In the first week of July last year, Anastasia Kristensen arrived in the Serbian city of Novi Sad for EXIT Festival. The gig was to mark the halfway point in a year of heavy touring, which would eventually top out at over 80 shows in 34 countries; meanwhile, her first full solo release was finally in the works. Then, as she prepared for her opening night set in the enormous mts Dance Arena, she got a phone call with the news that her father had died. A few days had passed already, and the police had been at his apartment in Moscow.
“When I go to Moscow I feel very different. There is no doubt it’s a homophobic society. Even at the parties I have to remind them that there should be space for everybody. It’s my duty, as someone who’s resident at a queer party to prevent and educate”
Based in Copenhagen, where her flat is a handy seven minutes from the airport, Kristensen is frequently described as a Danish DJ, but in fact, she only acquired a Danish passport in 2017. As she tells it, her life has been marked by her experience of dislocation and immigration. “That has a lot to answer for — why I play this music as I do, why things happen for me,” she offers. “I probably have a different understanding of values, because coming from Russia to Denmark was overwhelming.”
Asmus Odsat will release his ‘Ecstatic Half Truth’ EP on Iceland’s FALK DISKS this Friday 26th October.
The Danish DJ/producer recently relocated to Iceland, but that hasn’t stopped this EP retaining the incendiary, fast-paced energy that is so prevalent in Copenhagen’s techno scene at present (just hear the new compilation on Courtesy’s Kulør label).
Breakthrough Copenhagen DJ Courtesy has announced the launch of her new label Kulør, with the first release focussing entirely on local talent.
The debut release on Kulør – which translates to “colourful” in Danish – features 10 club ready cuts from Copenhagen-based producers including Sugar, Schacke, Repro, IBON and more.