There are over 30 churches in Braga, a small historic city in northwest Portugal. Walking through its cobbled streets, their ringing bells are often heard from all angles, as if they’re talking, or singing, to one another. It makes for an appropriate backdrop for Semibreve, a festival that, in its ninth year, continues to set itself apart with adventurous programming, and a focus on rich, enveloping sounds.
Techno artists aren’t generally known as early risers, but Johanna Knutsson doesn’t conform to the usual late-night stereotypes. During the week, she’s in bed by 10:30pm and up at 6am. “My boyfriend works as a bike messenger, so his alarm rings at six anyways,” she says. Of course, the demands of her profession do require plenty of sleepless nights when the weekend rolls around, but otherwise, the Swedish-born, Berlin-based producer has one focus: the studio. “I see my studio as work time,” says Knutsson.