 floor-filler ‘Hidden Beauties.’
“I feel that I can experiment more and more with the North America crowd. I can play something different from what they are expecting from me, and they are open to listening.”
Meditation is clearly hugely important to ANNA. She started meditating eight years ago, and on the late winter’s day in which DJ Mag meets her, ANNA was out of bed at 5am to meditate before the first rays of sunlight reached the Catalan coast. “The first meditation I like when it’s still dark,” she says. “In the past, I never used to do this, but they taught [me] that it’s very beneficial to meditate at this time of the day. I don’t know why. Maybe because everybody’s sleeping.”
ANNA has stepped up for the latest edition of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix.
The Brazilian-born, Barcelona-based DJ/producer’s mix first aired on Saturday night (12th January) and is now available to re-stream here. A typically colossal mix of euphoric techno featuring cuts from the likes of Antigone, Reset Robot and herself, including her epic remix of Jon Hopkins’ ‘Singularity’.
2018 has been a huge year for electronic music.
Few things can set a dancefloor on fire better than an upbeat piano hook and a vocal that makes you want to hug your mates and yell as loud as your lungs will allow. This latest summertime smash from Weiss does just that and then some.
HAAi’s Phonox residency more than proved that she can keep a dancefloor transfixed. Her 'Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Musik’ EP shows she has buckets of production talent too, and this rebellious number, with its anarchistic drums and Taigen Kawabe's amplified vox demands repeat plays.
It was supposed to be her moment. After two decades of work, ANNA had caught the attention of Ibiza’s biggest names. She’d released her 2016 breakthrough single ‘Odd Concept’ on Diynamic, and was now playing back-to-back with Solomun at Pacha, joining Carl Cox at Space, and playing roughly 14 gigs a month, with a win at the 2016 DJ Awards to cap it off. But perhaps more importantly, for the first time in years, Brazil’s Ana Miranda could again support herself through music.
The legendary Detroit siblings talk through their impressive tech setup at DeLaMar Theater on Thursday 18th and perform live for Dave Clarke Presents at Melkweg on Friday 20th...
Brazil’s finest hits De Kromhouthal on Friday 19th when STRAF_WERK and Kölsch’s IPSO label team up to present Tiga, Recondite, Eli Iwasa and more...
Catch the Swede at behind the decks with Gerd Janson, Leon Vynehall and DJ Tennis for Life And Death ADE at Thuishaven on Friday 19th October...
The Monnom Black boss and DJ Mag’s April UK cover star joins his techno peers at Dockyards Festival/Mystic Garden Festival on Saturday 20th and Awakenings x Klockworks the next day...
Egg LDN has risen to become one of the UK capital's top clubs in recent years, offering the best in house and techno week in week out. Now the rest of the world will get a taste of the action as the venue announces its 3D London world tour!
Hosting eight nights across the globe, the series kicks off on Friday 3rd March at Club 88 in Campinas, Brazil with none other than legendary native, Gui Boratto.
Deadmau5 kicked off his brand-new 2017 BBC Radio 1 Residency last night with a two-hour mix of tech-house and techno, alongside a slew of Deadmau5 productions including the Com Truise remix of his prog-house anthem ‘Strobe’.
The tracklist also featured records from underground, techno-leaning acts like Pan-Pot, Maceo Plex and ANNA, as well as the world premiere of new track by DJ duo Pig & Dan, titled ‘Back To Graceland’.
You can listen to Deadmau5’s first 2017 BBC Radio 1 Residency mix and check out the tracklist below.
In our Apple Music playlist series, some of our favourite DJs guide us through a selection of their ultimate afterparty tunes. This week's selector is ANNA!
Ahead of her upcoming EP on Tiga's Turbo Recordings we thought we'd ask ANNA to carefully select her favourite after party tracks.
Joyce Muniz lands on Exploited on 1st August with ‘Cover Me Up’, the single taken from her forthcoming album ‘Made In Vienna’. We’ve got the exclusive play of ANNA’s remix of it below.
The original version features the honeyed vocals of Kat Vinter, but on her remix, Muniz’ fellow Brazilian ANNA turns in a weighty slab of trippy lights-out techno, complete with heavy kicks and rattling percussion.
Noisily festival celebrates its fifth birthday this weekend, running from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July, deep in Coney Woods, Leicestershire. And we’re offering DJ Mag readers the chance to win four tickets, as well as their first round of drinks at the bar upon arrival.