Mexican born, Berlin-based artist Daniela Huerta moves effortlessly between different areas of the arts world, from performance art to multimedia projects and sound design, whilst she operates as Baby Vulture for her creative DJing pursuits.
Although this year marked her first solo production outing, she has been involved in several interdisciplinary projects and musical collaborations, including Soundwalk Collective, Cornerbred, and IATTAI. Her aforementioned solo debut found its way on to Concentric's first compilation in a series of three titled Profile of Lines, which sees her feature alongside artists like Vladislav Delay, Max Loderbauer, Etapp Kyle and Christina Vantzou.
Ahead of her next release, a debut on Nicolas Lutz new label, we invited her to take the reigns for this week's Shine A Light On mix...
Please introduce yourself... Who are you, where are you and what are you?
I am Daniela Huerta, a Mexican artist based in Berlin. My work is a combination of sound production, multimedia and performance art. I also DJ under the moniker Baby Vulture.
What does your music sound like?
My mixes are normally focused on spoken word, acoustic instruments and electronic music. I search for distinct tones, voices and textures that I turn into sound collages.
Where was the mix recorded?
It was recorded live at Studio dB in Berlin.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
A rainy afternoon at home.
What should we be wearing?
A big fuzzy sweater!
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
It would be in the Sonoran desert, with 2x CDJ's, 2 x turntables, a Bozak mixer, a few pedals and a pair of Martion Bullfrog speakers.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Vladislav Delay-Six (Concentric Records).
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I could name a few but I really enjoyed the latest mix by Laurel Halo, Public Knowledge: Carrier Bag of Music.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Andrew Weatherall! Because I’ve always been very inspired by his diverse taste in music. I saw him playing a few times and he was just fantastic.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
2 x Technics SL-1210MK7 and an Allen & Heath Xone 23 mixer. It’s always been the same set up.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
They are equally important.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First one was by Eliane Radigue – Feedback Works 1969-1970 and I recently bought a beautiful record by Gil Mellé – The Andromeda Strain (Original Electronic Soundtrack)
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Like the Mexican soup Caldo Tlalpeño.
If it was an animal what would it be?
A tree Ocelot.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
There is always a way to mix any record.
Upcoming in the world of...
I have a track that just came out on Concentric Records's first compilation, Profile Of The Lines, and another track coming on Nicolas Lutz’s new label.
Anything else we need to discuss?
No... Thanks for having me!
Jaki Shelton Green - This I Know For Sure (feat. Jennifer Evans)
Unknown Artist - Two Children's Counting Songs
Chavela Vargas - La Zandunga
Zaumne - Oeil Rouge
Hiele - Susumus Theme
Lifted - Total Cure
Ana Rosa - Ay Ay Ay
Jan Jelinek - Yoko Ono, you were born into a rich, aristocratic family in Tokyo
Robert Ashley - The Airline Ticket Counter (Scene 2)
nsi - 05
Samuel Rohrer - The Grid
Andrew Pekler - Hy Brasil
Ryoji Ikeda - Touch 25
Etrusca 3D (Spencer Clark & Francesco Cavaliere) - Alpan indeX
Carl Stone - Kuk Il Kwan (1981)
Razen - Robot Brujo
Felicity Mangan - Creepy Crawly
Svalastog - Birdwork
Kulintang - Badjao or Yakan Gong
AGF- Language Is The Most
Dolphins Into The Future - Pā’ua
Vladislav Delay - Six
Christine Ott - Burning
Anthony Manning - Untitled
Jlin - Blue i
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